LINDEN—On April 9, William and Louise Forster will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary, which is known as a ‘Blue Sapphire’ Anniversary.
William Forster, Jr. was born in Elizabeth in 1913 and graduated from Jefferson High School. He pursued a variety of occupations, at one point operating a print shop from his home and also laboring in a pretzel factory.
That is when he met Louise Janusauskas, who was born in Elizabeth in 1914 and worked in a bakery after graduating from Battin High School, according to their daughter.
The couple married April 9, 1944 at St. Peter & Paul’s Church in Elizabeth and lived on Inslee Place there until 1952, when they purchased the Linden home at 812 Essex Street, in which they still reside.
To this day, William and Louise are vibrant members of society whose passion for community service is renowned.
Louise was a member of the St. Elizabeth Church Choir and Holy Rosary Society, and she remains a participant with the Linden Active Seniors who meet Monday afternoons at the John T. Gregorio Recreation Center.
William was recently honored as the longest-serving active member of the Linden Retired Men’s Club, for his 34 years of assisting senior citizens at the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration.
“They were very involved with the community,” said their daughter, Mary Lou Forster-Resch, who lives in North Carolina with her husband, Stephen, but visits her parents every few weeks.
Asked to describe the couple, Mary Lou said they are “The best in the universe Very loving and very kind.”
“They’re just that way toward everybody,” she added. “They have always been there for us and I am very fortunate to have them both.”
Their son, William Forster III, resides in Iselin with his wife, Veronica. William and Louise also have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Forster-Resch said family members will hold an event in May to mark the blue sapphire anniversary.
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