Nydia Leger, born on July 14, 1985, of Fitchburg, MA, passed on October 23, 2023, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Nydia was a beacon of courage, compassion, loyalty, and love. A cherished wife, mother, daughter, sister, "Titi", and friend. Nydia illumined every life she touched with her radiant spirit. A dedicated English teacher, she nurtured a generation of learners with her wisdom and patience, and her passion for education was palpable. As American novelist Henry Adams said, "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Nydia's influence, undeniably, will be felt eternally.
Nydia, a breast cancer survivor, exemplified the epitome of courage, battling chemotherapy and radiation with a vigor that inspired all who knew her. Her compassionate nature was not only evident in her personal life but also in her professional life. She derived immense joy and satisfaction from her years as a middle/high school English teacher, a career she pursued zealously. Nydia loved nothing more than spending time with her beloved family and friends and snuggling with her dog, Bama. Her ideal weekends were spent on getaways to OOB and the White Mountains or immersed in a good book. Nydia's love for her husband Tyler, their daughter Arianna, and her dog Bama was unparalleled. Her greatest joy was being a mother. Nydia and Ari's love for one another had no measure.
Nydia currently was a teacher at Fitchburg High School and adored by her fellow co-workers and students. She previously worked at Gardner Middle School. Nydia earned her Master's of Education from Fitchburg State University, graduating with the class of 2022.
Nydia is survived by her husband Tyler Leger, daughter Arianna, mother Gladys Rivera, sister Kandy Wells and her husband Eric, brother Danny Rivera and his partner Doug, sister Lenny Rivera and her wife Becky Bunker-Rivera, sister Nory David and her wife Monica, sister Xiomara Maysonet and her partner Calvin Torres, sister Grisel Santiago, sister-in-law Tanya Seppa and her husband Erik, her father/mother-in-law Glenn and Giselle Leger, nieces and nephews, Larissa, Eric, Joel, Elijah, Daltin, Jovanny, Luis, Kairi, Calvin Jr., Jayden, Alana, Cameron and Drew.
Maya Angelou once said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Nydia, with her loving and compassionate heart, made everyone feel special. Her legacy of courage, compassion, and love will continue to inspire all who knew her.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023, from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central St, Gardner. A service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the "Nydia Leger Memorial Scholarship Fund" in c/o Workers Credit Union, 171 Main Street, Gardner, MA 01440. This annual scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior.
To send an online condolence please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com.
Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner is directing arrangements.
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor & Melissa A. McQuaid Directors.