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Estelle Aldi


Estelle Aldi, age 91 of Wayne, died peacefully in her home on Thursday, April 27, 2017. She had been a resident of Wayne since 1951.

Estelle was born at home, in Bloomingdale, NJ, and grew up on 3rd Street in Butler. She attended St. Anthony’s Elementary School before graduating from Butler High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the William Paterson Teacher’s College, as it was then known. She taught 2nd grade at the Pompton Lakes Elementary School for two rewarding years before becoming a happy full-time mom.

Along with her full college studies, Estelle took on a part-time job to earn a little income. She was an elevator operator at Quackenbush’s department store in downtown Paterson. On one particular day, she had a passenger that just wouldn’t get off the elevator; Dominic Aldi. Dominic was home on leave from the U.S. Navy and he was shopping with some friends at Quackenbush’s. From the moment he saw Estelle on the elevator, he was smitten. He just kept riding the elevator, unwilling to get off until she agreed to go out on a date with him. Eventually she caved in and their first date was set. Dominic went to her house to pick her up and, much to Dom’s surprise, she took him to church - and not just to Mass, but to confession. Since it was Saturday, it was just the right thing to do. Surely this wasn’t what he had in mind for their first date, but like the gentleman that he is, he was happy to oblige her. Their wedding followed a year or so later, on March 28, 1948 at St. Anthony’s RC Church in Butler. After a honeymoon to Niagara Falls, they lived at her parent’s home before settling to their new home they designed together in Wayne in 1951. They made for an interesting couple, and enjoyed the most wonderful and fortunate marriage that they could have ever hoped for. This past March, they celebrated sixty nine years of a loving and devoted marriage together!

Estelle loved her music and their home was always filled with the sounds of Benny Goodman and the Jazz big bands. One of Estelle's favorite songs was "Blue Skies, smiling at me ", as 'Mom' would sing along "nothing but blue skies, do I see". Like the song, Estelle was always smiling and always positive. Family was so very special to her as she loved being with the whole family for Birthdays and holiday celebrations. After dinners together there would be the opening of gifts, the blowing out of candles and the smiles for pictures to be taken! It became a yearly tradition with an exciting Easter egg hunt in Estelle and Dominic's home where the children would search for 100 eggs! And a family party night would always conclude with just one more thing to do; play cards! She brought cards on vacation, and to be sure, Estelle would always be seated at the card table enjoying the games with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren! For many years, they enjoyed a home in North Wildwood, NJ where Dom kept his boat. They would go out for cruises with the kids, polish the boat, inside and out, and then when it was time to relax, they played more cards!

Estelle, what a great mom she was, and what a terrific grandmother and great-grandmother she has been for many years. She knew how to make you happy and was always sure to deliver a compliment. Estelle freely shared her smile and pleasant positive nature. Each one knew that they were always loved by her. She set a wonderful example for all of her family to follow. Her children recall that it was 'Mom' who taught them at a young age how important it was to recite the Rosary, as Estelle had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. Estelle will be missed dearly by a great many, but will always hold a dear place in our hearts.

Estelle is survived by her loving and devoted husband; Dominic of Wayne, by her two children; Estelle Meyer and her husband Jake of Wayne, and Dominic of Wayne, five grandchildren; David Meyer and his wife Nancy of Wayne, Sherry Ligouri and her husband Jerry of Salt Lake City, Utah, Jessica Rowe and her husband Chris of Wayne, Christine Placko and her husband Bill of Oak Ridge, and Marissa Lyons and her husband Sterling of Sandy, Utah, nine great-grandchildren; Kayla, Shayna, Heather, Chloe, Sabrina, Daniella, Dominic, Lily, and Bane, as well as one sister; Charlotte Bishop of Franklin, NJ.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 9-11 AM.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 AM at Our Lady of Consolation RC Church, Wayne, followed by burial at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Butler, NJ.

Guest Book


Dear Dominick & Family, My sincere sympathy in the loss of Estelle. Her beautiful smile and loving ways will be missed. Estelle I love and miss you, May you be happy with the Lord. RIP

Patricia Joerg


I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Recently I lost my dear mother, and found great comfort in the Holy Bible, like at Isaiah 25 verse 8 - "The Sovereign Lord will swallow up death forever, and wipe away the tears from all faces." Also at Revelation 21 verse 4, we find God's promise to remove both pain and death. For more comfort, I turn to the website at: (Search: Comfort)

Dennis Mathewson


May your grandma rest with the lord. Amen. Our prayers go out to you an your family ????

Lynn an Valerie smolt


Very sorry for your loss, remember her always staying in touch with my Mom and Dad.

Earl and Glenda Dean-Butler NJ


Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort.

Matthew & Colette Toscano


What a wonderful tribute and story of a very loving woman, mother and wife, with a very special family. My heart goes out to all of you during this sorrowful time. She will be missed but her memories are beautiful and blessed years. Sincerely, Charles & Andrea

Charles Maratta

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