ROXBURY - Roxbury resident Connie Abbate's 100th birthday was celebrated July 5 with a party that brought friends, local officials and a resolution of congratulations from the state Legislature.

Assembly Republican Conference Leader Anthony Bucco, R-Morris, attended the gathering at the Roxbury Senior Center and presented Abbate with a resolution honoring the Landing resident, who turned 100 on the 4th of July. 

Abbate was born in Garfield on July 4, 1918. "She attended Garfield Public Schools and graduated with honors," noted Buco  "She enjoyed dancing and was an avid exerciser especially enjoying yoga."

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Abbate married Charles Abbate on June 22, 1941 and the couple had two daughters, Barbara and Bunnie. During World War 2, Abbate helped the cause by working for the Manhattan Rubber Company in Passaic and she remains a supporter of the military through her charter membership in the VFW Women's Auxiliary at VFW Post 2833 in Kenvil.

The Abbates moved to Landing in 1955. Abbate has a granddaughter, Kimberly, and her nephew is Boonton Police Chief Paul Fortunato, noted Bucco. 

Abbate is also a charter member of the Ever Young Seniors group in Roxbury.

"It's an honor to be with Connie at this very special celebration," said Bucco at the birthday bash. "She is such a warm, wonderful person who has so much spirit and love of life. She is an inspiration and we are truly blessed to have her here in our community."