The Morris County Board of Freeholders recently honored long-time Chatham Township Municipal Clerk and Administrator, and dedicated community volunteer Alice Lundt on her 100th birthday.
The freeholders issued a resolution, along with a birthday cake, to the new centenarian at the county governing board’s meeting in Morristown.
“Alice has been well known over the years to many Morris County Boards of Freeholders, legislators and congressmen, and has long been a leading presence in government in Morris County,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
“She long served her constituents with professionalism and kindness. She also has been a leader in her own community in Chatham Township, volunteering to serve on many boards and in many organizations, helping to make the Chathams and Morris County a better place to live.’’
Freeholder Doug Cabana presented the resolution to Lundt, who was joined at the ceremony by Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Kevin Sullivan and Chatham Township Committeewoman Karen Swartz, plus some friends.
She also received a special certificate from the Morris County Clerk’s Office, which was presented to her by County Clerk’s Chief of Staff Debbi Merz.
Lundt humbly accepted the resolution, talking briefly about her time in Chatham Township, her Republican roots and her friendship with county officials over the decades.
She was born on Aug. 10, 1916, in her family home in Manitoba, Canada, while the nation was immersed in World War I – “The War to End All Wars’’ – and she would live to see many more wars in her lifetime.
After surviving the world-wide flu epidemic of 1917, a healthy Alice began a life journey that took her from Canada to Iowa, California, Chicago, St. Louis and finally to New Jersey, where she settled in 1952 in Chatham, where she took lifelong roots.
She met Marvin Lundt at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and the couple fell in love and they married on June 22, 1941, six months prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and while Marvin was in the Navy ROTC Program.
Lundt made her mark in the community as the “go to’’ person in town hall in Chatham Township, appointed as Township Clerk in 1964 and as the first Township Administrator in 1975. She served in both roles until her retirement after 35 years in 1989.
After retirement, however, she became even busier as a community leader, serving in key roles for numerous organizations, including: the Art League of the Chathams, Library of the Chathams, Historical Society of Chatham Township, Senior Services Center of the Chathams, Glenwood Housing Corporation, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and the Adult School of the Chathams, Madison and Florham Park.
The freeholders, in their resolution, recognized that lifelong service:
“Alice has been not just a pillar of the community, serving residents with great dedication and intelligence, but she has treated people with grace and kindness, and has been a beacon of civility and understanding that government is often accused of lacking. The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders joins with her family and friends and extends its warmest greetings to Alice Lundt on the joyous occasion of her 100th birthday.”