Nora Mae Lyng
Died: 05/04/2017
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Nora Mae Lyng

Nora Mae Lyng of New York City, formerly of Jersey City, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2017 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center while surrounded by her family.

Born in Jersey City, Nora Mae was a graduate of St. Aloysius Academy and attended Jersey City State College.  A member of  the Actors Equity Association, she had supporting roles in the Broadway Productions of Cabaret, Les Miserable, Amour, Into the Woods, Dirty Blonde, Three Men on a Horse, My Favorite Year and Wind in the Willows. Nora was co-creator and starred in the long running Off-Broadway smash hit “Forbidden Broadway”. She was also a professor at New York University teaching classes in Musical Theatre.
Nora is survived by her husband George Kmeck, her daughter Phoebe Lyng Kmeck, her son Max Kmeck and his wife Angela; 2 grandchildren, Peter and Eva Kmeck, as well as her mother, Nora Spille Lyng; sisters, Patricia Ann Yobs, Deirdre Zigarelli and Claire Lyng Rutz.  She was pre-deceased by her father John F. X. Lyng. 

A funeral mass and liturgy will be offered at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 231 Pacific Avenue, Jersey City, NJ  on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00am.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nora Mae’s memory may be made to: or: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center P .O. Box 5028 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028


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My mother Nora Mae lyng is my best friend and my whole world. I am so proud and grateful to God that she was my mother and helping her was my favorite part of life. She loved me so well and deeply, and made me the woman I am today. It is hard to imagine what I am going to do without her bringing out my best, and sharing those belly laughs.Her fervent love and faith in God permeated everything she did and all the people she met and loved. The world is a bit colder without her here, but I will devote the rest of my life to bringing her honor and being more like her - fearless, loving, honest, fun. Read her obituary - I AM SO PROUD OF YOU, MOMMY! I hope to see you soon, with Jesus. I love you with all my heart. Please haunt me if it's possible.
Phoebe Lyng Kmeck
Four years in school was not long enough, but yet it was long enough to know what a great person you are and what a star you would be. God has himself a great talented lady up there with him. Love you friend.
Margaret Lucas Wojciechowicz
Sweet Phoebe, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious mother. What a pleasure it was to get to meet her. She was amazing and she loved you SO VERY MUCH! Having lost my own mother years ago I know this is likely the hardest thing you will ever go through. I love you and am praying for you and your entire family as you honor her life. Please let me know if I can do anything for you. Sending prayers your way right now! Love, Melissa
Melissa Tamplin Harrison
Dear Phoebe & Max, I got to know your mother and your aunts when I went to school with them in NJ. I heard your mother sing and watched her perform on many occasions and knew she would be an even bigger star one day. My loss was that I didn't get to see her on Broadway as I lived out of the country for many years after high school. I have watched the videos you put online and it has made me smile. God bless you and your family.
Anne Lally Osman
Nora Mae was an icon at the Academy of St. Aloysius....a bright warm light, both on our high school stage (particularly in THE KING AND I) and in our high school hallways, where many of we, underclasswomen, had the benefit of her warmth and kindness. While I got to know her youngest sister (Claire) even better, once we both crossed paths at my first college (St. Peter's University), Nora Mae was a searingly joyful example for many of us at very young ages.I still also remember her standout performance as Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS at one of our "brother" high schools; and often quizzed Claire on what she was "doing now" as we meandered through late teenage-hood into early adulthold. Fast forward, many years later, and through the miracle of Facebook, Nora Mae and I caught up together. the Midwest with a robust career in the information technology business; she fulfilling so many of her dreams and further honing those talents and gifts that shone so brightly when we were much younger. To succeed in the most of competitive of industries and to bring joy to so many audiences ---what a triumph for that bright and beautiful Jersey City girl! And still so kind. Dropping the occasional online note to me via I am sure she did to many other old friends and acquaintances. Bright and warm and such a generous communicator: just the same fundamental characteristics that defined the young Nora Mae, from ASA. My heart goes out to Claire and Deirdre and to your whole family. May you find much peace in knowing how very many people (me included) that she touched, in such positive and memorable ways, over the years. Bless you.
Kathleen Norton-Schock
Dear Phoebe Max and George I am so very sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of you kids during Into the Woods tour. Phoebe I do believe you will see your mom everywhere.When my Dad died 3 years ago I was surrounded by blue birds (his pet name for me was Gay bird) Your dear Mama will always be with you to give you strength and what a role model you had in her????????
Gay Willis
Rest in Peace Dear Sweet Talented Nora.
Tommy Phillips
I had the great privilege of briefly working with this beautiful lady on a special event project many years ago - she was a big talent and a joy to know ... I am so deeply saddened to learn of her untimely death and I offer my deepest sympathy to her children and all her family ... may she rest in eternal peace ...
Larry King
To Nora Mae's Family: I want to add my voice and heart to the many who feel the loss of a special and unique spirited human being. When I think of Nora Mae I smile and remember the warmth and joy she found and inspired no matter where she was. I wish we had spent more time together as being with her was a jolt of such dynamic energy and FUN! I think I last saw her in AMOUR and will always treasure her talented performances. The loss of a Mom is devastating and I know that deeply. You know she was loved and admired, and more than appreciated, by her peers and all who experienced her. I hope the strength of love and the support of all of us will help you all bear this hurt with a lighter heart. Much love to all.
As a teen I watched you perform as Dolly, Levi and Merman and your performance gave me the love of theatre. Thank you for talking to me in 1982, You were,a legend and you will be missed.
Corine Cohen
To Nora & her family - I am so deeply saddened by the loss of this DYNAMITE woman. That is how I remember her... pure TNT!! She deeply affected me when we worked together on Breaking Up Is Hard To Do... She took me under her wing, listened, helped, offered advise, and endless hugs. (I was going through a personal issue and Nora always made time to be there for me) ALSO- NORA HAD MORE ENERGY THAN THE ENTIRE CAST!!! I will NEVER forget her coming into rehearsal one morning full of zest and on a high.. she said she had gone to the beach the night before and attended a DRUM CIRCLE! She stayed out until the wee hours of the morning all by herself! She just was not going to miss an opportunity to live life to the fullest!! She was an exhilarating woman to be around!! I will always cherish the things she told me, the way she supported me, and the way she led her life-as an example of God and LOVE!!! I LOVE YOU, NORA!! God Bless your family at this time, and always... Laura Woyasz
Laura Woyasz
Condolences to the Lyng Family. We have good memories from Jewett Ave.
Dorothy Lau
George and family, we are saddened by your loss. Our prayers are with Nora, you, and the family. Joey often talks about Nora's excellent Denver, Colorado stage performance in the Red Hat show and her subsequent visit to his Erie, CO home for barbecue steaks. The memory will last forever. Love to you all, Aunt Julia, Joey, Joan and Family
Aunt Julia, Joan, Joey
Beyond sadness. LOVE to ALL Sister Patty Davis Xxooo
Jane (mommy Gannon )Davis Luczak
I am not good technology wise, HOPE you get this. Xxooo Really wished I could of heard her sing. I Love to sing. So does my nephews. Related Xxooo Related to her.xxooo Met her relatives in New Zealand.. Gannon.
Jane (mommy Gannon )Davis Luczak
I was so sorry to know about this awful news. Facebook has its good and bad aspects. Good to get info, bad when it is sad. It seems like the JC days were a million years ago--and with memories like this, like yesterday. My connection was through Claire and MAME at St. Al's. It seems we spent a good amount of time together, and a remember Nora very clearly as funny, glamorous and supportive of all of us in theater. After all, she was "older" and a star. "Thanks for the Memories" Condolences and regards to the family. Rest is Peace, Nora
Joe Malloy
I just heard of Nora's passing. She and I we close friends when we were young. I am so sorry for her family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nancy
Nancy Gildea Millico
I met Nora forty years ago when she came to Florida for The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She was a gracious, talented woman whom I never forgot. I wish I could have seen her again to relive the memories of my first show and what fun we had. My heart goes out to George and her children. You will miss her always.
Lisa Levitsky Laventure
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