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December 2, 2023
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Mrs. Elena Benitez, 98, entered the arms of the Lord on Saturday, December 2, 2023, surrounded by the care and love of her family.
Elena was born in Havana, Cuba and she came to the United States in 1965. She lived in West New York, New Jersey for many years before moving to Linden, New Jersey two years ago.
Elena enjoyed a thirty-year career, becoming an assistant supervisor at Clark O’Neill, Inc. in Fairview, New Jersey, a company that deals with information and document management. She most definitely earned her 1990 retirement.
Elena could have been an interior decorator by trade. She simply loved embellishing her apartment daily and Elena was forever changing things up and adding finishing touches. She was never really satisfied, as Elena thought it could always be better or cozier or more esthetically pleasing. Going out and about, Elena enjoyed the bus trips to Atlantic city & win or lose – she made a day out of it. Some of her free time was spent enjoying the movies and Elena was hooked on any type of thrillers. She always made traveling a priority and Elena would mostly visit countries overseas, taking in all the different cultures, food and people. She never slowed down!
Predeceased in 1969 by her husband, Enrique Benitez, Elena is survived by her daughter, Elena Lamela and her husband, Henry and her granddaughter, Yvette Lamela.
Elena was very much a woman who understood the meaning of family, love, heritage, responsibility and simply doing what’s right. Her death has left a gaping hole in the hearts of her family, as they mourn Elena, but also rejoice in her legacy. We know that Elena’s family will carry on the traditions
that she instilled in them, and that Elena will live forever in the hearts and minds of all those who loved her.
In accordance with the family’s wishes, all Elena’s funeral services were private.