SPARTA, NJ –It may not have been a typical way to celebrate a birthday, but anyone celebrating 102 years is not typical. A group of friends gathered in the parking lot in front of Flossie’s place to serenade the birthday girl. Having first moved to Sparta in 1985, Florence “Flossie” Meyer now calls Knoll Heights home.
Marianne and Dan Dilworth, Mayor Christine Quinn, Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith, Ricky Link, Eileen Francis, Karen Curd, Ann Lewis, Grace Davis, Connie Robinson, Ellen Lenser, Don Earl, Joan Shaw, Janet Murphy, Celia Magnus, Francesco McKerran, Stephanie Ruggiero, Pat Barker and Janice Williams spaced themselves in the parking lot and sang from behind their masks for a kind of coronavirus chorus.
After her friends sang Happy Birthday and “When You’re Smiling”, her favorite song, Meyer led the group in a rendition of “This is the Day the Lord has Made.”
January 14 was the day to celebrate a woman who was born during the Spanish Flu epidemic and continues to have a positive attitude during the second pandemic of her lifetime, according to friends.
Meyer was married to Harry in 1940. Together they had three children and have five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She lost Harry in 1979. A tragedy for any parent, Meyer’s son Bruce died in 2017 of cancer.
When the singing was done, friends took turns getting photos with the woman of hour.
In addition to the folks who serenaded her, Meyer also had balloons, a cake and even a sign made by her friend to help make it a birthday celebration. The birthday girl was decked out in a black and gold sash, announcing it was her day.