Saint Mary's Home of Erie, PA

2019 Ageless Remarkable Erieite Honorees

Corrine Egan, Marilyn Reiser and Bettie Vincent were honored with an Ageless Remarkable Erieite Award on Thursday, September 12th, during the 2019 Saint Mary's Follies. The Ageless Remarkable Erieite Award recognizes seniors age 75 and older who have remained active in our Erie community, sharing their gifts and talents in selfless service to others. Honorees have a zest for life that is contagious and serve as an inspiration for all who call Erie home.

Corrine Egan

Corrine Egan has devoted much of her life to educating and helping her community. At 83, Corrine is using her passion to educate through her position as a lecturer and facilitator at the Jefferson Educational Society. She also holds a Public Policy Chair position with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), where she has been instrumental in encouraging middle school girls to become involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Corrine additionally serves as a current member and co-founder of One Table, an inter-religious organization that hopes to bring all religious factions together for peace. Corrine has worked as an Education Coordinator/Adult Student Counselor at Mercyhurst University, an Executive Director at the Erie Branch American Cancer Society and at the Erie YWCA, and as the Founder and Executive Director of the Council on Volunteers for Erie County (COVE). She has volunteered with Temple Anshe Hesed, Erie County Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the PA Commission for Women: Women’s Roundtable. As said best in the words of her nominator, “Corrine has been committed to making Erie a place where all residents can be safe and productive…she has dedicated her life and retirement to educating, encouraging and assisting women and people of all ages.” Corrine is a visible force for good in our community who not only has knack for helping those who need it, but for always encouraging others to reach their full potential.

Marilyn Reiser

Marilyn Reiser, born and raised in Erie, PA, has always valued the importance of helping others in her community. For 44 years, she worked as an Erie Diocesan Teacher and Administrator. Now at the age of 75, she continues to share the skills she has learned over the course of her life by volunteering with multiple organizations. At Saint Benedict’s Educational Center, Marilyn has taken on the role of receptionist and also serves on a committee for “Treasures & Such,” a program which offers life-skill classes to its participants. Marilyn is also active on the grant committee of Catherine’s Circle, an outreach program of the Sisters of Mercy which raises funds for non-profits. She additionally volunteers as a “Sister of Success” with Dress for Success, where she is able to support and empower women striving for economic independence. She has served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at both Mount St. Benedict and St. John the Baptist and has volunteered at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen, the Kid’s Café, Saint Mary’s Adult Day Care and with the Sisters of St. Joseph. She is a past member of the Villa Maria Academy School Board, the Erie Reading Council and has been a part of several diocesan committees and political campaigns. Described as a “strong, self-sacrificing woman who goes as far as she is able for the promotion of women and for the good of society,” Marilyn’s caring spirit knows no limits. Through her experience, education, and passion, Marilyn’s commitment to her community and desire to serve others has changed the lives of many.

Bettie Vincent

Bettie Jean Vincent has been a hardworking inspiration to countless people throughout her life. Bettie was born in Mississippi, but graduated from Academy High School and attended Gannon and Edinboro University before beginning her career. Now at almost 82, Bettie has served at GECAC for more than 50 years. For the past 25 years she held the role of Vice President of Human Resources. Her time at GECAC however also consisted of the positions of Office Manager, Public Relations Director, Financial Services Supervisor and Assistant to the Executive Director. In each role, Bettie shared her passion for helping people and changing lives as she implemented new programs, policies and procedures. Bettie has also been heavily involved with many community boards, organizations and clubs. She is an active member of Victory Christian Center and has had much involvement with the Girl Scouts of America, SafeNet, United Way, YMCA Black Achievers, Catholic Charities, The Village at Lutheran Square, Orpha Chapter #21 Order of Eastern Star where she was a past worthy matron, and the R. Benjamin Wiley and Walter L. Osborne Scholarship Golf Classic – to name a few. Even at home she shares her blessings. While raising her five children, she was known in her neighborhood for always keeping her door open and welcoming others to her dinner table. Regarded as “caring and passionate with a tolerant personality and a firm determination to keep her word and promise,” Bettie’s hard work and dedication has impacted not only those closest to her, but the entire community.

2018 Ageless Remarkable Erieite Honorees