South Plainfield, NJ – Bette Majerski, resident of South Plainfield for 74 years, and Ed Oprysk, resident of South Plainfield for 31 years, have something special in common. Both of them turned 100 years of age in the last few months. On Tuesday, February 28, the two centenarians, were honored by Mayor Anesh with a proclamation on behalf of South Plainfield Township for “having a powerful influence in our community.”
Members of the South Plainfield Senior Citizens Center joined together to sing “Happy Birthday” to Bette and Ed, and celebrate with a slice of birthday cake, brought in for the occasion.
On hand from the South Plainfield Town Council were Christine Faustini and Derek White, who read the proclamations to the birthday stars, as well as Glenn Cullen, Township Administrator.
When asked how he has managed to live so long, Ed Oprysk, a popular figure at the Senior Center, replied, “I don't worry about nothin'. I worry about things the next day. My mother lived the same way.” Ed is a regular at the Center, coming daily to enjoy the company of his friends, as well as the delicious breakfasts and lunches that are served there.
Bette Majerski had no idea that her birthday, which was in September, was being celebrated at the Center, so when she entered the party room and saw her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great granddaughter, Lily, all there to surprise her, she was shocked. Bette, who was married happily for 51 years, boasts of having 8 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Active and very spry, Bette commented, “My family and my faith keep me going.” An amazingly beautiful woman, Bette embraces her age with grace and joy.
The party to celebrate the 100th birthday of two of its special members capped off an extra-ordinary month of fun activities at the South Plainfield Senior Center, located at 90 Maple Street in South Plainfield.