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Westfield Area Y Member Celebrates 100th Birthday

Margaret Haegi celebrated her 100th birthday with friends from the Westfield Area Y’s Aquatic Arthritis class Friday. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Haegi with Westfield Area Y Senior Vice President Clark Lagemann, Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen and instructor Ann Marie Peterson. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — Margaret Haegi of Roselle celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and staff at the Westfield Area Y Friday. Haegi said has been coming to the Y’s Aquatic Arthritis classes three times a week for 16 years.

“She’s an inspiration to all of us,” Ann Marie Peterson, an aquatic fitness and wellness instructor at the Y, said. “I admire her commitment to keeping a healthy lifestyle and fitness. Not only does she inspire me, she inspires her classmates. It’s just wonderful to be able to celebrate this milestone with her.”

At the lunch Friday, Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen presented Haegi with a resolution in honor of her 100th birthday. He noted that when she was born in 1916, Woodrow Wilson was president and World War I was underway.

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Peterson presented Haegi with a proclamation from the New Jersey State Legislature. After reading a letter to Haegi from the Aquatic Exercise Association and Aquatic Arthritis Association, she announced that her Haegi’s story would be featured in the international associations’ June/July newsletter.

Haegi, who said she has lived in Roselle for 67 years, said she would recommend the Y’s aquatic arthritis classes to anyone, and she offered some advice on life.

“Keep your nose clean,” she said. “Work hard and keep going like that.”

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