The Press Newspaper
Celebrating 75 years
Each spring, Garden Club members take on the job of filling the urns at Trail Marker Park with greenery. They also fill the Main Street planter, which they built.
The club will mark the anniversary with a luncheon.
Born May 21, 1909 in Coshocton County, Ohio, Marie Amore was the third of seven children born to Lloyd and Ella (House) Amore. After graduating from high school in 1927, she attended the Salvation Army Training College in Bronx, N.Y., graduating in 1929. She had numerous appointments throughout the Northeastern Territory, including in and around Philadelphia, Pa., where she met and married Robert Wirkley, who was also a Salvation Army officer. They settled in Philadelphia and had one child, a daughter, Joan.
Marie eventually left the Salvation Army as a field time officer and had such jobs as executive secretary at the Salvation Army Headquarters in Philadelphia and later worked at a real estate firm. Robert died in 1968 after they were apart for a number of years.
In 1972, she married William Quirk, who had been also been a Salvation Army officer. They enjoyed a 10 years together. Marie moved back to Ohio in 1984 after Bill’s death, starting out in Sandusky and ending up in the Port Clinton area.
She has one daughter, Joan Nelson of Port Clinton; four grandchildren, Wendy Brown of Genoa, Holly Sebring of Toledo, Aaron Nelson of Port Clinton and David Nelson of Columbus. She also has eight great-grandchildren, Alexander, Quentin, Anya and Laini Brown of Genoa; Hannah, Noah and Nolan Nelson of Fremont; and Gracen Sebring of Toledo.
To date, 52 persons, including spouses, have made reservations. Class members living in Florida, Michigan, Montana, Alabama, and Tennessee are planning to attend, organizers said.
For information call George Ackerman at 419-697-1709 or 419-836-7735.
The couple were first introduced to United Way last year while planning the Gem Beach Rock ‘n Roll Reunion, and they quickly embraced the mission and work of the organization.
Like last year, the centerpiece of the campaign will be the event at Gem Beach. This year, plans are already under way for the August 15 Gem Beach Rocks… Again.
Also coming up is the Lagoon Saloon Rocks the Dock event June 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. The event will include live music, pizza, and cold brews at Lagoon Saloon, 3131 W. Wayne Rd. in Port Clinton on Nugent’s Canal. All proceeds benefit United Way in Ottawa County.
Learn more about United Way and the campaign at www.unitedwayottawacounty.org.
The grant was written by Rick Claar, based on information provided by Bill Floro. The application was approved in April and a grant totaling $9,430 was awarded. Funds were used to replace the 25-year-old wooden roof shingles on the Heckman Log House. The society has adopted a recycled “green” technology to the 1840’s-era log house, opting to use a roofing product made of recycled plastic material made to look like wood shaker shingles.
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