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Catherine Hayes


Catherine A. Hayes, age 89 of Wayne, died on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. She had lived in Wayne since 1959.

Catherine is a graduate of Nutley High School in Nutley, NJ. She first met her husband Howard when he was her paperboy. Given his dashing good looks, it was likely she fell for him even then. Among other things, they enjoyed roller skating together and made a beautiful couple. They hit it off and just two years later were married on September 25, 1948. They honeymooned in Bushkill Falls Pa and settled for a time in Belleville NJ. Within a few years they had saved up enough money to buy a vacant lot in Wayne, where they proceeded to build their own home over the course of then next seven years. They literally built their future home from the ground up doing most of the work on weekends. Of course, Howard never really ‘finished’ the house, and continued to work on it right up until he passed away in 1994. There was much to admire about Catherine. She was a wonderful homemaker, cook and baker. But her most outstanding trait was her generosity. Her home was welcoming to everyone she came in contact with. Even though her and Howard were not blessed with financial riches, whatever they did have they shared with others.

Catherine was both a great mom and grandmother. She always took interest in their lives and enjoyed seeing both her grandchildren and children participate in whatever activity interested them. The house was always full of goodies and every birthday was a great occasion often filled with wonderful ice cream cake.

Catherine and Howard enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage to one another. They were very happy together and Catherine was nothing short of devastated when he passed away so suddenly. She was even a bit angry at him for leaving her so soon. Perhaps she’s chastising him a bit during their reunion in Heaven. But more likely the reunion was marked with a huge hug and kiss. She often spoke of her mother whom she lost at a very young age. It gave her comfort to think she would also be reunited with her.

Catherine is survived by her four loving children; Katherine Schiefer and her husband Ronald of PA, Howard Hayes and his wife Jacqueline of Wayne, Diane Beers and her husband Paul of Washington, NJ, and Robert Hayes and his wife Lauren of Wayne, and eight grandchildren; Christopher, Jennifer, Robert, Kyle, Jamie, Catherine, Jack, and Megan. She was predeceased by her husband Howard in 1994, and by her brother John Soos.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. A funeral service will be held 10 AM at the funeral home on Saturday June 17, 2017. Burial will follow at the Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield, NJ.

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Bobby, So very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Back in our high school years, I remember going to your house and got to meet your mom, such a sweet lady. She welcomed you like she had known you for years. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

Patti Duffy Valenzuela

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