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Longtime Springfield teacher celebrates 90th with food pantry donations

5/2/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

LAKEMORE — The Lakemore United Methodist Church Food Pantry received more than 300 donations, thanks to Carol Cochran, who celebrated her 90th birthday April 21.

Photos courtesy of the Cochran family
About 120 friends and relatives attended the party held at Lakemore United Methodist Church, according to Laura Cochran, who is the daughter-in-law of Carol Cochran.

A retired teacher for Springfield Local Schools, Carol Cochran taught first, second and third grades for 26 years at Lakemore Elementary School. She also taught four years at Milroy Elementary School, she said.

“We wanted the donations to go out to local families needing food,” said Laura Cochran, who is also a member of Lakemore Village Council. “She supports the church’s food pantry, as well as other charitable organizations. She is such a kind and giving woman, and we wanted to do something to honor her and her giving nature,” she added.

Shown above is a table full of donations.

“I didn’t need any gifts and people can use the food donations,” said Carol Cochran, who is a Lakemore resident and a lifetime member of Lakemore United Methodist Church.

She said she is involved in the Young at Heart Club at the church, helps out with the church newsletter and is a former Sunday School teacher.

“I also enjoy shuffleboard,” said Carol Cochran, who graduated from Kent State University. She and her late husband, Walter, have three sons, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

“She still plays the piano or organ at church when needed,” said Laura Cochran. “She also still drives and picks up other nondrivers and takes them to church weekly. She is the best woman I know. ... She is well-loved by all who know her. She never says a bad word about anyone. They could be the worst person ever, and she would find something positive to say, like they have a good vocabulary or they dress nicely.”

At the birthday party, Lakemore Mayor Rick Justice presented Carol Cochran with a certificate for her birthday and in appreciation for her years of teaching in Springfield Local Schools and her work in the community, shown at near left.

The Rev. Jeff Gindlesberger, pastor of Lakemore United Methodist, also spoke at the celebration, said Laura Cochran. The party also featured photos of Carol Cochran, and guests were invited to write down favorite memories of her, said Laura Cochran.

Donations of nonperishable food or money still can be made in Carol Cochran’s honor to the Lakemore United Methodist Church Food Pantry, located at 1536 Flickinger Road.

— By Joyce Rainey Long

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