Marena D. Nellos of Sag Harbor, formerly of Brooklyn, a retired decorative artist and former corporate consultant, died at Calvary Hospital, The Bronx, on February 10. She was 70.
Born in New York City on June 28, 1947, she was the daughter of Xenephon and Catherine (Karistinakis) Nellos.
Ms. Nellos combined a successful corporate and consulting career as a manager of quality assurance for global banks and insurance companies with a flare for transforming tired buildings into luxury living spaces.
She was an accomplished chef whose holiday meals, especially Greek Easter, were social as well as culinary masterpieces.
Ms. Nellos loved antique-hunting on Eastern Long Island, especially the Sag Harbor area. She kept looking for “just the right place” for years.
When she decided, in 2000, to become a decorative artist, she took journeyman and masters classes at Isabel O’Neill Studios (New York), perfecting techniques in every possible “painted finish” medium. She expanded her skills by taking beginner and second year classes in porcelain painting in Limoges, France. Her attention to detail ensured that the results, whether on walls, floors, furniture, mirror frames or jewelry boxes, were “art.”
Ms. Nellos and her husband Frank enjoyed spending three winter weeks each year in St. Maarten where she would “create new seafood and pasta dishes for long-time friends there that rivaled anything found in the finest restaurants on the island,” said the family.
She was an avid theater patron and supported regional and local theater groups throughout New York State. Before she became ill, she would attend as many as seven events in a week, always looking for new groups or productions.
In early 2017, she and her husband finally found “just the right place” in Sag Harbor and began making it their own. By then, however, she was too ill to enjoy it. Her ashes will be interred in Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor during a memorial service to be held in late April or early May.
In addition to her husband, Ms. Nellos is survived by her stepson, Anthony Lemieux of Decatur, Ga., and siblings John Nellos, of San Marcos, Calif., and Nick Figler of New York.
She is also survived by two grandchildren and two nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Calvary Hospital in Memory of Marena Nellos.