Bridget (nee Pieri) Davis, 83 died on June 4, 2020 at home in Wayne, New Jersey surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Bridget was born on August 20, 1936 in the Bronx, New York to Ascanio and Maria Pieri. Both of her parents emigrated from Italy, her father Ascanio from the Abruzzo region and Maria from the region of Emilia Romagna.
Bridget was raised in The Bronx and attended Walton High School. While residing in The Bronx she met her husband John. They married on Dec. 28, 1957 and had five sons. John and Bridget lived in San Diego, California and Yonkers, New York, finally settling in Wayne in 1973.
Bridget is survived by her loving husband of 62 years John, her devoted sons John Jr. and his wife Barbara, Tom and his wife Michele, Steve and his wife Kathie, and Jim and his wife AnnMarie. She was the cherished grandmother of Katie, Matthew and his wife Megan, Joey, Patrick, Amanda, Brandon, Melyssa, Kyle, Alianna, Juliette and Andrew. Adored aunt of Rob Zandoli, his wife Irene, and Rick Davis and his wife Cathy. Beloved grand aunt of Kara and Dennis Pettersen and their daughter Brianna, Meghan and Chris Hummel, and James Zandoli. Bridget was predeceased by her brother Bruno Zandoli and her granddaughter Laura. At the time of her passing Bridget was greatly anticipating the birth of her first great grandchild.
Bridget had many interests and was very active in her community and church. She loved to travel and felt very fortunate to have visited many beautiful locations throughout the world, especially Italy where she was able to reunite with relatives. She enjoyed reading, needlework, painting and daily walks around Packanack Lake. She was an avid gardener obtaining a certificate from the Master Gardener's program. Serving her community was very important to Bridget. She was a volunteer in the Friends Room at the Wayne Public Library and at Eva's Kitchen in Paterson. She also prepared meals for the Father English Community Center, helping to feed the underprivileged in Paterson, NJ.
Bridget enjoyed her hobbies and charity work, but she was most passionate about her family. Nonna, as she was affectionately called, was so incredibly loved and admired by her grandchildren, and her grandchildren meant the world to her. Holiday dinners, birthday celebrations, making gingerbread houses, trips to cut down Christmas trees, ski weekends, annual summertime sleepovers, and most especially vacations on Cape Cod - these are the best times that the family spent together. These were the moments that kept family close, and Bridget is the reason why these Davis family traditions exist to be passed down through generations. Bridget and John always came to games, plays, concerts, graduations and anything the kids were involved with. They endured cold, heat, rain and even snow to cheer for their grandchildren.
Bridget was blessed to have wonderful friends and many friendships that lasted her lifetime. Playing cards, going to the theater, day trips, and traveling to visit friends were always favorite activities.
Bridget was a very special lady. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Anyone who knew her has fond memories of times they shared with Bridget. She was loved by family and friends and she will be missed more than words can say.
A memorial funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Wayne, NJ, in the future.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations to The National Pancreas Foundation (www.pancreasfoundation.org) or mail it to 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.