Nellie Lent (nee Hazen) of Woodcliff Lake, NJ and formerly of River Edge, NJ and Homosassa, FL, passed peacefully on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the age of 92.
Beloved wife of Bill Lent for 72 years. Devoted mother of David Lent and his wife Karen and Gary Lent and his wife Sharon. Dear sister of Harry and Herm Hazen. Cherished grandmother of Andrew Lent and his wife Christy. Great grandmother of Adam and Alyssa Lent. Also survived by great-great grandson Kai. Predeceased by her parents Sadie and Herman Hazen and brothers Garry, Hank and Len Hazen.
Nell was born in Midland Park and graduated from Pompton Lakes High School in 1946. She met the love of her life, Bill, while in high school at the Paramus Roller Rink and they were married in 1949. She started working as a secretary at Glen Rock Junior High in 1946 and continued until shortly before the birth of her first child in 1953. She then pivoted to a very successful career as a stay at home Mom in the family house in River Edge.
She was active in her sons' lives including several stints as a Cub Scout Den Mother. In 1971 Nell returned to full time work, joining the Grand Union Company as an executive secretary in the corporate office. In a 23 year career she became executive secretary to the CEO before retiring in 1994. Nell and Bill then spent time between River Edge and their second home in Phoenicia, NY until 1998.
They then sold the River Edge house, built a house in Homosassa and became snowbirds for 10 years. She volunteered for 5 years at the Citrus Memorial Hospital Clinic in Homosassa. She loved going on Tauck Tours, golfing, playing bridge and seeing her family. She was the family organizer for reunions. They were an annual event for years in River Edge and Phoenicia and then Homosassa in 2008 when she became a full time Florida resident. She was a long time member of the First Congregational Church of River Edge and then the First Methodist Church of Homosassa.
Nell was a good friend, wonderful wife and a great Mom. She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. Arrangements will be private. Rather than flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice
would be appreciated.
Arrangements by Robert Spearing Funeral Home, Inc., Park Ridge, NJ rsfhi.com
Published by Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 28, 2021.