Annette Illing remembered
Hoboken resident Helen Manogue speaks about the loss of a very important person in Hoboken’s history.
This is in the way of being a brief obituary. You should read it, especially if you are a new resident of Hoboken.
The name of the deceased is Annette Illing. It may not immediately strike a chord of recognition, but this talented woman who fought so hard for an ever-better Hoboken should create a symphony of remembrance and gratitude.
Annette had a questioning personality. She was not one to be misled. She inquired, and formed her own opinions no matter what community elders or even other activists thought. She was a private person who always appeared to be a reluctant public speaker but who invariably spoke up to make her well-researched points. Over many years she participated in the efforts to gain a waterfront for all people; advocated for affordable housing; lobbied for open government; supported an improved master plan. Hoboken was her town and she loved it.
If you still have the idea that Hoboken all of a sudden just burst forth to become what it is today, you have to go back and look at the lives of people like Annette Illing. She and many others literally created the Hoboken of today. Annette stood out among those many.