Nellie Elias Saba

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Nellie Elias Saba, 94, of Wilkes-Barre passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.

Mrs. Saba was born in Houtzdale, moving to Wilkes-Barre as a young child with her parents, the late Anthony and Cecelia Andary Elias.

After attending Meyers High School, Mrs. Saba worked in the garment industry and was employed by the Central Slipper Co. She later worked in a much-loved position of teacher's aide at the Heights Elementary School.

Nellie took great pleasure in cooking and caring for her family, babysitting for her grandchildren and visiting Boston, Mass., where she enjoyed shopping and visiting art museums.

She was a member of St. Anthony/St. George Church, Wilkes-Barre. Patrons of the bazaars at St. George's Church had the privilege of sampling Nellie's culinary talents, which she volunteered often with other members of the St. George Altar and Rosary Society.

Mrs. Saba was preceded death by her husband, Anthony D. Saba, in 1970; by her brothers, Daniel and William Elias; and by a sister, Josephine Podolak.

Surviving are her son, William A. Saba, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Marilyn Saba-Greenberg and her husband, Sanford, Boston, Mass.; grandchildren, Stephanie Nichols and her husband, Michael; Anthony Saba and his wife, Jenna; Daniel Greenberg and his wife, Vinh; and Keri Magner and her husband, Ryan; great-grandchildren, Connor, Patrick and Quinn Nichols; and Maya Saba; sisters, Elizabeth Reimiller, Forty Fort; and Victoria O'Donnell and her husband, John, Wilkes-Barre; brothers, Joseph Elias and his wife, Marge, Wilkes-Barre; and John Elias and his wife, Susan, Kingston; numerous nieces and nephews.

Nellie's family would like to thank Dr. David Mouallem and the caring staff at Little Flower for their loving and compassionate care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Friday in the Chapel at Little Flower Manor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Nellie's obituary at

Funeral arrangements are by Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Oct. 25, 2012