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Senior of the Year

Niagara County Senior Citizen of the Year for 2018

Niagara County Senior Citizen of the Year for 2017

Leo Lewandowski

Niagara County is proud to honor Leo Lewandowski as the Senior Citizen of the Year for 2017.  Leo has spent many years being a caregiver to not only his wife Donna, and family and friends but to his neighbors in the Town Of Lockport as well. Leo wakes up every morning thinking of how he can help someone else rather than his own individual needs. Some might say that Leo's individual needs are in fact just simply helping others. 

Leo was born and raised in Lockport, his wife Donna, passed away in 2016.  They have 2 sons, a daughter who is deceased and 6 granddaughters.

Thank you Leo for helping make Niagara County a better place!


Niagara County Senior Citizen of the Year for 2016


Jane Schroeder

Jane was recognized by the New York State Office for the Aging as part of Senior Citizen’s Day on May 10th, 2016 and by the Niagara County Legislature on May 24th, 2016 as a part of May being Older American’s Month.

Jane began volunteering at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in 1986 and she continues to be one of the most active members contributing more than 300 hours annually. She is a member of the Medical Center Auxiliary and has served in many roles, president, secretary, hospitality and currently membership chairman. She volunteers weekly in the hospital Gift Shop and is always among the first to sign up for special projects. She recently completed service as a member of the board of the YWCA of Niagara. Jane is active in her church, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran in Niagara Falls where she has served as council president and secretary. This year she co-chaired a project to collect and transport quilts made by members of local Lutheran churches for distribution through Lutheran World Relief. Jane is vice president of the Friends of Local History at the Niagara Falls Public Library, she also served on the group’s sanctuary committee helping collect membership records from local churches to preserve them for posterity. Jane recently spearheaded a local “Socks for Seniors” campaign after reading an article about it in the local newspaper. She publicized the project and collected donations from offices, schools and individuals and ended up with more than 400 pairs that were distributed to local nursing homes and agencies that work with seniors.

Thank you Jane for your tireless efforts in helping make Niagara County a better place!


Niagara County Senior Citizen of the Year for 2015

Jack McQueen

When it comes to service to their community and country, there is no one more dedicated and active than Jack.  After working for 28 years and retiring as a postal carrier from the US Postal Service, Jack has been a long time volunteer with our Home Delivered Meals program.  This year marks his 30th year with our office!

Service is nothing new to Jack, a decorated World War II veteran who has received medals for his service to our country, including:

Combat Infantry Badge- for being in the line of fire for 30 days unharmed

His service in the European, African, and Middle East Campaign

Bronze Star

WWII Victory Medal

Good Conduct Medal

28th Infantry Division Insignia- As part of the 28th infantry, Jack was in the picture which shows the march down the Champs-Elysees in Paris as part of the liberation of France

The New York State Conspicuous Service Medal

Jack received the Legion d’Honneur Chevalier medal from the French government, nearly 70 years after helping to liberate the French people from the hold of Nazi Germany, during a special ceremony at the Lycee Francais de New York, or French High School in New York City, this past November.  This high honor is given to WWII veterans who fought in France and earned the bronze star.

We are grateful that Jack has continues his dedicated service in our community.  As a Home Delivered Meals volunteer of 30 years for our office, Jack has gone above and beyond his role in serving our clients.  Bringing in newspapers or mail, shoveling sidewalks or steps and even providing minor repairs to his client’s homes, all while making it a point to say something nice to every person on his route, he epitomizes the positives of voluntarism.  At 92 years young and the oldest volunteer to deliver meals in our office, with no plans of slowing down, he is an inspiration to those he serves to be as active as possible.

Having serviced in the military, Jack is a proud veteran, and is still a very active member with the Gasport Legion, and has chaired the Boys State Selection Committee for years.  Jack is also very active in his local Hartland Senior Citizens group and Historical Society.

Jack was married on December 9, 1943 to his Lillian.  Lillian passed away in 1992.  Together they had 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jack was honored in Albany on May 5th and by the Niagara County Legislature on May 19th.


Niagara County Senior of the Year 2014


Robert Shively

Robert was born in Pennsylvania and moved to New York in 1950.  After graduating from high school, he worked at Hooker/Occidental Chemical for over 36 years, retiring in 1996.  He now works part-time at Niagara Falls Country Club.  He and his wife Joan have 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and reside in the Town of Lewiston.

Robert is extremely active in his community.  He's been a valued member of the Town of Niagara Lions Club since 1989, as both past president and current treasurer.  Robert served as a District Governor, overseeing the activities of 56 Lions Clubs.  He's also a current member and past president of the Hooker/Occidental Retirees Club and current President of the Council for Older Adults of Niagara County.  As current Director of the New York State & Bermuda Lions "SEE" (Screening Eyes Early) Program, Robert visits local Head Start Programs and takers pictures of young children's eyes with a special camera, then sends them to the University at Buffalo for ophthalmologist review and possible treatment.  He has personally screened over 8,000 children's eyes. 

Robert is involved in countless other programs and fundraisers benefiting children, seniors, veterans and families throughout Niagara County.  He is a tireless, generous and caring individual, an asset to our community and a great representative of Niagara County.