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Wanda Hoffman named Council on Aging's first Senior of the Year

She was presented with the award Friday, April 25, at the Council on Aging of Elkhart County's Crystal Ball Swing Gala.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.

ELKHART — The Council on Aging of Elkhart County honored Wanda Hoffman of Goshen with its first Senior of the Year Award on Friday night.

Hoffman was presented with the award Friday, April 25, at the Council on Aging's Crystal Ball Swing Gala. It is presented to an Elkhart County resident who is at least 60 years old and is "a positive role model who inspires others or makes significant contributions to the Elkhart County Community," according to a Council on Aging news release.

She was nominated for her work at the Elkhart County Historical Museum by museum manager Matthew Schuld.

Hoffman has volunteered with the museum and the Elkhart County Genealogical Society for the last five years. Her work processing the museum's archives allows the museum to offer online access to more than 100,000 historical documents, photos and other archive materials.

She is also the librarian for the genealogical society, which allows the society to open its library to the public.

In her nomination, she is described as “…a tremendous leader…an invaluable asset…a careful and diligent worker … ensuring Elkhart County’s history is preserved and accessible to present and future generations.”

The other seniors nominated for the award were Carol Bizzel of Elkhart, Carl Detwiler of Nappanee, Kim Huffman of Goshen, Helen Koller of Elkhart, Carol Laidlaw Tarnecy of Elkhart, Plez Lovelady of Elkhart and Richard Osborne of Elkhart.


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