St. Rose's 'Lady in the Window' Honored
90-year-old Bea Zagorda celebrates 40th year as high school receptionist
Every visitor that has come through the main entrance of St. Rose High School in Belmar the last 40 years has gone through 90-year-old Beatrice "Bea" Zagorda.
Zagorda, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, was honored last week by Belmar's governing body for her 40 years of "valued service" to St. Rose.
Belmar's governing body at its meeting last week passed a special resolution honoring Zagorda, who also received a bouquet of flowers from borough officials.
"I feel like a celebrity," Zagorda said as she accepted the flowers and a framed copy of the resolution.
Raised in Hoboken, Zagorda moved to Belmar in 1972 with her husband and three children.
That year she accepted a volunteer position at the school's library.
In 1983, Zagorda became the high school receptionist, or "the lady in the window," as the students call her -- a position she has held to this day.
Zagorda turned 90 on May 5.