Anita M. Tocco (Nina) 61, of Columbus NJ, passed away on Monday April 20, 2020 after losing her 5 month battle with cancer, surrounded by her two loving friends Barbara and Kim.
Born in Princeton, Nina attended Stuart Country Day School and graduated from Princeton High School. Early in Nina’s life it was apparent that Nina had a great talent for music. She could play multiple instruments, but it was the piano that took Nina to another level. Growing up Nina pursued her passion, winning many awards and accolades from her competitions. At first, she pursued music at Trenton State College but after the tragic loss of her beloved father, Nina lost that passion to perform and put aside that part of her life. She became a rural carrier for the US Postal Service of Princeton and Wrightstown where she also became involved as a state steward in the Union which took her around the country for various meetings and other duties. She also was part of a pilot program designed for training and promoting the Postal Service for which she received awards in excellence prior to her retirement with 35 years of service.
Besides music, Nina was a lover of sports and played basketball, soccer and softball in school and leisure, always with a competitive edge. In her later years she liked gardening, dining out with friends and traveling. This was usually to warm climates with beaches. Nina had a generous nature that extended itself to her love of cats. As a crazy cat lady she had up to 6 cats at a time periodically, leaving behind 3 of her beloved felines. And known only to a few she had a beautiful singing voice.
She is predeceased by her parents Santo and Anne (Fiumenero) Tocco and survived by 3 brothers Ronald, (Karen) Santo and John Tocco and also 2 nephews Michael and Jonathan, plus decades of friends.
She has been cremated and a memorial service will take place on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7-9 PM at Mather Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Ave Princeton NJ 08540. Due to covid restrictions it will be by invitation only; those interested call Kim at 609-335-4251. Internment will be in Princeton Cemetery 29 Greenview Ave Princeton NJ 08540 on Oct 9, 2020 at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to local shelters, animal rescues or the ASPCA.