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Elda, ( nee Meynardi), age 92 of Ridgefield Park passed away peacefully on February 12th.
Elda was the daughter of Italian immigrants and arrived in America at the age of four. She learned English quickly and was a great student winning an art scholarship, she attended the Art Institute of NYC and pursued a career in commercial art until her marriage. She lived in Manhattan as a young adult, moving to Jersey City with her husband Rufus where she lived for over fifty years. She devoted herself to take care of her husband who was ill for many years and her three daughters. She became a widow at fifty four. She pursued a career in retailing for the next eighteen years, retiring at seventy two years of age.
Elda was a wonderful and talented artist who often painted with her daughter Virginia, also an artist. Elda was a many faceted person with a variety of interests. A gourmet cook, she was noted for her love of food and cooking. She was an avid sports fan and supported the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the NY Mets. Very well read, she could discuss literature and enjoyed classic opera. She had a great interest in politics with very strong opinions. Elda had an ear for language, spoke French, fluent Italian, Spanish and at the age of ninety tried to learn to speak Filipino with her care givers. She was a wonderful grandmother to her eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren She was admired by all who knew her strength and had a long colorful life, up and down until the end. She was a woman of courage and determination. A woman ahead of her time. Preceded in death by her husband Rufus Meloro, parents Virginia and Ettore Meynardi as well as her sister Lea Peduto. Cherished mother of Helen Hitlin, Virginia Viganola, and Marilyn Pompeo A memorial will be held in May. Private Interment in Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City. Donations in her memory can be made to Jersey City Home for the Blind or Doctors Without Borders. Arrangements made by Vorhees Ing-wersen Funeral Home, Ridgefield Park.
Vorhees-Ingwersen Funeral Home
59 Main St.
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Published in The Record on Feb. 16, 2014