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A 100th Birthday for Former Van-Heusen Worker

100 Birthday

Clara Stairs was a for the clothing company

WARREN, NJ – Clara Stairs is truly getting the birthday celebration of a century. She’ll be celebrating her 100th birthday on Tuesday, January 17th and Saturday, January 21st at The Chelsea at Warren (“Chelsea”), a leading senior living community in Somerset County.

On Tuesday, her actual birthday, the community will hold festivities including a party with cake and musical entertainment. They will also be honoring her during their weekly Bingo game at 2:15 p.m.

Stairs’s family and friends will be on hand on Saturday in a drive-by parade around The Chelsea at Warren campus including a police escort.

Prior to the parade, Deputy Mayor Gary DiNardo will present Stairs with a proclamation at 11 a.m. in Chelsea’s lobby.

Stairs grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on a farm. It’s the same city that she met her husband, Henry, who she was married to for more than 68 years until his passing. They raised their son and two daughters in Branchburg. All plan to be at her birthday celebration on Saturday.

Stairs was a clerical worker for the entirety of her career including a job with Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, now known as PVH Corp. in Piscataway. Prior to that she worked at Baker and Taylor in Somerville.

When their kids eventually left the house, she and her husband moved back to Western Pennsylvania, but was persuaded to join her children in New Jersey as she got older, settling in Basking Ridge.

Stairs has lived at Chelsea for more than four years. She loves her family, bingo, bird watching, and playing the slot machines. Please join us in wishing her a very happy birthday.

Please notify Jason Kahn, Director of Communications at Chelsea Senior Living, if you would like to attend at (908) 889-4200, extension 613, or


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