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Official Obituary of

Camilla Nicolas Ojentis

April 6, 1952 ~ February 29, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Camilla Nicolas Ojentis Obituary

Camilla Nicolas Ojentis was born to her mother, Erzulia (née Exantus), and father, Joseph Nicolas, in Desdunes, Haiti, on April 6, 1952. She was a vibrant soul with a high-pitched voice who loved to sing wherever she went. From an early age, her parents recognized her exceptional giftedness, marked by her intelligence, curiosity, and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Despite facing financial and societal hardships, this recognition fueled her pursuit of education, compelling her to attend school and embrace the challenges ahead. By God’s grace, her studious nature allowed her to complete every school she attended at the top of her class.

Camilla was called to teach at École Salem, where she taught countless preschool and primary-grade children. She loved her work and loved using her gift to instruct, correct, and impart wisdom. This gift was not limited to École Salem but expanded to teaching the Word of God to young women at her church, Église Baptiste Bethanie. She participated in various ministries at the church, including Sunday School, the choir, prayer services, Brigade Chrétienne et Lumière. Her mother often joked that Camilla spent more time at church than home. She enjoyed serving the Lord.

In 1972, Camilla married her husband, Servidieu Ojentis, and gave birth to her first child, Kenslio, the following year. Shortly after, her passion for continuing education brought her to attend École Professionnelle J.B. Damier in Port-au-Prince, where she honed her skills in sewing and the culinary arts, and she later used those skills to cater small events, making her famous patties. 

In 1976, she immigrated to the U.S. to reunite with her husband. This bittersweet transition initially meant being temporarily apart from their first child, Kenslio, who joined them a short time later. In the U.S., the couple welcomed four more children: Ervens, Orslla, Shervla, and Schuller. Together, they created a home filled with love, laughter, and the occasional melody, reflecting Camilla’s passion for singing.

In the U.S., Camilla was an original member of Église Baptiste de La Nouvelle Jérusalem (New Jerusalem Baptist Church) under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Joseph Etienne, where she continued to devote herself to ministry. She was the church board’s first treasurer. She was a member of the choir (La Grande Chorale), the women’s group, Les Dames Dorcas, and an advisor for the singing group, Groupe Clarté. Her passion for teaching continued as a Sunday School teacher, teaching women for over 20 years. Even after she could no longer be an active member in these ministries, she always found a way to continue to support from afar in the background.

Camilla worked many jobs, including for nearly a decade at Elrob Manufacturing in Cedar Grove, NJ. In 1990, due to job cuts, Camilla returned to school to further her education. In 1993, she obtained her license as a home health aide. Later that year, she decided to work at Frigidaire Manufacturing in Edison, NJ, where she was employed for the next 20 years.

Camilla’s passion for learning the Word of God brewed. So, she decided to attend École Évangélique de la Bible. In 2001, she graduated valedictorian of her class. She was blessed with numerous gifts she generously shared with everyone who knew her. Her melodious voice, a testament to her gift of singing, could uplift the spirits of those around her. Beyond her musical talents, she possessed a profound ability to teach, imparting wisdom and knowledge with patience and clarity that inspired many, starting with her children and grandchildren, her students in school, and her Sunday School students. Her gift of encouragement was a beacon of hope; she had an unparalleled knack for bolstering the confidence of others. Moreover, Camilla’s spirit of giving was boundless. She gave not just material things but also her time, attention, and love, impacting the lives of many. The gifts of singing, teaching, encouragement, and giving have defined Camilla’s legacy, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who have known her.

Though struck by a devasting autoimmune illness in the early 1990s, Camilla remained faithful to Christ. By the grace of God and with His strength, she was resilient through all the difficulties it brought.  She battled through it all while still caring for her family. Through her unshakeable faith, she was an example that when life gets hard, one should not run away from God but run deeper toward Him. On February 29, 2024, Camilla ran towards her heavenly Father when she heard His call to come home. Her mission on earth was completed, but her legacy lives on through her husband, Servidieu, her loving children, and grandchildren, Kenyelle Camilla, Ernae, Makayla, Abigaelle, Jeremiah, and Jahaziel. In addition to her loving husband, children, and grandchildren, Camilla is survived by her devoted older sister, Nerifide Nicolas, and older brother, Antony Nicolas; her daughters-in-law, Marielle and Tyra; her son-in-law Edson; her many nieces (Mazeline, Nadine, Medeline) and nephews (Manès, Monnait, Nelson, Marc-Antoine, Saunid, Thanel). Her unwavering faith and devotion to God were the cornerstone of her life, guiding her actions and enriching the lives of those she touched.

 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
March 16, 2024

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
New Jerusalem Baptist Church
706 Nye Avenue
Irvington, NJ 07111

Funeral Service
Saturday
March 16, 2024

9:00 AM
New Jerusalem Baptist Church
706 Nye Avenue
Irvington, NJ 07111

Reception
Saturday
March 16, 2024

12:00 PM
The Gran Centurions
440 Madison Hill Rd
Clark, NJ 07066

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
March 16, 2024

Hollywood Memorial Park
1500 Stuyvesant Ave.
Union, NJ 07083

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