Michele Ann Nydegger (née Moore) was born in Oak Park, Illinois on August 18, 1942 to George L. Moore and Katharine V. Moore (née Murphy). She was the first of three followed by Terry and Quentin. She grew up adoring her parents and her younger brothers, an adoration that would stay with her for the rest of her life. Attending what was then St. Mel Grammar School, Chicago, her father’s employment brought him to New York, with the family residing in Glen Rock, New Jersey. After graduation from Glen Rock High School, she attended Katharine Gibbs School. After several years of working for CBS, New York she married Frederick E. Nydegger in 1964.
She embraced motherhood very soon after being married with her first-born son, Kevin. One year and one day later, a second son, Thomas, came followed by a third son, Patrick, a year and a half later. Very quickly, the family grew from two to five, three being under the age of three. She adored her children, as she had her mother, father and brothers. When her son, Patrick, died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) it was devastating but it never deterred her from her faith or devotion to her family. Her only daughter, Maura, came three years later. She dedicated her life to her family and would sacrifice anything for them, both the family from which she came and the family that she was creating. Faith and family were the hallmark of her life. Church and children were the centerpiece of her world. The love that was the substance of both extended outward to extended family and friends, whom she also treasured in life.
Having vacationed in Vermont for fifteen years, eventual retirement brought permanent residency in Stowe, Vermont. She loved everything Vermont and never considered herself a “Flatlander”. She took as much pride in Vermont as she did her Irish descent. She loved visits from family and friends and the longer you could stay, the better it was. It was in these years that her beloved family grew with Kevin marrying Carolyn and their children, Katherine and Connor, entering the family. Maura brought Grace and Claire into the family. Becoming a Roman Catholic priest, Thomas’ parochial and church assignments, enlarged Michele’s family exponentially. She loved them all and would give anything for them. She was fiercely loyal to her faith and her family throughout her life. Even when battling ovarian cancer, she took solace from both her faith and her family, whose support she could not have done without.
Michele is survived by her brother, Quentin, his wife, Ellen, and their children, Patrick and Ryan; by her son, Kevin, his wife, Carolyn, and their children, Katherine and Connor; by her son, Thomas; by her daughter, Maura, and her children, Grace and Claire. It would be remiss not to mention the friendship with Cathy Dailey and Maureen Kennedy Barney who both stood by her throughout her life, in its blessings and its challenges.
Visiting will be held on Monday from 4:00 – 8:00 at Feeney Funeral Home, Ridgewood. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am at St. Catharine, Glen Rock. Interment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery Mahwah.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance would be appreciated(14 Pennsylvania Plaza Suite 2110, New York, NY 10122; www.ocrahope.org)
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