Elena O. Mas

elena mas

March 16, 1957 ~ October 14, 2023

Elena Mas, 66, of West New York, NJ, passed away on October 14th, 2023. She was the daughter of Anoland Molinet & Pepe Mas, the Life Partner of Lorraine Volpe, the mother of Alexandra Mas Cepero, Justin Mas, Elena Mas Volpe, & Rosa Mas Volpe, and the sister of Marisol Brage.

Elena was born in Cuba on March 16th, 1957. At 8 years old, she & her family fled the Castro regime to pursue life as Americans. At 18, during the mid-70s, Elena bravely proclaimed herself a gay woman. By 22, she had become the first in her family to earn a Bachelor's Degree and went on to earn her Master's in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. Once she completed her education, Elena became a probation officer specializing in juvenile cases. At 24, she met her life partner, Lorraine, after deciding to post a personal ad in the newspaper, The Village Voice. The next few decades were spent building a family together, a triumph for lesbians in the 80s and 90s. With a son and 3 daughters constantly running around, life certainly was never dull. Elena cherished the details of life, always ensuring she dressed fashionably, spoke loquaciously, and wore her heart on her sleeve.

A trailblazer for LGBTQ+ families & an advocate for criminal justice, we are heartbroken to say goodbye. She lived life ahead of the curve and paved the way for the next generation.

A Mass will be held on Thursday, October 19th 2023 at 10:30am at St. John the Evangelist Church in Leonia, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to West New York Leones Cubanos de Hudson Lions Club, PO Box 56, West New York, NJ 07093.

Services

Mass: October 19, 2023 10:30 am

St. John R. C. Church
Broad & Harrison Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605


Final Resting Place: October 19, 2023 11:45 am

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024


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  1. With a heavy heart, I give my deepest condolences to Elena's family and friends.
    I worked with Elena at Hudson County Probation Services. She was the person who trained me.
    Elena was a genuine and caring person.
    Rest In Peace. Let the gates of heaven open to receive you.

    Wanda Febles

  2. My dearest friend Elena Mas,
    I can’t believe your gone. I am truly saddened you left to soon.. you’re free now, fly high, shine brightly my friend… “Sling the Universe”, as we would say in conversation at work.. I miss you dearly my Lana-lane…
    My Condolences to family.
    With love,
    Catrina.

  3. Elena, we will not be confused as it was in the office you were called by my name, or I was called by your name. That was a laugh for us. I will certainly miss you from the bottom of my heart. I am sorry you didn't get to enjoy your retirement. But now you have a higher calling. You knew how to appreciate when someone lend a hand to you I appreciate it that. Until we meet again, in the love of Christ. The Paris Ritz

  4. Prima,
    You were always the one to care for everyone. You would take off the shirt on your back if someone needed it. You had a heart of gold. You would be greatly missed. Til we meet again. God took an angel. Love you tons

  5. Elena, I am so very sorry that you are gone. You will be greatly missed by many. I will always cherish the conversations we had over the years that I so enjoyed. You were a lovely soul and I hope you are at peace. Love & prayers. Anina Venuti


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