UNION, NJ – A 90-year resident of Union, surrounded by family members, enjoyed a celebration his 103rd birthday on Sunday.
Robert D. Wenz, was born in 1915, and has lived in Union for over 90 years. Wenz graduated from Union High School, where was on the wrestling team and played the violin in the orchestra. He and his father built the home in which he still lives on Bergen Street in 1947.
Wenz was a material inspector at the Walter Kiddie Company for 43 years. He was a Golden Glove champion in 1944 in the 126 lb. class at Laurel Gardens in Newark. Before retiring the gloves, he won all of his fifteen professional bouts.
Wenz, was a caddie at Branchburg Country Club in Florham Park for many years before moving to the Suburban Golf Course in Union. Wenz reportedly played an excellent game of golf and was an exceptional “greens reader”.
Wenz and his late wife Elva had three children: Elva R. Nugent, Robert D. Wenz, Jr., and Richard A. Wenz. He is the proud grandfather of eight and great-grandfather to nine.
Wenz’s wife Elva died two years ago at the age of 95. His mother passed away at 103 and his sister at 96 years of age. Wenz is the oldest member of the Connecticut Farm Presbyterian Church.
Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo and State Senator Joseph Cryan stopped by to wish Wenz a very happy birthday and present him with a resolution.