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Nilsa Lopez Saez

September 30, 2021


Many hearts were broken when Mrs. Nilsa Lopez Saez, 72, died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 30, 2021, in the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.

Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Tuesday, October 5th. from 5:00-9:00PM.  During the visitation at 7:00PM, there will be a zoom service http://jworg.zoom.us/j/87478504706 (password: 382362) in the funeral home, led by the Elders of Mrs. Saez’s Jehovah congregation, followed by a sharing of memories by family and friends present in the funeral home.  On Wednesday, October 6th. at 10:00AM, everyone will gather in the funeral home parking lot to form the traditional procession to Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains.  The prayers of committal will precede Mrs. Saez’s burial in the family plot.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Nilsa’s memory to either the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation online at http://www.komen.org or by mail at 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, Texas 75380 or Jehovah Witnesses, specifically the West Spanish-Plainfield Congregation at 909 West 4th. Street, Plainfield, NJ 07063 or online at http://www.donate.jw.org

Nilsa, the daughter of the late Mariana Rodriguez and the late Dimas Lopez, was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico.  She came to the mainland United States in 1964, when she was fifteen years old and she has resided in Plainfield, New Jersey ever since.

Nilsa was the owner and operator of Freddie’s Record Shop in Plainfield, New Jersey, for ten years, from 1981 to 1991.  After that, Nilsa worked as a delivery person for Abigal Press in New York City, New York, from 1992 to 2004. 

The essence of Nilsa was sparkly, fun, and energetic. She was a powerhouse of a strong, independent woman, who although widowed young, persevered to raise her family.  Nilsa dedicated her life to her family and her spiritual community in the service of Jehovah, where she was known as “Sister Nilsa” or "Hermanita Nilsa".  Nilsa was very diligent with her religious studies, most notably teaching others about the Bible.  She was known as a “precursora” and her gifts were shared with many folks. She would often sit to have conversation with them and worked to help others in whatever ways she could, most notably in areas of food and clothing, always lending a helping hand.  She had a huge heart; always thinking of others before herself. Even with all these activities going on in her life, Nilsa’s dedication to her family was beyond comparison.  For her, family was everything!  Cooking, laughing, talking,  family gatherings of all shapes and sizes brought joy to her heart and a smile to her precious face.  It was clear to all that she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Nilsa deeply believed that no matter what else would happen in her life, she was truly blessed because of the family she had around her, where the love and care was mutually exchanged.  She was artistic and blessed with the talents of many innate gifts.  Nilsa's favorite thing was to sew, especially clothing.  Beyond that, true to her giving nature, she made thousands of masks during Covid that she shipped throughout the world for those in need.  She was renowned for her jewelry making abilities & every piece Nilsa made was different, colorful, and made with love.  Family and friends wore her pieces with great pride in knowing that Nilsa made it especially for them.  She loved to “thrift”, not only for herself, but also for everyone in the family. Nilsa always kept an eagle eye out for a good find!  

She was predeceased by her husband, Freddie William Saez on June 2, 1987; her two brothers, Dimas Lopez Rodriguez and Edwin Lopez Rodriguez and her grandson, Devin L. Harrison.

Nilsa is survived by her four children, Delia Maria Garcia and her husband, David Garcia, Freddie William Saez, II and his wife, Dahiana Hernandez de Saez, Silvia Saez, Miguel Angel Saez and his wife, Geisha; her three siblings, Adabelto Lopez Rodriguez, Maria Luisa Lopez Rodriguez and Luis Angel Lopez Rodriguez; her 12 grandchildren, Karina Ivelisse Llumiquinga, Christian Giovanni Carlson and his spouse, Keith Carlson, Lilybeth Saez, Arelis Saez-Thurmon and her husband, Jonathan Thurmon, Freddie William Saez, III and his fiancé, Emily Beecher, Jailene Saez, Shamar L. Mason and his wife, Jade Evans, Shamira A. Mason, Darius M. Harrison, Nilsamaria Isabel Saez, Maya Esmeralda Saez and William Miguel Saez; her three step-grandchildren, Donjuan Harrison, Deja Harrison and Dondre Tate and her five great grandchildren; Damian Kilichowski, Cammeron Vereen, Cassidy Mason, Camiyah Mason and Mason Hill.

Nilsa was a “one of a kind” lady who adored her family and her life.  Our "grandma" will be missed beyond measure but will never be forgotten.



To send flowers to Nilsa's family, please visit our floral store.


October 5, 2021

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Kowalski Funeral Home
515 Roselle Street
Linden, New Jersey 07036

Gathering of family & friends in the Funeral Home Parking area to form a procession to the cemetery
October 6, 2021

10:00 AM
Kowalski Funeral Home
515 Roselle Street
Linden, New Jersey 07036

Committal Service & Burial in the family plot
October 6, 2021

11:00 AM
Hillside Cemetery
1401 Woodland Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

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