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Jul 01, 2017

Colts Neck Resident Victoria Asmar Celebrates Milestone 90th Birthday

Born Victoria Agnes Ziede on July 25, 1927, in Brooklyn, NY, Victoria Asmar is the daughter of Lebanese immigrants. She was baptized on September 11, 1927, at St. Francis Xavier Church. In her adolescent and teenage years, she knew she wanted to be a nun. Later, two years after her first date with Joseph Asmar, she changed career paths and was married on December 27, 1948 in Our Lady of Lebanon Church by Chor-Bishop Mansour Stephen. Today, she is the mother of 10 children, grandmother of 14 children, and great grandmother to eight children. After having her 10th child, she moved into a former convent at St. Patrick’s Church in Brooklyn, where her husband, Joseph, was employed. She always sees the irony of living in a convent with a large family, since she always wanted to be a nun. To become closer to her goal of becoming a nun, she made her final vows in 1977 and is a Discalced Carmelite Tertiary – Sister Victoria of the Blessed Sacrament. The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites is a religious association of the Roman Catholic Church composed primarily of lay persons and accepted secular clergy, whose vocation is to live spiritually, practicing contemplative prayer while living lives of charity in their common occupations.

Victoria sees her primary occupation as always being mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She also has had other occupations, of which the most notable are the Brooklyn Public Library Chief Clerk and, after 30 years out of the workplace, Pace University Library Book Processor, from which she retired in 1994. Her life has been full of varying activities, at perhaps unusual ages. At the age of 62, she started exercising, following a mild heart issue. She worked out for an hour on various aerobic equipment, four days per week, for 20 years. She learned how to drive at age 65, when she knew she was about to move from Brooklyn to New Jersey, where a car is a necessity.

Victoria has been living with family in Colts Neck since 1998. She is a devoted member of St. Mary’s Church and attends daily mass at 9:00 a.m. She enjoys living among the horse farms and orchards of the township and plans on continuing to enjoy her life in Colts Neck for years to come. At the Colts Neck Township Committee meeting scheduled for July 12, the mayor and township committee members will issue a proclamation to acknowledge Victoria Asmar’s milestone birthday.

Best wishes and happy 90th birthday to this remarkable woman!