Ann T. (Zisa) Vander Wiede


Ann Vander Wiede, daughter of Frank and Jeanette Zisa, born in Paterson, NJ passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the age of 91.  She was a graduate of Eastside High School and a longtime resident of Fair Lawn, NJ.  Ann was a faithful and active parishioner of St. Anne R.C. Church in Fair Lawn, she was a lector, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a member of the Rosary Society, member of the Pre-Baptismal program, and the Christian Family Movement. She organized a chapter of the Kids on The Block program which was used in the schools to educate children with the use of puppet shows.   The program helped explain that through Tolerance and Diversity we can make the world a better place.  She loved to sew, making clothes for her children and doll clothes for her grandchildren. She started her career with the telephone company, worked as a sales representative and ended her career as a bookkeeper. 

In each facet of her life, she created lifelong friendships that she cherished, valued and nurtured.

Ann married her high school sweetheart Hank at the age of 20 and they were married over 70 years.  We believe she died of a broken heart when her forever love Hank passed away on April 1, 2018. 

Left to cherish her memory are her children Ted Vander Wiede, Kenan Vander Wiede and wife, Florina, Kathleen Maikis and wife Lil Corcoran, Mary Beth Grenner and husband Bob, and Mary Jane Vander Wiede, her brother Robert Zisa and brother in law William, her grandchildren: Timothy, Jennifer, Chris, Kevin, Lauren, Kristie, Theo, Kara, Erin, Matt, Brady-Lyn, Michella and Kenrin, and her adored 17 great grandchildren as well as by many loving nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Jeanette Zisa, her beloved husband Hank, her daughter Karen Vander Wiede, her son Robert Vander Wiede, her dear sister Margaret Pappert and brother Donald Zisa.

The family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 4-8 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  A Funeral Mass is planned for Thursday, June 28, 2018, 10:30 am at St. Anne R.C. Church, 15-05 St. Anne Street, Fair Lawn, NJ.  Interment will follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ann to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 would be appreciated.

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