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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Ten From Northwest Jersey Inducted Into Hackettstown Area Senior Hall of Fame 

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Ten people who have made a difference in the community were recently inducted into the Hackettstown Area Senior Hall of Fame.

A gala luncheon, hosted by Riverwalk Village at The House of The Good Shepherd retirement community in Hackettstown, was held at David’s Country Inn on May 8.

The Hackettstown Area Senior Hall of Fame recognizes senior citizens in the greater northwest New Jersey region who have made a significant impact on the lives of others in the community through their volunteerism, locally and in many cases, county-wide. The event – an annual celebration hosted by Riverwalk Village – is held during Older Americans Month, a time to reflect on the contributions of seniors. This year’s inductees include individuals who have been involved in a host of volunteer programs in the county including the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Crisis Center of Warren County, Habitat for Humanity, Knights of Columbus, and the Rotary Club.  

This year’s group also includes two married couples.

“This year’s inductees are all truly community-minded folks and have shown through their efforts that giving back is a worthwhile endeavor,” said Susan Lanza, executive director of Riverwalk Village at The House of the Good Shepherd. “You really have to tip your hat to all of them as they have and continue to make a difference in the lives of those around them.”

“The Senior Hall of Fame Class of 2024 is comprised of a group of 10 remarkable individuals who are a testament to the strength and resilience of the greater Hackettstown community,” Lanza added.

This year’s inductees are:

· Barbara L. Brady: An active volunteer for over 15 years, Barbara has initiated various fundraisers for women and children with the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County and is a champion for the vulnerable.

· Donna and Dave Detrick: The couple has volunteered with the Warren County Habitat for Humanity since 1998, with Donna serving on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and the Hope in the Hills of Warren. Dave was a founding member of the Warren County Parks Foundation and served on the Warren County Board of Recreation Commissioners and Morris Canal Committee.

· Candy Church: A volunteer with various organizations in Allamuchy Township, including the Senior Citizens Club and Allamuchy Road Clean-Up, Candy has shown the power of community service.

· Roger A. Hines, Jr.: Roger has served the Our Lady of the Mountain Church community with his CCD instruction and supports youth athletics as a soccer and softball coach. His volunteer work has been in actively serving on the Joyce Kilmer Council of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years and many years with the Sons of the American Legion.

· Willard and Frances Blaskopf: Active members of the Heath Village Community who have served the Hackettstown area in various capacities over the years, inspiring others with their dedication.

· Mary Ann Moore: Mary Ann has worked for the Hackettstown Democratic Club and the Warren County Democrats, in addition to volunteering at the Hackettstown Health Department for 24 years.

· Nancy E. Paffendorf: A community volunteer leader for many organizations, including the Hackettstown Rotary Club and Centenary University Alumni Association executive board. Nancy is also the recipient of Centenary University’s coveted Gold Dome Award, the highest honor that her alma mater offers.

· Tarcila Sutterley: An active resident of Riverwalk Village, Tarcila has helped systematize the library at the community, while serving previously as the Independent Living Resident Council president, she promoted ORANJ (Organization of Resident Associations in NJ) to Riverwalk Village.

“We at Riverwalk Village congratulate all of the honorees for this year’s Senior Hall of Fame,” said Lanza. “The hours of work and volunteering that these individuals have spent in service of their larger communities is proof that we all can make a difference, no matter how old we may be.”