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Memorial Stone Dedication at the South Plainfield Public Library Saturday

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day – a memorial stone dedication ceremony in honor of the Fortunata ‘Fudgie’ Guidone – the late sister of longtime library clerk Eleanor Haines – will be held the South Plainfield Public Library.

The dedication, which is being made by Haines’ grandson Austin O’Neill in honor of his late great aunt ‘Fudgie,’ will take place outside, beginning at 10 a.m. Members of the O’Neill, Haines and Guidone families will be on hand as will Mayor Matt Anesh, members of the borough council and library representatives.

Fortunata ‘Fudgie’ Guidone was the oldest of three sisters born in New York City in 1915. After relocating to New Jersey, Guidone settled first in Plainfield and later moved to South Plainfield to live with her sister Eleanor​ Haines. The sisters resided together in a house on Oak Manor Parkway for 10 years before moved to Foothills Acres Nursing Home in Hillsborough. Throughout her life, Guidone was an American Red Cross volunteer and an employee with Bronson Hat Company.

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“Fortunata was a sister, role model, and great aunt and will remembered for always putting a smile anyone's face,” said O’Neill, who in earning the rank of Eagle Scout a few years ago, built two solid mahogany benches that were erected in Guidone’s honor at the entrance of Foothills Acres Nursing Home.

“I am delighted that the library was chosen as the site of this memorial stone in Fudgie’s honor,” said Linda Hansen, director of the South Plainfield Public Library, adding, “Mrs. Haines was an institution at the library for so many years. It will be great to see her, welcome her back to South Plainfield and have something on site dedicated to a member of her family.”

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