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November 9, 2012

'She goes above and beyond'

Public health nurse receives award -- just in time for 80th birthday

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Eileen Hurley, the chairman of the Board of Health, called Stepanian “a joy to work with.”

“She goes above and beyond,” Hurley said. She’s always willing to comply with anything that anyone asks. She’s a marvel.”

Over the years, Stepanian has added programs — such as the monthly column she writes for the Senior Center newsletter — and continues to take part in synposiums and conferences around the state, Hurley said.

Constance Hoyt, the receptionist at the Senior Center, first met Stepanian when she was her Sunday School teacher. The two women, both nurses, worked together at various hospitals over the years, Hoyt said.

“She was 14 and I was 8 when she was my teacher,” Hoyt said last week. “When I rejoined the church, I sat besides her, and she asked me if I remembered her.

“She’s a workhorse; she doesn’t slow down a bit,” she added.

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