Christine D. Ferrara

Christine D. Ferrara (nee Migliacci), 88, of Fort Lee, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 31, 2024. Beloved wife of the late Charles “Chas” Ferrara. Loving mother of Diane Zahn, James Ferrara and his wife Julie, and Michele Runza and her husband Christian Sr. Adored grandmother of Christian Jr., Dominic, Mitchell, Danielle, Luc, Sophie, and Marlena. Caring sister of Christina Doherty and the late Concetta Donohue and Joann Sullivan. She is also survived by countless loving friends and relatives. Christine put her personal charm and take charge attitude to use as an executive assistant for many years, most notably with Consolidated Laboratories in New York City (the successor firm to several Silent-era film studios in Fort Lee and New York) and to Teamsters Union Pension Fund presidents. She also served as a constant volunteer and officer for the PTA and Holy Trinity Church and School in Fort Lee. Most of all she was known for her huge heart in a tiny frame, taking care of everyone from grieving neighbors to “old” relatives she would drive to the supermarket each week, and of course her beloved children, her big extended family, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses and – to her distaste – various exotic creatures. She was a prodigious hostess, a music lover and an accomplished dancer.

Visiting hours are Monday, June 3, 2024 from 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris
Ave, Northvale, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 10
AM at St. Pius X RC Church, Old Tappan, NJ, with entombment to follow at George
Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Christine’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s
Research Hospital, or the Alzheimer’s Association,


  1. Everyone who personal met Chris instantly fell in LOVE with her. She was committed in her lifetime to love & nurture everyone. Chris’s dedication to family and friends was her number one goal. I will miss her beautiful smile, her laughter and her stunning face. She was and always will be my IDOL.

  2. Mrs Ferrara u and Charlie were the best neighbors anyone could ask for. You always welcomed the ross tribe with open arms. Love and will always remember you. John Ross

  3. Louise Keating

    Diane, I’m so sorry for your loss

  4. Gail Platides

    Aunt Chris,
    How I miss you. You entertained us and loved us. May you rest in peace with your loved ones. Until we meet again ❤️

  5. So very sorry for your loss. May good memories comfort you.

  6. Too many memories to count, but they are all priceless. The generosity and love bestowed upon Diane and I, and our 3 children, transcends anything I have ever experienced. Colorful, to say the least, fully Italian, also an understatement, but always a foundation of love. These memories, and the doors they opened for me, will be part of me forever. The end of an era, that we were truly blessed to witness and be a part of. Will truly be missed and not forgotten…

  7. Our heartfelt condolences to the Ferrara family
    On the loss of their mom Christine
    We always reminisce about the great times we had
    With Chris and Chaz.
    They were great friends always ready with an helping hand.
    Rest in peace dear friends
    Nickie and Cliff Lazzaro

  8. Patrick Donohue

    To my honey. You were the best and stood beside me all my life
    Living Round the corner from you kept me so secure. Your heart was made of Gold and I’m sure you know you passed that on to your children
    I am so glad I visited with you so many times. I know you knew my kisses. My heart is broken. Everybody should have had an aunt like you. Sleep warm my honey. Say hello to all and the Lord.

  9. Robert Ferrari

    To say we’ve lost a legend understates. Chris loved and cared so deeply for those around her and had a way of making everyone feel special; I vividly remeber feeling it even as a teenager. The way she teased my father AND my Grandfather when he visited from England remain some of my fondest memories. Nothing however, compares to how she made me laugh when she set her sights on Chas. Allen and Burns, Desi and Lucy, Fred and Wilma? Amatuers. It was their true love that made it work and as I sit here now I think of them together again: perhaps as 20 somethings boarding a liner for a second 30 day honeymoon in Europe or maybe just at the table, with my father cooking in the background. I will miss her terribly and grieve her loss, but knowing something like that is going on warms my heart.

  10. What is there to say? An incredible lady who loved life…. music.. entertaining…. Dancing… singing… and socializing. Her home was warm and always open to everyone. Family always came first regardless of what was going on…. Her smile is unforgettable and I am blessed I was able to spend a good part of my life with her in it.

    Rest comfortably Aunt Chris…They were playing Dean Martin as St Peter welcomed you to heaven.

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