Lena A. (Devingo) Gavin

November 27, 1931 ~ May 29, 2020 (age 88)


Lena Gavin, nee, Devingo, a long-time Kearny resident, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020, at the age of 88.  Lena was predeceased by her loving husband of 69 years Donald Gavin, who passed on March 30, 2020.  She was a loving mother above all but a loving and caring friend to everyone fortunate to cross in her path.  Lena was the epitome of 1 John 4:7:  God is love. 

She was beloved by her children and their spouses: Donald and Denise Gavin, Robin Gavin, Mary Kurdyla, Susan Gavin, Joe Gavin, Jim, and Amanda Gavin; her grandchildren: Melissa, Jason, Courtney, Kyle, Max, Jessica, Heather, Sophie, Aiden and Bailey; and 5 great-grandchildren with one soon to bless this earth.  She was referred to as ma, grammy, gram, but no better moniker was given then by her youngest grandchild…grandma meatballs.  She was an Italian cook extraordinaire.  No one ever left her home wanting more, always offered plenty.  She was a selfless, loving, caring, and beautiful woman.

Lena was a long-time parishioner of St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Kearny.   She was also a long-time participant at bingo in the Church basement.   Above all, she lived by the Word of God and lived every day of her life proclaiming His goodness. 

Lena will be sorely missed but she will live on in the hearts of many and serve as a shining example for all of us to emulate.

Due to the current environment, a celebration of Lena’s life will be held at a later date.   She will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.  In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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