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Christina Stiefel Conta

Obituary of Christina Stiefel Conta

April 5, 2019

It is with deep, profound regret that we announce the passing of Christina Conta over this past weekend.


Christina Conta spent her entire life in New York City, since her birth on April 11th, 1950. Growing up in the heart of Chelsea, she established deep roots as she lived on the same street for all her days. She married her childhood boyfriend, Edward Conta, on June 12th, 1976. Over the course of 42 years together with Edward, she gave birth to and raised two loving, caring children, Jennifer Conta, and Anthony Conta.


The family was an important aspect of Christina's life, both personally and professionally. After graduating from Columbia University, she worked as a labor and delivery nurse helping bring life into this world. After the birth of her own children, she transitioned to school nursing at Friends Seminary for over 20 years, building awareness and acceptance around mental and physical health.


Christina was an expert in medicine, well-being, and above all, healing. Her approach to health was both physical and mental, creating a space for those in need, no questions asked, no judgment held. More than just an administrator or teacher, she was a friend whose office was always open, even during times when she herself needed the healing and rest.


Christina excelled a fostering a loving community, both at home and at work. She had infinite room in her heart, and to her, everyone was a part of her family. She was, and will always be, loved by the family she created, fostered, and nurtured.


Please join her family in remembering her at The Greenwich Village Funeral Home on Friday, April 12th, from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM and from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.

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April 12, 2019

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

April 12, 2019

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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New York, NY 10012

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Nurse Chris,
Thank you so much for always creating a safe space for me to be myself. You always knew how hard of a time the other kids gave me, and never pushed me away when I needed support. I'll never forget how funny you were, your lice presentations, your chocolate band-aids, and your laughter that was so contagious. Your reaction to upgrading offices. You always knew when kids were lying to get out of class, and your call-outs were nothing short of hysterical. A few days ago I was telling my partner stories about you, and how you were someone no one should have missed out on. Thank you for all of the band-aids, tylenol, advil, and pep talks.


Posted by: Sami Fisch - Brooklyn, NY - April 13, 2019

My condolences go out to you and your family Jennifer.


Posted by: Anny Rosario Diaz - , - April 28, 2019

Chris Conta was a wonderful nurse. She taught birthing class at the time of my daughter's birth in NYC in 1979. When I had a big problem with my OBGYN she offered good advice and a great referral to a wonderful doctor. Much later we met Chris again when my daughters were her students at Friends Seminary, where Chris was a beloved school nurse. My daughter Bethany was a classmate of Jenny's. So sorry for the family's loss.


Posted by: Ellen wexler - Nw York, NY - May 5, 2019

Dear Edward, Jenny and Anthony,

I am so sorry it has taken us this long to let you know our thoughts are with you, but we only just heard of Christina's passing.

On hearing the news, there were so many Chris images that flooded in. She must have known that our paths would cross multiple times during this life journey. She made the first move on the first day of my lamaze class in 1982. Her first question to the class was, "What does natural child birth mean to you... Randy?" Why was she calling on me? I took a breath and replied: "Drug free!" She said I was setting myself up for failure, because drugs are often required to help with the deliveryand then she listed a few of them. Thank goodness she called on me that day, because in fact I needed just those drug during my eight hours in the delivery room until my 9 pound 1 oz. baby boy, Judd, pushed his way out. He was beautifuland thanks to Chris I did not feel that I had somehow let him down. Chris made sure we all had realistic expectations, and that was a gift.

Years later, when I took Judd to his first day of school at Friends Seminary, I was once again comforted hearing a voice from a room off the entrance. It was Chris: she was the caregiver and surrogate mommy for all these lucky children as the school nurse. Though having my firstborn start kindergarten was nerve-wracking, I knew that there was nothing to worry about because one of the most caring woman I had ever known was right there watching over all the kids. We as a community can only be grateful to have had such a kind and dedicated and loving person watching over our children (and us) for all these years.

We will miss her, and our family's deepest sympathies are with you now and always,
Randy Osofsky, Judd, Ryder and Steve Kessler


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