Ackerman, Claudia (nee: Bogert), age 94, of Hawthorne, on April 14, 2019. Born in Prospect Park and raised in Paterson, Claudia had lived in Hawthorne for most of her life. She was a long time member of the Second Reformed Church in Paterson, presently the Abundant Life Christian Reformed Church in Wyckoff.
She worked as a proofreader for the Paterson Morning Call and then worked for Servo-Tek in Hawthorne.
Claudia was the beloved wife of the late William S. Ackerman (1975). Adored mother and mother-in law of Richard Ackerman and his wife Lisa of Franklin Lakes, and Brenda Bertollo and her husband Brian of Hawthorne. Beloved Gram of Jake Ackerman and Conor Bertollo, who were the light of her life. Devoted and cherished sister of Doris Bogert, the late Margaret Vanderbush, Cornelius Bogert, Arthur Bogert, and Charles Bogert. Claudia was predeceased by her loving parents, the late Charles Bogert and the late Cornelia (nee: Miller) Bogert. She is also survived my many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11am, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, 557 Lafayette Ave. Hawthorne. Interment will follow at Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Fair Lawn. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Tuesday, from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat.
Claudia was born in Prospect Park to Charles Bogert and Cornelia Miller. She grew up with Her sisters Margaret and Doris and Brothers, Neil, Arthur and Charles in Paterson. They were a very close family.
They would go out in a boat crabbing on the Hackensack River on Sunday after Sunday school. Doris and Claudia took a train trip to Washington, DC for Doris’ high school graduation.
She met and fell in love with Bill Ackerman. They married and had their children Rich and Brenda.
They raised their family in Hawthorne and Claudia spent the next 48 years there.
One her favorite things was going on bus trips everywhere with her sister in law Rose and her dear friends Mickey and Ida. One her favorite trips was to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania
She also enjoyed a circle of friends in her apartment on Lafayette Ave. They spent most afternoons sitting and chatting on the stoop.
She was a devoted member all her life of the 2nd Reformed Church, that later became the Abundant Life church. Every Sunday that she was to able she attended services. God was an important part of her life and she read her bible Faithfully every day
Her children Rich and Brenda were completely devoted to her and were with her up until the last minute they were by her side.
She was an amazing Mother in Law, her daughter in law, says she couldn’t have asked for a better one. She was kind and supportive and always there to lend an ear.
The best days of her life were when her grandsons were born. Conor and Jake were the light of her life.
Her favorite times were when she had the two of them alone in her little apartment in Hawthorne. The each had their own little chair at the coffee table. She always kept their favorite snacks, Cosmic Brownies on hand. They both adored her, she was their GRAM.
Claudia was part of the Cicchella and Rocco families. She spent every holiday with them. She thought of Joe Laura and Nicky as her own grandchildren and attended every special event in their lives.
One of her favorite people was Chuck Rocco, they would always sit together at every family event, he loved her dearly.
Even though Claudia was widowed at a young age, she simple carried on and did the best for her children and grandchildren.
The best end to her story was that she is now back with her beloved Bill.
We will love and miss her every day, but we are so grateful she is in a better place with all the people that went before her.