PIQUA — A local woman was honored as the Miami County Senior Citizen of Year during the Miami County Senior Citizen Day at A Learning Place on Friday.
Brookdale Senior Living surprised Edna Stiefel of Piqua with the Miami County Senior Citizen of Year for 2017, bringing out her family to join her after receiving her award.
“The person I’m about to introduce to you has a long list of wonderful things that has been done in Miami County,” Adam Jacomet of Brookdale Senior Living said. “For example, this person has lived in the city of Piqua since she was 5 years old. She’s a graduate of Piqua Catholic School and is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She’s volunteered many times, and still does, at Lehman and both Anna and Piqua schools.”
Jacomet went on, saying how Stiefel has volunteered for the YWCA of Piqua, participated in the North Parks Neighborhood Association, and involved in the citywide clean-up in Piqua.
“She is a founding member of Friends of the Parks here in Piqua. She helped to raise over $90,000 to erect the statue of the William H. Pitsenbarger statue,” Jacomet said. “She is a big helper to the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce. She sits on the committee for the Taste of the Arts. She is part of the pro-Piqua focus, and she has been a member of the Beta Sigma Phi social sorority for over 50 years.”
Jacomet also added that Stiefel does not have a driver’s license, but still volunteers.
“Can you imagine doing all of these wonderful, wonderful things in the city of Piqua and not to be able to drive?” Jacomet said.
Stiefel and her late husband, Paul, have four adult children — Cheryl Stiefel-Francis, Kathy Sherman, Greg Stiefel, and Stevel Stiefel. Her children, along with some of her grandchildren, attended the Miami County Senior Citizen Day to watch Stiefel get her award.
“Believe me, this is a surprise,” Stiefel said. “I just love Piqua … I just love this city, and I love the people, and God bless you all.”
Miami County Commissioner Jack Evans also attended the event to issue a proclamation on behalf of the Board of Miami County Commissioners declaring May 2017 as Older Americans Month.
“I am the senior citizen on the commission,” Evans said after noting that 2.3 million adults are over the age of 60. “Three out of four us have chronic illnesses.”
The theme for this year’s Miami County Senior Citizen Day was “Age Out Loud.” The event featured a hot meal prepared by Brookdale Senior Living for the over 200 attendees at the event. Spittin’ Image provided the entertainment, while there were over a dozen vendor booths around the room for attendees to receive information on services from the Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, Area Agency on Aging, Catholic Social Services, Miami County Dental Clinic, Easter Seals Adult Day Service Piqua, Health Partners Free Clinic, Meals on Wheels of Piqua, Senior Resource Connection, and more.
Sponsors for the Miami County Senior Citizen Day were Brookdale Senior Living of Troy and Piqua, Piqua Manor, Garbry Ridge Assisted Living, Haven Behavorial Hospital of Dayton, Interim Healthcare, Premier Health SpringMeade, RetireMED IQ, and StoryPoint.
Other co-sponsors included Brethren Home Community Services, Caldwell House, Covington Care Center, Heartland of Piqua, Genesis Healthcare Troy Center, Humana, Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Liberty Commons, Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Miami Memorial Park, Miracle-Ear Hearing, Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, Randall Residence of Tipp City, Social Security Administration, Vitas Healthcare, Versailles Health Care Center, and Wilson Health Home Care & Hospice.
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