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Teresa Gaffney


Teresa Gaffney, age 78, of Mallory Villages, Florida, formerly of Wayne, NJ, passed Monday, October 2, 2017.

Teresa, who was known as Terry, was born in Harrison, New Jersey on May 25, 1939 to Theresa and Theodore Piwaski. She attended Our Lady of Czestochowa Grammar School in Harrison and then Kearny High School. At Kearny High School, she was a twirler and the Vice President of her Senior Class. It was at Kearny High School that she met the love of her life, John Gaffney. They met as freshmen. After graduating from Kearny High School in 1956 and John completing two years of service in the Army, John and Terry dated for two years and were married on November 19, 1960. The couple lived in Kearny and Lake Hiawatha before moving to Wayne in 1969. The couple lived on Bullens Avenue in Wayne for 45 years before retiring to The Villages in Florida in 2014. The couple had three sons; Brian, Teddy and Johnny.

Terry was an active participant in the lives of her children and was a volunteer with the Wayne Little League, the Wayne Boys Club and the Our Lady of the Valley Grammar School Cub Scouts and CYO. She was an active member of the Wayne Elks and Our Lady of the Valley Parish.

Terry worked as a staff accountant with several women’s clothing companies and took classes at William Paterson College.

Terry had a strong faith in God and a tremendous love of life. She loved to dance, travel, shop, complete projects in her house, make ceramic and stain glass works of art, complete puzzles, read and watch TV game shows. Most of all she loved her family and friends. She loved her children Brian, Teddy and Johnny and their spouses Linda, Theresa and Claudine. She loved her eight grandchildren, Michael, Katelyn, Megan, Marie, Sean, Faith Mary, Maeve and Matthew as well as her sister Joanna and all of her cousins, nephews and nieces and relatives. Most of all, she loved and supported her husband John, with whom she shared 57 years in a loving and committed marriage.

Terry will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 PM on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held 9 AM on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from the funeral home then to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 580 Ratzer Road, Wayne where a 10 AM Funeral Mass will be offered.

Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

In Lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Terry's name are asked to consider the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne, 153 Garside Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470.

Guest Book


My heart goes out to you and your family in your time of grief.

Ms. Lina Happle


Mr Gaffney, Brian, Teddy John and families We are so sorry to hear about your loss. It has been a tough month for Bullens Ave. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Lori & Rick

Lori DePetro Dhuyvetter


Brian, Linda, Katelyn, Sean & family, We are so deeply sorry for the loss of your Mom. During this difficult time I hope you can find peace that she is with God. Keep an eye out as will I for dimes. You are all in our thoughts and prayers always. Xoxo Love, Jeannine, Sean & Ayden

Jeannine Keith


Dear Uncle Jackie, My sincere condolences for your loss. I'm so sorry to hear about Aunt Terry. Praying that God may grant you peace at this most difficult time. I wish the same for Brian and Linda, Ted and Theresa, and John and Caudine and all of your grandchildren. God Bless you all.

Doreen Barr


So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May the memories you have bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Kim Cavallo-Campigotto


Dear John and family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Terry. We have many fond memories of good times with you both at dinner dances at the Wayne Elks. Terry was an integral part of the Auxiliary serving as President and contributed greatly to the success of the auxiliary's fundraising efforts over the years. May you find comfort during this sad time in many wonderful and happy memories of time spent with Terry. Love, Mike and Maryann Meola

Maryann Meola


We are so sad to hear about Terry's passing. She was a wonderful cousin & niece. She is up in Heaven with her sister Joanna now. We will miss her. Hugs & condolences to all of you. Aunt Connie, cousin Linda & Glenn, & Jim

Linda Fife


Dear John and family.Our deepest sympathy May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. Chris and JO-Ann

Chris F. McIntyre


The Gaffney’s: My condolences to you all for the passing your mom. She was always smiling and had such a great laugh. May angels lead her into the gates of heaven and God grant you all peace, love, and comfort during this difficult time. Renee

Renee Tahan


We are so very sorry for you loss. Sincerest condolences to the entire family. May she rest in peace with our heavenly Father

Joy and John Jespersen


Very sorry for your loss.

Dan and Lynn Gaffney


My Condolences, Terry was a good friend and co-worker and will be greatly missed. I went to school with one Terry's sons at Don Bosco Tech. Also worked with Terry at Elie Tahari for a few years. She had won the company NCAA pool one year after retiring. Terry always had a smile on her face and was a pleasure to be around.

Eric W. Sime


The Gaffney family: You are in my utmost prayers and thoughts with the loss of Mrs. Gaffney.....all the best to you all. Marcia

Marcia Akre (Maiden name: Crenshaw)


May you find comfort from the words of our Heavenly Father, JehovahGod, found in 2 Corinthains 1:3,4 and remember the hope we have in the fulfillment of His promise in Acts 24:15 of the resurrection. With my sincere and deepest condolences.



So sorry to hear about Mom. Condolences to John, Brian, Teddy, Johny and the entire family. May god bless you all

Rick and Sheryl Ossi and family


Our deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace and may your friends and family ease your sorrow.

The Stefanacci Family


Brian, Ted, and John, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I want to express my sincere condolences to your entire family. We are keeping You, your dad, and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your mom was a beloved person by so many people. I know that her spirit and values will continue to live on through you and your children.

Steve DePetro

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