CHRISTIANO Deirdre Mary (nee Pedin), 46, of Norwood, NJ, died on March 14 at home following a long and courageous struggle with brain cancer. She is survived by her devoted husband of more than 15 years, George; her loving 10-year-old son, Brian; her parents, John and Bridget Pedin of Waretown, NJ; sister, Noreen Palmay and husband, Richard of Medford, NJ; brothers, John Pedin of Lutz, Fla. and Mark Pedin of Ramsey, NJ. A daughter-in-law to Maria Christiano of Norwood, NJ, Vito and Susan Christiano of Wakefield, RI; sister-in-law to James Christiano of Norwood, NJ and Antoinette Christiano of Carolina, RI. She was an aunt to four nephews and five nieces. Deirdre was born on December 8, 1962 at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, NJ. She attended grade school in Old Tappan, NJ., was graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan in 1981 and earned a bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Dayton (OH) in 1985. After a few years working for the brokerage firm of Dean Witter & Co. on Wall Street, she later returned to school and became a dental hygienist, a profession she enjoyed and excelled at. Deirdre was born on the same day the Newspaper Guild strike against New York newspapers began. Her father, John, was a long-time photographer for the New York Daily News. When the strike was settled on April 1, 1963, "baby" Deirdre appeared in the paper's famous centerfold the following day as a visual representation of how long the contentious strike had lasted. Those who knew Deirdre will always remember her happy-go-lucky, zany approach to life that always made everyone around her smile. She was an extremely hard worker who enjoyed world travel - particularly her trips to Ireland to visit her many relatives there. There will be a memorial mass on April 4, 2009, 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 211 Summit St., Norwood, NJ, where Deirdre was a parishioner. Friends are asked to bring photos featuring Deirdre (please include names, dates, and any info on back) so that the family can construct an enormous photo collage for the reception to illustrate and celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to an educational fund that will be set up for her son, Brian. Please make checks out to: FTBO Brian Christiano, In care of: George Christiano, 951 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 07648-1539.