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.