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“Joan and Family, deepest condolences and prayers too. ”
1 of 34 | Posted by: Ernestine Cooper Rogers

“Dear Joan,There are no words that I know to make you feel better. This is a parent\'s worst nightmare. I am sure your family is a comfort to you...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: Louise Birkhead

“The Kauffman family is very sorry for your loss. My mother taught Cara kindergarten at HW Smith and said she was one adorable in the classroom. ”
3 of 34 | Posted by: Nicholas Kauffman

“Joan and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I have lost touch with you all, I never forgot the kindness you showed me. I am...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Tracy Parzych Gordon

“Joan, I can not begin to express the words that could possibly lessen your grief and heartache. Just know that I am sending you positive thoughts....Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Ricky Noreault

“Joan, I'm so sorry to hear about Cara's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
6 of 34 | Posted by: Karen Toscano Cannucciari

“I remember Cara as a student at Levy. This is so sad to lose her so young. My deepest sympathies and prayers to the family ”
7 of 34 | Posted by: DIANE MCSWEENEY

“Dear Joan,Cara was an awesome part of my Marymount College experience and she was the one who first brought me to Syracuse in 1994.I am so sorry to...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Katie MacIntyre

“Please accept my deepest sympathy to all of Cara's family. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
9 of 34 | Posted by: Dianne m phipps

“Cara, wow! I can't believe your'e gone. I'm so glad that we were able to talk again and if I'm this sad, I can't imagine the heartbreak you're family...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Kim Simmons

“So sorry for your loss ”
11 of 34 | Posted by: Ann Marie Taliercio

“Nick and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter, Cara. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family.Patti & Nick Pirro ”
12 of 34 | Posted by: Patti Pirro

“So sad to learn of this news of Cara'a passing. I simply remember her as a young child and sister to my buddy Michael. Thinking of the family and...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Patrick Finnegan

“Joan we loved Cara and Ted always told me she was in his prayers everyday. Our short visit with you was so enjoyable and restful and Cara sharing our...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Janet

“To Cara's Family, especially Joan and David,Cara was one of my favorite students at Nottingham; she was full of vim and vigor and helped me learn to...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Andrews

“Aunt Joan and family sorry on the passing of cara May god be with you at this time.Gerard ”
16 of 34 | Posted by: Gerard zajac

“I'm in shock. I'm so so so sorry Joan. Cara was fun and funny with me. I loved her wit and sarcasm. May God bless you with all His might ”
17 of 34 | Posted by: Phil Latessa

“Aunt Joan, Michael, Laura and David,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Cara. It was a shock when I heard the news. Please know that you all will...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Dawn Block

“When I think of Cara I will always remember our time together during high school and college. We'd spend hours in her room making mixed tapes, and...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Rebecca Cooper Lazaroff

“Joan & Family,My deepest sympathy on the loss of your daughter. There are no words sufficient to ease the pain you must be going through. Please know...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Vicki Baker

“I am sorry for the loss of Cara.I was sad when I got the news today.We were friends in high school and lost contact over the years.we had great times...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Kimberly Merkley

“I am so sad and shocked to hear about the loss of Cara. She was a very thoughtful and caring person and was there for me during some very tough times...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Steve Jaeger

“Dear Joan,I am saddened to have learned about Cara's death. I think of you often and especially now during this very difficult time. My love to...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Nathalie Falcone

“I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Cara. She was so funny and free spirited with a beautiful heart. I will never forget how she threw me a...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Tania Bennett

“I am so sorry for the loss of Cara. She was a good friend to me in MA. I tried to reach her by phone in the past year but never heard back. I hope...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Carol Mattera

“Abby and I were shocked and saddened to hear the news of Cara's passing. Not only has Cara been a dear friend of my sister Sara since childhood, but...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: Dan Maffei

“I feel incredibly sad to hear about Cara's passing. I have always loved hanging out with her and wish I had seen her more over the last few years....Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Jessica Matt

“Aunt Joan, Michael, Laura and David- I am so sorry to hear about Cara. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.Marcey ”
28 of 34 | Posted by: marcey zajac

“I was so very sad to learn of Cara's passing this morning. Although we lost touch over the years, we were very close for several years in high school...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Judy Marangola Cushing

“My heart aches for you, Michael, Laura, and David. How can this be? I cannot comprehend your grief, but send my arms to surround you, my tears to...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Sandra Davis

“I am very saddened to hear about the loss of Cara. Although I haven't been in touch with her in many years, I have fond memories of her and our...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Amy Mara Hurley

“I am very sorry.Cara was such a beautiful young lady.My thoughts and prayers are with you.God Bless. ”
32 of 34 | Posted by: marty nave - syracuse, NY


33 of 34 | Posted by: marty nave - syracuse, NY

“I am so very sorry Joan for your loss. If ever you need to talk, please call me as I too recently lost my 43 year old son. It is the saddest time in...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Diane Furfaro


Cara W. Christensen, 42, passed away suddenly Tuesday morning October 4 at her home in Syracuse. Cara was born August 8, 1974, in Cleveland, Ohio to Joan Kumor Christensen and Craig Christensen. She graduated from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY and completed a secondary social studies teaching program at SUNY Cortland. She taught for several years in the Syracuse City School District, and continued as a teacher and a mentor afterward, with a passion for history and helping others. Cara was devoted to her family and her beloved dog Lucy who died last year. She was a friend to many in both the Syracuse and Boston area.

Cara is survived by her parents Joan Christensen of Syracuse, and Craig Christensen of Ventura, CA. She was loving sister to her siblings Michael Christensen, Laura Ghirardini and David Christensen and a beloved Aunt to her 11 nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Monday October 10, 2016 at Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee St. Dewitt. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 3-5 PM at Burns-Garfield, A Life Celebration Home, 3175 East Genesee St.

In lieu of flowers please donations may be made to the CNY SPCA