Hickey, Lena M. (Nina)
Our beloved and caring mother age 94 passed away on June 26, 2020.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dominic and Augustine Mantia, three brothers and two sisters. Husband John E. (Jack) Hickey, son John E. Hickey Jr, grandchildren John Hickey III and Andrea Hickey, great granddaughter Madelyn Monet Mason.
Survived by daughters Nina A. Mason, Karen J. (Herb) Aydelott, sons Tim C. Hickey and Kevin M. Hickey, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Brothers, Tony Mantia and Nick Mantia.
She graduated from Julienne High School and remained friends with her sorority sisters for over seventy years. Lena belonged to St. Albert the Great Parish, Daughters of the Immaculate Conception, numerous cards and bunco clubs, and a bowling league. She enjoyed playing bingo where strangers became friends. Overnight trips to the casino with her daughters was always a fun adventure.
She was an amazing cook, baker and party planner. She shared her recipes and cooking skills with anyone who asked. She organized the Italian Cookie booth for the World Affair, Octoberfest and the Italian Festival for many years. She provided hundreds of delicious home baked cookies to sell, bringing back customers year after year. Her cooking talents included making peanut butter fudge on a camp stove on the many family vacations.
She had a natural green thumb that was evident in her beautifully landscaped yard. She enjoyed gardening and always had the most magnificent roses. She shared the beauty with neighbors, family, friends and the local squirrels, rabbits, and birds that she fed every morning.
Her smile was contagious, and her love of life made her a joy to be around. She loved her family, friends and was a devout Catholic.
A private burial service will be at Calvary Cemetery.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossroads Hospice.
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