Sister Christine Marie Nicoletto, OSF (formerly Sister Christine Marie of the Crucifixion), 83, died in Assisi House on June 6. Sister Christine was born in Huntington, New York, where she was a member of St. Patrick Parish and a graduate of Simpson High School. In 1958 she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Ringwood, a congregation that later merged with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. She professed her first vows as a Franciscan sister in 1969. Sister Christine earned a B.S. in Education in from Seton Hall College in Brooklyn. She ministered primarily in elementary education.
Sister Christine ministered for 47 years in the Diocese of Paterson where she taught at St. Francis School in Haskell and also spent some time there as a pastoral associate. She taught for many years at St. Catherine of Bologna School in Ringwood and, in later years, returned there as a teacher aide and as a volunteer. Sister Christine also served in various roles for the Sisters of St. Francis of Ringwood. She also worked in social services at Straight and Narrow and at Essex County Educational Services.
During her six years in the Archdiocese of Newark, Sister Christine taught at St. Anthony School in East Franklin and at St. Ann School in Hoboken. She also spent three years in the Diocese of Brooklyn teaching at Holy Family School and at St. Francis Paola School.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014. On Tuesday, June 12, a Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 A.M. Burial will be on Wednesday, June 13, in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Christine is survived by her niece, Mary Rossini (Rocco), and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.