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‘100 Cars for 100 Years’ birthday parade celebrates Margaret Renzi

Collingswood community celebrates one of their own in a big way on March 13


Margaret Renzi, pictured here through the years, will be celebrating her 100th birthday with the whole community this weekend. (Special to 08108)

There’s a big celebration coming to Collingswood on Saturday, March 13! Borough resident Margaret Renzi turns 100 years old and the Borough is recognizing the feat with a “100 cars for 100 years” birthday parade, complete with Mummers’ fanfare in front of centenarian’s home at 101 East Knight Avenue to celebrate Mrs. Renzi’s deep South Philadelphia roots.

The caravan of well wishes, led by representatives of Collingswood’s police and fire departments, takes off from the Scottish Rite parking lot at 3pm, winding its way to Mrs. Renzi’s Collingswood home. Mayor Jim Maley, along with Commissioners Joan Leonard and Rob Lewandowski, present Mrs. Renzi with a proclamation celebrating a life of love, family and community service.

Margaret Renzi

Mrs. Renzi dedicates her life to her family. Raising four children and now sharing traditions with a host of grand and great grandchildren. “We’re all proud of her,” says granddaughter Andy McFadden, “she has had a major impact on her children, their spouses and her grandchildren. Her ideals are now being passed on to her great grandchildren as well!”

An accomplished seamstress, Mrs. Renzi sewed and tailored clothing most of her life. Wedding gowns, pajamas, Halloween costumes and baby clothes all stitched with love and pride. Her hands expertly crocheted countless blankets, bedspreads and ponchos, now found in the homes of her children and grandchildren.

Known as the “Queen of Sunday Gravy,” Mrs. Renzi takes pride in feeding family and friends her famous gnocchi and ravioli. In whatever she does, Renzi believes “homemade is best.”

“Our entire community is thrilled to wish Mrs. Renzi a happy 100th birthday,” says Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “Getting the community together to celebrate one of our own is what the Collingswood spirit is all about! And who doesn’t love a parade?”

Those interested in joining the parade are encouraged to meet at the Scottish Rite parking lot Saturday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m.

The parade route will throughout the borough for Margaret Renzi’s 100th birthday. (Special to 08108)

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