On Jan. 21, Harriet Wadle Hodges of West Milford, died peacefully at home following an illness, surrounded by family members. Her memorial gathering will be held at Richards Funeral Home in West Milford. Mass will be held at St. Joseph's R.C. Church in West Milford.
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Harriet was born in Nutley. Her sisters Erma Little of Oakland and Adelaide Herman of West Milford predeceased her.
She graduated from Nutley High School in 1946. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education in 1950 from Newark State Teachers College (currently Kean University).
She met Albert Victor Hodges, Jr. in 1946 at Highland Lakes. They married in 1952 upon his commissioning as an officer in the US Air Force. Following his discharge from the service, Harriet and "Vic" settled at High Crest Lake in West Milford, where they raised their five children: Wendy Renfer of West Hempfield, PA; Alan Hodges of Brooklyn, NY; Laura Hodges of Woodland Park; Cheryl Reed of Vernon; and Vicki Reilly of West Chester, PA. Harriet also leaves 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
In 1959 Harriet sat on one of the first West Milford Recreation Commissions. In 1960 she pioneered the special education program in the West Milford School District, teaching life skills classes. She taught 20 more years in the district as a middle school learning support teacher, retiring in 1993.
Harriet was an active member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in West Milford for 57 years.
Harriet was devoted to her family as a loving wife, a nurturing mother, and a beloved nana. She instilled in her family her love of learning, music, the natural world, and travel. As the wife of a wounded POW, she was active in veterans' organizations with her husband and she was proudly patriotic.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund or the Fisher House Foundation.
Published in Aim Vernon on Feb. 6, 2014