Three Oak Crest Residents Inducted into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Parkville, Maryland--A lifetime of service to others was recognized when Joan Bonthron, Dennis Hoover and Mary Ann Lechowicz, residents of Oak Crest retirement community, received induction into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on October 27th  at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

They were part of the Class of 2016, comprised of 49 citizens from across the state.  

The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization that seeks to immortalize men and women and to record their names in the archives of the Hall of Fame because of their caring and volunteer efforts.  More information can be found at

Joan Bonthron has been an active member of the Catholic Faith Community since moving to Oak Crest in 1996.  She is a Eucharistic Minister and served on the team responsible for counting the offering and maintaining the altar in the Oak Crest Chapel during weekly Mass.  Ms. Bonthron has been a member of the Oak Leaf Quilters for 15 years; the group makes blankets for children and hats for infants at nearby Franklin Square Hospital.  She has also inspired others to support an outreach ministry by making dresses for girls in need living in Southeast Asia.

Many residents of Oak Crest know Dennis Hoover for his musical entertainment and knowledge displayed at monthly sessions of Acorn After Dark.  But he has also shared his musical talent to raise funds for organizations such as the March of Dimes, American Heart Association and Children’s Cancer Foundation.  Mr. Hoover teaches music classes at both the Jacksonville Senior Center and Oak Crest and was inducted into the Maryland Country Music Legends Hall of Fame in 2011.

After a 30-year career as a high school English and journalism teacher, Mary Ann Lechowicz had the time to volunteer.  She wrote press releases for the Upper Western Shore Tributary Team, an offshoot of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, to promote restoration beyond just the Chesapeake Bay to its tributaries as well.  At Towson University, Ms. Lechowicz became a member of the steering committee that established the Osher Life Long Learning Institute, where she served 11 years as a teacher of poetry while conducting similar programs at Towson Library.     
At Oak Crest, she spends 75 hours each month on what she calls her “dream job,” serving as the editor of the resident-run newspaper The Observer.  For her accomplishments, Ms. Lechowicz also received the prestigious GERI award, the geriatric “Nobel Prize” for extraordinary humanitarian community service.    

About Oak Crest:  Oak Crest is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Parkville, Maryland the scenic 87-acre campus is home to more than 2,100 residents.  Oak Crest is the ideal greater Baltimore retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.