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D'Elia Funeral Home

Route 70 & Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ

OBITUARY

Andrée Petricek

20 October, 192413 June, 2020

Andrée Petricek, age 95, of the Fairways section of Lakewood, NJ, passed away on June 13, 2020 at her residence.

Andrée was born on October 20, 1924 in Metz, France. She was the daughter of Eugene and Mary Becker Rederstorff who preceded her to America. Andrée's parents worked hard and saved money to bring their children (Andrée and Marcel) to America eight years later. While waiting for their passage to the United States, Andrée and Marcel were raised in France by their Aunt Marguerite. Andrée finally arrived in America at the age of 10 on the Ile de France ocean liner accompanied by a nurse companion. She settled with her family in Clifton, NJ and began the tasks of learning English, attending school and adapting to the American culture. She later graduated from the Passaic General Hospital School of Nursing. Andrée married her husband, Bruno, in 1944 and moved to Fair Lawn, NJ in 1947. The couple moved to The Fairways at Lake Ridge in Lakewood, NJ in 1999. Andrée and Bruno were very happily married for 71 years.

Andrée is survived by her beloved daughter, Dr. Gail L. Petricek and her wife Patricia O'Keefe; her son, Allen B. Petricek and his wife Debbie; her nephew, Barry Rederstorff and his wife Carol, and her niece Donna Birbiglia and her husband Richard. Andrée was the sister of the late Marcel Rederstorff. She leaves behind many close church and community friends including Irene Gargiulo.

For many years, Andrée worked as a registered nurse at Passaic General Hospital, Passaic, NJ. She retired in 1989. In addition, Andrée was extremely involved in community service. She was President of the Church Council of St. John Lutheran Church in Passaic and a past officer of the Lutheran Church Women. She chaired the 100th Anniversary Celebration Committee of St. John Lutheran Church. She served as the President of the Lyncrest School PTA and as Vice President of the Fair Lawn School Council.

In recent years, Andrée was a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America of Christ Lutheran Church in Whiting, NJ. In addition, she belonged to the Kimball Medical Center Auxiliary and the Fairways Women's Club. She continued to serve the nursing profession as a volunteer by conducting blood pressure screenings at her church and the "The Fairways."

Andrée was very creative and enjoyed interior design, reading, baking and public speaking. Her home was her pride and joy. Andrée and her neighbors especially enjoyed exchanging interior design ideas for their houses. She generously shared her home-baked European-style pastries during the weekly Fellowship Hour at her church. Andrée delighted in many fun times playing cards and dominoes with her friends and loved to share the inspirational and humorous clippings she found in magazines and newspapers.

Au revoir mes amies!

Viewing hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, N.J. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the D'Elia Funeral Home followed by the interment at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 40 Schoolhouse Road, Whiting, NJ 08759.

For further information, or to post a tribute online, please visit www.deliafuneralhome.com.

To be in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, visitors should wear a mask when entering the building and exercise social distancing.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 17 June , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, 17 June , 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, 17 June , 2020

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Joyce (Savage) Ehrenberg

July 7, 2020

Dear Allen and Gail, I don't think you me remember me, but I used to baby sit for you. My mother and father were friends with your grandmother and grandfather. What made me think of your mother now is that I started saying daily prayers, and at the end after going through the list , I add " and all the people we love." Just like the two of you would say after your prayers.
Remembering your family with good memories.
Please keep in touch.

Cathy Bravo

June 22, 2020

Gail and Pat,
I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I know it's hard, but like people told me when my mom passed, take comfort in knowing you took great care of her and spent time with her, and she had to know she was lucky to have you be there for her. My sincerest condolences to you, and may God bless you at this difficult time.
Cathy Bravo

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