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Obituary of Christine M. Garfield


It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Christine M. Garfield on May 21, 2024. She passed away peacefully at Cayuga Medical Center, surrounded by her loved ones.

Chris was born in Queens, NY to Howard and Rose Garfield, grew up in East Islip, NY and graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1988.

Chris was loved by all who met her. She enjoyed riding topless in her Jeep, hiking the NYS Finger Lakes Trail, having her feet in any sand available, and spending time with her many nieces and nephews. Chris, famous for her sharp wit, was perpetually behind the camera, capturing life’s moments with a smile and a clever remark.

Chris was employed by Northside Wine & Spirits in Ithaca, NY, for over 30 years. She was previously employed by Divi Resorts covering her favorite island of Aruba.

Chris is survived by her wife Chantalise DeMarco; her parents Howard and Rose Garfield; sisters Patti (Joe) Sullivan and their children Gregory (Anna) Quigley [Jaxon, Christina, Kyle and Cole], and Katie Quigley [Jacob and Jeremiah]; and Janna (Danny) Reynolds and their children Cal (Taylor), Connor, Alley and Shealeigh; in-laws Joseph (MaryAnn) DeMarco; Kathryn (Bob) Wilcox; and Grandpa Joseph J. DeMarco Sr.; sisters- and brothers-in-laws, Jennifer (Greg) LoBalbo and their children Kaelyn and Luciano; Michael DeMarco, and his child, Anthony; Bobby Wilcox, and his children Grace and Molly; Kelley (Derek) DeMarchi, and their children Adrianna, Leila and Elyse; Kristie (Jason) Pound and their children Jaxson, Thomas and Jonesy.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Cortland NY, with services to follow at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donating blood and registering as an organ donor with Donate Life America registry (donatelife.net). Monetary donations can be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (crohnscolitisfoundation.org), American Red Cross, or the American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project (asap.org) in Chris Garfield’s memory.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Visiting Nurse Services of Ithaca and Cayuga Medical Center ICU staff for their support and extraordinary care during Chris’s illness.

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