Christine Melfi passed away December 20, 2021. She was the beloved daughter of the late Ralph Melfi and the late Mary Melfi, nee Cantagallo, the loving sister of Andrea Palanjian (Gary), Ralph (Patti), James (Denise) and John (Andrew). She will be missed by many loving nieces and nephews.
Christine Marie Melfi, beloved sister, born September 3rd, 1955, died of complications related to heart issues,
surrounded by her family’s love on Monday evening, December 20, 2021 at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
outside of Philadelphia, PA.
Christine was diagnosed with a cognitive disorder and cerebral palsy at 6 months of age.
She attended Philadelphia public schools – her most-liked being The Torresdale School where she learned activities
of daily living. She became a Girl Scout here – a troupe founded by her mother – quite a feat (for mother and
After she finished at the public schools, Chrissy went to work at SPIN (Special People In the Northeast) - a
workshop started by David Losinno whose wife, Trina, tutored Chris in her catechism studies – as well as helping
with her first communion and confirmation – which she made at Our Lady of Consolation Church.
Later - Christine worked at a cosmetic packaging factory in Trevose, PA where she developed her love of makeup!
She loved working there – and loved her co-workers, who were so kind to her. It was not a workshop - she was one
of only a few special needs people who worked there. Her independence grew as she learned to commute from her
parents home to the factory. She took 3 buses to get there each way, every day. Her father stood by her as she
boarded that first bus each morning – and was there for her every afternoon when she returned.
She was cared for at home by her loving parents and family until the time of her parents death in the fall of 2000.
After her parents passed, she lived with Andrea and Gary and their family for six years in their home in Medford
Lakes, NJ. She helped at Southampton Township Schools, where Andrea worked, before joining a workshop in
In 2006, she was fortunate to meet Judith Creed, who founded JCHAI – an organization that offers people with
disabilities independent living. For the next 13 years, Christine lived in a beautiful home with 5 housemates in Elkins
Park, PA – a stable, supportive, loving community.
Over these years, she volunteered at The Perelman Jewish Day School, and worked part time at the APS
workshop, in Trevose, PA. Christine thrived at JCHAI. She learned so many aspects of independent living. She
thoroughly enjoyed both her home and her social life which included her favorite pastimes – Eagle football games,
movies, music, dancing and summer vacation trips.
She also got to experience JCHAI apartment living for 3 years before having to move this past
October, to another apartment run by an organization named Self Sufficient for Successful Living - as she needed
24 hour assistance due to her mobility issues.
Christine LOVED all of her nieces and nephews, Scott, Kevin, Amy, Katie, Gina, Lori, Jaime and Jacklyn, and also
her great nieces and nephews, Linden, Andrew, Tula, Selway, Emiliana, Kora and Reagan.
She was deeply loved and cherished by all who were fortunate enough to meet her.
How very lucky we all are.
Christine Melfi’s Celebration of Life will be live streamed for those who cannot attend.
Link to Live Stream: https://youtu.be/8Khutl-BAwQ
In the event that the streaming is interrupted, recording will be available at the same link within 24 hours.
Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing December 29, 2021 from 10:00 to 10:45 am, with Mass to begin at 11:00 am, at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 7051 Tulip St. Phila., PA 19135.
Masks will be required.
Interment at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence (JCHAI), 274 South Bryn Mawr Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 or at www.JCHAI.org