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Henrietta Bartel has displayed compassion and dedication throughout her life. She has long been committed to caring for others, whether her family, friends, or relative strangers. During her life, she has acted as a caregiver for her children, husband, mother, and mother-in-law as well as being a tireless volunteer in multiple settings.
For the past 15 years, Henrietta has volunteered at the Golden Living Center Nursing Home, where, in addition to providing companionship for residents with Alzheimer’s, she had the initiative to start a Bible Study group for residents with dementia. Additionally, since 1997, she has visited with patients at the Aseracare Hospice facility. She aims to “reach everyone with her caring presence.” For her efforts at those facilities, she was named the Bradley Nursing and Rehabilitation “Volunteer of the Year” in 2007.
Henrietta has also volunteered her time working with teenaged and adult women in crisis at the House of Refuge, giving an estimated 2,600 hours per year for 10 years, and with the Lutheran Missionary Program. One of her supporters remarks that her “biggest asset is providing a caring presence to patients who do not communicate and are unaware of their own environment.” Showing compassion and dedication to others, even under the most difficult circumstances, Henrietta is truly a gift to everyone around her.
Catherine “Katie” Crisp is a tireless volunteer, “helping others anyway she can.” She has been recognized by family, friends, community members, and even the Mayor as being an invaluable citizen of Milwaukee County. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett proclaimed her 80th birthday, February 25, 2008, to be “Catherine Crisp Day” throughout the City of Milwaukee. That same day, State Representative Peggy Krusick presented her with a citation from the State of Wisconsin acknowledging her commitment to her community. One look at her activities makes it easy to see why.
Katie is a 50-year Charter Member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church (OLOL) and a 25-year Charter Member of OLOL’s “Over 50 Club.” She is active at OLOL in other ways, too, including preparing worship details, singing in and helping to organize the Resurrection Choir, filing prayer petitions, visiting home-bound community members, participating in the Christian Women’s Society, and acting as the secretary for the Human Concerns Committee.
In addition to her work at OLOL, Katie has volunteered at the Mt. Carmel Nursing Home for the past 34 years. There, she helps with Eucharist, visits patients, and at Christmastime, acts as Santa’s helper to give each resident a gift. Katie works tirelessly and it is clear that “her dedication to helping and caring for others brings joy into their lives.”
Edith Hoffmann brings joy and inspiration to everyone she meets, sharing her talents as a teacher, docent, coordinator, and musician. She has found numerous ways in which to share her skills with her community, beginning when she was a scout leader in 1964. Since then, “children and adults of all ages, races, and creeds have received value from her generous and caring volunteerism.”
Edith brings cultural enrichment to her community by educating others about her German heritage. She spent 11 years as a volunteer docent at the Pabst Mansion and 10 years as a substitute kindergarten teacher at the German Immersion School. For over 30 years, she has volunteered for the Holiday Folk Fair and for over 25 years, she has volunteered for German Fest.
In addition to sharing her heritage, Edith has also volunteered for the past 45 years at the Carl Schurz Park on Moose Lake and, since 2000, at the Hart Park Senior Center. Her willingness to share her skills caused one supporter to note that, “volunteers like Edith are the standard to which we set our goals.”
Milwaukee County is richer as a result of the gifts that Edith has shared with it. She deservingly joins her husband, Rolf, a 2006 inductee, in the Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.
Maree Pavlovich is dedicated to inspiring and expanding the world for others. A retired teacher and former Cudahy School Board member, she has found innovative ways to use her talents to enrich the lives of fellow senior citizens. “As a tireless volunteer, Maree has been generous and selfless in her donation of energy to worthy activities.”
Beyond being a respected educator, Maree is admired for her skills and enthusiasm in organizing traveling opportunities for others. Since 1983, she has coordinated the Vagabond Club, a traveling club for seniors, and, under her direction, the club has grown from 40 to 200 members. She also coordinates the Travel Club and Investment Club at the Kelly Senior Center, facilitating both memorable and highly valuable experiences. Finally, she is the coordinator of travel for the Cudahy Historical Society and the coordinator of the Cudahy Homemakers, “the second largest civic organization in Cudahy.”
Maree is widely respected for her political advocacy and for the care and compassion that she shares with those she meets, including former students, whom she assists whenever possible. She is also a talented seamstress, having helped to create “The World’s Largest American Flag” in 1996 and restoring a Revolutionary War-era flag in 1996. Maree was awarded the 2008 “Education Advancement Award” from the Cudahy Chamber of Commerce and received a congratulatory resolution from the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.
Virginia “Ginny” Wahl has an “untiring sense of duty and obligation to helping others.” And, with her “warm and engaging personality,” she brings joy into the lives of all of those who encounter her. She does not hesitate to go the extra mile for someone in need, always bringing with her enthusiasm, a bright smile, and a great sense of humor.
Since retiring in 1998, Ginny has volunteered her time at the Kelly Senior Center. There, she offers visitors a warm welcome as a volunteer receptionist and has ensured many a good time, helping with parties, rummage sales, and picnics. She also lent her talents to the 2007 Washington Park Senior Center rummage sale. And, she gives her time helping in the Cudahy Library gift shop.
Beyond those numerous activities, Ginny goes out of her way to brighten the lives of those most in need. Through the Interfaith Older Adult Program’s RSVP program, she has served as a tutor, helped people with transportation, and assisted in various flu clinics throughout the community. And, through RSVP’s Telephone Reassurance program, Ginny makes daily calls to frail elderly community members, making more than 1,500 calls in 2007 alone!
Ginny’s warm personality and dedication to service serve as an inspiration to others and are true assets for Milwaukee County.