Leola N. Medina, 86

Feb 3, 2021

On Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, Leola N. Medina, loving wife, and mother of four children and grandmother to five grandchildren, passed away peacefully at the age of 86.

Leola was born in Baker Brook, New Brunswick, Canada to Adelard and Emma (Baker) Nadeau. She came to Massachusetts to pursue her education. Education was very important to her. She graduated from Wareham High School in 1952 and then St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in 1956. She went on to receive a B.A. in Nursing from Boston University in 1960 and became a member of the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing. She was a registered nurse until her retirement.
On December 22, 1956 she married Frederico R. Medina Jr. They raised three sons Frederico lll, Darryl, and Karl, and a daughter, Shari in their home in Marion.

She cherished her family most of all and enjoyed many birthdays, holidays, and graduations. She loved to visit the ocean and farms near her home. Over the years, she and Fred enjoyed traveling to Canada, California, Hawaii, Florida, and many other locations.

Leola had a passion for art and music. She also enjoyed bird watching and was known for her kind and compassionate spirit. She was an active docent with the New Bedford Whaling Museum and supported numerous charities.

She is survived by her husband Fred, and their four children, Frederico Medina Ill and his wife, Marina, Darryl Medina and his wife Sara Dickson, Shari Jankowski and her husband, James, Karl Medina as well as five grandchildren who called her "Nana"; Andrew Jankowski, Caroline  Jankowski, Kendra Medina, Allison Medina, Max Medina, two brothers, a sister, and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

"The world changes from year to year, our lives from day to day, but the love and memory of you, shall never pass away."

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the South Coast Visiting Nurse Association, 200 Mill Road, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.