MERIDALE — Nejla Camponeschi of Meridale and Chesapeake Beach, Md., passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was 64.
Nejla is survived by her children, John Camponeschi and Geannan Camponeschi Papanicolaou and their respective spouses, Jasmine Camponeschi and John Papanicolaou; her sister, Lale Lewis; and brother, Altan Husni and their respective spouses Paul and Sandy; her grandson, Lincoln Camponeschi; her niece, Filiz Pyles and her husband, Wayne and children, Nick, Gabrielle, Cameron and Liam; her niece, Melissa Lewis; her nephews, Michael Husni, Eric Husni and Kyle Husni.
Nejla’s husband, Philip Camponeschi, preceded her in death.
Nejla was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 11, 1949, to Muhlise Cubukcu and Ali Husni. She grew up in Queens and graduated from Richmond High School. Nejla attended SUNY Old Westbury in Long Island, where she obtained her undergraduate degree and met her future husband, Philip.
In 1985, she and her family moved from Long Island to Meridale, where she created a life for herself in the mountains.
She was awarded her Master’s degree from SUNY Oneonta and began teaching at SUNY Delhi before moving to Hartwick College in Oneonta. Later in life Nejla relocated to Maryland and lived on the Chesapeake Bay, just as she always dreamed she would.
Nejla loved her family and friends above all else. She impacted the life of many students as a professor in the Education and English Departments of Hartwick College with her lectures, counseling and endless dedication to promoting education.
She took great joy in gardening, crafts, going to the beach, entertaining and spending her time with those she cared the most about. She was a great support to her family with her intuition, intelligence, love and sensible but witty personality. She will be missed by all who knew her.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to further bile duct cancer research at Johns Hopkins University. Donations can be made to: Biliary Cancer Research, c/o Dr. Pedram Argani, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Weinberg/Room 2242, 401 Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231-2410.
Please make checks payable to “Johns Hopkins University.” In the memo section please write “In Memory of Nejla Camponeschi.”