Angelina “Lena”S. Nicola, 95, of the Vailsburg Section of Newark, passed away on Friday, January 11,2013.
Lena was born and raised in Mt. Union, Pennsylvania. She was a graduate of Mount Union High School and the Huntingdon Secretarial School. During World War II, Lena worked at General RefractoriesCo., a defense plant in Mt. Union, PA. She liked to tell stories of how she sent boxes of home-made baked goods and candy to the soldiers during the war. After the war she married Dimitry Nicola, Esq., a WWII veteran,and settled in Newark, NJ. Lena later worked as a secretary for Seton Hall University for more than 20 years, both in the Humanities Honors Program and, more recently, as secretary to the Dean of the College of Nursing. She greatly valued higher education.
Lenawas a member of the Eastern Parkway Block Association and St.Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union. She liked to sing and playedthe violinin her youth. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading true crime and mystery novels, and discussing politics.
Predeceased by her husband Dimitry, and son Richard, Lena is survived by her children Sue Tiemann and her husband Mark, Sandra Grenci and her husband Tom, and Ken Nicola and his wife Linda; and grandchildren Francine and Victoria Grenci, Richard Tiemann, and Tara and Matthew Nicola.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11am at St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 721 Rahway Ave., Union. Interment will follow at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield. There will be a visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave., Springfield.
Those who wish to make a donation in Lena’s memory may do so, to the Unified Vailsburg Services Senior Center Program,40 Richelieu Terrace, Newark, NJ 07106.