Ottawa County announces 2019 Senior Hall of Fame recipients

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Press Staff Writer

        Ottawa County Senior Resources inducted six new Senior Hall of Fame recipients at their 2019 “Slumber Party” Senior Day, held at Camp Perry Clubhouse on Wednesday, May 1.
        The recipients for this year’s awards include Vera Mae Hille, nominated by the Elmore Golden Oldies Senior Center; John Diebert, nominated by the Genoa Senior Center; Arlene and Milton Wilburn, nominated by the Harbor Lights Senior Center of Oak Harbor; Marty Stys, nominated by the Danbury Senior Center; B. Joan Wolf, nominated by the Port Clinton Senior Center and Sara Toole, nominated by the Put-in-Bay Senior Center.
        Recipients received a plaque commemorating their service to the seniors and citizens of Ottawa County.
        • Vera Mae Hille is the local cheerleader for the Elmore Golden Oldies Senior Center, always encouraging others to eat, tell stories and learn from the guest speakers. “She was always our prayer leader, giving prayers that she wrote herself,” her nomination says.
        Vera has been a Lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church in Elmore. She and her late husband spearheaded the move from the small church on Maple Street to its current spacious, handicapped accessible location on Witty Road.
        She was active with her husband in operating a strawberry farm, employing many high school students. In fellowship, she encouraged local residents to attend church, visit the library, and support area business. She even wrote a book about herself to answer all the important questions about herself.
        At the age of 94, and dealing with mobility challenges, she now has care at home and uses a walker on a regular basis, but that does not stop her from being active.
        She has led a full and active life, raising three sons – Paul, David and Gordon. She played an active role in both her family and community. She says one of her fondest memories was her father hitching up a horse to the buggy for an afternoon ride.
        • John Diebert is always willing to help motivate and encourage others to join in and have fun at the Genoa Senior Center. Acting as treasurer and now vice president, he has dedicated this time to the needs of the older generation.
        The retired Army Chief Warrant Officer is a longtime resident of Genoa (over 60 years) and is noted for his pie baking, gift giving and his assistance at the Genoa Care Center and with the Genoa Christian Church.
        “He has strong leadership skills and shows compassion and caring,” his nomination says, adding Diebert is also known for his wise-cracking sense of humor. “He is always willing to lend a helping hand.”
        Though he deals with medical events that have impacted his life, his persistence and determination have helped him to return to many of the activities he enjoys.
        He is dedicated to his beloved Genoa, always interested in the growth and development of all ages, but especially the youth.
        Diebert is the father of four, grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of seven.
        • Arlene and Milton Wilburn, who have recently joined the Harbor Lights family, have “made a bang at the center,” their nomination said.
        They both are willing to help other members of the group and will always help with clearing tables. Milton is especially willing to help and is “the perfect gentleman.”
        They are very active, sometimes together, sometimes individually. They are known for being helpful, compassionate and caring.
        They are both involved in their church, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor. They are also involved in the Eagles and Lions Clubs. Arlene makes time to visit her church family and friends in care facilities very week.
        The Wilburns say they really enjoy their time with their friends at “Harbor Lights.”
 
 
 

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