Nadia Ann Trinkala
Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.
2013 Broadway
Watervliet, NY 12189-2225
Trinkala, Nadia Ann COHOES Nadia "Trink" Ann Trinkala was born in Troy, June 28, 1966 and entered into eternal life on April 8, 2010. She was the beloved daughter of Michael and Dianne Trinkala of Brunswick. She is also survived by her loving brother, Michael D. Trinkala (Julie) of Sunnyvale, Calif.; uncle Michael Spiak; aunt Eileen Trinkala; cousin Chantelle Spiak; several loving aunts, uncles, cousins; many dearest friends, all of whom Nadia loved and cherished; and her very special godson, Rowan Pigott and his twin brother, Benjamin Pigott. Nadia was predeceased by her loving grandparents, Michael and Anna Spiak and Michael and Anna Trinkala. Nadia was an intensely creative spirit who was dedicated to creating a strong sense of community through which many lives have been touched. While she has been involved in a variety of creative and business pursuits, she has constantly adhered to her passion for helping people through artistic outlets. She began her career life as a very successful travel agent, which gave her the opportunity to see the world. In 1996, Nadia started her second career path in antique and collectible furniture when she ran the high end shop Nick Metropolis in Los Angeles. She returned to the Capital Region in 1997 to open her store Trink Furniture in Cohoes. The success of this venture led Nadia to upgrade to a larger location and expand with Trink Art Gallery with co-directors Tom D'Ambrose and Bob Gullie. This wonderful gallery drew huge crowds from around the Capital Region. Throughout these years, Nadia created a hub for the improvement of the art community in Cohoes and the larger Capital Region. Nadia then turned her energies toward her natural calling in life: to help others through her compassion and creativity. She began working with the disabled at ARC, Center for Disability Services, Carriage House, Living Resources and Questar. Her honest spirit, which saw the person as opposed to the disability, led her to reach people in remarkable ways. This experience drove her to seek certification in the field of creative arts and music therapy at The New School in New York City. Recently, Nadia had been sharing her time between Cohoes and Brooklyn. During this time, she had been researching a practical and philosophic framework around the idea of "The Human Citizen." In her memory, stop to ask yourself, "What does it mean to be a Human Citizen?" Farewellfree spiritour special Butterfly. We will miss your shining face, but forever have your spirit with us. A Celebration of Life service will be held for Nadia on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Cohoes Music Hall at 2 p.m. Friends and relatives are welcome. For those wishing to remember Nadia in a special way, donations in her memory may be made to Rensselaer County ARC, Residential Services, 79 102nd St., Troy, NY 12180 or to Living Resources, Carriage House Arts Program, 300 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203.
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Published by Albany Times Union on Apr. 14, 2011.
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Even after 10 years I still think of the wonderful times I had with Nadia. Now she has one of her greatest friends in Heaven with her. Everything Misty said is so true. I can't articulate it any better that Misty has done. Nadia practiced what she preached...a true human citizen.
Renee Marois
April 9, 2020
Oh my soul! I always think it will get easier it truly does not. There is no one in the universe anything like you Nadia. I still call your phone. It's still the only # I know. The person who now has the # has graciously been kind when I just can't help calling you hoping you will pick up.
We all miss you so much & try to carry on your legacy of love & mindfulness.
I carry you in my heart always. I love you till the end of all time. Thank you for all the memories & love.
To Mike & Dianne & the entire family. I can't imagine & I wish I could take this loss away. I would do anything.
To everyone who loved Nadia do carry on what she started it meant so much to her. Ask yourself, others... What does it mean to be a Human Citizen? What does it mean to be human? The answers you get remind you there is so much more love than hate in our world & that is the gift.
To hear the stories , connect with others & see yourself becoming & growing into a much more mindful human. Nadia is love & light & continues to be. I miss you so very much!
Misty Lemay
April 8, 2020
Your in my thoughts often / I always see your big smile ... ♥ Wishing you were still here among us ..
April 8, 2020
I still have fond memories of when we were young and playing together. You'll always be in my heart. God bless you Nadia.
Ann Babies Feik
April 9, 2019
Nadia always had a smile on her face / my daughter and I purchased many items from Nadia to use at my daughters place of business when Nadia was just starting out / she was so excited when she got the job at Hippos in Styvesent Plaza / With her barter system I exchanged Personal Training lessons for a mirrior in her shop that I loved and still hangs on my wall ..actually many of her pieces are in my home / when Nadia had the job of bus driver she would stop in for lunch ... I remember her as a beautiful ..caring ..compassionate woman ... Im so saddened that such a bright light left us all way to early ...
Rose Snyder
April 8, 2019
Deep sadness and numbness.

But not without experiencing the joy of having you being a part of my life and helping me mature.

Will never forget your light and energy, and how you touched all around you.

Shocked in learning so late. Wish we could have helped more, if at all.

Will always cherish the days.

You are happy and free now.
Gerry Granovsky
January 19, 2016
In talking with our friend Rock this morning and we found out about Trink's passing from this world to a higher and brighter place. We think of Trink often, of her bright spirit, of her generosity and effervescence. We shall light a candle in her honor tonight, and put her in the middle of our prayer circle. The world is a little less vibrant without the addition of this wonderful spirit in this third dmensional world. But we know she is shining brightly in another dimension, and we are thankful for having the opportunity of sharing the world with her while we were merchants together in Troy.
Kan and Mary Dufty
January 7, 2016
My daughter met a woman today who told her of your loss / I was shocked and saddened ..I met her at her store in Cohoes and purchased many items from her as did my daughter. Later I traded her lessons for a beautiful mirror I still have. We would meet up again at a coffee shop my daughter owned that was decorated with Nadis's furniture.
We always talked / laughed ..although we didnt meet often I called her a friend / she was always kind / always smiling ..Im so sorry for your great loss prayers are with your family / such a shining star!
Rose Snyder
November 15, 2015
Nadia, you were a friend from the first moment. I remember with great fondness working side by side with you as travel agents so many years ago. You were a ray of sunshine with your wonderful smile and effervescence. I hope you have found peace dear friend.
Wendy Rundle-Barrell
May 2, 2011
She lit up every room with her beautiful smile. You will be missed by every one who ever knew you!
Sharon & Butch Carter
April 25, 2011
What a magical person Nadia was.........I will miss her presence in this world.
Dusty Simi
April 22, 2011
I met Nadia when we worked together at the Center for Disabilities Services in 2006. She was an extraordinary woman who was just as lovely on the inside as she was on the outside. My heart is very heavy at her untimely death. My deepest condolences to her family and close friends.
Jill Telford
April 22, 2011
Trink, You are missed. The brightness that always surrounded you will carry on in the memory of your kind hearted sweet spirit. You touch everyones heart that you came in contact with and your memory will be embraced by everyone that knew you.
Trisha O'Connor
April 22, 2011
My memories of Nadia are associated within the neighborhood and the George Washington School, Brunswick Common School District. When I first met Nadia as a youngster my biggest task was to keep Nadia and her friend's, Natalie's, names straight. Her brother Michael was a classmate of my daughter. I am sorry to say I was not aware of her impressive accomplishments in the art and local business world as I would have liked to have visited her enterprises. It is with sadness that I express my family's and my own sympathy to Michael, Diane, and son Michael and all family and friends. May God bear up Nadia's soul and heal her grieving family.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Clements
April 20, 2011
Mike and Dianne,
Words are difficult to find to express our saddness in the loss of your daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Virginia (Gorczyca) and Art Beaumont
April 19, 2011
Mike and Dianne....So sorry for your terrible and unexpected loss. Such a beautiful woman..."Gone too Soon."
Ed and Dianne Balach
April 19, 2011
It's a major loss for us here but the heavens have secured a light. Rest in peace sweet girl!
GG Roberts
April 19, 2011
Dianne and Family,
My heart goes out to you all at this sad time.I am so sorry for your loss.
Sue C
April 17, 2011
My friend, you are missed. I remember above all your bright smile and lightness of spirit. Your good humor was infectious. You are etched in my mind, thankfully!
Brigid Rockwell
April 16, 2011
Nothing will ever be the same again without our dear sweet Nadia. My favorite thing was to take a day trip to Hudson with her. We'd play trivia games on the way. We were surprised when Nadia knew every vice president and the president they served with....not one mistake!!! WOW! When we walked around town Nadia was a celebrity...everybody was happy to see her and find out what she had planned for the future. I'll never be able to go to Hudson again without thinking about her. Somehow we'll try to move forward knowing she's at peace.
Renee Marois
April 16, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to Dianne and Mike. May you find it in your hearts to find the strenghts you thought you never had.
Jason Knapik
April 16, 2011
Nadia made a room light up - everything about her was positive. She shared with others, forming true connections on many levels through her love of humanity and her belief in helping others reach there full potential. She will be forever missed, however, will reside in forever in our hearts and psyche - guiding all of us to be compassionate, patient, creative and to love unconditionally.
Colleen Skiff
April 16, 2011
Nadia when I heard the news and called my mom, the first words out of her mouth were, "the prettiest girl in your class." you were so much more than that though..a truly beautiful human being both inside and out and everyone who has ever had the honor of knowing you remembers your kind spirit. My deepest sympathy to your family and loved ones at this very difficult time. you left this world way too soon...
Maria Marinucci
April 16, 2011
nadia most beautiful sweet person, now an angel forever. i will miss you but will see you again someday in the beautiful place over the rainbow. i think of you when i look all around my house and see treasures i found at trink antiques. you trink the most unique and magnificient treasure will be missed greatly among us. the angels will adore you.
April 16, 2011
My hope is that we hold on to the memories that we had, remember the laughter and the silly stories and look back and feel blessed to have had such a special person to share those times with.

Nadia you were my sister's best friend and the gift of your friendship, time, support, and constant love is and will always be a treasure that can never be taken away. Rest in peace.
Kristin Morrow
April 15, 2011
Dear heart Nadia, I am honored to have been your friend. See you again...
My deepest sympathy to your family.
Love you always,
Colleen and Lucian
Colleen Cox
April 15, 2011
My condolences to the enitre Trinkala family. I graduated with Nadia and I was so shocked to hear about her unitimely passing. She was always smiling and ready to help you whenever should could. Even though I haven't seen or spoken to Nadia since high school, her memory will always be with me. Rest in peace my friend.
Anna (Lombardi) Hunt
April 15, 2011
My heart aches for Dianne, Mike and the Trinkala family. Nadia had the most beautiful spirit and view of the human soul. She will be painfully missed by all who knew her. May her soul be soaring high with the angels and at peace. Dianne and Mike - I hope you find strength to move forward through the comfort and support of your family and friends.
JoAnne Leak Hellijas
April 15, 2011
To my Aunt Diane, Uncle Mike and Cousin Michael,

Please accept my deepest heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Nadia. Nadia was a free spirit with a beautiful smile and uplifting personality. She always saw the best in others. Nadia made an everlasting impression on me and will remain in my heart forever. With loving peace.
Michael T. Spiak III
April 15, 2011
My condolences to the entire Trinkala family.. Nadia was such a bright spot in all our lives growing up in high school.. she was definately an angel and will be truly missed.. RIP Nadia.. Sue Anne MacNary (Troy, NY.. class of 1984)
April 15, 2011
My condolences to the whole Trinkala family Nadia was a beautiful soul, she will be missed
Derrick Conway
April 15, 2011
Nadia, you are such an inspiration to me. What a loss in the art community. You have such a beautiful soul.
Love, Leigh Wen
Leigh Wen
April 14, 2011
No matter how busy Nadia was, she always had time for friends. And it didnt matter who you were or where you came from, she was going to figure out where you were headed and help you get there. Busy...always, All business...never. She was an enigma in the antique world as she was never about the money, always about the friendships and her currency seemed to be smiles. I often questioned whether she sold that retro furniture to make a living or just desired a really cool place to spend more time with friends. Seemed that no matter how low on shop inventory she would become at times, there was ALWAYS an inviting funky sofa right in the middle of the showroom floor. That was not a coincidence, it was a necessity, because thats where deals were made. Not behind some stiff counter or desk, just a cool funky sofa. That's the kind of person she was and I'll miss that. Smart, trustworthy and a beautiful person, Nadia, you were truly an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your friendship and sharing some of your short time here on earth. Our loss is certainly heaven's gain and I can only imagine the ideas you have for that place.
Mark Blanchet
April 14, 2011
Nadia, when I look at the vintage items in my home, purchased at Trink's in Cohoes quite a few years ago, I smile as I recall your kindness, laughter and gentle spirit. May your good heart find rest and your family and friends be comforted. I am so glad our paths crossed.
Aloha! John Crowe (Albany, NY)
John Crowe
April 14, 2011
I only knew you briefly dear Trink. However, you made a lasting impression on me with you genuine friendliness and honest spririt. Your beauty and giving spirit exemplify what a "human citizen" should be. May God bless and welcome you into his eternal grace.
Herb Hyde
Herb Hyde
April 14, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Trinkala family
Scott Bieg
April 14, 2011
Nadia, I pray that all of our family's guardian angels were surrounding you in your journey and that you are at peace. Im sure Aunt Paula and Uncle Dick greeted you with wide open arms. Rest in peace our beautiful girl. You are loved and missed very much.
Love, your cousin Lisa
Lisa (Kelly) Mayville
April 14, 2011
The Trinkala family were my neighbors growing up... She was such a beautiful girl - someone I looked up to and wanted to be more like..... I would hear updates about her over the years from her mom and now reading all about her here and in the Metroland, just reinforces what a wonderful role model she was..... beautiful inside and out.

My heart goes out to the Trinkala family....

Kim Cranston-Premo
Kim Premo
April 14, 2011
Nadia, One of my dearest childhood friends, and you're now an angel. Miss you.
Lori Sullivan
April 14, 2011
My condolences to uncle "Mike" & aunt "Diane" for their loss.Also the "Fedorchak family" love aunt "Susan"
Susan Mihaly
April 14, 2011
Nadia you will be greatly missed. It was always a pleasure talking to you and doing business with you.
Our Condolances to your Family
Don & Sheila Pier
D&S Used Furniture
Don Pier
April 14, 2011
Nadia you will be missed......
April 14, 2011
Trink's easy smile and depth of presence called upon an aspect of myself I was unaware of as an impressionable high school student that would bop between her furniture store on Remsen and the business my mom and Aunt ran next door. Through Trink's example was one of the ways I was able to identify a passion for life and caring for others.

Trink, thank you for being an example of a free spirit and warm heart in our lives.
Jolleen Wagner
April 14, 2011
Our sincerest condolences and prayers to Michael and Diane -
Claudia Assini
April 14, 2011
My deepest sympathy and prayers are with the trinkala family.
Ted Lombard
April 14, 2011
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Wendy Matthews
April 14, 2011
My prayers and sympathy go out to the entire Trinkala family and all Nadia's adoring friends and fans. I am truly so very sorry for your loss. I grew up with Nadia in Brunswick and had not seen her in years, but I remember her kind ways and her loving spirit. May she rest in peace.
Kim Dwyer Peabody
April 14, 2011
Our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you and yours at this most difficult time.
Daeg Brenner
April 14, 2011
Lisa Badolato-Allen
April 14, 2011
Oh, Sister in the way of many greats, you've flown away too soon. You've brought so much good to the lives of so many that you must have met your quota ahead of schedule. Your spirit, energy, relatability, style, grace and beauty helped others learn how to make their lives more fulfilling.

"All I know is something like a bird within her sang...all I know she sang a little while and then flew on.
If you hear that same sweet song again
will you know why?...anyone who sings a tune so sweet is passing by..."

Fare you well - she was, she was a friend of mine.
Daryl Dupuis
April 14, 2011
My sympathys to nadias family
Phil Suriano
April 14, 2011
Sending my love and sympathies to your family and to everyone. Nadia,I will carry you in my heart always I will remember your smile your laugh and the love you showed the universe I am so thankful for the memories, you are and always will be the brightest light I have ever known. I love you. Fly with Angel's
Misty Lemay
April 14, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the Trinkala family. God bless you Nadia.
Ann Feik(Babineau)
April 14, 2011
I remember Nadia as an incredibly artistic and energetic person. These qualities radiated from within her soul. She so often shared her amazingly beautiful and infectious smile. Calling her beautiful, special, unique, or a breath of fresh air would all be understatements. May Nadia find the peace in afterlife that semed to evade her here on earth.
Judy Engel
April 14, 2011
You would whoosh in like a hummingbird, always smiling and cheerful, never a hint of sadness in your persona. I didn't get to know you well enough - seems you were always on the move - may we cross paths again in another plane. Safe journeys.
April 14, 2011
Diane and Family
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve. (cousin of Leona)
Marilyn Lewandowski Vogt
April 14, 2011
You have always inspired me...your kindness, your beauty, your creativity, your many years of are very missed by us all in the Durivage home...thank you for sharing your life with us. We love you. Kathy Durivage and family
April 14, 2011
Thank you for sending a cardinal my way this morning. I am thinking of you and trying to do what I can to continue your blessings on the world, in your name! I know you're still there spreading joy and pixie dust, and I'll think of you whenever I see a little piece of magic in the world. I love you, Trink! Wink, wink. xoxo Love, Erin
Erin Adams
April 14, 2011
My beautiful cousin Nadia,The pain and regret I feel knowing you are no longer with us is overwhelming.I can only hope that you have found eternal peace and true freedom.I will miss you the rest of my days in this world but when my time comes I pray I will find you so I may give you the hug I always wanted too.May god watch over you until then.
mark spiak
April 14, 2011
Nadia has shown me how to better cherish friendship
jean krueger
April 14, 2011
Nadia, you are Beautiful & I will Love you forever & miss you. you are a ANGEL And at peace ... I will Always think of you my dear friend....
April 14, 2011
Nadia,my childhood Friend,GWS Kindergarden to High school, may you fly with the angels
Rod Crispo
April 14, 2011
Dear Nadia, I will always remember your warmth, your happy, generous spirit, your beautiful smile and your incredible style. I miss knowing you are out there doing your thing on this earth, and I wish you were still here. The world really needs people like you. I know your joy, zest, and loving spirit will endure forever. With much love, Jen W.
Jen Wojtowicz
April 14, 2011
Nadia, you were one of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure of meeting. This world is missing a beautiful soul, may you soar high angel.
Christopher Morin
April 14, 2011
Nadia, I am so grateful for the few but great conversations we had. I so wish we had time to do over again so we could have been more apart of each others lives. Your passing has encouraged me to follow through with what we have discussed. Sometimes something good can come from something so very sad. I hope you will be watching over us with your beautiful smile and be happy!
Kellie Campbell
April 14, 2011
Mike, Dianne, Michael and Julie, You are all in our hearts. Please know as you take this sad journey our spirits are there with our arms wrapped around you. May you be comforted with memories of a beautiful child gone too soon. Love, Jim, Debbie, Mark, Patty & boys
Jim/Debbie Elsner
April 14, 2011
Nadia was a very special person, always a kind word for whom ever she knew. She will be truly missed by many. Please accept my deepest sympathy, a beautiful person was wanted in heaven, the world is at a loss, but heaven has gained an angel.

Michelle Allen
April 14, 2011
Dearest heart,
Fly free, dear one, your spirit now enveloped by joy and beauty, we hold your beautiful smile in our hearts until we meet you again.
love, holly and family xxoo
Holly Davison
April 14, 2011
A beautiful child - a beautiful young woman and now a very special angel who will be watching over us all.
Mrs. G.
April 14, 2011
Nadia, I loved you since I first met you, only a few short months ago. You were a ray of sunshine and will be forever. I miss you Swan sister.
Amanda K
April 14, 2011
Nadia was a frequent visitor to various auctions in East Durham and Coxackie when she opened her shop. She was a glowing angel who light up any room she entered. Her beauty and charm would be difficult to match. Nadia loved the unique and would seek out items that she knew would be hard to find again. Her interests were soooooo very diversified matching her maverick personality and beauty.
arlene kucan
April 14, 2011
Mike and Family,
Many years ago you and I were colleagues at Shaker Jr High....the name "Trinkala" rang a bell when I read about your daughter. Nadia sounds like sunshine personified. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Mary Ann Scully Mitchell
April 14, 2011
Oh Dear Trink......The world is a sadder place without your ever smiling face. You indeed were as free spirited as any butterfly and as warm hearted as could be. The arts and antiques world will miss you ever so much....

Marleen Patrick Blair
Marleen Blair
April 14, 2011
Offering our deepest sympathies during this time.
The Staff of Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home
April 14, 2011