PLYMOUTH – Chairman of the Plymouth Republican Town Committee, Joe Kilduff, has named Mary Jane Wollenberg as its Volunteer of the Year.
This award is posthumously given this year to an icon in Terryville for her years of endless contributions. She will be honored at the Plymouth RTC annual picnic, to which all are invited, June 23 at the Fairgrounds from 5 to 7 p.m.
“We are privileged to give this award to a very special individual,” said Kilduff.
Wollenberg, who died March 25, made her life one of service in teaching and coaching field hockey, softball, basketball and cheerleading while gathering numerous awards along the way. Wollenberg was also involved in the organization of the first softball league for girls in Plymouth in the 1960s.
Wollenberg worked for the community as a member of the Plymouth Republican Town Committee and the Republican Women’s Club. She was a regular at committee meetings and a regular volunteer during elections, working at headquarters, setting up and tearing down the party tent at the Country Fair. She planned numerous dinners for the RTC, as well.
She also served on the Library Board for 10 years, and as chairman for the last several years. During her tenure as Chairman, she was significantly driven to hire a Library Director and Children’s Librarian, when both positions stood empty for almost a year. She was also deeply engaged with the establishment of the Phyllis Corsetti scholarships and grants, which have been given for the last three years. She also belonged to the Friends of the Library and was involved with the Booktique since its inception seven years ago.
Wollenberg also served the community on the Town Council for four years.
An active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, she served as a Sunday School teacher, Assistant Organist, Financial Secretary and co-chair of the Scholarship Committee. She could often be found preparing the altar for services and buying and arranging flowers and other items.
Wollenberg’s life was spent giving of herself to the education of young people, community improvement, familial duties, and helping her church, as well as giving of herself to a multitude of friends.
Wollenberg was married to Ron Wollenberg for more than 60 years. They had a son, Dan, who joined the Wollenberg business, and for whom Mary found the time to be a bookkeeper.
Tickets are $10 each. To purchase tickets, contact Kilduff at 860-970-2861.
-The Plymouth Republican Town Committee