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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

Feb. 10, 2010

First Lady Strickland and Ohio Department of Aging Honor Long-Married Volunteers
Eleventh Annual Joined Hearts in Giving Reception Held at Governor's Residence

COLUMBUS - First Lady Frances Strickland and the Ohio Department of Aging will honor 22 couples for their dedication to marriage and volunteerism at the eleventh annual Joined Hearts in Giving celebration, held Friday, Feb. 12, in observance of Valentine's Day at the governor's residence in Columbus. Joined Hearts in Giving honors Ohioans at least 60 years old who have been married 40 years or longer and who share a commitment to volunteerism.

"Ohio is a better place because of the efforts of these great people," said Mrs. Strickland, the event's host. "Through the hours and hard work they volunteer, they embody all that makes this state exceptional."

"The devotion of these couples is truly heart-warming," said Barbara E. Riley, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. "Their commitment to each other and their passion to help others is a model we can all take to heart."

These special volunteers range in years married from 43 to 67, ages 65 to 90 and from 3 to 61 years of volunteering. The 2010 honorees are:

  • Stanley and Hope Adelstein, Pepper Pike
  • C. Forrest and Katie Amidon, Bellefontaine
  • Urban and Dorothy Arbogast, Republic
  • Jeffrey and Denyce Babbitt, Lancaster
  • Arlan and Virginia Beemer, Reading
  • Allen and Elizabeth Brokaw, Marietta
  • John and Judy Burke, Avon Lake
  • Paul and Ramona Burkhart, New Bavaria
  • Hugh and Barb Cahall, Mt. Orab
  • John and JoAnn Covelli, Sidney
  • Marvin and Marilyn Jacobs, Toledo
  • Robert and Lorraine Jurgensen, Worthington
  • Ronald and Mary Leeders, Louisville
  • Daniel and Mary Lehigh, Dover
  • Irving and Zerda Malkin, University Heights
  • Glenn and Catherine Maxwell, Bellaire
  • Earl and Betty Miller, Wheelersburg
  • A. Aaron and Charlene Miller, Beallsville
  • Henry and Jean Schrader, Stow
  • Richard and Cynthia Sutton, Blanchester
  • Fred and Ethel Wolff, Mansfield
  • James and Marcia Yasinow, Lyndhurst

The Department of Aging solicited nominations from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 for the Joined Hearts in Giving award from the general public. Couples were chosen from around the state.

Editor's note: Brief bios of your neighbors recognized at the Joined Hearts in Giving reception are posted to www.aging.ohio.gov/news/joinedheartsingiving/. Photos will be available after Feb. 12, 2010.

About ODA

The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.