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Lois Cummings


Lois Cummings (nee Jackson), age 84 of Wayne, died Sunday, April 23, 2017. She had lived in the Packanack Lake section of Wayne since settling there with her husband in 1957.

Lois grew up in the Greenville neighborhood of Jersey City and graduated from St. Dominic’s High School one year earlier than usual. She went right to work at the Colgate-Palmolive company famously located right on the Hudson River in Jersey City. In 1954, Lois was set up on a blind date where she met Frank Cummings. The two of them hit it off and they married on June 23, 1956 at St. Paul’s Church in Jersey City. They celebrated their honeymoon in Bermuda which kicked off a wonderful, close, and loving marriage that lasted for forty eight years. Lois and Frank were “polar opposites” in many regards, but they made it work well for them. Frank passed away in 2005, just a few months shy of their forty-ninth anniversary.

While living in Packanack Lake, Lois involved herself in many community activities. She was in the Packanack Players, the Harmony Singers, the Pack-a-ladies bowling league, known as “The Strikers,” and many other local clubs and social groups. She loved ‘antiquing’ and you could often find her making the rounds to all the local garage sales and estate sales. She became a licensed antique dealer in 1969 and began officiating estate sales herself. Through her love of antiques, she participated in the PAL Flea Market for many years, and she was a part of the Summit Antiques Center, a co-op owned antique shop located in Summit, NJ. Lois was also a fabulous cook and she could make anything well. She wasn’t afraid to try new recipes either and every time she nailed it; excellent! Raising six kids sure presented its challenges, but Lois somehow made it look easy. Her children recall their mom cooking their favorite meals upon request, and she was skilled at crafting award-winning Halloween costumes for each of them. Lois also enjoyed summer vacation each August at the Jersey Shore, on LBI. There were, of course, occasions when Lois would not allow herself to be disturbed or interrupted, and that was anytime that the NY YANKEES were playing a game! She never played a sport in her life, but somehow she became a devoted and loyal YANKEES fan over the years. She simply loved her YANKEES.

Lois is survived by her six beloved children; Christopher and his wife Jean of Clifton, Griffith and his wife Carol of Wayne, Peter of Plainfield, Douglas and his wife Angela of W. Caldwell, Maura Cummings of Wayne, and Brewer and his wife Maria of Long Valley, as well as her much adored eleven grandchildren; Jack and Mollie Gutt of Wayne, Christopher Jr. and Scott Cummings of Clifton, Chelsea, Samantha, and Abigail Cummings of Wayne, Justin and Sean Cummings of West Milford, Elizabeth and Layton Cummings of Long Valley, her beloved sister-in-law; Margaret, her nephew Christopher Jackson, and niece Cindie Abbott. She had also been predeceased by her brother; Robert Jackson of Lakewood, California in 1984.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 from 4-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM on Fri. from the funeral home, then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne, where at 10:30 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered.

Donations in Lois’ memory would be greatly appreciated to Eva’s Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07501.

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We send healing prayers and comforting hugs. We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom, Love to all, Bev and Dan

Bev and Dan Hryciak


An amazing women who raised an great family. My condolences to the family and everyone that is mourning. We all have a Guardian Angel that will watch over us.

Omar J. Facuse


Lois was always a warm and welcoming person and I will miss her sence of humor , her intelligence and her forthrightness . And I know that her family was always the most important thing in her life. Love to you all. Arnold

Arnold Buchiane


My sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mom. May she Rest In Peace.

Lynda Kammerer Ladd


Our sincerest sympathies on the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful Lady as you all know. Take comfort in knowing she is with Bud again. All our best. The Schneeloch's.

Lynda and Drew Schneeloch


My deepest sympathies to your family

Jim Dring


My guardian angel, you were taken too soon. They say God takes the best. Well he sure did. You will be forever in my heart. Thank you for the numerous memories and countless laugh. You were one of a kid. I love you Nana.

Chelsea Cummings


I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I have such great memories of your Mom. A sweet lady and a great neighbor.

Liz Foulds Ort


Prayers from the Jaeger family. We are so sorry for your loss.

Christina Jaeger Lis


So sorry for your loss. Lots of great memories growing up playing down by your house, and your Mom (and Dad) were really cool parents. My Dad sends along his condolences too.

Geoff Schramm


Our deepest sympathies to your family on the loss of your mom. Lois was a wonderful woman, so caring and welcoming. All our best at this difficult time. The Fraser family.

Wayne and Cathy Fraser

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