Lina J. Alpert, 79, of New Haven passed away early on July 4, 2019 at her home in New Haven, CT. Lina is survived by her daughter Ona Alpert (Todd Josselyn) of Orange, brother Joseph Mikalavicius (Dyane MacDaniel-Brandt) of Ridgefield, and sister Aldona Cote of North Haven, and is predeceased by her brother John Mikalavicius. She was born in Sestokai, Lithuania on January 29, 1941 to the late Jonas and Ona Pasvenskas Mikalavicius. During WWII, Lina emigrated to the US with her family in 1948 in dramatic fashion, first burying their silverware and china on their property in hopes they would return and then smuggling onto a train at night to escape bombing nearby. After spending time in a Displaced Persons camp in Allied-occupied Germany, Lina and her family finally made it to the boat that would take them to start their new life in the USA. Upon reaching the New York Harbor as a 7-year old via the SS Marine Jumper, Lina was so excited about coming to America that she was willing to sacrifice her favorite doll overboard to the Statue of Liberty. The family eventually settled in Fair Haven where Lina and her siblings had to learn English on the fly. If anybody picked on her younger brothers, Lina was the first to defend them. After school, Lina worked in the banking, and then modeling and fashion industry, and carried a style and cache that even the most chic would take note of. Lina caught the eye of and married her husband of 35 years, the late Abe Alpert, and together they raised their beautiful daughter. They enjoyed wintering on St. Croix, USVI, skiing in Vermont and beachcombing in Florida. Lina was an avid gardener and many passing her home in Westville would comment on her flowers and landscape design. Her eye for beauty continued inside where she entertained with class amongst Asian antiques and other curated items. When it came to decorating, her favorite expressions were 'More is more' and 'The eye has to travel.' Her Christmas Eve dinners were more than simple meals, with each year having a new theme. Always using the best china and silverware, Lina didn't serve you on paper plates, and you didn't come to her house dressed in jeans. She was a great tennis player, playing at the Woodbridge Country Club for years, and enjoyed running 5K races. She was proud of her streak at the New Haven Labor Day road race and had all intentions of keeping her streak going this year, even while sick. Lina was ahead of her time by promoting healthy living and environmentalism before it became trendy. She practiced Earthing, ate organic, and loved trees. Her generosity and philanthropic endeavors have left their mark not only on the local community, but internationally as well. A driving force for a local non-profit, Marycare, she worked tirelessly to raise funds for running water, farming supplies and eventually the construction of a new health center in the village of Ejemekwuru, Nigeria. She was vocal and supportive while volunteering in different capacities at St. Aedan's parish, and never shied away from a fundraising or event planning challenge. Vibrant, beautiful, caring, and kind; a wonderful daughter, wife, sister, aunt, and mother, Lina was a light on this Earth. She truly lived up to her nickname 'Razzle Dazzle.' She will be remembered and missed by all who knew her. Friends are invited to visit with Lina's family on Sunday, July 7th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Funeral Service will leave from the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Monday, July 8th for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. Aedan Church, 112 Fountain St., New Haven. Interment will follow in Northwest Cemetery, Woodbridge.

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  1. There is a hole in my heart that will never heal. Love you so as I remember all the laughter we shared over the years.

    Your brother Juozelis

  2. Dear elegant lady, thank you for being my girlfriend and taking me into your heart .
    You are like a sister to me.
    Will always miss your beautiful smile.

  3. Dear Ona and Todd,
    I was saddened to hear about Lina this morning, What a beautiful obituary. She had an amazing life and I am sure you must be so proud of her. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you today.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Gerald Alexander

  4. My beautiful Auntie Lina your smile will always be in my heart .. Whenever I explained my Auntie Lina to anyone I would say OMG she is beautiful, fashionable, runs road races and was a model early on in her life.. I will always remember you this way.. I will miss our holidays and our stories, our dinner table changes once again but there will always be a seat for you in my heart.. I love you always Auntie Lina XO Chrissy

  5. To all of Lina’s family and Ona and Todd, Lina was a chic woman, beautiful on the outside and inside. Ona- Your parents always welcomed me and loved me. I remember being In high school and your guest in Florida and to their home in New Haven many times. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember her with her signature hair cut , warm smile and hug and being so vibrant and happy.

  6. Such sadness but left us with so much goodness. Her smile and positive attitude towards life. A strong Lithuanian women. She has left me with that heritage that I will embrace and march on in her honor. She was a true pioneer and embraced her faith in God. She is our angel watching over us now.

  7. To Ona, Todd & Family, Lina & Abe came to my house many times before they were married. We were good friends. Many years passed l, I went my way and they went theirs. I recently saw her again at St.Aedans church. We spoke about having dinner but never quite made it. I’ve been looking for her the past two weeks, she wasn’t in her pew. Yesterday I opened the paper and there she was, the portrait of her beautiful face. I can’t begin to tell you of the sadness in my heart. May she RIP forever. Anne Voloshin

  8. What a blessing to have had Lina in our lives. When you had Lina as a friend, you had a .forever friend. Even after we moved to Florida, for over 25 years we saw her every year. She was always a part of our lives and her beautiful spirit will be truly missed. Love, Paul & Carol

  9. Dear Ona, Aldona, and Joe, I was deeply sadden to learn of the passing of Lina. I remember her teaching Lithuanian folk dances to the older group (my brothers Joe, Vinny, and maybe Tommy were in) I was in the younger group. My parents were very good friends of your(Joe & Aldona) parents. I don’t know if you have these pictures I took probably in 2006 a remembrance day of Lithuanians that perished in Siberia other Soviet gulags, which were taken in Wooster square park. St Casmirs was closed in the process of condo conversion.

  10. Lina was a wonderful and kind woman. I have known her for 30 years or so. A daily fixture with Ona at her property on Selden Street in Woodbridge, she always had a smile for everyone. I will miss her dearly.
    Frank DeMayo
    Hair’s 2 You

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