Antonina ‘Nina’ Melita Rindenello


Antonina “Nina” Melita Rindenello, of Niskayuna, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 15, 2021, after a long and active life of 96 years. She was born in Johnstown, NY, the daughter of the late Sebastiano and Concetta Chillemi Melita.

Nina worked in the Utica school system for many years, first as a regents English teacher and later as a librarian and media specialist. Nina earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Rose College, a master’s degree from Siena College and a second master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Following her retirement, Nina performed with the Schenectady Light Opera, the Schenectady Civic Players, the Galway Players, and St. Claire’s Choraliers. She volunteered with the television show, Capital Region today for over 20 years. She also volunteered for many years as a reader for the RISE Radio Reading Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.

Nina is survived by her children, Michele Flint (Kevin) and Gregory Rindenello (Carolyn Cole). Her son, Francis pre-deceased her in 1991. Nina also leaves behind four grandchildren, David Scirto, Andrea Scirto, Paul Rindenello and Michael Rindenello. She also leaves behind beloved sister-in-law, Miggie Melita, a lifelong Johnstown resident. The youngest of ten Melita children, Nina was predeceased by brothers, Joseph, Charles, Anthony, John, and Philip; and sisters, Maria, Josephine, Frances, and Carmela. She also leaves behind three great-grandchildren; as well as many Melita, Stack, Rindenello and Shkane nephews and nieces.

A brief visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Holy Trinity Church, Johnstown, immediately followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Johnstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

By Patricia Older