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Nina F. Dineen

Nina DineenNina F. Dineen 25 of Revere died suddenly at her home on Wednesday, July 29th. Nina was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at age two yet still enjoyed an active life. An Honor Student at Revere High School, Class of 2007, she was president of the National Honor Society and an enthusiastic member of the Speech and Debate Club. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Film Studies and earned a Master’s Degree in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Nina was passionate about film, poetry, and her family. An advocate for people of all disabilities, she won multiple awards for her involvement with the Arthritis Foundation and was a proud employee at the National Braille Press. She loved Camp Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a week-long program for children with JRA, both as a camper as well as a counselor.
Nina is survived by her parents Martin F. and Josephine N. (Quartarone) Dineen, brothers Joseph V. and Henry Q and his girlfriend Nancy Tran. Also survived by Uncle Frank H. Quartarone, Godfather James Crowley of Brighton and Grandmother Mary Rita Dineen of Springfield, Illinois, aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends and her beloved cats Assunta, Vita and Strega.


Services and Interment will be held privately. Please contact the family for arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pediatric Rheumatology Camp, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.


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  1. Katie Halpin
    Aug 16 2015

    Nina, my life was enriched beyond description for you having been in it. We only knew each other for two years, but it was enough for us to gain each others’ trust, have some seriously deep and amazing conversations, and laugh so hard we’d almost pee our pants. I’m so sorry we didn’t get a proper chance to say “goodbye.” Maybe that’s for the best, though. I’ll think of you every time I see a piece of art I don’t fully understand, a film that is amazing beyond immediate description, and every time I listen to Sufjan Stevens’ “Illinois” or “Michigan”. I love you very much, my dear friend.

  2. Colleen Rosenberg
    Aug 13 2015

    I had the pleasure of working with Nina at National Braille Press… and just wanted to tell you that in the short time I knew Nina I was touched by her sweet nature and soul… she graced everyone with a special goodness that is a rare quality and I will hold her in my heart forever…I think everyone who encountered Nina was sprinkled with her love… I don’t think you could help but be affected by her gentle kindness. I will truly miss every brief encounter we shared, as she made every day we met just a little bit better… May all your sweet memories warm your hearts…

  3. Rhonda Snyder - Swampscott, MA
    Aug 9 2015

    I remember the day my mother called me and said “Josephine had a girl!” The joy and happiness felt back then and over the years has now turned into pain and sorrow for all who knew and loved Nina. As the Quartarone/Dineen family’s old neighbor and friend, I fell apart when I heard that she was gone. I can only hope that wherever Nina is now that she is “okay”. Her family will continue on, but it’ll be so hard without her, and like them, her friends will always miss her . Sending my love and support out to all.

  4. Holly
    Aug 8 2015

    Every time I had seen Nina she always had a big smile on her face and seem to love life. She was always so pleasant to speak with and always caring of others. Such a kind hearted person. It was a pleasure to have been in your presence and have met you. You will be greatly missed. I will keep you & your family in my prayers. God bless you & your family until you meet again xoxo

  5. bazz
    Aug 8 2015

    Nina was a friend of mine in college. She worked in the game room when we first met, and I found her intelligent and well-grounded. When I thought of Nina I thought “She gets it.”

    Some long time had passed, and she had graduated college. Then, I happened to run into her at a bar with my friends.. We were both delighted to run into each other, and I felt again that this girl just “gets me.” we had tried to hang out some times but it never panned out. I can’t believe this has happened. If there is afterlife, I hope she is doing well there.

  6. Lise and Myles Striar
    Aug 8 2015

    The Pinckney Street Striars did not know Nina well, but we were charmed by what we knew and concerned when we heard she was not well.

    Martin, her father, kept us up to date, and we always asked about her whenever we saw him.

    And so it was with dismay that we learned that she had died, though we know that her spirit lives on and that she will not be forgotten.

    We wish for her family, friends and legion of admirers that the sweet recollections will help to numb the pain of her absence.

    Lise and Myles Striar and family

  7. Penny Quartarone-Murphy
    Aug 7 2015

    Sending love and condolences to you Cousins Josephine, Martin, Henry and Joseph.on the lost of your daughter and sister Nina,
    Also to you Cousin Frankie on the lost of your niece.
    She was a beautiful young girl and will be missed.
    You are all in my thought and prayers.

  8. Nancy Barile
    Aug 5 2015

    Nina brought so much joy to my class – she loved literature, but she also enjoyed art, music, culture. She was a true Renaissance women, and I loved talking to her and listening to her insightful commentary about the world. For someone so young, she knew so much. She was caring and compassionate to everyone with a maturity that belied her years. I was blessed to have known her.

  9. Megan Garbayo
    Aug 4 2015

    Nina made the worlda more magical and compassionate place. My heart is broken but I know my life is better for having known her. She made my time at Emerson so enjoyable.

    Condolences to the Dineen family. May her memory be a blessing.

    Megan Garbayo and Jeremy Cropf

  10. Mary Ellen Dakin
    Aug 4 2015

    Dear Nina, through the years I see your face in English class, smiling and wonderstruck. You were the first student I ever had whose passion for film gave me a new lens through which to gaze at life. You taught me. You wrote an unforgettable essay on seeing a spiderweb as if for the first time; you composed a research paper on the ways in which a few great American westerns have redefined our most fundamental American principles; and like Thoreau, you advanced in spite of unexpressed pain confidently in the direction of your dreams. Now you live among the stars. Everyone who has ever admired you or loved you can look up in the dark and see you there, still shining. Thank you.

  11. Jeanne Zullo & Family
    Aug 4 2015

    Our hearts are broke over the tragic loss of one of our McKinley Family Angels , Nina was a bright, smart, caring person . Our deepest condolences to all of you. May she Rest in Peace!!!

  12. Jeanne Zullo & Family
    Aug 4 2015

    Our hearts are broke over this tragic loss of one of our McKinley Family , life sometimes makes no sense , Nina was a bright & wonderful person and taken from us much too soon. May our love and strength for all of you help you through this tragic time . Our deepest of sympathy to all of you.

  13. Lisa Diaz Edwards. (Particelli)
    Aug 4 2015

    Josephine & family,
    My children &I are so sad over the passing of your daughter Nina. My daughter Nicole (particelli) went to McKinley &Beachmont with her. She was a sweet girl. May God help your family get through this .God Bless.
    Lisa Diaz, Edwards &
    Nicole, Stef,& Ron Particelli

  14. Alec Waugh
    Aug 3 2015

    I was fortunate enough to have you in my music class at RHS. You were a brilliant, insightful, and strong, yet vulnerable, young woman. I remember your answer when I asked for a definition of music: “Music is what allows a box with strings on it to express one’s soul.” There is no doubt that your pain played a part in why you shone so brightly in your brief time here with us. Thank you for being kind, caring, and gentle, when it would have been so much easier to be cold and bitter. You are a beautiful soul.

  15. June Krinsky-Rudder
    Aug 3 2015

    I had the pleasure of having Nina as a student, and enjoyed her upbeat, ‘can-do’ attitude. She brought her love of poetry into her ceramics work, and her wonderful smile to class each day. My condolences to Nina’s family and friends.

    June Krinsky-Rudder

  16. Tracie Baird-Pomroy
    Aug 3 2015

    Dear Joe & Family,
    Words cannot express how very sorry we are for the tragic loss of Nina.We are thinking of you all during this difficult time.
    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.
    Tracie & Mark Pomroy

  17. David Eatough
    Aug 3 2015

    Nina was a remarkable person and I was fortunate to have her as a student. She showed amazing resilience and always have a positive attitude despite the pain. I am deeply saddened. My condolences to the family and her friends who treasured her. You are in my thoughts.
    With warm regards
    David Eatough

  18. Michael and Ashley Siraco
    Aug 3 2015

    Nina, you were a magnificent person and a beautiful soul. Thank you for enriching our lives along with countless others. You will be missed. My condolences to your family.

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