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Lynn Kyde Nicoletta

September 28, 1946 — February 3, 2024

Lynn K. Nicoletta, 77, of Newport, RI and formerly of Long Island, New York, passed away February 3, 2024.

Lynn K. Nicoletta was born on September 28, 1946, in Long Island, New York, to Eleanor and Richard Kyde. As an only child, she grew up Huntington, Long Island.

After graduating from Wheaton College in 1967 with a major in psychology, Lynn moved to New York City, where she began her career working in the psych department in a hospital, demonstrating her commitment to helping others. In 1970, Lynn married Andrew Nicoletta, and the couple settled in Mahwah, New Jersey, in 1973. Their family expanded with the arrival of three children: Justin in 1973, Derrick in 1975, who passed shortly after birth, and Sarah in 1977.

Professionally, Lynn was a woman of many talents. She discovered a passion for interior design and opened her own business, The House in the Clearing, alongside a neighbor in Mahwah. Lynn's creativity and eye for design were evident in her ability to create eclectic and tasteful designs. Returning to her original passion, Lynn returned to school in 1990 to pursue a master's degree in psychology at Seton Hall University. After finishing her Master's degree she decided she wanted to go all the way and get her PhD. After 10 long years, in 2000, she completed her PhD in psychology. Shortly after, she began a new chapter in her career, working in a group practice as a clinical psychologist. She provided compassionate care to individuals and couples seeking guidance and support and remained with Delta Consulting until August 2023. After completing her PhD, Lynn moved to Middletown, Rhode Island, where she found solace and inspiration in the tranquil surroundings of Gray Craig. Here she explored the natural beauty of her new home, taking long walks, throwing dinner parties, and celebrating her move to Rhode Island.

She moved to Newport after her divorce from Andrew. She took her love of interior design, her creative eye, and love of antiques and made her new home beautiful. She found peace in her courtyard and gardens as well as nurturing her extensive collection of houseplants. Lynn always loved to travel and embarked on many solo journeys to destinations far and wide, including Cuba, Vietnam, Morocco, Russia, and China. She embraced new experiences with open arms, immersing herself in different cultures and forging meaningful connections along the way.

Active in her community, Lynn was a beloved figure among friends, colleagues, and acquaintances alike. She was known for her warm and welcoming demeanor, her love of entertaining, and her passion for the arts. Lynn was an avid collector of art and antiques, and she enjoyed experimenting with various artistic mediums in her free time. Additionally, she found joy in preparing scrumptious meals for friends and family.

Above all, Lynn cherished her time spent with family, friends, and her four cherished grandchildren: Isabella (21), Jaden (16), Adelaide (11), and Wynn (9). In January of 2023, Lynn suffered the heartbreaking loss of her son, Andrew Justin at age 49.

Lynn K. Nicoletta will be remembered for her unwavering strength, her boundless creativity, and her deep love for those around her. Her legacy of kindness, compassion, and resilience will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Lynn is survived by her loving daughter, Sarah Nicoletta Portsche and her husband Rob, of Chicago, Il, her daughter in law, Nicole Nicoletta and her grandchildren, Isabella, Jaden, Adelaide and Wynn.

She is preceded in death by her sons, Derek and Justin and her parents.

At her request, funeral services will be private.
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