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Margaret Prendergast, 86, Of Ramsey

RAMSEY, N.J. -- Margaret Prendergast, of Ramsey, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. She was 86.

She was born, raised and educated in Jersey City.

She coached cheerleading for 44 years, first at St. Elizabeth's in Wyckoff and later at St. Joseph's Regional High School in Montvale. She retired in 2014. She touched many young lives and was beloved by all. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township and St. Joseph's Regional High School. A parishioner at St. Elizabeth's since 1964, she was a member of the choir for 37 years, an activity that brought her much joy.

She was predeceased by her son, John; husband, John; and siblings, John, Mary Helen and Eileen.

She is survived by her children, Kevin, William and his wife Ellen, Mary Kay Ream and her husband Roger, Brian and Sheila Cardell and her husband Chris; grandchildren, Caitlin Brodie, Justin Prendergast, Alanna Ream, Kelly McGonigal, Brooke Ream, Julia Murphy, Carolyn Cardell, Courtney, Meghan and Patrick Prendergast; great-grandchildren, Jack Brodie and Michael McGonigal; and siblings, Tim, Kathleen and James.

Visiting hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth's Church, 700 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff. Interment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Elizabeth's Church, St. Joseph's Regional High School, 40 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale, NJ 07645 or Immaculate Heart Academy, 500 Van Emburgh Ave., Washington Township, NJ 07676.

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