Vivian A. Cadag


Vivian A. Cadag, age 51, of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.  Born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines, she immigrated to the United States at the age of 15 residing in Garden City, NY, then in NYC prior to moving to Fair Lawn 15 years ago. While residing in New York City, she attended some college and started her career in design and publishing. Mrs. Cadag was employed as a project manager with Golub Capital in New York City for the last 2 years. Vivian was known throughout Fair Lawn for the joy she brought to others, her spirit of generosity and her willingness to use her considerable talents to help anyone in need.

Beloved wife of Carlos A. Cardoso.  Loving and devoted mother of Carlos A. Cadag Cardoso.  Cherished daughter of the late Remedios and R. Michael Paisley, and daughter-in-law to Eduardo Cardoso (Diva) and the late Maria Gloria Cardoso.  Vivian is also survived by her aunts Beatriz Cadag, Lourdes Cadag Castillo and Mary Ellen Paisley Lee (Charlie), uncles Dr. Ramiro Cadag and Matthew Paisley, sister-in-law Ana Paula Rodrigues (Frank), brother-in-law Jose Cardoso, cousins, nieces, nephews, her large extended family and her beloved dogs Groot and Gonzo.

A dedicated member of her community, Vivian was the current treasurer, and a roadie for The Fair Lawn Friends of Music, a group of parents who support the National Champion winning music programs in which her son Carlos participates. She loved chronicling the band’s travel from Ohio to Disney World and every performance in between.  

Vivian was passionate about photography, at which she excelled, some of her work was featured in several publications.  She also devoted extensive time volunteering her photography skills throughout her community including creating a photobooth at Lyncrest Elementary School, donating “portraits” for families at home during quarantine, and for the Fair Lawn Borough Council capturing parades, events, and ceremonies and taking official portraits of councilmembers.

Vivian also loved traveling the world with her friends and family. She particularly loved her trips with her Carlos’s to Europe, the Philippines, and the Grand Canyon and never missed a Comicon. Vivian’s greatest joy came from spending time with family and friends whom she loved immensely. She was known by all as a thoughtful, kind, fun-loving and insightful woman whose wisdom was coveted by many. Vivian also possessed an infectious laugh that lit up every room she entered.

The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday, July 1, 2021, 4 – 8 PM with a 7 PM novena at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 2, 2021, 10:30 AM at St. Anne R.C. Church, 15-05 St. Anne Street, Fair Lawn, NJ. For those unable to attend in person, please join via the following link,   Cremation will be private.

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My condolences to the entire family. Vivian was an amazing co worker. Even more so a amazing human being.
Jose C Hernandez
Vivian was such a kind person and her family was the focal point of everything she did. For years when we worked together she was the adult in the room when no one else wanted that responsibility. She was thoughtful and caring, always going to extra mile to ensure that everyone had a voice....she was a friend and will be dearly missed but her legacy lives in her "Carlos's". God Bless, Vivian.
Brian Kelley
Many a moons ago, Vivian and I have crossed paths during our High School.years. And true to her name, she was indeed one person full of life, she was always showing her enthusiasm for others and for those who shared life with her. Her good heart was always for loving others and giving them her best for life through her acts and kind deeds, her infectious laughter, her encouraging spirit. So full of life indeed she was and always a force to reckon with. I will forever be grateful to The Almighty for allowing me to share a portion of her lifetime. Together with my family here in the Philippines, and with our our High School Batchmates, we share with you all our love and respect for our Wonderful Family, Friend and loved one, VIVIAN. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to her immediate family and to us all who have loved and found love in Vivian, our gracious friend.
Melody Yadao-Remorca
I so sadden and heartbroken. Viv and had worked together at Conde Nast and become very good friends. Stayed with her family many weekends.We had lost contact with each other for awhile and finally reconnected. Viv was a person who would give her shirt off her back to help someone. I never knew someone like her to have a huge heart. She was so special, always finding the good in something that is bad. Always smiling and laughing. She will be missed so much. Rest in peace my dear old friend. I will always love you.

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