Judith Zichelli

Judith Zichelli

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Judith (nee Durant) Zichelli of Verona, NJ, passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2021 at the age of 83.Judy was born in Moundsville, West Virginia, and moved to Paterson, NJ, as a child.  She trained to be a nurse at St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Paterson and also received a Bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College. She spent many years as the school nurse at Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona, NJ, until her retirement at age 70.She met Michael Zichelli, Jr., at a college party and the two married and shared their lives together with much love and devotion. They settled in Verona, NJ and lovingly raised their four children. Judy is survived by her husband; children Mary Kathryn Kottke (Dane), Cara Zichelli, and Michael Zichelli, III (Lauren); grandchildren Christian Eikeland Kottke, Hannah Kottke, Ingrid Kottke, Samuel Zichelli, and Andrew Zichelli; son-in-law William D. Ryden, II; as well as many nieces, nephews, and “adopted” children. She was preceded in death by her daughter Lisa Z. Ryden; brother John A. Durant, Jr. (beloved husband of Diane); sister BeaMary Durant Schmidt (Paul); and parents Bridget Conners Durant and John A. Durant.Her kind and gentle manner will be missed by her many friends and all the lives that she touched during her lifetime. She was the consummate hostess and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her loved ones and actively participating in Our Lady of the Lake’s parish community.Relatives and friends are invited for a viewing at Caggiano Memorial Home at 62 Grove Avenue in Montclair, NJ, on April 22 between the hours of 4:00- 8:00 PM. A funeral mass will be offered in Our Lady of the Lake Church at 22 Lakeside Avenue in Verona, NJ, on Friday, April 23 at 11:00 AM.  Facial masks and social distancing are required.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her name to the Minette' s Angels (minettesangels.org) or Our Lady of the Lake parish (ollverona.org).
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Caggiano Memorial
    62 Grove St
    MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042
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  • Service

    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 11:00am
    Our Lady of the Lake Church
    26 Lakeside Ave
    VERONA, NJ 07044
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  • Interment

    Rosedale Crematory
    408 Orange Rd
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Richard Heaslip

Posted at 10:24am
Mrs. Zichelli will remain in our hearts forever. We will always cherish our memories of her kindness, and we will be forever grateful for the love and support that she so willingly shared with us and our parents. Our deepest sympathies to the Zichelli family. Love, Rick and Julie Heaslip


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With loving memories of "Judith Zichelli", Love Pat, Nick, Michele , Ken , Allison, Brian, Emma, Evan & Nolan.
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Janice Lutz

Posted at 08:24pm
I have such wonderful memories of Judy from OLL! My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Heaven has gained another Angel! From Janice Lutz

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