Manette Theresa Loudon of Hackensack, N.J., and Milford, Pa., dies at age 57

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Manette Theresa Loudon of Hackensack, N.J., and Milford, Pa., died peacefully on Friday, March 2, at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, N.J., surrounded by loved ones. She was 57.

She was the beloved wife of David T. Lender, mother of Zachary James Loudon, daughter of John (Jack) R. Begin and Cindy (Stepshus) Begin, sister of Lisa Begin-Kruysman and her husband, Richard, sister of John R. Begin Jr. and wife, Gigi, and aunt to their children, Jake, Roxy, Gabe and Livie.

Manette had a vibrant personality and an open heart that others were magnetically drawn to. As such she had a large circle of friends and made herself available to help others with their problems. Those traits spawned numerous long-term friendships and committed her to not a few impossible causes.

From an early age she was an accomplished gymnast, swimmer, and diver. She rode horses as a teen and became a lifelong lover of them. She loved her backyard, pool, fountain, and tending her organic vegetable garden. She found a beekeeper who sited two hives near her garden, and she was looking forward to learning beekeeping this spring. She took great joy in having her home filled with people, and hosted family holidays, birthday celebrations and neighborhood Halloween parties. She adored her son and nephews and nieces. She always held her deceased brother Matthew in her heart. She doted on her rescue pitbull, Styles Thomas Lender, to whom she never said, “Bad dog.”

After graduating from Hackensack High School in 1978, she studied fashion merchandising at Berkeley College, then worked in the fashion industry and in retail home furnishings for Ralph Lauren. She subsequently developed an expertise in film production and produced award-winning documentaries on health issues, such as The Drugging of Our Children, Fatal Fallout and Vaccine Nation.

She had deep faith in God and knows she is saved.

Donations in her memory may be made to The St. Francis Breadline, 144 West 32nd St. New York, NY 10001.

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