CALCATERRA Veronica Bridget Mackey, age 90, peacefully entered the gates of heaven on October 13, 2016 in Saddle Brook, NJ. Ronnie is survived by her daughter, Johannah Calcaterra and her husband Garry Allen, her sons, James Calcaterra, Thomas Calcaterra and his wife Liz, Robert and Michael Calcaterra. She is also survived by her granddaughters Christine Mantineo and her husband Joe and Diane Cantarella and her husband Chris, great-grandchildren Christopher & Cara Cantarella and Colin Mantineo and her brother-in-law Arthur Ballway, his children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Albert, her parents and her loving sister Theresa Mackey Ballway. Vera is also survived by hundreds of people whose lives she touched no matter how briefly. Vera was born on November 4, 1925 in Jersey City to James Mackey and Annie Cleary both from Nenagh, County Tipperary Ireland. She grew up in St. Luke's parish in the South Bronx until she moved to Saddle Brook, NJ in 1955. She was an active parishioner of St Philip the Apostle R.C. Church in Saddle Brook for over 60 years and a founding member of their Rosary Altar Society. She served on the Executive Boards of the Democratic Party in town, Saddle Brook Public Library Council, the Election Board and the Senior Center Counsel. Vera was a skilled knitter and worked with the volunteers at Hackensack Hospital to make numerous baby blankets and sweaters for the preemies. Arrangements from Kugler Funeral Home, 311 Fifth Street, Saddle Brook, NJ. Viewing will be at the funeral home on Sunday, October 16 from 4-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Philip The Apostle Church, Saddle Brook, NJ. Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Valley Hospital Foundation "Hospice" in Memory of Veronica Calcaterra. 223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
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