Jean Tait, 84, of Montclair, died at her home on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Tait was born June 6, 1934 at her home in Worcester, MA, and was the daughter of the late Maria and Maurizio Mercadante. After high school, she moved to Montclair and worked at Montclair National Bank. She met the love of her life, Richard Tait Sr., a Montclair police officer, on a blind date. They married, and she became a stay at home mother raising her four children. Later, she worked for the Immaculate Conception School cafeteria alongside her sister, Ann, creating home cooked meals for the students. Mrs. Tait retired in 2001 and was the sole caregiver for her husband when he became ill, until he passed in 2010. She loved spending time at the Jersey shore and with her large, extended family on Cape Cod. Everyone looked forward to her famous gravy and meatballs when she cooked for her large family.
Mrs. tail was predeceased by her husband, Richard, her sister Ann Autorino and her husband Art, and her brothers Pasqual, Rocco, and Louis Mercadante and their wives.
She is survived by her son Richard Jr. and his wife Nancyanne, her daughter Maryellen Fabrizio and her husband Richard, her son Allen and his wife Patty, and her daughter Karen Malleo and her husband Anthony. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild, Richard Tait III, his wife Kim and their son Richie IV, Scott, Thomas, and Mark Tait, Matthew and Laura Fabrizio, Britton and Jack Tait, and Giancarlo and Sara Malleo. She also leaves behind her in-laws Betty Paulikas, Helen and Robert Downey, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In Mrs. Tait’s final two years, she was cared for in her home by her “angel” Mzia, who has become another member of the family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Sept. 17 at the Church of The Immaculate Conception in Montclair, interment followed at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Montclair. Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 16 at Caggiano Memorial in Montclair.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Atlantic Hospice, atlantichealth.org, would be appreciated.