Board Converting News, March 1, 2021

NV Matriarch Jacqueline Vilardi Dies At 87 In New Jersey Jacqueline M. Vilardi, 87, passed away on Friday, Febru- ary 19, 2021, in New Jersey. She was predeceased by her husband Theodore “Ted” Vilardi, founder and publisher of NV Publications, in 2013. More recently, in 2018 she was predeceased by her son, Thomas “Tom” Vilardi, President and Publisher of NV Publications, and Board Converting News . Born in Hoboken, NJ, on April 6, 1933, to John Blangey and Marie Mancini, Jacqueline attended Union Hill High School in Union City, NJ, and worked for Otis Elevator. Sur- viving her are daughters, Barbara Vilardi; Victoria Donato and husband, Jerry; and Jeneane Vilardi, Tom’s wife. Jeneane recalled how much her mother-in-law loved living in Avon-by-the Sea, NJ, when Ted moved the NV

Jacqueline and Ted Vilardi

Publications offices there. She also enjoyed their time at their home in Jupiter, Florida, during the frigid northeast winters. They were true snowbirds.

“My mother-in-law was a force to be reckoned with,” remembered Jeneane. “She was never at a loss for words and had a sly sense of humor. I will remember the good times, laugh quietly about the hyster- ical ones and silently revere the sad ones. I find peace knowing she was greeted by her two favorite men...and Frank Sinatra wasn’t one of them.” NV Publications’ current President and Publisher, Robyn Smith, who assumed Tom Vilardi’s role upon his passing, said, “I had the pleasure of working with Ted and Tom starting in 2004 after having been a com- petitor of NV for 17 years. My first official duties with NV were coordinating the trade show booth and ordering refreshments for SuperCorrExpo in Atlanta. Tom hired me with Ted’s blessings, but Jacqui wasn’t too sure since I’d been on the other side of the fence for so long. I think I eventually passed muster. To no one’s surprise, she was a woman fiercely devoted to her men.” “My fondest remembrance of Jacqui was of her welcoming me at a family dinner as the newest member of the NV team,” said Len Prazych, Editor in Chief of Board Con- verting News . “I was immediately struck by her ability to make me feel at home and part of the family. She had the grace, dignity and love befitting the matriarch of the generous Vilardi family. She was a beautiful woman and I will always remember her.” Also surviving Jacqueline are six grand- children -- Daniel, Jaclyn, Alyssa, Jason, Thomas Jr. and Tyler -- and five great grand- children: Daniel Jr., Gia, Joseph Jr., Trey, and Bryce.


March 1, 2021

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