During her life, Democratic politcal maven Vi Etler's kindness and wisdom made an impression on all those she encountered.
In her passing, borough council would like to ensure those memories live on in perpetuity.
To commemorate Etler's public service and dedication to the borough of Fair Lawn, the council has proposed naming a neighborhood park in her honor.
The park -- bounded by Elliott Terrace and Eberlin Drive -- is within walking distance of the home Etler shared with her husband, Marty.
"I’m delighted that we’re able to honor Vi Etler in a way that we’ll all be able to visit and think about her," said councilwoman Lisa Swain, who proposed the dedication.
"She was a champion for women," Swain said of Etler. "She was also a champion for Democrats everywhere. She helped out throughout the state, not just in Fair Lawn."
Barry Winston, chairman of the Fair Lawn Democratic Organization and a longtime friend of both Vi and Marty Etler, said he remembered Vi as someone who befriended everyone and knew how to get things done.
"She was a wealth of information and she easily shared it with anybody who was interested," he said.
In addition to being a Fair Lawn Democratic county commiteewoman, Etler was a member of the Fair Lawn Democratic Organization, Bergen County Democratic Organization, New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women and a Trustee.
Specifics are still being arranged, but manager Tom Metzler said the borough would hold a dedication ceremony -- likely in the spring -- once the necessary steps are taken by council to name the park, and the moves forward with the cleanup and installation of signage