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Edith Vanden Houten


Edith Vanden Houten, age 89, of Wayne passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 while receiving the loving care of her daughter.

Edith was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. Edith left school at an early age to help her mother care for her family. When she got a little older she established a position at a textile plant. This is where she met a young man by the name of Peter Vanden Houten. Peter and Edith dated for a a short time and as fate would have it they fell in love and were married on June 7, 1952 at St Anthony’s Church in Paterson.

Immediately after getting married Edith decided to set aside any work or salary she could contribute to her new family and became a homemaker. It was not long at all after getting married that Peter and Edith hade their first and only child Joanne. They were settled in Paterson after they were married and lived there for several years until moving to Pompton Lakes in the late 1950’s. Peter and Edith lived in Pompton Lakes for over twenty years. In 1981, the love of Edith’s life, Peter, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. After Peter’s passing, Edith and her daughter moved to Wayne. Edith and Peter cherished nearly thirty years of loving and loyal marriage together. Edith and her family would take summer vacations at Wildwood Crest nearly every year. She was a great Italian cook, always had dinner on the table for her family every night and hosted many a Sunday and Holiday Dinner, preparing the traditional Italian menus. Edith was extremely devoted to her Catholic Faith, she and her sister were called “Prayer Warriors” by her family. Her family remembers her as being kind-hearted, gentle, quiet and soft-spoken. She was a loving wife and a devoted mom. Edith was a very special person who touched the lives of many people and will be missed by everyone that knew her.

Edith is survived by her daughter Joanne Vanden Houten of Wayne, one brother Neil Colella of Totowa and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her four brothers; Dominik Colella, Michael Colella, Joseph Colella, and Adolf Colella, and also by her four sisters; Jenny Elmini, Theresa Mastrogiovanni, Susan Lippolis, and Antoinette Colella.

Funeral services will be private. Those wishing to make a donation in Edith’s name may consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memorial Processing 501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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