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Died: Sun., Jun. 2, 2013

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Aurora T. "Nikki" Masella Kreilheim, 85, of Orange, passed away June 2, 2013 at her home after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of George F. Kreilheim. Mrs. Kreilheim was born in New Haven March 12, 1928, daughter of the late Vincenzo (James) and Filomena (Fanny) Labagnara Masella. She worked as a registered nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital for more than 40 years. At one time, she was very active in the former St. John the Evangelist Parish. Besides her husband, she is survived by four sons, John P. (Sheba) Rodican of Hamden, Andrew J. (Allison) Rodican of Northford, Richard Rodican of Orange and David (JoAnna) Rodican of Norwalk; two daughters, Eileen (Mario) Puglisi of Hamden and Christine (Robert) LiVolsi of Wallingford; one brother, Anthony (Lucille) Masella of North Haven; three sisters, Michelina Ciocca of Hamden, Jean Anastasio of Orange and Loretta (Jack) Palumbo of Milford; 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph Vincent and Gaetano "Guy" Masella; and by husbands, James A. Rodican and William Buckingham. By her request, Nikki's funeral was private. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 5th in St. Louis Church, West Haven by Rev. Timothy Meehan. Interment was in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

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Mary McNally
   Posted Sun June 09, 2013
My deepest condolences to my cousins - I always was a great admirer of your Mother, my Aunt Nikki. She was so pretty with great style, had such an interesting voice, was a great cook and was just an amazing woman. My thoughts, prayers and love will always be with her and with you.

Herbert Lewis MD
   Posted Mon June 10, 2013
Nikki was an old old friend, one of my first patients, a childhood friend of my sister at Barnard Sschool and a colleague for forty years at Yale New Haven. I have known for many many years her courage, nursing skill, compassion and caring. Your lives have been blessed with her presence. My deep condolences.

Louise Denegre
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Nikki's death. She was always kinjd to me, and even changed my diapers so maaaannnny years ago when I was a sick baby in the hospital. Love to you all. Louise

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