SECAUCUS -- The Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services named Joan Gasser as Hudson County's Senior of the Year on May 23 during a luncheon that recognized exceptional seniors throughout the county. Gasser was chosen among a pool of 12 honorees. Several mayors were in attendance, including Mayor Michael Gonnelli.
“People don’t realize how much she has done,” said Lisa Snedeker, director of senior and social services in a previous interview. Snedeker said that Gasser, 62, personally made 97 blankets for Project Linus, a charity that collects blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or in need.
She also volunteers at the Senior Center, the local animal shelter, and for the United Way’s efforts via the United Parcel Service (UPS), from which she recently retired after 26 years of service. Gasser also has volunteered for Jersey City sites such as St. Lucy’s Shelter, Hope House, and Hudson Cradle.