Christine Benavente

Obituary of Christine Ann Benavente

Christine Benavente, 48, of Pequannock, passed away on February 21, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.


Christine was born in Montclair NJ, July 19, 1970, the daughter of James and Darlene (Duganier) Moschella and big sister to the beloved late James E. Moschella, Jr.

Christine was raised in Clifton, NJ where she graduated Clifton High School in 1988. She made lifelong childhood friends that shared an unbreakable bond. She grew up playing softball for Western Division, having her Dad as her coach. The Moschella house was home to all of her family and friends. Countless memories were made in their backyard, swimming and playing bumper pool.


Her passion and love for travel began her junior year of high school when she got her first job at Travel World. She worked there for several years, and in 1988 she entered the corporate travel industry at VTS (Direct) Travel.


Christine would get married in 1998 and move to Pequannock, NJ where she gave birth to her twin boys Joseph and James. As they grew up, Christine was an active mom in all of their school activities and sports. She made lifelong friends in town that supported her while she battled her disease.


Christine was passionate about many things; travel, was a foodie who enjoyed new restaurants, loved music and going to concerts. When not doing all of those things she would relax at home, watch movies and her favorite DVR’d shows.


Christine is survived by her husband, Michael; her children, Matthew, Alexa, Joseph and James; her parents, James and Darlene Moschella; her sister in-law, Caren Moschella; her nephew, James Moschella; and her in-laws, Luis and Natividad Benavente. She was predeceased by her brother, James Moschella.


Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Monday, February 25 at Our Lady of Good Counsel RC Church, Pompton Plains. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 am on Tuesday at the church. Cremation will be private,


In lieu of flowers, donations in Christine's memory can be made to



4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, February 25, 2019
M John Scanlan Funeral Home
781 Newark Pompton Turnpike
Pompton Plains, New Jersey, United States