Walworth County Fair honors special senior citizens

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Gazette staff
Friday, September 2, 2011

These seniors have been nominated as Walworth County Fair outstanding senior citizens:

Nancy Russell

Born Jan. 26, 1936, Nancy Russell of Lake Geneva has been nominated for dedication to her community.

Russell’s volunteerism includes four years in the READ Program, 10 years with the Geneva Tour du Lac Breast Cancer fundraiser, and service on the board of directors for both Black Point Historic Preserve and Walworth County Land Trust.

Russell is a member of Royal Joy Williams Questers, Walworth County Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, Geneva Lake Conservancy and the Geneva Lake History Museum. She also is an adviser and secretary for the Black Point Historic Preserve and is co-chair for the 2010-11 Walworth County United Way campaign; chairperson of the Walworth County Board finance and public works committees; and president of the Walworth County Emergency Planning Committee.

Russell is a member of the Walworth County Highway Safety Committee; the Walworth County Criminal

Justice Committee; the Walworth County Lane Information Advisory Council; the

Walworth County Jurisdictional Highway Committee;

the Milwaukee 7 Committee; the Walworth County Workforce Development Board; and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

In the past, Russell has been involved in such organizations as the Lake Geneva City Council, Lake Geneva Tree Board, Lake Geneva Plan Commission, Geneva Lake Environmental Agency, Wisconsin Shoreland Zoning Advisory Committee, and Lake Geneva Board of Park Commissioners.

Russell enjoys family, antiques, gardening, American history and making a difference. She has been named among the Janesville Gazette’s “People Who Matter” for 2011 and earned the McHenry County (Ill.) United Way Volunteer of the Year Award.

Russell spent 26 years at Watlow (Gordon) Company and retired as general manager, team and human resources manager. She has been entering her antiques, jams and jellies in the fair for years.

Eunice Schaid

Born Sept. 16, 1925, Eunice Schaid of Walworth has been nominated because of her many selfless acts.

Schaid has served on various church committees, spent years as a vacation Bible school teacher at Faith Lutheran Church, has been a part of the Walworth Election Board and contributes time to the Meals On Wheels program.

Schaid has been the longtime chairperson for the Walworth Community Chest and has guided the sewing and quilting group at her church. She has had her own business as a seamstress, performed alterations for Waal’s Department Store and Mata’s Dress Shop, and also was secretary at Big Foot High School.

Schaid enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sewing, quilting, crafting, golfing, and cooking (boasting an rather large cookbook library). She has lived her entire life in Walworth and enjoys giving back to the community.

Betty and Don Felten

Betty Felten was born July 16, 1936, and Don Felten was born Oct. 26, 1934. The two live in Delavan, and both have been nominated for their extensive volunteerism.

Aside from serving as a citizen member of the Walworth County Human Services Board, Betty also is or has been a member of the Walworth County Commission of Aging, the Walworth County Nutrition Board, the South East Area Agency on Aging, the Walworth County/Rock County Community Action Board, the Elkhorn Food Pantry, the Walworth County Board of Supervisors, the parish nurse committee for First United Methodist Church, the Walworth County Genealogy Board, the Burlington Genealogy Board, the Polish Genealogy Societies Board, the Limber Timber Square Dance club and the Walworth County Agricultural Society.

In 1999, Betty received the Coalition Wisconsin Aging Groups Life’s District 2B Senior Achievement Award. She also is a charter member of the Walworth County Chapter 5310 AARP.

Betty was part of the Walworth County Guardianship Program for many years and was guardian for 10 seniors appointed by court. In the past, she has worked as a nurse’s aide at Burlington Memorial Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Nursing in Milwaukee; as a staff nurse at Battaan Methodist Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., and Parkview Community Hospital in Pueblo, Colo.; as a staff nurse/patient care coordinator/supervisor/assistant director/director of nursing at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn; as a home insurance exam provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield; and as owner/operator of a diet center.

Don has spent time doing woodworking and electrical work, serving as a 4-H leader in Elkhorn and in the Wadde 4-H Clubs in the 1970s. He was a member of the Limber Timber Square Dance Club for many years and volunteers at the Elkhorn Food Pantry.

Don has a lifetime membership to the Walworth County Fair, rarely missing a day.

Aside from holding an associates degree from the Milwaukee School of Electronics and serving in the Army, Don’s work history includes time as an electrician helper at Stickley Electric in Maquoketa, Iowa; being a lab technician at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; being a test technician AC Spark Plug in Milwaukee; being a production engineer at Oak Manufacturing in Elkhorn; and being self-employed.

The Feltens have three daughters who all are in 4-H and all enter exhibits in the Walworth County Fair. The couple also has grandsons entering the fair.

George Mroch

Born May 30, 1944, George Mroch has been nominated for selfless acts that benefit his community.

Mroch’s volunteerism includes work as a Master Gardener, teaching classrooms as part of the “Come Grow With Us” program, and teaching in the “Bio Containers” program. He is past president of the Walworth County Master Gardeners and was project coordinator/secretary/treasurer for the Tuesday Night Euchre League.

Now retired, Mroch spent 34 years as an electronic technician. He now is superintendent of the Barnyard Adventure facility at the Walworth County Fair. He has received the VIP Award from the Wisconsin Association of Fairs and is the three-time winner of the the Master Gardener Award for having the most volunteer hours in one year for Walworth County.

Mroch is married and has two children and six grandchildren. He enjoys fishing, gardening and playing cards, and he is committed to spending time at the Walworth County Fair and doing all he can to make it an enjoyable, fun, and learning experience for all who attend.

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