Balena, Christina M.

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Balena, Christina M. age 69 of Andover Twp., passed away Wednesday January 15, 2020 at the Newton Medical Center following a long illness. Born in Somerville, she grew up in Three Bridges and had lived in Dunellen most of her life.

Daughter of the late Walter J. and Helen A. (nee Kanabrocki) Cwik, Christina had a long career with Loreal Cosmetics in Clark, NJ until her retirement. In her retirement years, Christina and her late companion Mike Tarantino enjoyed extensive traveling to Florida, Tennessee and the NJ Shore.

Ms. Balena was also pre deceased by her brother John Cwik. Survivors include her daughter Theresa Stofa of Plymouth, MA, her sister Constance Manning of Dunlap, TN, her grandchildren Daniel Boenig of Mansfield and Isabella Stofa of Plymouth, MA as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her lifelong best friend, Kate Russomanno of Eastampton, NJ.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home #156 Main St. (Rt. 206) Newton, NJ. A Memorial visitation and service will be announced at a later date. Online condolences may be offered through

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