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Christine Pushkarsh

Christine F. (Visco) Pushkarsh Christine Pushkarsh passed away quietly after a prolonged illness in her own home in Durham, New York on October 3, 2015 amid the comfort of her family. She was 71. The daughter of the late Frank Visco and Margaret Mannell Visco, she was born on March 3, 1944 in Brooklyn, N.Y. A dedicated nurse and health care professional for many years, Christine was a graduate of The Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., received her R.N. degree from the Bellevue Schools of Nursing in New York, N.Y. and her B.S.N. degree from New York University, New York, N.Y. After a long career in clinical nursing, she went on to serve as Executive Director of Inter-County Home Care for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany. An avid reader, Christine also enjoyed gardening, music, witty conversation and her grandchildren. She was known for her social consciousness, gregarious nature and joie de vivre. Her table was always filled with delicious food, laughter and love. Christine's warmth, empathy and generous spirit transformed the lives of her family, friends and acquaintances in ways best remembered in the hearts of those blessed to share in the joy of her time with us. She is survived by her devoted husband of 52 years, Michael A. Pushkarsh, son, Christopher M. Pushkarsh, and his wife, Laura Cunningham Pushkarsh, of Poughquag, N.Y., daughter, Vanessa Pushkarsh Kenealy, and her husband, Dr. James F.X. Kenealy, of Hopkinton, MA., three loving grandchildren, Caroline A. Pushkarsh, Allison A. Pushkarsh and Aidan J. A. Kenealy, all of whom she adored. Christine is also survived by two siblings, her sister, Rosamond Reisen of Bethel, CT., and her brother, Richard P. Visco, and his wife, Barbara, of Queens, N.Y. She enjoyed the company of many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Christine was predeceased by two sisters, Charlotte A. Visco, of Albany, N.Y. and Caroline Visco, of New York, N.Y. A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be held on October 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, Windham, N.Y. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene Counties, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414, https://donations.communityhospice.org/donate-memorialdonation.


Guestbook

Mike, very sorry to hear about your wife's demise. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dr Sakina Rangwala Oct 27 2015 12:00 AM

Mike, just heard about Christine! So sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless you my friend and you take care of yourself! Sincerely AL Emerton and family

Al emerton Oct 22 2015 12:00 AM

Mike, So sorry to hear of Christine's passing. Will be out of the country on the 24th but my thoughts will be with you. Bob Grabo

Bob Grabo Oct 15 2015 12:00 AM

My sincerest sympathy to Christine's family. I loved her humor and spirit and was honored to have known her. I will always remember her very fondly and will miss her.

German Bosquez Oct 10 2015 12:00 AM

Sam and I will pray for my dear classmate Christine as well as my classmate Michael and their family. We are deeply saddened but know that she is at peace and that God will include her in his heavenly home. Michael, we pray for you too and you are in our thoughts at this most difficult time. I can still visualize our days at Bellevue and are thankful we met you and Christine. Bill and Sam

Bill Bryan and Sam Fata Oct 8 2015 12:00 AM

my sincere condolences to Mike and family. Ken Case Elgin SC

KEN CASE Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Christine Pushkarsh

KEN CASE Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM

On behalf of my wife Donna and myself, we wish to extend our sincerest of to Michael, Christopher, Vanessa and family on the passing of Christine. She was a very good friend and confidant whom we had many fun times with. Drinking wine, enjoying the beauty of the Catskills, fine dining, sharing family stories and updates. She will be so missed, and remembered for her wit and class.

Thomas Buckley Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. I'll always have wonderful memories of Christina from long ago. My love to you all.

MaryAnn Peck Oct 6 2015 12:00 AM