Lena Read

Obituary of Lena Read

Antonia (Lena) Read (nee Bernardino) 93, of Fort Lee, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 with family by her side. Beloved wife of the late Cyril J. Read (1987). Loving stepmother to Connie (David) Mittler, and devoted grandmother to Karen. She was a faithful parishioner of Epiphany RC Church in Cliffside Park. Before retiring, Lena worked for over 40 years at JP Morgan Guarantee Trust Co. on Wall Street in New York City, working her way up to the executive branch. Lena is predeceased by her parents Pasquale and Rose Bernardino, her brothers Dominic (Mimi) and Louis, sisters Ann Minieri and Olive Nicolich and brother-in-law Fred Minieri. She is survived by her brother-in-law Charles Nicolich, sister-in-law Carol Bernardino, loving cousin Rosemarie Agostini, and lifelong friend Ruth Pizzo. Cherished Aunt of Michael (Violet) Bernardino, Robin (Hermon) Edwards, Linda Vick, Ron and Don Bernardino, Cris (Gary) Olson, Julie (Dave) Brooks, Laura (Mark) Morehouse, James (Laurie) Minieri, Carla (Tony) Cebulski, and Andrea (Joe) McKenna. Predeceased by nephew Jack Minieri (1991). Beloved Great Aunt of Mitzi, Mark, Randi, Daniel (Danielle), Jeffrey, Timothy, Zachary, Lewis, Nick, Emily, Sara, Alicia, Anthony and Karl. Treasured Great-Great Aunt of Spencer, Bethany, Elliot, and Kayla. Lena lived a full and independent life, traveling around the USA with family and then to all corners of the world with her husband Cy, experiencing many cultures and adventures most of us can only dream about. She was always impeccably dressed and never missed a hair appointment at her favorite salon on Anderson Ave. Lena was actively involved with a Senior Group in Bergen County, making monthly trips to the NYC theatre and the casinos of Atlantic City. In between, she could be found enjoying a noisy poker game with her siblings and friends. Family was first and foremost in her life. She was always eager to hear about the exploits of her nieces and nephews and was very proud of all of them. She was a wealth of information about the “old days” and we all loved to hear her stories. She will remain in our hearts as an example of a life well lived and the importance of surrounding yourself with family. She will be greatly missed and our holiday dinner tables will never be the same, although we are sure her presence will always be felt. Private services will be held at McCorry Bros. Funeral Home followed by private burial. A proper Italian celebration of Lee’s life will be held at a later date.
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