Carsten, Melanie A.
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Melanie Anne Carsten, 56, of New York City, died Sunday, November 4, 2012 after a brief, unexpected illness. She was born in Yonkers, New York to John and Audrey Carsten.
After graduating from Fordham University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications in 1977, and working in the corporate world of advertising for several years, Melanie decided to change careers. She enrolled and graduated with high honors from St. Vincent's Nursing School in Manhattan in 1985 and began a twenty-five year career in critical care nursing at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
Her compassion for her patients was ever present. She took care of people from all walks of life and would frequently share their stories with her own family. Melanie was wonderfully gifted with her patients and their families. Those gifts extended well beyond the walls of the hospital. As the devoted caretaker of her parents, she was their healthcare advocate, best friend and their sunshine. One of the greatest joys in Melanie's life was her relationship with her eight-year-old niece Audrey.
Melanie was also an avid tennis player and the first woman to receive a full tennis scholarship to Fordham University. She was a former member of The Racquet Club on Park Hill in Yonkers and the New York Athletic Club in New York. Her love of dogs in general, and in particular her dog, MacGregor, prompted her involvement with the pet therapy program at her hospital.
Melanie is survived by her loving mother, Audrey Carsten of Yonkers; sister and her spouse, Robyn Carsten-Kane and Charles Kane; and her beloved niece Audrey O'Neil Kane of Louisville, KY.
Donations can be made in her memory to the pet therapy program " Dogs on Call" at New York Presbyterian Hospital by calling # 212-746-4936.
Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 7, 2012