ELLEN FINN ZADROGA

The Mass of Christian Burial was offered Dec. 21 at Saint Patrick Church, Jersey City, for Ellen Finn Zadroga,77, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 19. Ellen was predeceased by her parents, John J. “Finny” Finn and Margaret Fitzgerald Finn, husband, Richard J. Zadroga, Sr., son, Richard J. Zadroga, Jr. grandson, Richard James Zadroga and brother, John J. “Jack” Finn, Jr. Also, Mary C. McNally Finn, Adele Lindner, Cecilia Voza, John “Jackie” Zadroga, Richard Lindner and Daniel Finn. Ellen was eternally grateful for the gift of life given to her by her nephew Dan. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Tara Schmitt and her husband John, and Kristen Hart and her husband Loren, her grandchildren, Mac Zadroga, Ian Garner, Ray Schmitt, Logan Hart, Jack Schmitt and Anson Hart, siblings, Margaret Ehrhardt (Paul), William Finn (Jean), Mary Ernst, Catherine Zadroga (Michael), David Finn (Virginia), Edward Finn (Mary), Teresa Curran (James) and Patrick Finn (Una) as well as 40 nieces and nephews, 67 grandnieces and grandnephews and one great grandnephew. Ellen was a native daughter of Jersey City born on Dec. 21, 1942. She was a graduate of The Academy of St. Aloysius Class of 1960 and New Jersey State Teachers College Class of 1964 where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and later, Master’s Degrees in Urban Education and Educational Leadership. Ellen worked at The Patrick House drug rehabilitation program before beginning her long and impactful career with the Jersey City Public Schools as a teacher at P.S. 8, a supervisor for the Education Business Alliance and Adult Education and finally the Assistant to the Superintendent. She was a firm believer in educating the whole child and was instrumental in implementing countless after school programs to provide opportunities for students who might otherwise be underserved. Ellen formed lifelong bonds with many of her students and they credit her for becoming the persons they are today. Ellen also enjoyed giving of her time to numerous civic and community groups including the St. Patrick Rosary Society, St. Dominic Academy Mothers Club, the Organization for a Better Community, the Dr. Lena Edwards School Board and countless political campaigns. Ellen was a true Woman for Others. As a friend wrote about Ellen, “Ellen was one of the finest, fairest, most humane people I knew. She would go out of her way for anyone.”