Joan A. McDonald


Joan A. (Huddy) McDonald, age 86, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021.  Born in Brooklyn, NY, she moved to Saddle Brook, NJ in 1987. Joan attended Mass at St. Anne R.C. Church in Fair Lawn.  An active woman, she enjoyed traveling the world, fine dining, ceramics, reading, and puzzles with family and friends. Her favorite was a juicy rib-eye steak. 

Prior to retiring, she worked in the claims department at Amica Insurance Company in Glen Rock for ten years after a full career at Equitable in NYC.

Beloved wife of the late Robert McDonald.  Loving and devoted mother of Deborah Bodzak and husband Ken, and Robert McDonald and wife Julie.  Cherished grandmother of Cassandra, Kenneth, Jacki, Robbie, and Kelly and great-grandmother of Brady.

All services are private. Arrangements are being handled by Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

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I have never known the grandmother of any friend in the way I have been lucky enough to know Joan. Even as a young child, the energy she brought to the Bodzak home and family was always evident. She was truly a remarkable and inspirational woman whose physical presence will be sincerely missed, but whose unrivaled spirit will live on for eternity <3
We will miss Joan terribly. She was such an incredibly warm and loving person. We always enjoyed chatting with her at the holidays. We are all better people for having known her. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and loved her. We are thinking of you now and what an ordeal this must be to grieve in the midst of this pandemic. May our memories of her be a blessing to us all. Here’s to a life well lived. We look forward to celebrating her life in person when it is safe to do so.
Tom & Dori Miller
I had the pleasure of knowing Joan briefly however, it was enough to see that she had a passion for life and was able to communicate that passion to those around her. I am grateful that her enthusiasm, humor and love, live on in her granddaughter (Cassandra). We will keep you in our thoughts and hearts forever.
Joan was a treasure and the world was lucky to have her in it for all of her 86 years. Those of us who knew her were fortunate to experience her kind soul and effervescent spirit. I always looked forward to spending time with her at our family functions. She was always so sweet and loving. She went out of her way to take an interest in my life and always had a kind word to say. Now I wonder if I was able to give her that in return. But don't worry Joan, I will find you a Coca Cola and may you now have all the sweets your heart desires! You will sorely be missed but luckily we will always see a glimmer of you in Debbie, Cassandra and Kenny.  Requiescat in pace, dear Joan. Love always, Melissa 
Melissa Miller
Joan, you were always a source of wisdom for Cassie and I. You guided us as we grew up and found ourselves, allowed us to go through many different fashion styles, music genres, and supported all of our dances and plays. You will be missed.
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