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Pioneer Portrait: Anna Struewing

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Anna Struewing

How many people manage to create a whole new career at the age of 63? That fact alone hints at the level of volunteerism Anna Struewing demonstrated during her more than twenty years of official and unofficial service to the Yellow Springs Senior Center.

Until she and her husband, Louis, moved to Yellow Springs in the late 50s, she had her hands quite full farming, supporting the Catholic Ladies of Columbia society and raising a family of nine. Less than a year after moving, Mrs. Struewing attended a YSSC party and started baking cookies for other functions, eventually working without pay almost full time to serve on the YSSC board for 23 years and as president of the organization for 18 years.

Her contribution as a civic volunteer was so considerable that the mayor of Yellow Springs (Joseph Dowdell at the time) awarded Mrs. Struewing her own day of appreciation, May 17, 1981, and she was honored again in 1972 at the Ohio State Fair.

According to a newspaper account, "her enthusiasm in enlisting other members, her indefatigable work as hostess, her expert knowledge of the intricacies of quiliting are only a few of the kinds of help she has generously given..."

Kieth Howard, Yellow Springs News editor at the time of her death in 1985 at the age of 91, said of her: "...doing more and keeping things going well is the best tribute we can pay to her memory."