Jody Tepedino Nichilo
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Jody Tepedino Nichilo, 39, never wanted anyone to worry about her. She would smile and insist that everything was all right, even if it was not. When she was thrown from a horse as a teenager, she just walked away with a hurt shoulder. "She was walking crooked," said her older brother, Vincent Tepedino. "That was typical. She would do her thing, and make sure everyone else was O.K."
She was a single mother raising a 13-year- old daughter, Jaclyn, in the same neighborhood in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where she had grown up. She worked as an executive assistant at Cantor Fitzgerald.
Though she never asked for help herself, she was known for helping others. She volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program, and recruited her daughter, brother and mother as well. Last Thanksgiving, they delivered turkey dinners before sitting down to one themselves. "She would make everybody feel special," her brother said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 30, 2001