Laura M. Nacinovich
April 14, 1933 – January 28, 2020
Laura Mae (Waldroff) Nacinovich, 86 of Oak Ridge, NJ, passed away on January 28, 2020 at Cedar Crest Village, Pompton Plains, NJ. Laura was born in Danville, PA and grew up in Shamokin, PA. She was the only child of Erma (Thomas) and William Waldroff. She was also the beloved wife of John Nacinovich, whom she married on June 18, 1955.
Laura had a lifelong love of her hometown of Shamokin, PA. She was a 1951 graduate of Shamokin High School. She received a Home Economics teaching degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and in her later years obtained a Masters of Elementary Education from William Patterson College.
Early on, she spent a relatively brief time working as a Home Economics teacher. But after a decade at home raising her children, she returned to work and found her true calling as a 4th grade elementary school teacher. Her elementary school career spanned more than 25 years, when she worked at both the Cozy Lake School and the White Rock School in Oak Ridge, NJ. She was a much-beloved and passionate school teacher, incorporating her love of history, art, music, and a genuine love of kids into her classroom. She was a writer of class plays, head creator/director of large class murals done by her students, fosterer of a love of reading, history and singing, and ruled her classroom with love, compassion and humor. During her own kids’ growing-up years, she was a dynamic Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, and Junior Choir and New Covenant folk group leader at the Milton United Methodist Church.
Laura had numerous hobbies. Many used her artistic talents, including quilting, wood carving, creating hand-painted Santas and other wood figurines, and painting pictures in a Grandma-Moses-style. In her middle years, she discovered she had a real passion for genealogy, which utilized her interest in local Pennsylvania history and her desire to know her ancestors better. She happily logged numerous research hours at historical societies and court houses throughout central PA (pre-internet).
She delighted in spending time with her six grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her devoted husband, John; her son Keith Nacinovich, his wife Michele (of Pompton Plains, NJ) and their two sons; her daughter Beth (Shuey), her husband Keith (of Harrisburg PA) and their two daughters; and her son Wade, his wife Amy Bay (of Portland, OR) and their son and daughter.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 4 – 7PM at Goble Funeral Home 22 Main St., Sparta, NJ 07871. A service will be held on Tuesday, 10AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Northumberland Memorial Park in Sunbury, PA.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Milton United Methodist Church, 316 Dover-Milton Rd, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N Michigan Ave, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Milton United Methodist Church
316 Dover-Milton Road, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
225 N Michigan Avenue FL 17 , Chicago, IL 60601
- Visitation Monday, February 3, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020
- Graveside Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Laura M. Nacinovich
Dr. Karen (Crewe) Tucker
February 12, 2020
I have always called Mrs. Nacinovich my favorite teacher. I came into her fourth grade as a new student and she was so welcoming and inviting that I immediately felt comfortable. I began my love of reading with the Little House on the Prairie books in her class and fondly remember acting out skits. I sent her a letter last year thanking her for being so wonderful and included my fourth grade picture and a current picture. I hope she knew how special she was to me. She will be missed.
February 3, 2020
Mrs. Nacinovich was such a dedicated & compassionate 4th grade teacher. She poured her heart into class each day. I still put out my wooden Santa that we made in her class each Christmas. Her creative & artistic abilities were amazing. In class, I loved her covered wagon, reading in the bath tub, painting the classroom murals & participating in the class play she wrote. She turned me into a lifelong reader!
Brenda “Diefes” Cox
February 1, 2020
RIP, loved having Mrs. Nacinovich as my fourth grade teacher. Best memories of being in her class were reading Little House on the Prairie books. Also building a covered wagon in class and doing skits from some of the stories. I played Mary when she got Scarlet Fever and went blind.
She was a awesome teacher, touched many hearts and will be missed by many.🙏🏻
January 31, 2020
She was an amazing teacher. I have so many fond memories of her. She will be missed
Lisa Thomas Schmitt
January 31, 2020
Mrs. Nacinovich was a wonderful teacher who inspired in me a lifetime love of music, art and reading. I will never forget our fourth grade play that she wrote, “Mission From Milton”, singing every day in class with her at the piano, and the end of the year barbecue she hosted for us in her back yard. She was one of a kind, and made a lasting impression on countless young lives.
January 30, 2020
Mrs. Nacinovich will always be remembered as a wonderful teacher. We had a covered wagon in our classroom and she always had such a positive learning environment. She encouraged my love of reading and sense of compassion and she will always be remembered with a smile
January 30, 2020
Many happy memories of Laura and the Nacinovich family when we were neighbors in Milton. She was always creative and fun. I remember her playing the piano in the evenings. Hugs and sympathy to all of you. My mother died two years ago from Alzheimer’s also, so I understand and sympathize.