Joseph A. Unanue, 88, passes away; former president of Goya Foods
Joseph A. Unanue, former president of Goya Foods of Secaucus, and son of company founder Prudencio, died Wednesday, June 12, according to The Record of Hackensack.
Unanue was named president in 1976, and ran the company until 2004, when other family members took over. During his tenure, Goya became the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, with annual sales of nearly $1 billion dollars and more than 1,000 employees.
The Alpine resident was a decorated military hero. Sent to battle at 19 years old during World War II, he landed in France and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. When his sergeant was killed in action, Unanue was chosen to replace him and was made platoon leader. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions.
Unanue was a graduate of The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He was twice named Man of the Year by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Strobert Foundation raises nearly $9,000 for the Secaucus Public Library
The Day at Monmouth Racetrack sponsored by the Steven Strobert Foundation on May 18 was a sellout and raised nearly $9,000 for the Secaucus Public Library, according to Mark Dehnert, foundation president.
“The Strobert Foundation and individual donors covered all costs associated with the event, so all the money raised from ticket sales, the tricky tray, and raffles went to the library,” Dehnert said. He thanked all those involved for making the event such a success.
Strobert was a Secaucus native lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The 33-year-old Cantor Fitzgerald broker was survived by a wife, Tara, and an 18-month-old son, Frankie. His parents and Secaucus friends started the foundation in his memory.
“The Foundation is proud to have the opportunity to continue its support of the Secaucus Public Library, which offers outstanding services to all residents of Secaucus,” Dehnert said.
Library director Jenifer May acknowledged the Strobert Foundation for its past and continued support of the library.
“Through a very generous donation from the foundation several years ago, the library was able to create The Steven Strobert Young Adult Learning Center, which is used primarily to increase the circulation of books and media in the children’s and young adult sections,” May said. “This current donation to the Friends of the Library will again be put to good use, by supplementing the book collections in these sections. The library was pleased and proud to partner with the foundation in this endeavor that not only benefits library patrons, but also recognizes the memory of Steven Strobert.”
Little Miss Schuetzen seeking entrants
The 47th Annual German-American Little Miss Schuetzen Park Beauty Pageant is seeking applications for this year’s contest. The pageant is open to girls ages 7 through 12 years old and who are of Germanic, part Germanic, or Swedish heritage.
The pageant will be judged in Schuetzen Park, North Bergen, on Sunday, Aug. 18, at the celebration of the annual Oktoberfest in August Folk Festival.
For a pageant application, write to Little Miss Schuetzen Park Beauty Pageant, c/o John Lawrora, Senior Contest Co-Chairperson, 3161 Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen, NJ 07047-2303, or call (201) 864-3245 and leave a detailed message. Contestant registration will not be accepted the day of the pageant.