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Angela D. Esposito


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Angela D. Esposito

Angela D. Esposito, peacefully passed away at her home in Saddle River on Saturday, June 9 surrounded by loved ones. The family matriarch, Ann was 97 years young. Born on October 10, 1920 to Antonio and Angela Maria Miccinilli, Ann grew up in Waldwick where she also married husband Pat, built a home, and raised three children until the family moved to Saddle River in 1965. Upon entering grade school, Ann spoke only Italian but quickly mastered English and served as the principal translator for her parents throughout her youth. She had a love for learning and excelled in school. Beyond being bright, Ann was also beautiful. In the early 1940s, she was chosen as "Movie Queen of Waldwick" by a local organization. Soon thereafter, she met her beloved Pat and they married at St. Luke's RC Church on November 12, 1944. Always a hard worker and generous to a fault, Ann had a calling to give. She served as a dance instructor for the underprivileged as part of the WPA and in later years volunteered at Valley Hospital's Kurth Cottage and Van Dyke Nursing Home. Ann and her "Perfect Pat" as she called him enjoyed time together on cruises to the Caribbean, tailgating at West Point football games, wintering in Florida on Sanibel Island, and dancing the Peabody to "Sentimental Journey." An impeccable hostess, she relished entertaining at parties and barbecues by the pool. Ann was always the first to raise a glass in celebration of any special occasion. Time spent with loved ones, including rescue-dog Skip in her final years, was always time well spent for Ann. Affectionately known to her five adoring great-grandchildren as "Annie," she regaled them with stories of growing up during the Depression and life in Waldwick at that time. She loved to reminisce and laugh and help those around her do so as well. Ann was extraordinarily creative and something of a perfectionist. She was accomplished in drawing, oil painting, calligraphy, baking, and preparing the perfect meal. Reading the paper and tackling a daily crossword puzzle were both part of her morning routine and keeping her mind sharp as a tack until death. A person of devout faith, Ann was a daily communicant at St. Gabriel the Archangel in Saddle River until she stopped driving in 2015. In addition to family, her devotions and church community were the center of her life during the past two decades. Ann was also a member of the Saddle River Valley Club and Apple Ridge Country Club. Ann is survived by daughter, Lynda Cole and husband, Ronald of Greensboro, GA; sons, Richard and Robert Esposito of Saddle River; grandchildren, Elizabeth Cole and husband, Christian Martin, of Brooklyn and Catherine Sarno and husband, Douglas, of Charlotte, NC; great-grandchildren, Sarah, Matthew, and Elizabeth Sarno and Charles and Emilia Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Ann was preceded in death by her cherished Pat in 1995 and her younger siblings, Caroline Salafia, Victoria Gudger, and Jerry Miccinilli. Visitation will be on Friday, June 15, from 2 to 8 PM at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey. A mass will be held on Saturday, June 16, at 10 AM at St. Gabriel the Archangel, 88 East Saddle River Road, Saddle River followed by burial at Maryrest Cemetery, 770 Darlington Ave, Mahwah. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, Saddle River in memory of Angela D. Esposito or at www.stjude.org/donate. Please send tributes, memories and condolences to vanemburghsneider.com.
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