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Constance "Connie" Little




Constance “Connie” Little, age 95 of Wayne, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. She had lived in Wayne since 1954.

Connie grew up in Paterson, the daughter of proud Italian immigrants during the Great Depression. She learned the values of hard work, education, self-reliance and family life. Connie recited Depression-era stories to her children teaching them the same values. After high school, Connie went on to business school and learned to be a bookkeeper. It was at one of her early jobs that she met a handsome man while distributing the payroll checks one Friday. Thomas Little was his name, and they began dating. When Tom asked her to marry him, she said “yes” and they married on May 25, 1952. They lived in Paterson during the early years of their marriage while Tom built their home in Packanack Lake. It took him two years to finish building their home and they moved there in 1954. Connie and Tom were blessed with a “solid” marriage, truly committed to one another.

Connie became the consummate homemaker when they moved to Wayne and she enjoyed being a full-time mother, raising her two children. She became a den mother with the Cub Scouts and Brownie mom with her daughter. She was always there for them. Over the years she enjoyed cooking, sewing, embroidery, crocheting and water-color painting. Her children recall fun family vacations at the Jersey Shore each summer to various beach towns. They were fun times and made for great family memories. Connie also encouraged her children to go to college and she and Tom put them both through school, something her children appreciate greatly. Connie and Tom were also founding parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne. They attended the very first masses which were held in the Packanack Elementary School, adjacent to where the church was being built at the time. In retirement, they traveled all around the US, to Canada and also to a WWII reunion in England. She has missed Tom dearly since he passed in 2009.

Connie is survived by her two children; Patricia Little of Wayne, and Dr. Thomas Little and his wife Ruth Ann of Cookeville, TN, and three grandchildren; Angela Little of Easton, PA, Ryan Little of Los Angeles, CA, and Brenden Little of Easton, PA. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Thomas in 2009, by her sister Josephine Hartman and by her brother Samuel DeFeo.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9-10:30 AM. A funeral mass will follow at Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne at 11AM. Connie will be laid to rest with her husband Thomas at the Laurel Grove Mausoleum in Totowa following the mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, 580 Ratzer Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470, or to the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 2004, Wayne, NJ 07474, would be greatly appreciated.

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