June 6, 1921 – January 28, 2020
Born Brigida Helen Cinotti to Italian immigrant parents in Jersey City, she graduated Dickinson High School, attended John Marshall Business School, then worked as an executive secretary for General Foods and Hoffman LaRoche while earning a BA degree in Business Administration and MA degree in Education, both from Seton Hall University. She became a full-time teacher of Business at Snyder High School, Jersey City, in 1954, where she met fellow teacher and future husband Ben Mastronardy. In 1967, she transferred to Lincoln Junior High in Secaucus as a guidance counselor, then organized and became head of the guidance department when the school grew into a high school between 1973 and 1977. Known as a competent and tough counselor, she pushed her students to reach their potentials. She retired while still head of the guidance department in June, 1991. During her working years and well into retirement, she was active in several organizations, including the Hudson County Mental Health Association, and the Secaucus Child Guidance Foundation, which she co-founded and which provided financial assistance to many youngsters to receive professional help. It was mainly because of this involvement that she received a Woman of Achievement Award. She also became involved with Catholic Daughters and Friends of the Secaucus Public Library. In retirement, she also enjoyed reading and painting. Predeceased was her husband, Ben. Surviving are her sons James and Linus along with his wife Judy, and grandson Lucas. A visitation for Bridget will be held Friday, January 31st from 5 to 9PM at Mack Memorial Home, 1245 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ. A mass of Christian burial will occur Saturday, February 1st at 9:30 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, Patterson Plank Rd, Secaucus, NJ followed by an entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Ridge Rd, North Arlington, NJ. In Lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to Immaculate Conception Church in Bridget's Honor.
- Visitation Friday, January 31, 2020
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 1, 2020
- Entombment Saturday, February 1, 2020
February 10, 2020
I met Mrs. Mastronardy first at her son, Linus's wedding. Sometimes people say an older woman is 'cute' but this woman really WAS cute. She was the sweetest dearest thing, and it was hard not to just feel love for her and to find her to be just a lovely person. I'm truly sorry to hear of her passing, she was a person worth knowing, even briefly. She lit up this world with her kindness and her sweet disposition. Rest in peace Mrs. Mastronardy. I hope we meet again in that other life and it is good to you wherever you are.
Robert, Jr Barber
February 1, 2020
So saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Mastronardy. She was such as nice woman, who raised to sons who I’ve known since college. Linus was my college friend & roommate & we’ve remained friends since we were 18 year old freshmen at Rutgers.. That is when I first met his mom. The last time was at Linus’ wedding in in the early 2000s. She was so happy to see Linus get married! It was such a beautiful wedding & we felt lucky to be there. I extend my deepest sympathies to Linus & Judy and James & the whole family. very sad news.
January 31, 2020
My condolences to the family. May she rest in peace.
Hudson Catholic H.S.
January 30, 2020
Mrs. Mastronardy was a kind woman always with a smile. I knew her when I was in school and she was the guidance councilor and most recently when I would see her in my place of business. May she Rest In Peace along side her husband and in the arms of Our Lord. She will be missed. 🙏🌹❤️🌹
January 30, 2020
My wife Tanja and I along with my children Steven and Olivia were honored to have known Bridget since I first met her back in 1979 along with her husband Ben. I always enjoyed visiting with them while I was spending time with my friend Linus and his brother James. She was always a kind and generous host to us and we had many a great conversation in her kitchen and living rooms. Her intelligence was in the air in any conversation you had with her and I am happy that she was a part of our lives. She has now returned to the company of her husband where they can spend the rest or eternity together. She had a very long and productive life and her memory will live on in her two boys and grandson.