Catherine Pagano


Catherine T. Pagano, 78, of Lodi, NJ, formerly of Fair Lawn, passed away suddenly on Friday September 6, 2019. Born, raised and married in Lodi, she also lived in Fair Lawn for 25 years before moving back to Lodi. She was a faithful and active parishioner of St. Anne RC Church in Fair Lawn. Cathy served as Eucharistic Minister, taught CCD, was an editor for Spire, the parish publication, and served as an original member of The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA Team) for many years.     

Cathy was an office administrator with Federal-Mogul/Affinia Group in Ramsey for the last 12 years.  Previously, she was employed for 25 years with Kem Manufacturing in Fair Lawn. and prior to that, she was a reporter for the Shopper Newspapers of Fair Lawn.

Beloved wife of the late Thomas P. Pagano for 56 years. Loving and devoted mother of Tom Pagano and wife Joy, Joe Pagano and wife Tracey, Vincent Luong, Giap Nguyen and wife Betty, Mary Auriti and husband Tom, and Elisa Bord and husband Isaac.  Cherished grandmother of Ashley, Julia, Emily, Lidiya, Bethany, Grace, Brandon, Olivia, Alexander, Angelina, Nathan, Michael and Sophia.  Caring great grandmother of Lyla and Harper.  Dear sister of Marie Sniffen and the late Florence Sniffen.  Dear sister-in-law of Vincent Pagano and his wife Nancy, and the late Mario Pagano and his wife, the late Agnes Pagano.  Cherished aunt to her niece and nephews.  She was also a beloved cousin and loyal friend to many others.

Cathy’s life centered around her family, and as such, so did her passions.  She was happiest spending time with her children and grandchildren. She took great pride in establishing family traditions: yearly sauce-making days, famous annual Christmas cookie bake-a-thons, and personalized Christmas ornaments for first her children, and then each of her grandchildren. Her traditions will live on for generations to come.  She also enjoyed gardening, spending many hours in her vegetable garden and tending to her flowers.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, September 9, 2019, 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 PM at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home Inc., 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 201-797-3500.  Family and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home at 9:30 AM prior to the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 10:30 AM at St. Anne RC Church, 15-05 St. Anne Street, Fair Lawn, NJ.  Cremation will be private.   

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Catherine may be made to St. Anne RC Church in Fair Lawn, NJ.

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Pagano Family, So sorry to learn of your dear mothers passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Norma Gray
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