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Press Release from the Ohio Department of Aging

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Aging will induct Charles J. and the late Mariann D. Younger, of Findlay, into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Mr. and Mrs. Younger are among 12 outstanding older Ohioans being inducted this year for a lifetime of contributions and accomplishments. The honorees will be recognized by their peers, the Ohio General Assembly, Governor Mike DeWine and members of his cabinet, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and leaders from Ohio’s aging network.

“Older Ohioans’ diversity, values, insight, and experiences throughout their lives have helped to shape their communities,” said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “Mr. and Mrs. Younger have added to the very fabric of their community by creating opportunities for others to connect, create and contribute.”

Mr. and Mrs. Younger were married for 53 years until Mrs. Younger’s passing in 2016. Mrs. Younger devoted her time to the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum and children’s literature gallery. She guided the museum to become a world leader in children’s literature preservation and promotion. She helped establish the Hancock County Juvenile Court’s CASA/Guardian-ad-Litem program and supported other efforts to help young people through tough times. Mr. Younger is a past member of the Findlay-Hancock County Area Chamber of Commerce and has supported the Council on Domestic Violence, Findlay Area Arts Council, WBGU public television, United Way and the Small Business Association. He also devoted 30 years as the announcer at local high school boys’ and girls’ soccer games. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation benefits from charitable funds in each of their names.

The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame was established in 1977 to honor Ohioans age 60 and older for achievements and contributions to others, the roles they play in their communities, state and nation, and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. Their stories are compelling and represent lifetimes of dedication, ingenuity, perseverance, kindness and compassion. This year’s inductees range in age from 70 to 92. Mr. and Mrs. Younger’s addition brings the total number of hall of fame members to 486.

Photos and bios of Mr. and Mrs. Younger and all the 2019 inductees are at www.aging.ohio.gov/halloffame/.

About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.

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