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Hospice recognizes Hero of the Year

In front, Nathan Douglas, left, of Geib Funeral Homes, Carol Wallick and Linda Yosick; from the back, Dave and Coke Yaggi of Yaggi's Cheese House, Jarrod Slabaugh of WTUZ, and Amy Smith of WJER.


Two ladies recognized as the Hospice Hero of the Month in August also received the Hospice Hero of the Year for 2017.
Linda Yosick and Carol Wallick of New Philadelphia are sisters who have been hand-making quilts for military veterans and hospice patients. So far they have crafted more than 150 quilts that have been donated to patients with Community Hospice of New Philadelphia.
Yosick accepted the Hospice Hero of the Year award at a banquet held Wednesday in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover. “I am honored to receive this award and will share the gifts from sponsors with my sister Carol,” she said.
The monthly Hospice Hero program started last year to honor volunteers and staff who serve the area hospice organizations as nominated by patients, families and fellow workers.
Monthly winners, chosen through a committee vote based on written nominations, included Community Hospice staff and volunteers Laurie Keffer of New Philadelphia, Sonya Kohler of Uhrichsville, Ryann Wells of Dover, Kelly Bichsel of Dover, Tracie Beckett of Newcomerstown, Sally Bender of Dover, Bethany Thompson of Sherrodsville and Lucy Domer of New Philadelphia.
Nikki Batten McGuire of Canton from Ohio Living Hospice and Steve Rondinella of Dover from Crossroads Hospice also were Hospice Heroes of the Month this year.
Each month the winner receives gift cards and products from the program sponsors including Geib Funeral Homes, Yaggi’s Cheese House, Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Rodriguez’s House of Stones, Warther Cutlery, Whitemyer Advertising, WTUZ and WJER Radio.
“The committee had a difficult choice to select the Hero of the Year as all the nominees were deserving,” said organizer Nathan Douglas, a licensed funeral director with Geib. “We are blessed to live in a community with so many caring and giving people."
Yosick and Wallick said they were inspired to wrap veterans under hospice care with a quilt after using Community Hospice for their uncle and later Wallick’s husband, who served during the Vietnam War.

Published: December 6, 2017
New Article ID: 2017171209992