ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Long-time residents George H. and Alma L. Wuesthoff were honored for their years of community service with an Arbor Day tree planting in Veterans Park.

The planting ceremony, staged by the borough Shade Tree Commission, was held on Friday, April 30. Wuesthoff joined with borough workers in planting the Kwanza cherry tree.

Wuesthoff is the retired superintendent of the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School, a school building in which he taught for 12 years both in the grade school and the former Atlantic Highlands High School. He was an administrator for over 30 years.

Mrs. Wuesthoff is a retired math teacher with 24 years in the Middletown Township school system.

After retirement, Wuesthoff served on the Borough Council.


George Wuesthoff assists borough workers in planting the Kwanza cherry while his wife, Alma and Louise I. Donoghue, Shade Tree Commission chairman, look on.

The ceremony in Veterans Park drew a crowd of over 50 residents. It was presided over by former Councilwoman Louise I. Donoghue, the Shade Tree Commission chairman.

Among those who also spoke in honor of the Wuesthoffs were Mayor Frederick Rast, a former Wuesthoff student; former Mayor Robert Schoeffling, who served with Wuesthoff on the governing body; Marilyn Scherfen, town librarian; Kathleen Wiggington, court clerk and commission member, and the Rev. Lyndon Shakespeare, pastor of All Saints Memorial Episcopal Church, Navesink.

Wuesthoff is a past member of the Recreation Commission and the Shade Tree Commission and is presently treasurer of the Public Library Board.

Mrs. Wuesthoff, an Atlantic Highlands native, is a pianist and is active in the local book club, among other organizations.

Mr. and Mrs. Wuesthoff are co-founding members of the local Historical Society.

They have been members of the All Saints Church for over 60 years, a church also know as the Stone Church.

The tree was planted as part of the Shade Tree Commission's program to honor worthy local residents.