Bayonne’s Senior of the Year 2009, Agnes Krapf, was honored on May 18 at the annual Hudson County Senior of the Year Luncheon held at Casino in the Park in Jersey City.
Each year, municipal leaders select a senior citizen from each community who has shown outstanding service to their families, their neighborhoods, and the larger community.
“The school needed her to teach office skills to parents who were returning to the workplace.” – Mayor Mark Smith
Krapf, 83, grew up in Bayonne, graduating from Bayonne High School with the class of 1942. She worked for Exxon Corporation for 36 years before her retirement. She has been married to Edward Krapf for 60 years.
Taught needed skills to parents
“When she was working her job in Manhattan, she was asked to become a teacher of the first Adult Education Program, headed by Hugh Greenan [who also served at one point as the city’s director of Public Works],” said Mayor Mark Smith in his recommendation. “The school needed her to teach office skills to parents who were returning to the workplace, many of whom would not have been able to get back to work without her aid.”
In selecting Krapf this year, Smith pointed to the fact that as president of St. Joseph’s Senior Citizens Club, she played a significant role in keeping seniors informed and involved.
She also serves as president of St. Joseph’s Rosary Society, working with women of all ages, is a member of the group’s Finance Committee, and is involved in other activities at the church. She is also a lifetime member of the Deborah Hospital Foundation and served as chairperson of St. Joseph Church’s 100th Anniversary Committee.
Over the years, she had received many honors, including the God, Country and Home Award from the Catholic War Veterans Post in Bayonne. In 1998, she was one of 180 people in the Newark Archdiocese to receive the Jubilee Award from then Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick. The Jubilee Award is a distinction given to people who have contributed in a special way to the Archdiocese.
In September 2008, she was honored for more than 20 years of volunteer service to the community.
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