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Gerda Paduano

Gerda Paduano

Gerda Elisabeth Paduano, 84, a resident of New Rochelle, passed away on February 23, 2022.
Gerda Paduano was born on December 1, 1937, in Darmstadt, Germany to the late Karl and Freda (Bernhard) Weber. After completing a degree in banking at business school, she emigrated to the United States from Bremer-Hafen, Germany and arrived in New York City on May 5, 1958 aboard the cruise ship Italia. She settled in New Rochelle with her Aunt and Uncle, and then proudly became a United States citizen. It was there in New Rochelle that Gerda met the love of her life, Leonard Paduano, former Mayor of New Rochelle, and they married on June 10, 1961. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
She worked at The National Bank of Westchester located in New Rochelle, and also had a career as a model. She was a member of the Maenner and Damen Choir, a German singing group in New York City.
Gerda is survived by her husband Leonard, her three children John (Christina) Paduano, Carol (James) Duffy, Christopher (Mercedes) Paduano and her five grandchildren Sophia, Nicholas, Shannan, Rachaell and Lauren. She was affectionately known as “Omi” to her grandchildren, and she cherished every moment with them.
Gerda was well known for her traditional German meals consisting of sauerbraten, roulade, bratwurst, potato salad, red cabbage and potato dumplings. She was an avid Mets fan, watching every game of the season.
We will greatly miss her beautiful smile, humor, friendship, kindness and compassion.
A private family visitation will be held on Monday, February 28, 2022 at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 10:30 am at Holy Name of Jesus Church. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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