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Catherine Purdy


Catherine Purdy, 94, of Wayne, New Jersey passed away peacefully, her daughter Kathleen by her side, on July 15, 2017.

Born in New York City, the daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth Moran and Daniel Moran, Catherine lived in Miami, Atlantic City, Paterson and Wayne. Catherine graduated in 1942 from Central High School, Paterson, New Jersey. Catherine worked for Curtiss-Wright during WWII, then Prudential Insurance Company, and she retired from the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles in 1993. Catherine was known to her friends as “Kitty” and to her immediate family as “Mims.”

Catherine married William Purdy in 1948. Together, they lived in Paterson and then Wayne, where they raised their five children. Catherine loved her Wednesday night bowling league. She was also a leader of the Girl Scout Troop of Lionshead Lake. Catherine worked for the Herald News as a reporter of local news from Lionshead Lake. She was an auxiliary member of the American Legion Post in Wayne, NJ. Catherine was also an officer with the Wayne Golden Age Circle. She enjoyed traveling with the club and performing in their talent shows. She also enjoyed regular bus excursions to Atlantic City to play the slot machines.

Catherine is predeceased by her husband William Purdy and survived by her five children. Eileen Kimbell-Meaney (Tom Meaney) of Pompton Lakes, William of Riverdale, Joan Kain of Passaic, Thomas (Karen Volino) of Elmwood Park, and Kathleen Padula (Bob Padula) of Fort Lee. She is also survived by her first-cousin Eileen McGrady as well as nieces, a nephew and many cousins.

Catherine is also survived by her 6 loving grandchildren, William Kimbell and his wife Vicky, Matthew Kimbell and his wife Tracee, Joseph Volino, Thomas Purdy, Max Padula, and Jade Padula. Catherine is also survived by a great grandson, Joshua.

Catherine’s passion was music. She loved 1940’s big bands and enjoyed traveling to marching band competitions with her close friend Nancy D’Amelio. Catherine’s children fondly remember her always singing around the house and introducing them to the American songbook. She genuinely enjoyed the company and laughter of friends and family.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 PM on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held 9 AM on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from the funeral home then to Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 45 Urban Club Road, Wayne where a 10 AM Funeral Mass will be offered.

Entombment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, 4370 Tujunga Ave., Suite 330, Studio City, CA 91604.


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So sorry for your loss!

Ronnie & Steve Slomback


Sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace ??

Lynda Kammerer Ladd


My deepest sympathy to the entire family! My prayers and thoughts will be with you always ,love Nancy klein

Nancy klein


So sorry for your loss. Prayers for Mims and your entire family. Love Mae and family

Mae Concannon


So sorry for your loss, I have a lot of great memories of Miss Kit in Wayne. The mothers and fathers in our neighborhood made the statement "it takes a village to raise a child".

Cindy Axelson Stagg


So very sorry for your loss, may she Rest in Peace

Sal Bellomo


To all of the Purdy family, I am so very sorry to hear of your mom, Kitty, passing into eternity. She was a bright light of energy and fun as I remember her. She raised wonderful children and gave of her time to her community in so many ways. My mother counted her as a dear friend. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to all of you at this time. God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand.

Maureen Kearney


Prayers and thoughts to the family! Remember growing up she was a great lady!

Ellen Snyder


So sorry for your loss. My sympathy for the family. May she rest in Peace






I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was one of the original pioneers of Lions Head Lake and one of my Girl Scout Leaders. She has now passed on to the Big Band in the Sky.

Kathleen Gooch Oleksy


We are so sorry to hear about Mims. I can't believe that I missed the post.

Laura Dec


Kit was a long time member of the Golden Age Circle of Wayne and served many years as an officer. She was also part of the Wayne Senior Follies in the past and shared her love of music with us all. On behalf of all of the members of the Golden Age Circle of Wayne I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the entire Purdy family. Rest in peace Kit..we will certainly miss you.

Terry Coronato-Rossi, Corresponding Secretary Golden Age Circle of Wayne

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