Office for the Aging


St. Lawrence County Honorees

Raised in Chipawee Bay, Dorothy Locey now lives in Waddington. She has a daughter in Waddington, and a son in Colorado. Dorothy retired as Transportation Director for Massena School.

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Dorothy has volunteered over 50 years. For ten years she has volunteered with Waddington's Neighborhood Center, driving 80 miles twice weekly picking up bread supplies for needy families. For five years she has volunteered with Waddington Rescue Squad. Recently she chaired a Cook Book Sale for SeaWay Valley Senior Club, during which she sold 700 books, and helped Massena Seniors have a profitable Book Sale. For years, as a member of the Waddington Methodist Church, she's made friendly home visits to lonely seniors, along with providing medical transportation, and transportation to church, as well as picking up groceries for many seniors in need. She enjoys making seniors laugh, and lets them know their life is important. She is a role model, always giving of herself to help others.

She has been volunteering for over 50 years. "I get satisfaction helping to make someone happy and giving comfort to someone who needed a friend and a ride to doctor's appointment, and to get groceries," she said.

Her greatest reward is that she is "helping individuals less fortunate, or telling a joke that has seniors smiling and laughing when they are sad," she said.

Loretta Sharpstene was born in 1927, in Clare, NY. Loretta's son and daughter live locally, and another son lives in Kentucky. Loretta and her husband were nurses and operated Hermon Home Care.

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As President of the Russell Senior Club, Loretta encourages seniors to enjoy life by going on trips and seeing plays. She has been an active church volunteer for many years, providing altar flower arrangements, assisting at spaghetti suppers by making pies; supporting her church's mission as a volunteer with the children's summer camp. She provides transportation for many seniors to recreational functions. She makes shawls, sweaters and hats for low income seniors. As a nurse, she went beyond her duties to ensure patients and families were well cared for. She worked for over ten years with the County's Adoption Unit and she and her husband expanded their family adopting a beautiful baby girl who has grown to mirror her mother's caring and loving spirit.

Loretta has been volunteering for over 50 years. She started to volunteer for the satisfaction of helping those in need within her community and surroundings; and she wanted the children to have an enjoyable, adventurous "camp time" they would not forget.

Loretta's greatest reward is to see smiles on the faces of those she has helped and to hear children's laughter while attending church summer camp.