NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – It was a special birthday celebration for borough resident Eileen Prendeville, and the members of her family, as Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation in her honor at the Monday, October 28 council meeting.
Prendeville was born on October 21, 1919 in London, England, along with her twin brother Ted. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was a year old. She lived in East Hanover, NJ, where her grandfather owned a farm. She reconnected with her childhood friend, Ed, by writing letters in 1942 when Ed was in the Army Air Corps as a navigator. “On Eileen’s 24th birthday she received a telegram proposal from Ed saying, “See you Monday morning let’s get married.” They married one week later on October 27, 1943, at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Whippany, NJ,” Morgan said.
Eileen and Ed moved to New Providence in 1954 to raise their family. Eileen has continued to reside in that same house for 65 years. “Her love and dedication to her large family made her a very busy homemaker and great role model to 10 children, 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild,” the proclamation read.
“Eileen has been a devoted lifelong Catholic and a member of Our Lady of Peace Church for 65 years. She has been actively involved in daily mass, weekly devotions, many mission projects and pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Lourdes, Venezuela, and Vatican City,” Morgan said. Her other interests have included reading, traveling, knitting, cross-stitch needlework, and handwriting analysis. The secret for her longevity is her steadfast faith in God and calm nature. “Her faith and family are the foundations on which she has built a happy, healthy, and long life,” Morgan concluded, and wished Prendeville success, health, and continued happiness in the years to come.