Edith (Eadie) Dittemer passed away at Roosevelt Care Center on June 14, 2020 at the age of 89. Born in Roselle, NJ, she was the 4th oldest of 5 children of Edith and Edwin White. Eadie grew up in Elizabeth and graduated from the all-girls Battin High School in 1949. Right after high school, Eadie played for the Amateur Softball Association fast pitch team the Linden Arians for 7 years, mostly in the catcher position. Eadie spoke proudly about the success of the team, and how lucky she was to travel to tournaments around the country, especially California, when she flew for the very first time. In 1956, Eadie retired from softball, got married, and eventually moved to Iselin where she resided for 37 years and raised her 6 children, including 2 sets of twins. Although 6 was a handful, she managed to ensure family camping trips took place every year, traveling anywhere from Nova Scotia to N. Carolina and all the historic sites and state parks in between.
Eadie's love of sports continued throughout her life as she watched golf, tennis, was a die-hard Mets fan, NY Jets fan, and also bowled many years in a local women's league where she won numerous high score and perfect game awards. She loved John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and dancing, which she continued to do at every opportunity until she was no longer able.
Eadie's greatest joys came from watching her children grow up, but she truly enjoyed being a grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 3. Known for her infectious laugh and sense of humor, she always advised that the key to staying young was laughter.
She is survived by, and will be missed by her 6 children; Thomas Dittemer, George Dittemer, Laura Lutz, Susan Wise and husband Paul, Patricia Nigro and husband Daniel, Peggy DiCapua and husband Fred; grandchildren Rebecca, Brenda, Kymberly, Bryan, Samantha, Brian, Meghan, Matthew, Jordan and Melissa; great-grandchildren Holden, Preston and Sophia, and many nieces and nephews who adored their "Aunt Eadie". Eadie was predeceased by her grandson, Christopher.
Due to circumstances surrounding the pandemic, a memorial service will be celebrated at a later date.
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