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Senior Hall of Fame awardees honored for care, compassion
The 2009 Ottawa County Senior Hall of Fame Awards were presented during the semi-annual “Senior Day” held last month at Camp Perry.
Each recipient received a plaque commemorating his or her service to the seniors and citizens of Ottawa County.
The recipients include Winnie Chasteen representing the Elmore Golden Oldies Senior Center; Norma Schuster representing the Genoa Senior Center; Sue Briggs representing the Oak Harbor ‘Harbor Lights’ Senior Center; Richard Mowery representing the Danbury Senior Center, Barbara Gerogosian, representing Port Clinton Senior Center and Sue Duff, representing the Put-in-Bay Senior Center.
The nominations included the following testimonials to the awardees’ service and compassion:
But her efforts do not stop there. She is also involved with the Historical Society in Elmore, community bake sales and giving rides to those who may need transportation.
Her other positive characteristics include her compassion and caring, which has never been more evident then in her care for her ailing husband for whom she continues to provide the support and love he needs.
Her challenge became her strength. A fellow senior put it this way. “She is willing to help out in what ever way she can.”
Her helpful and “doing” personality did not start at her senior center. Becoming a widow at a young age, she went to work as a direct care worker with the Luther Home of Mercy for 19 years. It was stated by many of her residents that they loved her caring and understanding.
She also serves as secretary of the United Methodist Women in the Oak Harbor-based church, where she also helps with the church dinners, the children’s programs, and regularly bakes goodies when called upon.
Her biggest assets include her fellowship, her ability to follow-through on projects and never-ending compassion and caring for others. When her brother was a resident of Riverview, she regularly visited him and gave of herself to other residents when visiting.
She has faced many challenges. Health issues have seemed to plague many in her family and she has remained the rock for them. Despite the many hardships she has faced, she is always positive and willing to lend a hand. As one fellow senior put it, “She is a blessing to know.”
The 2009 Ottawa County Senior Hall of Fame Award winners included (front) Winnie Chasteen, Sue Briggs, Barbara Gerogosian, Norma Schuster and Sue Duff; and (back) Richard Mowery, with County Commissioners, Mark Stahl, Steven Arndt and Jim Sass.
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