Citizen of the Year

2022 Citizen of the Year - Judy Devers

 

LET IT BE KNOWN that it is a privilege to extend our sincerest praise and commendation to
Judy Devers
in acknowledgement of her attaining the distinct honor of being named
  Watertown Charter Township “2022 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR."

Commitment, reliability, and integrity have been reflected in all of Judy’s work volunteering in the community.  Judy is heavily involved in the Looking Glass Garden Club, Wacousta Community United Methodist Church, and in her neighborhood.

Judy and her husband Dub have been married for sixty plus years. They live on Looking Glass Brook and have for many years. Judy is one of the original founding members of the Looking Glass Garden Club, lending a hand on community projects and fundraisers. She and her husband have volunteered with numerous gardening projects such as planting flowers and trees along the Looking Glass River and at the local parks. They also helped install and maintain all the surrounding bridge planters.  Judy and Dub are members of Wacousta United Methodist Church and Judy helps maintain the Memorial Garden at Wacouta United Methodist Church as well. In her free time, Judy enjoys spending time with others in the community and with her beloved dog. You will often find her listening to music rehearsals in the Township parks. In everything she does, Judy exudes kindness and willingness to everyone in need, always with a smile on her face.

IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, therefore, this document is adopted by the Watertown Charter Township Board of Trustees to commend and congratulate Judy Devers as Watertown Charter Township’s “2022 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR.”

 

2021 Citizens of the Year - Roger and Marilyn Hansbarger
 

LET IT BE KNOWN that it is a privilege to extend our sincerest praise and commendation to
Roger and Marilyn Hansbarger
in acknowledgement of them attaining the distinct honor of being named
Watertown Charter Township’s “2021 CITIZENS OF THE YEAR.”

Ability, commitment, and integrity have been reflected in all the Hansbargers’ work volunteering in the community.

Roger and Marilyn Hansbarger have been married for over 70 years. They live on Wacousta Road and have for many years. Their home is extremely difficult to miss as it is a welcoming site when traveling Wacousta Road heading north. Roger takes immense pride in the yard and the home aesthetics and can be seen outside working almost daily, mowing, watering, and caring for the flowers and landscaping. In the winter months, their home is always tastefully lit up and decorated for the holidays. They have raised four kids, have twelve grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren. Teaching and mentoring are not just professions for both of them but gifts that started within their family.

 Roger has been a member of the Grand Ledge Lions Club for many years, volunteering his time in that capacity. He has also been in the Rotary Club, a Chamber member, a student mentor, involved with Mudge’s Follies in Grand Ledge and he has been a McLaren Hospital board member active in starting the hospital. He is an active member of Wacousta Community United Methodist Church and still substitute teaches to this day. He also volunteers his time on the Watertown Charter Township Board of Review.

Marilyn retired from Grand Ledge Public Schools as a Kindergarten teacher at Wacousta Elementary where she lovingly taught thousands of students-many of them still in the area. She has volunteered as a Brownie leader, leader of the children’s choir at Wacousta Community United Methodist Church, active volunteer at the church and can so often be seen with children, babysitting them, or just spending time with them. She taught preschool at Wacousta Co-Op Preschool as well.

IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, therefore, this document is adopted by the Watertown Charter Township Board of Trustees to congratulate and commend  Roger and Marilyn Hansbarger as Watertown Charter Township’s “2021 CITIZENS OF THE YEAR.”

 


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