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January 6, 1940 ~ October 24, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Leona Noric Gold passed away at her home in Ridgewood, NJ, late in the afternoon of October 24, 2023, where she had for some time been in the care of her husband, George Williams, Jr. She was 83 years old. After acting on Broadway and dancing throughout much of the US east of the Mississippi under the name of Norica, she became a successful realtor in the Bergen County area. She and her husband were proud of their blended family, consisting of her three daughters (Darlene, Jeaneane and Adene Gold), her husband’s two sons (George Williams III and Alexander Williams), their childrens’ respective spouses (George III: Randi; Alexander: Melissa Ho; Adene: Mauro Zanutto; Darlene: Joseph Roca), their grandchildren (Jeaneane: Timothy, Valerie, Natalie, Emily, Stephanie and Gregory Kologrivov and Cassidy Sarka; Adene: Seth and Aiden Zanutto; Darlene: Jonathan Gold-Roca; George III: George IV and Abigail; Alexander: Marcel Ho), and great-grandchild (Cassidy and Jesse Sarka: Nicholas). Leona is also survived by her sister, Susan Jane Whitman, and Susan Jane’s husband and two children, and by a half-brother, Ludwig Steven Rohrmayr, and his family. Leona also always kept Olivia Kologrivov in her heart, even though she was not with the family very long.
For as long as she had grandchildren, Leona devoted herself to their dancing, tennis, plays, visits to coffee shops and diners and all the other parts of their lives where she felt she could show her love.
Leona loved to travel through Europe and the Middle East and spent many enjoyable hours attending lectures, seminars and films relating to the Middle East at Columbia University and Princeton, where she relished participating in discussions and debates with both professors and students. Leona would surely be happy to learn that donations to these programs have been made on her behalf.
Near the end of her life Leona enjoyed riding through the countryside in Bergen, Passaic, Orange and Rockland Counties, sampling the food, watching the seasons change, thinking of how the area has developed over the years and observing barn swallows raising their young