Christopher Edmund Contreras was born Sept. 17, 1948, and died July 6, 2013.
Chris was born to Pedro and Carmen Contreras in Tokyo, Japan. He died unexpectedly on July 6, 2013. Chris was preceded in death by his mother, Carmen Nissen, and brother, Noel Nissen. He is survived by his father, Pedro Contreras; his three children, Christina, Sean, and Rebecca; brothers: Peter (Jenny), Joel (Susan), Gerald Rae (Sharon), JC (Barbara), Kevin, Tim, Eric (Lori), Gregory (Andrea), as well as sister-in-law, Carol; sisters: Camille (Michael), Maria (Fred), Jana, Norita, Kirsten, Michelle (David), plus many nieces and nephews. Chris worked in several career fields including the U.S. Army, recreational therapist, registered nurse before answering the call to God’s service. He was ordained a priest on Sept. 7, 2011, in the Holy Ukrainian National Orthodox Church in Exile by Archbishop Haralambos of West Palm Beach, Fla. Following this, Fr. Christopher was director and chaplin of St. Francis of the Woods Spiritual Retreat Center in Coyle. The family would like to express wishes of gratitude and blessings to the following at St. Francis of the Woods: Kay Adair, co-founder and trustee, Fr. Matthew R. C. Adair Jr., and Diane Adair, trustee. Many thanks and blessings to all other trustees, past and present, and all staff members of St. Francis of the Woods. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Smith & Kernke Funeral Home, 14624 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City. The service co-celebrants will be Fr. Matthew R.C. Adair Jr. and Fr. Paul Wohola. Funeral service and divine liturgy will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013, at St. Francis of the Woods Retreat Center, 11414 W Highway 33, Coyle. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to St. Francis Retreat Center, P.O. Box 400, Coyle, OK, 73027-2166, or to the charity of their choice.