Seniors mix music and romance at their annual Valentines Party
By Alberta Stojkovic
More than 100 seniors came together to enjoy a Valentines party and dance Monday night at Seniors on Center in Mount Gilead. After dining on Spaghetti and meatballs, salad and fruit with pink, frosted valentines cookies they danced to the music of “Dick Starcher and His Friends.”
Chet Leedy and June Patterson were crowned Valentine King and Queen and enjoyed several dances together throughout the evening. Chet celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 6th this year. Friends remarked that he drives himself to the dances every week.
“It’s wonderful that they chose Chet and June for king and queen,” said Joretta Walton. “We see them dancing together here all the time.”
June said she dances with him every Monday night. She said he didn’t dance at all when they met two years ago when he was 98.
“I got him to dance,” said June. ”Now he dances more than anyone I think.”
June said she farms near Williamsport and still has about 75 head of beef cattle. She gave up having dairy cattle a few years ago. Chet said he retired in 1975. He used to farm and worked for Boyd Brothers in Fredericktown for several years.
“This lady is the one responsible for all the fun I have now,” remarked Chet pointing to June.
The other romance everyone was talking about was the marriage of Becky and Verlton Kunze. The couple met at Seniors on Center and also went with several to McDonald’s after the dances. The 19th of February will be their second anniversary. Each of their spouses passed away in 2005, so they both feel very fortunate to have found love a second time around.
Dick Starcher and his band kept the audience entertained with country music throughout the evening. John Hershner said they are keeping the band together for Bev and Jim Lilo since Jim had a stroke last year. The band will hold a benefit at the Ontario United Methodist Church on March 8th. It will be a spaghetti dinner for an $8 donation. Proceeds from the dinner will go to help with the extensive medical expenses Jim has had.
At the end of the evening door prizes were presented by Seniors on Center Activity Director, Evelyn Barnett with Tammy Millisor from Kingston. Kingston donated the crowns for the king and queen along with the valentine cookies and several door prizes.
Seniors on Center is located at 41 W. Center St. in Mount Gilead. For more information about services or programs for residents of Morrow County over 60 you can visit their website at www.seniorsoncenter.org or call 419–946-1037.