Margaret Beier, 100, passed away on September 21 at the Frances E. Parker Home in Piscataway. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009, 11:00 AM at Bailey Funeral Home, 8 Hilltop Road, Mendham, New Jersey. www.baileyfuneral.com There will be visitation at the funeral home Friday, September 25 from 7 to 9 PM, and Saturday, September 26, from 10 to 11 AM.
"Marge" Beier (nee Czakoj) was born on November 1, 1908 in the Moravia region of Austria-Hungary. This area became part of the new nation of Czechoslovakia after World War I in 1918. Her mother was Austrian and her father Slovak. In 1920, when Marge was 12 years old, she and her sister immigrated to the United States where they joined their mother, who had immigrated eight years earlier, in the Bronx, N.Y. Because she did not speak or read English, she was placed in first grade. She learned the language quickly and later graduated from high school with a perfect score on the New York Regents examination.
Marge was married to Christof (Chris) Beier, a German immigrant, in 1936. Marge and Chris built a home and moved to Ringwood, NJ in1941. Marge was very active in the community. She was a founding member of the Stonetown Fire Company Ladies auxiliary, the PTA of the Eleanor G. Hewitt School, the Ringwood Taxpayers Association, the Ringwood Senior Citizens, the Ringwood Chamber of Commerce, and the Ringwood Republican Club. She was a member of the Ringwood Garden Club, the Skylands Association, and several other community organizations. She served for many years as secretary of the Ringwood Borough Planning Board and as a member of the Local Assistance Board. Marge was an avid gardener, growing vegetables and flowers, and maintained a green house featuring orchids. She was also a bee keeper and worked with her late husband in his business, C&B Woodworking.