Leslie Luminati, 72, longtime volunteer

Leslie Nogi Luminati, 72, a Ridgefield resident for 37 years, died peacefully on October 18, 2014.  She was a veteran volunteer at the Keeler Tavern Museum and a driver for Meals-on-Wheels. Many residents also saw her at Ridgefield Orthopedic as a Medical Transcriptionist, but more importantly, as a frequent volunteer chaperone and adopted den mother in the Ridgefield school system.

Leslie was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on August 15, 1942 to Alfred Nogi and Vida Evans Nogi, first generation Hungarian and British immigrants (respectively) and educators in the Linden, New Jersey school district. She attended Allegheny College in Allegheny, PA, where she met her future husband, Robert Luminati. She went on to earn a Master’s degree from Keane University in New Jersey and served as a Certified Speech Pathologist in public schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  She used her skills throughout her life to better the verbal and emotional development of children.

Although her service at Keeler Tavern and in the medical industry was important to her, her greatest joy was spending time with her family and those close to them. She cherished annual secluded family retreats to Elkins, New Hampshire, as much as she welcomed her peers and children’s friends to her home.  Many a happy evening was spent in the Luminati home with Les and her husband enjoying games of charades with their children’s friends as everyone feasted on the incredible spread that was arrayed in the kitchen. As Reverend Charles Cesaretti spoke of her ethos: “C’mon in, there are warm cookies on the table.”

Leslie is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert; son Stephen and grandson Alexander of Fairfax Station, VA; daughter Gwynne Luminati Wittmann of Sandy Hook, CT; and brother Stephen Nogi of Marietta, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Siamese Cat Rescue Center, the Keeler Tavern Preservation Society, or the Vida Evans Nogi Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Leslie was very specific: if loved ones would prefer to send flowers, please, no lillies.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1 pm at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield.

Friends will be received at the funeral home from 12 noon until the time of the service.

Interment will take place in Maple Shade Cemetery, Ridgefield following the service.

—by the family