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LEWISTOWN, Pa. -- Following two decades of volunteering and logging more than 10,000 hours, Jane Strauser is hanging up her red vest at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital.

Jane has volunteered her time to caring for patients and their loved ones since April 1998. In those 20 years, she’s clocked some astounding 10,471 hours of service. In those years she’s volunteered in several department throughout the hospital. 

After retiring from Giant, where she worked for 28 years, the Lewistown native decided volunteering would be a good way to occupy her time. As it turned out, Jane said, it was really a long-standing aspiration to care for others that drove her desire to volunteer at the hospital. 

Jane said in her teenage years she wanted to become a nurse and volunteering at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital helped her fulfill her aspirations in some way. She says she found that volunteering brings about the true meaning of the phrase the “joy of giving.” 

"I connect with people quickly and never hesitate to ask them if they need a hug when I see a distraught face. You see a lot of that in hospitals,” Jane said.

Born in 1934, Jane has called Lewistown home for 84 years, expect for a short three years when her husband took a job at a farm in New Jersey.

Jane has three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband passed away in 1990. She’s also undergone a knee replacement surgery, which has made getting around a little difficult, but she’s thankful to be healthy and able. 

“All of us here at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital will miss Jane dearly and we hope that she will come visit us whenever she has some time to spare. We thank her for her selfless service and for being a true practitioner of the Geisinger caring culture,” Geisinger Volunteer Coordinator Deb Yingling said.
 
Jane Strauser
Retiring Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Jane Strauser.
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