Fanwood Celebrates Marilyn Klingbeil’s 100th Birthday

(above) Mrs. Klingbeil with her family

Happy 100th Birthday Marilyn Klingbeil

Borough of Fanwood

Marilyn Klingbeil, a longtime resident of Glenwood Road, will never forget her 100thbirthday. She was visited on her front lawn by Fanwood police officers, firefighters and EMT’s with a noisy and flashy drive by, flowers and a proclamation from Mayor Colleen Mahr.

“Today is Marilyn Klingbeil day,” announced Dianne Howarth, administrative assistant for the police department. As she did so, Lyn, as her friends and family know her, received a bouquet of flowers donated by the Apple Blossom Flower Shop in Scotch Plains. Suddenly, her lawn was populated by police officers including Police Director Mike Bramhall, firefighters and EMTs, joining Lyn and her family.

“It is a rare thing for someone to reach 100 years of age,” said the proclamation by Mayor Colleen Mahr, read by Sgt. Dan Piccola. “And from what I’ve gathered, you’ve made the most of every day. From one native New Jerseyan to another, I want to thank you for your career of public service to the residents of Union County.”

Mrs. Klingbeil was a long time Union County employee, working as the Matrimonial Assignment Clerk. She is a native of Newark but moved to Fanwood in 1956 shortly after marrying her late husband, Lawrence. They honeymooned in Cuba and traveled the world together.

 “You’re all so wonderful,” Mrs. Klingbeil remarked, and thanked Sgt. Piccola for his recent plumbing repair to her toilet.

“We’re a full service police department,” remarked Police Director Bramhall.

Photos by Tom Kranz

(above) Mrs. Klingbeil with First Responders.