Lyons Heritage Society Honors Volunteer of the Year

Marianne Stephan accepts award from Pat Alena
PHOTO BY John Hewes

This year at our October Annual Dinner at Wayne Hills Country Club, he Lyons Heritage Society awarded Volunteer of the Year 2017 to Marianne Stephan.  All there were thrilled with her appointment.

A graduate of  SUC@ Brockport, she  worked at Wayne County Social Services for 32 ½ years as a caseworker in Family Services, working with both adult and children’s services including foster care and adoptions.  Retiring in 2013, she looked for opportunities to put her skills to work volunteering.

She is a trustee on the board of the Lyons Public Library and has put in countless volunteer hours working on organizing holdings in  the library’s History Room.  Though her interest in history has only developed in the last 10-15 years, she is making up for lost time.  As a young adult she became interested in antiques and recently has helped her brother-in-law Joe, the former director of the Wayne County Historical Society Museum and now the current Director at the Sodus Bay Historical Society Lighthouse.  Her special interest is Wedgwood jasperware but she loves all old pieces.

During the summer,  she enjoys boating on the Erie Canal with husband Mark in their wooden 1956 Chris-Craft.   The antique boat has been restored by her husband and provides enjoyable way cruise the canal.

Currently she is busily working with our other members on the Christmas  Boutique at the Wayne County Museum.  additionally, she is part of the three member team of Harris, Wetmore and Stephan on the Accessions Committee cataloging acquisitions received for our museum and helping with the shop.   Most recently she has taken the job of  coordinating our two bake sales we have at the Park.

When you see Marianne out and about congratulate her on her award.  Let’s see if we can make her blush.!

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