Arline Lister Green, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died in her sleep Dec. 8 in Reston. Green was known to most people as "Nanie." She was 93.
Born Arline Pinera on March 18, 1910 in New York City, she grew up in nearby New Milford, N.J. After completing her schooling, she took a job with the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. She married Westwood, N.J. police officer Harry Lister in 1931. The couple settled in Westwood and had four children. The first, a son, died days after birth; a daughter Nancy Ann was the victim of a fatal accident at age three.
Widowed in 1951, Green supported herself and sons Harry and Jay Lister by founding and operating a telephone answering service for local professionals. She married Aubrey E. Green in 1953, but was widowed again when Green passed away 11 months later. She subsequently returned to the telephone company, where she worked until her retirement in 1975.
A longtime volunteer at Pascack Valley Hospital, Green lived in Westwood for 71 years before moving into the Reston home of her son Harry and daughter-in-law Erika last year.
Her son Jay, sister Marion Kane Yarnall and brothers William, Melvin and Harold Pinera preceded her in death.
In addition to her son and daughter-in-law, she is survived by grandchildren Harry Lister and Leslie Fidler of Reston; Karen Lawson and Andrea Lytle of Newark, Del.; as well as 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by stepdaughter Barbara (Green) Rowley and her children, Lisa and Thomas.
A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Westwood, followed immediately by burial at Westwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation to be made in her memory to Pascack Valley Hospital, Old Hook Road, Westwood, N.J. 07675.