Rose and Roseanne Estwanick

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Donations help save 106-year-old NJ woman from eviction

July 27, 2019 - 6:29 pm
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CRANFORD, N.J. (1010 WINS) – People came together to help a 106-year-old woman keep her home after she fell behind on her property tax payments and faced eviction.

Donations flowed in for Rose Estwanick, who needed $8,400 to save the house in Cranford that she’s been living in since it was built in 1943. She's lived in the town her entire 106 years.

Her daughter, Roseanne Estwanick, started a GoFundMe page earlier this month in the hopes of bringing in $12,000 to pay down the balance on the house and prevent a tax sale in September.

Roseanne, who provides continual care for her centenarian mom, says she has dementia, a heart problem and severe arthritis. She says she’s also a 30-year survivor of breast cancer.

“She’s human with a heartbeat that still beats universal notes all of us can understand,” Roseanne wrote on the GoFundMe page. “If we open up our minds and hearts, spend some time with older individuals, and understand life is meaningful even to the very end.”

Town officials and Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick told NJ.com that they’re trying to find assistance for the family and work something out.

“I was overwhelmed,” Bramnick told NJ.com after meeting Rose and Roseanne. “These are people who spend 24 hours a day in this house.”

The GoFundMe page is helping. As of Saturday evening, more than $18,100 had been raised.

“I cannot express enough how humbled I am in your presence,” Roseanne wrote to donors on the GoFundMe page Saturday. “Your outpouring of generosity and support forever etched in my mind, heart, and soul.”

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