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Renee Drag


Renee Ann Drag (nee Haggar) age 55 of Pompton Plains died Tuesday, June 14, 2011 with the comfort of family by her side.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY and when she was five years old moved to Paterson. She lived in Wayne and Lincoln Park before moving to Pompton Plains thirty-three years ago.

Renee graduated from Wayne Valley High School with the Class of 1973 and graduated from the Sawyer School of Business, Clifton in 1974.

She was a parishioner of Holy Spirit RC Church, Pompton Plains and volunteered at the Holy Spirit School as a librarian for many years.

Renee met the love of her life, Tom, through her brother Russ. Tom and Russ were best friends and Renee was Russ’s younger, pretty, little sister. Just before her senior prom Renee and her boyfriend broke up and she asked her brother if Tom would escort her to the prom. Tom said he would and suggested they go on a date or two prior to the prom. They fell in love and eventually married on May 15, 1976 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne. They have enjoyed thirty-five years of loving and devoted marriage.

Renee was the executive secretary for Marcal Paper, Elmwood Park and later worked for the TRW Corporation, Fairfield. In her later years she worked in cosmetics at Macy’s in Wayne where she met many life long friends.

She was the loving wife of Thomas J. Drag; devoted mother of Dr. Thomas J. Drag II and his wife Andrea of Hopewell Junction, NY, Timothy J. Drag and his wife Michelle of Pompton Lakes, and Daniel E. Drag and his girlfriend Michelle Kimball of Hoboken; cherished grandmother of twins Thomas John III and Catherine Renee “Catie”, Timothy James II “T.J.”, and Brody John Drag; sister of Roger Haggar and his wife Pam and their son Nicholas of Temple Terrace, FL, and the late Russell and Ronald Haggar.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 17, 2011 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held Saturday June 18, 2011 12 noon at the funeral home.

Those planning an expression of sympathy in Renee’s memory are asked to consider St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 322 North Lauderdale St., Memphis, TN 38105-2729

Guest Book


I will always remember her smile, her sense of humor and her kindness to others and the love she had for her family. She was so brave and courageous. She will be in our hearts always. Love, (Aunt) Lin

Linda G. Drag


Our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Renee was a beautiful, fun, vibrant person. May your memories bring smiles to your faces and keep love in your heart always. God Bless all of you during this difficult time. With love and friendship, JoEllen, Chris, Laura and Jesse

JoEllen McMullan


Renee was a wonderful women full of Life, Love, and a beautiful sense of humor. She will never be forgotten and will live in our thoughts and prayers forever.

Cathy Lanzetta


I have known Renee since high school and we had so many fun times together when we were young. She was absolulely infectious, the more you were with her, the more you wanted to be with her! I am so sad at the journey that she had to travel these last years, she has always been filled with so much love for everyone. The last time we spoke, she was raving about her grandchildren and children, she knew how devastated they would all be when this time came. We have all been blessed at having had her in our lives and I will remember her always with much love.

Maryann Skaflestad


Renee was a warm,fun-loving and beautiful person who was loved by everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed. Our sincerest sympathies and prayers go to the entire Drag Family.

Tony & Mary Ranieri


We will always remember Renee's beautiful smile and the warmth she gave to everybody she came in contact with. We admired the ultimate love and friendship that she had with Tom. We were extremely lucky to have known her and will never forget her.

Sandy and Gregg Marafelias


Renee always seemed full of life, quick to make you smile. You always felt good in her company. She was special and when you were with her you felt special. She was a woman of passion. She soaked up all the wonders of life and she will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Laurie & Floyd Haggar


Renee=Smile! Thats the first thing I think of when I"d think of her.The past few years knowing all she endured she still kept that great sense of humor that made everyone, including me, seem alright. She was a caring and giving person and will be missed by all who knew her. Tom and boys you are in our prayers!

Gayle & George Douglas


A beautiful person inside and out...I will NEVER forget that amazing smile of hers and how much she loved to laugh! wonderful it was to be her friend. You will be sadly missed by all...deepest sympathy to Tom and her family.

Arlene Sciarrino


May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Loretta Nazzaro Maloney. W.V. Class of 73. Renee was a dear friend of mine. She will be missed.

loretta Maloney


Michelle And Tim: I was sorry to read about your mother/mother-in-law's passing. May she rest in peace. She is now in God's hands.

Carol Sadowski


Tom ... my heart goes out to you and your family. Renee was always a joy and I know she was the love of your life. She is out of pain, at peace, and in heaven watching over you and yours.

Annemarie Tobin


Renee was always a pleasure to be with. Her laugh ,smile and kindness will be missed. The world is a little different now without her but, we know she is in heaven and will be in our prayers always. Our entire family will miss Renee. God bless her and your family at this difficult time.

Paul and Norma Licitra


Tom - Renee was a wonderful person and I know how much she'll be missed by her family and friends. You're in my thoughts.

Lisa Lefler


Dan and Family, Your Mom was a special person, who always had a smile on her face and was friendly to all. Our hearts and prayers are with you at the sad time. Kevin and Anne Kernan

Anne and Kevin Kernan


There are no words to express how heavy my heart is for the entire Drag family. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Renee is yet another angel in heaven watching over you--she is ALWAYS with you. What I will remember most about her is how devoted she was to her family, especially her three sons and how she so enjoyed cooking for them and for everyone else too. She made enough to feed an army and then some. Too, she had the knack of making you feel welcomed, that you were part of her family. Someone used the word infectious to describe her and she was just that. Rest in peace Renee...

Valarie Contrino


I'm truly in shock. I moved out of Pompton Plains 8 years ago and lost touch with a lot of fabulous and funny folks....Renee was truly one of them...We bowled together way back when and all we did was laugh....That's how I will remember sincerest, heartfelt sympathy to all who were touched by the life of this wonderful woman.

Robin Regenburgh Monkowski


Tim and Family - We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences on Renee's passing. Our prayers are with you for comforting memories of how she made your lives more wonderful by being there for you when you needed her. Jim, Isabel and Nicole OBrien

Jim OBrien


Although we had only met Renee at Tim and Michelle's wedding, we could discern what a loving mother and friend she could be. Our sincerest condolences to the family.

Karen and Eddy Camilo (Leah's Mom and Dad)


I grew up with Renee's son, Tom. I went to his house as kids and Renne was always such a sweetheart. She is partly the same nationality as me, Lebanese I believe. We talked about the same middle easter food! What a lovely woman. She will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies for the Drag family. I love you all! Dan

Dan Eddeh


Tom, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We know your mom will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers - we love you.

Jesse & Jenniel Davis


Renee was a beautiful person inside and out. She will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Robin Zinno


Tom and family, I wish I could be there to give you a hug and some comfort. I loved Renee very much. She had the best sense of humor of anyone I know. She always had something witty to say just at the right moment. I will miss hearing her laugh most of all. Love, Deanna, Brian and Cole

Deanna Leschinski


Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Renee was such a happy, loving woman. I am so thankful for the fortune of knowing her. She will be missed by all. An Angel in Heaven ALWAYS watching over you, guiding and protecting you. Love to you all, Cindi, Chelsea, and Ally Crawford

Cindi Crawford


Dear Drag Family, Please accept our very deepest sympathy at the passing of Renee. Know that you are in our prayers. May the Lord be very near and dear to you all at this time. In Sympathy, Elaine, Traci, Christopher and Brandon Wood

Elaine Wood


Dear Tommy & family, I know we didn't see each other often, but whenever Renee was in a room with us, it just lit up. Her sense of humor & love of "everything" were truly amazing! You were both so blessed to have found each other & create such a beautiful family. Our deepest condolences to all of you...Love, Cousin Johnny & Mary

John & Mary Thompson


Our lives have been enriched for having known Renee. I am so grateful that I was able to feel close to her through our email relationship, and it is a great regret that we never found the time to have that dinner together that we talked about everytime we saw each other at a family event. The ceremony yesterday was so moving and a testament to the wonderful woman she is. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Richie and Joann Najjar


Renee meant the world to us. She was not only our cousin, she was our sister and our best friend. We enjoyed each other's company to the fullest. We will miss her warmth, smile, laughter and mostly, her love. We shared a very special bond with Renee. She will be missed everyday of our lives. Love forever, Claudie and Joanne

Claudie and Joanne


Aunt Renee is very important to me. She was took me for my first pedicure, did my make up for a high school dance, taught me how to bet big in Atlantic City and so much more. These last few months that we spent together were truly an honor. I loved every story and laugh that we shared. My Wednesdays feel empty now. I will love and miss her forever.

Stephanie Drag


Dear Mr. Drag, Tom,Tim,Dan and Families, We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Drag. I always felt so welcomed at the house and always had a great time. I am sorry that I missed the service. I just found out about her passing. Our thoughts and prayers our with you. Love, Alan and Esteisy Brundage

Alan Brundage


Tom and family, I was sorry to hear of your loss and sorry to hear Renee passed away, we were away in South Carolina. I loved Renee and we had many good "compare this cancer drug to that one"as well as other conversations, to laugh about, cry about and wonder about.. I feel very blessed to have known such a wonderful woman.

Donna Cetani

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