2011: Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans
“I have never been one to be idle. Time goes by so fast, and I just want to do as much as I can.”
Rose Allen is a remarkable and selfless woman who has dedicated her golden years to serving others.
“BackStoppers is a marvelous organization. The best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Newspaperman, philanthropist, civic leader. At 84, Frank Bick continues to leave his mark on the St. Louis region.
“My daughter says, ‘Mom, you’re always teaching.’ I just can’t help it. It’s a part of me.”
Caroline Fisher has dedicated her life to teaching others and, at age 87, she’s not finished yet.
“It’s all about attitude. You just need to get up and get going.”
George Fonyo puts his business skills and knowledge to work these days to help our region’s leading institutions achieve their goals.
“No 35-year-old can out do me.”
Eleanor Gershien, age 80, brings a can-do attitude to her work, her art, her hobbies and everything she touches.
“I think that you should try to leave this world a little better place than you found it.”
Milton Hieken has devoted his retirement years by supporting many of our region’s cultural institutions. But it is music that has become his first love.
“I’m a little bit mischievous, and sometimes I get a little close to the edge. But I always try to live up the standards that my family and my friends expect of me.”
Charlie Hoessle may have retired from the Zoo after 38 years, but his legacy and his involvement have never waned.
“Get out and do something. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it makes a contribution to others as well as for yourself.”
Sam Hopmeier knows how to be successful, and he’s spending his retirement helping others discover those same secrets.
“To be able to share my love of art is a privilege.”
Helen Hume has dedicated her life to teaching others to share her love of art.
“Love people and people will love you back.”
Rev. Donald Hunter, pastor at New Sunny Mount Missionary Baptist Church, is a true anchor of the community in North St. Louis.
“Helping people understand science at a lay level is paramount.”
Dr. Ernest Jaworski is one of the country’s pioneers in the field of biotechnology and agricultural research, and he remains committed to teaching others to carry on his work.
“I’ve made a lot of friends doing this. And I don’t do anything special. I’m just me.”
Sister Madelene Reiners, C.PP.S., age 90, retired from a career in education, only to discover a hidden talent for fundraising.
“The best way I can be of service to others is to help them serve God and his people with much happiness because of what I do in Food Service.”
Brother Leo Slay, S.M., has been serving others for decades with great food, unparalleled service and a desire to bring happiness to those around him.
“Keep moving ahead, live your life. You never know, you might live to be 100!”
Jesse Swanigan has dedicated his life to bringing people together and finding ways to improve the quality of life in the community for everyone.
“I really do believe in trying to help people as much as you can.”
Kenneth Teasdale is using his extensive legal and civic background to help others achieve success across the St. Louis region.
Phyllis Tirmenstein positively impacts the
St. Louis community every day through her role as advisor to the Roland Quest Memorial Fund.
“True, we cannot always see the results of our commitment for we have learned that when we throw a pebble into a stream and watch the ripples form, we cannot foresee how the ripples will grow into waves that may touch many lives and may bless others in ways we cannot even dream of.”
Now engrossed in a 3rd career, as a meeting planner and wedding consultant, Virginia Trent continues to bring her unique style and talents to events large and small across the St. Louis area.
“Going forward, I plan to continue an active, productive life, including ongoing participation in the volunteer area.”
At age 80, Bill Van Luven is still creating jobs, mentoring others and reaching out to help those less fortunate.
At age 91, Jean Woodard still volunteers every week as a volunteer nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Anthony’s Hospital.
“I’ve given it my all and it’s been well received. So I’m thankful for that. I don’t know why God has been so good to me.”
Dr. Paul Young has been one of the most popular and most respected professors at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine for the past 55 years…and he hasn’t stopped yet.