Nena (Teliak) Schlitter, 96, of Colchester and formerly of Hebron, CT, widow of the late Dr. Russell Schlitter, MD, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Harrington Court in Colchester. Born November 14, 1922 in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Boris) Teliak and sister of the late Olga (Teliak) Fisher of Akron, OH. Nena loved literature, poetry, song and orchestral music, especially Andre Rieu and Strauss waltzes. She loved to sing and dance, and music was always in her heart and soul. She filled everyone’s life with the sound of music, through her warmth, generosity, joy and love of the songs of birds, violins, dance and musicals. Having lost most of her vision in the last year of her life, but retaining perfect hearing and pitch, she hummed the “Wings of Song” on her flight to heaven. Love of family and friends was the essence of Nena’s life. She was both best friend and ‘kindred spirits’ to her daughter and granddaughters. Nena and Russell were leaders in the community in Morton Grove, IL, where they raised their children. She made deep friendships when they lived in their later years in Tallahassee, FL and then Hebron, CT. In Hebron, she was very active and well known in the Mill Landing community, Russell Mercier Senior Center, Ted’s IGA and the Hairline. Her final two years were spent comfortably and lovingly at Harrington Court in Colchester, CT. She was happy and treated with great warmth, care and affection there. We are forever thankful to the nurses, aids and staff who took such wonderful care of her. Nena was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Love and care for her family and friends defined her life. In her later years, she was very proud of and devoted to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She leaves her three children (and their spouses), Nancy S. and Edward F. Bader of Colchester, James and Betty Schlitter of Bradenton, FL and Thomas and Carolyn Schlitter of Maui, HI; and four grandchildren, Suzanne Salemi of Colchester, Christine Peach (and her husband, Collin) of Marlborough, Gregory Bader of Norwich, and Kevin Bader of New London. She also leaves the lights of her life, her four great grandchildren, Samuel and Benjamin Salemi of Colchester and Nicolas and Finnley Peach of Marlborough. The family will hold a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name and memory may be made to CPTV, 1049 Asylum Ave, Hartford, CT 06105 (www.cptv.org). Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester .