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Norman J. Wazaney, Jr.

4/19/2017


Norman Joseph Wazaney Jr., age 78 of Pequannock passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 19, 2017 while receiving the loving care of his family.

Norman was born in Jersey City to Norman and Elaine Wazaney. Norman grew up in Wood-Ridge New Jersey then moved to Pequannock more than fifty years ago. Shortly after graduating from High School, in 1957, Norman heard the call to serve his country. He spent the next four years in the United States Air Force spending time in Japan and was honorably discharged from the service in 1961. Norman’s service to our country was something that his family remembers him being very proud of his entire life.

While Norman was in High School he met and began dating Ann Vara. As fate would have it they fell in love and became husband and wife on September 28, 1963 shortly after Norman was discharged from the Air Force. Soon after they were married, Norman and Ann moved to Pequannock, NJ where they would call home, raise their two children, and cherish the next 53 years of loving and loyal marriage together.

Norman worked as an IT Director, Software Developer and Consultant for many years with a variety of companies and also worked closely with the United States Government, particularly designing Weapons Delivery and Fighter Jet Navigation systems. Norman’s entrepreneurial spirit also led to several published computer software games. Norman enjoyed the work that he did until his retirement approximately ten years ago.

Norman was a loving and loyal husband and a dedicated father as well. He Coached Little League while his children were growing up. He was also an extremely devoted grandfather and never missed any of their games, recitals, school plays or other events. He was an avid New York Giants fan and held season tickets for them for a number of years. He was also very fortunate and held a special memory of attending Superbowl XLVI with his son and grandson when the New York Giants upset the New England Patriots. Norman was also a fan of the New York Yankees and of the New York Rangers. He was also dedicated to his faith and was a parishioner of Holy Spirit RC Church in Pequannock for many years with his wife Ann. Norman also enjoyed traveling with his family to Disney on many occasions. Aside from all of Normans talents, hobbies, and interests, his greatest passion was for his family. Norman touched the lives of many people and will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him.

Norman is survived by his wife Ann Wazaney (nee Vara) of Pequannock, one son; N.J. Wazaney and his wife Beth of Pompton Lakes, one daughter; Debbie Legregni and her husband Garry of Pompton Plains, one brother; Dennis of Longwood, FL, and 4 grandchildren; Michael, Ariana, Justin, and Heather. He was predeceased by his sister Rene Serfaty.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 4-8PM at VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday April 22 at 9AM from the funeral home then to Holy Spirit RC Church, 318 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pequannock where at 10AM am funeral mass will be celebrated.

Interment will be in First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Plains.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

Guest Book

4/20/2017

Our most heartfelt condolences to sweet Ann Marie, and Norman's entire family. Norman was one of the kindest , sweetest people I knew. You are all in my thoughts and my prayers. I will share a quote, that was my Mothers ( Ann Marie's Godmother) favorite from Helen Keller, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." Much love, Maryann, John &(MOM)

Maryann DeRose and family

4/20/2017

Sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

The Shaw Family

4/20/2017

So so sorry for your loss Ann....our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Marie and John Cherichella

4/20/2017

To the Wazaney and Legregni Families: Our Deepest Condolences on the loss of your precious Norm. He was truly a wonderful and loving man. He touched so many lives especially our family and will be missed. Love to all, John, Natalie and family

The Dougherty Family

4/20/2017

You are a gentleman and an all around good guy, you will be missed rest peacefully Uncle Norm.

Tony Vara

4/21/2017

My first 2 years of little league I played for Mr. W. on the Condors. I have played and coached a lot of baseball since then and I have never forgotten what a nice man he was. I live in Minneapolis now and have 4 sons. I have coached them all and will be coaching a game tomorrow. Not a season goes by that I don't wish there were more coaches like Norm Wazaney. Youth baseball needs more of him. My brother lives in Pompton Lakes and he sent me the notice. I will be tipping my cap to Mr. Wazaney tomorrow morning. God Bless.

Jim Burke

4/21/2017

Uncle Norman always had a big smile and encouraging words for me whenever I was with him. I will cherish that always.

Donna Lutka

4/22/2017

Our deepest sympathy to Ann and family my mom and I always remember when Justin played for the Panthers Norm was always there watching sending prayers Karen and mom

Karen mylor

4/22/2017

NJ, Beth and family ... sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad...what a terrific family he raised Rest in peace Mr W....... Your "old" neighbor ... Jo-Ann

JoSchoenGood

4/22/2017

My sincere condolences. I had many conversations with your dad when I stopped by the gas station in town. He was always cheery and had something interesting to say.

Fred Dorando

4/27/2017

Dearest Ann & Family - We're so very sorry for your loss. Norm was such a nice guy and no doubt so proud of you all. I know his presence will be tremendously missed and what a great loss this is to your family. Sending thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Leslie, Charlie, Martin, Brandon & Zachary

Sommers Family


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