October 29, 2014 – Carroll Lutheran Village residents Frances Kane and Hazel Rectanus were inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on October 23. They were among 45 older adults in Maryland inducted at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
Kane was nominated for her ongoing volunteerism, most notably in the area of health care for seniors. Kane chairs the Carroll Lutheran Village resident Health Care Committee and uses her vast prior professional knowledge of the health care system to educate residents and staff about health care policy and related issues, including Medicare. She also works with Village residents to help ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home.
“Frances remains contemporary in her thoughts to stay relevant in today’s changing health care world and is an advocate of care for the whole person,” said Carroll Lutheran Village health Care Center Administrator Beth Hill. “She is untiring in her passion to improve the health care experience for all residents.”
Rectanus was nominated for her work with Carroll Hospice as a direct care and service volunteer. She is the designated volunteer for most Village residents under the care of Carroll Hospice, and also supports patients and their families in the greater community or in the inpatient Dove House. Rectanus is also an active volunteer with the auxiliaries for Carroll Hospice and Carroll Hospital Center, and was named the 2012 Volunteer of the Year for Carroll Hospice.
“Hazel exemplifies the spirit of giving yourself to your fellow man and she does it with a huge heart and a wonderful quick wit,” said Carroll Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Zepp, who nominated Rectanus. “We hope she will be with us for many more years!”
The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors Maryland residents age 65 and over who are active volunteers and have made an outstanding contribution to improve the lives of others in their community.