Jennie F. Wildenger, formerly Port Chester NY, passed away on February 2, 2018 with her son Tom and his wife Judith by her side. She was born on June 28, 1918 in Port Chester, one of ten children to her parents Carlo and Domenica Pizzarello Florio. She resided in Port Chester up until the last 19 months of her life, when she moved to the Presbyterian Home in New Hartford NY to be near her son Tom and his family.
She was educated in Port Chester schools and worked for many years as an office manager for Gruber and Witt CPA in Greenwich Ct. She was active in all aspects of her children’s lives, whether that was as a den mother for Cub Scouts, a parent advocate/fund raiser for the PCHS Marching Band or simply attending all of their sporting events throughout their school years. She will be best remembered however, for her unselfish acts of love and devotion to her family, in her care for her elderly siblings as well as the special attention she gave to every niece and nephew and later on, to their families and children. She never hesitated to host large family gatherings in her home, even in her later years, and would always make sure to provide not only the main meal, but her delicious cookies making sure there was enough for all to take home.
She was united in marriage to John P. Wildenger on January 25, 1948. She is pre-deceased by her husband John, her two brothers Al and Tom, her seven sisters Nancy, Mary, Bobbi, Rose, Lee, Tess and Eleanor, as well as her niece Rita. She is survived by her son Tom and his wife Judith of Clinton NY and her son John and his wife Linda of Chesterfield Va. She also leaves behind her five grandchildren Leah, Rebecca, Stephanie, Lauren and John, as well as three great grandchildren Bennett, Lila and Rory.
A special thank you to her nephew Carlo, his daughter Mallory and Jennie’s friend Rosemary “Cookie” Tirone, for their assistance in helping her to remain in her home in Port Chester for as long as possible. Also thanks to the staff at the Presbyterian Home in both the PRC Assisted Living and Elm units for the care and compassion they showed to her. We will miss you Mom and are glad that you are home again with Dad and your family. It was an honor and joy to spend your last days with you and we hope you are still baking cookies and playing bingo. Visitation will be 3-7PM on Thursday February 8, 2018 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10Am on Friday February 9, 2019 at Parish of St. John Bosco (Corpus Christi) 136 South Regent St. Port Chester, NY. Interment to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery Rye Brook, NY. Memorial donations in memory of Mrs. Wildenger may be made to the Don Bosco Soup Kitchen 22 Don Bosco Pl. Port Chester, NY 10573
Don Bosco Soup Kitchen & Center
22 Don Bosco Place, Port Chester NY 10573