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Florence Waldy


Florence Waldy, age 92, of Wayne, passed peacefully on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Florence was born to Bernard and Mary Bruder, raised in Union City, having graduated from Union Hill High School with the Class of 1942. The family lived in North Bergen, Hackensack, and Weehawken for thirty-five years before moving to Wayne in 1992.

Florence was a secretary to the president of the Arrow Shirt Company in New York City for many years. She then dedicated herself to raising her family before returning to work as a secretary to the president of Gaylords Department Store in Secaucus before retiring in 1985.

She will be lovingly remembered as a family oriented, pleasant, person who was nice to just about everyone. She loved a party, going to the Jersey Shore, and fishing with her husband both from the surf at Point Pleasant or their boat named the “Debbie II.” For many years she was a member of Saint Augustine’s Church in Union City and an active member of the Weehawken Elks Lodge’s Ladies Auxiliary. She was a wonderful cook and her special touch on turnips and pot roast will never be forgotten.

Florence met a cute boy named William Waldy at the Jersey Shore. Both of their families had a tradition of summering there. William served during WWII and upon his return he went to Mass at Our Lady of Fatima church in North Bergen, spied Florence, and said “don’t I know you?” Those couple of words would lead to them falling in love and marrying on April 30, 1949 at Our Lady of Fatima. For their honeymoon they were headed to Cape Cod but due to bad weather they changed their minds, in the car, and went to Washington, DC. On their honeymoon they were driving a Kaiser automobile as William’s father owned a Kaiser dealership at the time. Florence and William enjoyed a loving, caring marriage of thirty-nine years before his passing in 1988.

Florence was the devoted mother of Deborah Ricciardi and her husband Robert of Wayne, William Waldy and his wife Judy of Wilmington, NY, and Barbara Combates and her husband Nicholas of Glen Gardner; cherished grandmother of eight grandchildren: Paul Ricciardi, Gina Aiello, Lisa Priestner, Tara Agelis, Alexandra Combates, Cole Combates, Marina Waldy, and William Waldy, III; and seven great-grandchildren; loved sister of Veronica Obringer of Pompton Plains and the late Bernard Bruder.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM from the funeral home then to Our Lady of the Valley Church, 630 Valley Road, Wayne where a 10:00 Funeral Mass will be offered.
Entombment will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum, North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015 or at, would be greatly appreciated. 

Guest Book


We are sorry to hear that Florence has passed. Our sympathy to the family. Sincerely, Marianne and Fred Lorenz, Weehawken

Marianne and Fred Lorenz


We will miss our Aunt Florence and all the wonderful times celebrated together. God has not made a more gentle and loving person. She touched many lives in ways her humble heart could ever imagine. Her good intentions were forged in steel and pure of heart. Heaven has gained a great Ambassador.

Eileen and Donald Waldy


Although it has been years since I last saw you I thought of you often. It was always a pleasure to be in your company. I know you and Bill are happy together once again.

Charlene Kingsbury

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