Jane L. Heilmann (nee Ruddy), 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, November 28, 2010 with family at her side. Mom had a great life filled with children, grandchildren, great friends and neighbors. Mom was born in 1923 in Weehawken, NJ and grew up in Englewood and Teaneck, NJ prior to marriage. Mom graduated from St. Ceceila H.S. and became a master Bookkeeper during her adult life. On October 22, 1944, Mom married Frank M. Heilmann and their loving union lasted 58 years until Frank’s passing in 2002. Mom resided in Upper Saddle River for over 57 years and loved the home she built with Dad. Mom volunteered at the USR Library for many years and served on several ministries at the Church of the Presentation. Mom was a devout Catholic and attended daily Mass for most of her life and was part of members of the church known as “The Niners” who attended the 9am Mass. Mom was a wonderful example of faith and love!
Mom was predeceased by Frank (2002) and by her beloved son, John (1953) and by her brothers, Richard, Donald, William and Robert Ruddy. She is survived by six children: Tom (Janice) of VT, Jim (Sue) of NJ, Gerry (Lisa) of NY, Laurie Robertson (Brian) of WA, Rick (Maureen) of NJ, and Paul (Christina) of NJ. She worshipped her 13 grandchildren: Chris, Alec, Leigh, Bob, Shaun, Dan, Brie, Chad, John, Pete, Kevin, Andrew and Alyssa. Mom is also survived by her sister, Ruth Michaelian, and Ruth’s family and by many members of the Ruddy family in NJ and across the U.S.
A celebration of Mom’s life and her passage to heaven will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 am on Thursday, December 2nd at the Church of the Presentation, 271 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 1 in the Community Room at The Church of the Presentation from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Joseph Cemetery in Hackensack, NJ. Vander Platt Funeral home (www.vpfh.com) is assisting in the funeral services.
Mom and Dad were great supporters of Upper Saddle River and were very involved in town programs and church ministries. In lieu of flowers, please make donations and contributions to either the Upper Saddle River Library, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 or to The Church of the Presentation, 271 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. We thank Rev. Bob Stagg (Father Bob) and the entire church community of The Presentation for their compassion and offerings to Mom.
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