Rita K. Waldor

August 23, 1929July 5, 2019

Rita K. Waldor born August 23, 1929 in Newark, NJ, died July 5, 2019, Livingston, NJ. Wife of the late Jerome Waldor. Sister of the late Melvin Kaden. Daughter of the late Gertrude and Max Kaden. Survived by loving sons and daughters in-law, Marc Waldor, Nancy Long, Matthew Waldor, Lori Olans, Peter Waldor, Jody Miller, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Erika, Miles, Josh, Jesse, Lindsay, Emma, Maya, Jacob, Nathaniel and Gabriel.

Rita was a graduate of Weequahic High School and George Washington University. She was an avid gardner, antiquer, tennis player, bridge player, dog lover and well known philanthropist. She held many leadership roles in the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest over the decades. She was also one of the founders of the Jersey Animal Coalition. She volunteered for many other causes, including reading to the blind, meals on wheels and the Friendship Circle.

Rita was kind, humble and open minded. She had many loyal friends and neighbors and was a mentor to generations of younger women. Her warmth and generosity made the world a better place and she will be sorely missed by her family, friends and all whose lives she touched.

Memorial donations may be made in Rita's name to the Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West NJ at or to the charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Burial Sunday, July 7, 2019


Rita K. Waldor

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Dee Ritota

July 5, 2019

My dear dear Rita, my (second) mother. You will be sorely missed as you were an inspiration to me. Your stories, photos, memories, advise, wit, kind smile and quick remarks always put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart. You were a wise woman, intelligent beyond your years, adventurous and brave. I will miss dearly your enormous generosity, which included, our many lunches and dinners together, our intimate talks and recent overnight stays, as well as my monthly winter visits, when my mom was in Florida, just so I could see your sweet face.
I will truly be thinking of you when I visit Israel next week, as you and I spoke a lot about your many trips there and you gave me great advise on what to expect.
I am grateful that God placed me in the role of being by your side, in the last hours of your light before darkness set in, so that you could have your loving family to share their love and goodbyes with you. I know my mom will miss you terribly as you two were inseparable. You will be forever in my heart. I love you.......