Una A. Ehrhardt (Brady), born on July 2, 1929, entered into eternal life on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the age of 90. She resided at Brandywine Assisted Living, Bridgewater, NJ. She was born in Jersey City, NJ, to the late John and Jane Brady (Robinson), and later moved to Elizabeth, NJ, where she attended St. Mary’s High School. Growing up, Una and her twin sister, Sheila, were well-known for their Irish step-dancing.
After marrying John J. Ehrhardt in 1952, they resided in Springfield, NJ, where they raised their five children, Johnny, Mary Beth, Tommy, Jamey and Kathy. She was a loving and devoted wife to her beloved, John, and a remarkable mother to her children. She will be greatly missed by any who knew her.
Una is survived by her son, John M. Ehrhardt and his wife, Wendy, daughter, Mary E. McNichol and her husband, James, son, Thomas J. Ehrhardt and his wife, Barbara, son, James M. Ehrhardt and his wife, Caren, and daughter, Kathryn A. Pagliara and her husband, James; with many grandchildren and great-children, dear sister, Moya Brady, and her brother, Denis Brady. Predeceased by her brothers, Seamus and Sean and sister, Sheila Nolan. Cherished by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Limited visitation will be Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Bradley, Smith and Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ. Burial following at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, 53 Inman Ave, Colonia, NJ.
When we’re young, we don’t ever think of our parents dying. At least I didn’t. Or if I did it wasn’t going to happen for a very, very long time. That time ended; it went at lightning speed. My beautiful mother, my best friend, my ever-loving, patient, devoted to our Lord, her family, and her favorite Saint Martin, has gone to heaven. I know we are all thinking of who she is now with because we have all lost someone dear. Saying good-bye to a loved one is hard…the hardest thing I have ever done. Una was everyone’s mother! We are all grieving the loss of her. But our faith says she is in a better place. She is so happy now because she is back with my Dad, who adored her…I know, Ma, we are only to adore the Blessed Mother, but Dad really adored you.
Your marriage definitely gave us, your 5 children, a solid building block for our own marriages. We all “did good” by you! Your grandchildren and now even your great-grandchildren will always know of you because not a day goes by that we don’t repeat one of your Irish witty sayings…someday I’ll write them all down! She had some good ones, i.e., that one would cry at the duck’s going barefoot; a blind man would be glad to see it; that one never lets the bone go with the dog; when handing out a treat…one for Billy, one for Barney, and one for the boy at home and my favorite, I don’t know whether to sh** or go blind!! I know we are now all thinking of our favorite “Una-ism!” And the songs she would sing…always Irish music playing! And Dad and Mom would dance…well, Mom would dance and Dad would put his own jiggy on!!
Thank you for all the beautiful poems you wrote to us. They are treasures we all keep near and dear to our hearts and will be handed down for all generations to come. The legend of “Una” will live on!
Una was 90 years old and, as she would say, “I don’t have an ache nor a pain!” I can’t say that! I believe even if she did, she wouldn’t have said a thing and no one would be the wiser.
Always with a beautiful smile, a loving touch, and a hug that would squeeze the puddin’s outta ya!! Oh Mom, what am I going to do without you? What are they doing in Dublin without you?? You were a moment in our lives but will be forever in our hearts. I love you Mom and I know that you are my angel that I will pester many times throughout the day!
Till we meet again…
Your loving daughter,
Kathy, your own sweet child