Residents honored as Unsung Heroes
Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recently honored older adults who have displayed generosity to improve and enhance the lives of those around them. The 18th annual Tribute to Unsung Heroes was held May 16 at Zentz Community Center at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
Jeanette M. Denton, 86, of Whitehall, has always had a passion for life and was never afraid to try something different or challenging. Over the past 20 years, she has volunteered on a Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona, mentored a child from Allentown for 10 years, made meals for residents at Victory House, hosted a Somalian family for a month when they came to the United States as refugees and much more. She still serves as a Eucharistic minister at Whitehall Manor.
Joseph C. Veshinfsky, 61, of Catasauqua, was honored with a group of three other men. These men all donated more than 100 gallons of blood and platelets to Miller-Keystone Blood Center throughout their lives. The other honorees were Richard H. Lamson, William G. DeLong and Ronald C. Paff, all of Allentown. Veshinfsky was the youngest honoree at the event.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong opened the celebration by sharing a personal story demonstrating that age cannot stop a willing attitude. He emphasized that age does not need to prevent you from living your life and being active in the community.
Clayton Reed Jr., executive director of Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services, offered opening thoughts about the spirit and exuberance of the honorees.
“You are an inspiration to everyone,” he remarked as he lauded their efforts in the community.
Lehigh County Commissioners Amy Zanelli and Marc Grammes presented certificates to all the honorees.
The other honorees are Steven Aaronson, of Bethlehem; Janice H. Epler, of Allentown; Ronald E. Fluck, of Bethlehem; Dora M. and Robert F. Gensemer, of South Whitehall Township; James E. Kerner, of Coopersburg; Raymond and Elizabeth Phillips, of South Whitehall; Carol A. Ritz, of Allentown; Gerald F. Royer, of Salisbury Township; and Shirley A. Schleicher, of Orefield.
May has been designated as Older Americans Month since 1963. Honorees are local residents 60 years or older who dedicate their time and talent to helping others.
Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services advocates for its residents and provides a wide range of services and information to help older adults remain healthy, active, independent and productive members of their community.