On May 27th, 2020 Nicole Marie “Nikki” Matteo left us peacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends. Nikki was born in Edison, NJ and raised in Catskill, NY. Nikki graduated from Catskill Sr. High School before moving to West Belmar, NJ where she worked at Bar Anticipation, then later worked at Collins, Vella, & Casello LLC. in Wall Twp. NJ and John B. Wright Insurance Agency. Nikki had a huge passion for animals, she loved her dogs CJ, Daisy, Harley, Dakota & Coco Chanel, along with everyone else’s pets she ever came across. She loved the Giants and looked forward to Football Sunday with her friends every week. She had a love for Michael Kohrs and Coach pocketbooks. Nikki loved dinners with her friends more than anything in the world, going to concerts (especially Godsmack), and going to the movies. To be able to put Nikki into a couple paragraphs is impossible, the best way to say it would be it’s a lot like “When Legends Rise” from Godsmack, her favorite band, She was a fighter and a legend. Nikki made friends with everyone she ever met, 5 minutes in and you were family. She loved every one of her friends and family with all her heart, and even at the end wanted to make sure everyone else was ok, and then she’d flip you off and everyone would go back to laughing. She had a devilish smile that would light you up and make you wonder what was coming next, we’ll all miss that smile! Nikki was fiercely loyal to everyone around her, even when she had something to do for herself, she would think of her friends and family first. Going out with Nikki was like going to a Three Ring Circus with crazy characters that would just show up, but made every time it happened more amazing and fun than the last. There wasn’t a friend around that was more trustworthy or compassionate, and that you could go to at any time, she was the rock in all of our lives. The world was lucky to have someone in it that was our guiding light and made so many people rally around her and for her. You will always be in our hearts Nikki, forever. We are in each other’s life for a reason, thank you for showing up!
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Nikki is survived by her Mother and Father Charles & Eileen Matteo, her sister & brother-in-law Lisa & Edward Flesch. Her Aunt Marie Dill, Cousins Lorie DeStasio & Husband Vincent DeStasio of Toms River, NJ. Christina O’Brien of Toms River, NJ. Frank & Wife Kim O’Brien of Beachwood, NJ. Her hundreds of friends, whose world is a full shade darker without her in it. Also, her Nurse, Vallie Koren of Hazlet, NJ while arriving in heaven asking “Where’s Val?”. She is predeceased by Grandparents Cosmo & Concetta Matteo of Catskill, NY. Grandparents Nicholas & Josephine Grober or New Brunswick, NJ. Sister Deborah Matteo-Conrad or Fort Belvoir, VA.
Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Rd., Manasquan, NJ. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the ASPCA. Burial will be in St Patrick’s Cemetery, 37-36 N Jefferson Ave, Catskill, NY 12414, at a date to be determined. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.