Brenda Margaret Eickmeyer, age 48, of Ridgewood passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 5, 2023, with the comfort of her devoted family by her side. Brenda was the loving wife of Tom for 20 years, and the proud mother of Bella, Tommy and her beloved dog Willow. Brenda is also survived by her father, Manuel Reyes, her brother Ernie and his wife Stephanie, their daughters, Olivia and Victoria, Tom’s sister Denise Eickmeyer-Tze and her children Julia and Jon, her in-laws Stepahnie and Harold “Ike” Eickmeyer, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Brenda was predeceased by her loving mother, Ramona Reyes.
In late January 2023, Brenda was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer (Grade IV Glioblastoma). She fiercely fought her devastating diagnosis. She endured multiple brain surgeries, chemo and radiation, and also participated in clinical trials. For the past 9 months, Brenda courageously fought for her life.
Born and raised in West New York, NJ and Cliffside Park NJ, Brenda attended St. Joseph’s High School and graduated with the class of 1993. She then enrolled at St. Peter’s University where she earned her undergraduate degree & MBA. After obtaining her graduate degree, Brenda successfully worked for Organon Pharmaceuticals in their Finance division for several years before leaving to join the family business in Hoboken.
Brenda was the daughter of Manuel “Manny” & Ramona Reyes, first generation immigrants from Cuba. Manny is the owner of City Paint and Ace Hardware in Hoboken, NJ and to this day it is still a successful family run business. Brenda and her brother Ernie Reyes took over the hardware store in 2003 following Manny’s retirement. They have continued the family tradition of hard work and dedication, which was instilled in them by their hardworking parents.
Fiercely devoted to her family, Brenda’s proudest accomplishments were her children. Taking care of her family was the most important thing in her life. An incredible cook, her flan was legendary and she never missed a day of cooking for her family. She had a love for Nordstrom and Prosecco, and with her devotion to Pitbull, Brenda never passed up a chance to hit the dance floor. She also loved spending as much time as she could at the beach with family and friends. The pure joy and sweet smell of the salty air she felt in Lavallette embodied who Brenda was; she truly loved life and her joy was contagious to everyone around her.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Brenda’s memory may be made to Gray for Glioblastoma www.grayfor glioblastoma.com