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Wolf, Goeke receive honor

By Staff | Jul 27, 2009

Two Faribault County senior citizens received special recognition at a program on Wednesday at the county fair.

Lawrence Wolf of Blue Earth and Joan Goeke of Elmore were named the Outstanding Senior Citizen Volunteers for the county.

Wolf was crowned King of the senior volunteers, and Goeke was crowned queen.

Other nominees included Evelyn Zoeller of Wells, Janet Anderson of Bricelyn, William Anderson of Bricelyn, and Henrik Hendrickson of Frost.

The crowning was done by last year’s honorees, Roger Oldfather of Kiester and Rosie Hacklander of Blue Earth.

Wolf was honored for being active in his community. He has been instrumental in Relay for Life, setting out the 5,000 to 7,000 luminaries.

He is a member of the V.F.W. and the honor guard. He is a member of the Blue Earth Lions Club and helps with fundraisers, including the bingo stand at the fair.

He is involved with Interfaith Caregivers. He also helped with building the Giant Museum in Blue Earth.

Wolf is well-known to help out with fundraisers, and helping friends and neighbors whenever there is a need.

“I was totally shocked at this,” Wolf says. He did not even know he was a nominee — his family and neighbors got him there by telling him he had to help out at a fair booth.

Goeke was instrumental in getting hospice started in the county, and is still a volunteer.

She is also co-founder of the Interfaith Caregivers volunteer program and served as board chairman for 10 years.

She is trained as a parish nurse and helps with medical problems and information.

Goeke organized and taught classes entitled “The Savvy Caregiver,” for families of Alzheimer’s patients.

She is very active in her church, directing the choir. She has also directed the Elmore School plays.

She and her husband give rides to people in need, and they also both work in the UHD Gift Shop.

Wolf and Goeke were given a certificate, a plaque and are going to the State Fair’s Outstanding Senior Citizen Volunteer program in August.