SELKIRK – Benedict G. Christiana, 82, passed away peacefully into
the arms of the Lord on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Veterans
Hospital in Albany. Benny was born and lived most of his life in
the Ravena area. He graduated from St. Patrick’s School in Ravena
and Cathedral High School. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving
during the Korean War.
Benny retired after driving truck for Smith Transport in Latham for
many years. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 294, a member
and past president of Selkirk Fire Co. #1, and belonged to Blanchard
Post 1040 American Legion.
Survivors include his loving wife, Micheline Christiana;
daughters, Karen Christiana, Valerie Borger, Sandra Pritchard and
Julie Corbett-Leon; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; his
sister, Sister Mary Benedict; and several nieces and nephews.
Benny was predeceased by his parents, Ceasar and Theresa Christiana,
sisters, Conchetta Diacetis, Madeline Guido and Nickelina Downey and
his brothers, Anthony and Patrick B. Christiana.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 9 AM Wednesday, May 28th at
St. Patrick’s Church, Ravena. Interment will follow in St.
Patrick’s Cemetery, Coeymans. There will be no calling hours. In
lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Benedict may be made to
St. Patrick’s Church, 21 Main St., Ravena, NY 12143.