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Chautauqua County Honorees


Mary Wisniewski is 85 years old and she was born and raised in Chautauqua County. She is one of eight children. She married a WWII solider and they had one daughter. She worked for Van Roth for 14 years and as a garment maker at M.Wiles for 27 years.

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She has always enjoyed baking, cooking, knitting, gardening, sewing and driving. Mary came to the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging in the Fall of 1993. For 20 years, Mary has shared her talents with many of our clients. She has provided medical transportation, caregiver support, been a friendly visitor to those isolated, assisted clients with cooking a meal and taken clients grocery shopping. At almost 85 years old, Mary is a true gem and a big asset to us. Mary has always been flexible with her time and continues to serve several people weekly. On average, she serves 50 hours a month and provides assistance to at least a dozen people!

She has an open heart and keeps giving back to the community. She began volunteering with the hope to of helping the elderly, whom she adores, she said.

Mary said that by helping others, she stays engaged and active within the community, and she has enjoyed making several friends along the way.


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Patricia Baker has been a resident of New York for 76 years and currently resides in Mayville. Her career has been devoted to being a wife, a mother of four, a grandmother of six, and a great-grandmother of six.

She has been volunteering for the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging and the Health Department for more than seven years. "Pat" has been a volunteer with the Chautauqua Fire Dept./Rescue Auxiliary for 31 years and is an Honorary Life Member. She has been active with the VFW Auxillary for 46 years, is a Charter Member, and also served as Former President Secretary and Chaplin. She has worked with the North Harmony Senior Citizens for ten years, an active Member and Volunteer for Mayville Food Pantry for seven years and for five years with the Mayville Senior Citizens.

Pat has been volunteering for at least 46 years. She gains more from volunteering than she gives and she never hoped to get anything back. Pat has a good feeling when she is finished contributing and when she is able to help others.