RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. -- Lifelong Ridgefield Park resident Jacqueline “Jackie” O. Melia died Thursday, Jan. 14. She was 74.
Melia received her bachelor of arts degree from Seton Hall University and her master's in history from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck. She taught in the Union City school district for more than 30 years. Melia was a parishioner of St. Francis Church in Ridgefield Park.
In her younger years, she enjoyed horseback riding, skiing, traveling, shopping, antiquing and all things Irish. She loved animals and they loved her, especially her Scottish Terriers.
Melia is survived by her cousins, Sister Kathleen Tracey of the Bronx, Virginia Tracey of Teaneck, Mary Carroll Dolan of Toms River and Joan Reuda of Walnut Creek, Calif.; members of the Carroll, Dolan, Osinsk, Paske, Scullion and Tracey families; and many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Julia “Lou” (Paske) Melia, and her fiancé, Morris Kolnicker.
Visiting hours will be from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Trinka-Faustini Funeral Service, 439 Maywood Ave., Maywood. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the funeral home, with a funeral Mass at St. Francis Church at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Hackensack.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Villa Marie Claire Hospice by clicking here, or by mailing a check to Holy Name Medical Center Foundation, 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666, using this form.