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Veronica Sheila Chidiac

September 21, 1939 ~ August 25, 2018 (age 78)
Veronica Sheila (Maguire) Chidiac, 78, born in Albany, NY, died peacefully at her home August 25, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Bernard "Bud" Chidiac, parents Francis and Veronica (Cronin) Maguire, siblings Mary Burgess, Doc, Leo, and Nancy Witko. She is survived by her cherished children John (Felicia), James, Amy (Ryan) Roderick and grandsons Jackson and Ozzie Chidiac.

She entered the convent with the Sisters of Mercy in 1958. As a nun, she taught at Blessed Sacrament School in Albany. She took her final vows in 1961 as Sr. Dolora Mary, a name that fit her to a T. She was a doer, strong in material matters, down-to-earth, serious-minded, reliable, practical, self-disciplined, and determined.

After much consideration, she decided to leave the convent in 1967. That year while pursuing her Masters in Education at Seton Hall University she met Bud who was doing the same. They married in 1969. In 1971 she was able to realize her true calling to become a mother — a role which she fulfilled with the greatest of vigor. She was the quintessential mama bear. 

She followed her intuition and encouraged her children to do the same. She didn't ask for much, but what she asked for, she asked with surgical precision: appreciate your gifts, be frugal, work hard, explore, and never stop learning.

For herself, a great lover of, books, children, and order, she later went on to earn her MLS in 1991 to become a children's librarian. 

She always thought being funny was one of the most important things, next to a good meal. In retirement, she pursued her love of food, books, crossword puzzles, and laughter. Her kitchen was outfitted with every cooking tool imaginable and always stocked with the best ingredients. Every room had stacks of books and puzzles. The VCRs (later DVRs and YouTube bookmarks) were packed with the latest late night comedy bits, which she would watch over and over.

Above all she loved her family. And now with her greatest dream fulfilled, she rejoins her beloved husband. She'll always be remembered for her kindness, generosity, and sharp wit. Thanks Mom!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly, Little Sisters of the Poor, 140 Shepherd Lane, Totowa, NJ 07512.

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