MONTVILLE, NJ – Friends, relatives, residents and Mayor Richard Conklin gathered in the atrium of the Chelsea at Montville on July 18 to fete three centenarians who reside at the assisted living facility.
Eleanor Ferrara reached 101 late in May, George Roth turned 105 in mid-April, and Dorothy DePietro turned 105 this year.
Conklin said out of all the mayorly duties, honoring esteemed birthdays is one of the most exciting, so he was very happy and honored to attend the party.
“The information that you have, and that your grandparents must have told you about, must be fascinating,” he said.
DePietro attends St. Pius on a weekly basis, loves bingo, and has lived at the Chelsea for 12 years, according to a township committee proclamation.
Roth is a World War II veteran stationed in Italy during that time period. Later, he worked as a salesman in a book binder company and with his hard work and persistence to succeed he became president of the company. His family nicknamed him the Abraham Lincoln of the family due to his achievements in life, according to his proclamation. He was joined at the party by his sons Rob and Karl Roth.
Ferrara raised her family in Cedar Grove and was devoted to her family, and has an energetic personality, enjoys music and is very active in The Chelsea events, according to her proclamation. She was joined at the party by her daughter, Ronni Pajewski and her son-in-law Bob Pajewski.
Later in an interview, Roth said that he made a lot of friends who helped him, and he worked himself up in the book binding company “from nobody to somebody.” A sense of humor must be part and parcel to aging well, because his advice to others was to “Be honest. Don’t give them a lot of crap.” He teased his sons, saying, “I brought up three wonderful boys, but he [indicating one of his sons] made me say it. Just don’t ask their wives about it – I don’t want to spoil the party.”
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