SIDNEY — Joan Boltz will celebrate her 90th birthday on March 6, 2021.
Joan was born on March 6, 1931, to Charles “Charlie” and Cecilia (Prenger) Meyer. She attended McCartyville Elementary and graduated valedictorian from Anna High School in 1949. She then began working as a registered nurse after graduating from Good Samaritan Hospital nurses training in Dayton at the top of her class in 1952; this would begin her lifelong passion of working in healthcare.
After spending eight years in California, where she helped open the first Recovery Room (now referred to as the Post Anesthesia Care Unit) at what is now known as the Cedars Sinai Hospital, she returned to Sidney to be near family and raise her two children — Karyn Boltz, a registered nurse and dentist residing in Powell, and Kevin Boltz, a chiropractor currently living in Manila, Phillipines. Both are graduates of Lehman Catholic High School. Joan has 13 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews across the country and in the United Kingdom.
She began working as a head nurse at Wilson Memorial Hospital in January 1962 and remained there until 1982. From there, she was employed at Sunny Acres Care Center until her retirement in 1993. She has been actively involved in volunteerism as a registered nurse at the Problem Pregnancy Center in Sidney, Holy Angels Catholic Church Ministry to the Sick (where she was also a founder and coordinator for many years), and served numerous funeral Mass luncheons. Another passion of hers was the time she spent volunteering at Compassionate Care Clinic in Sidney.
When the weather is seasonable, Joan enjoys tending to her landscaped back yard and flower gardens at her home she has lived in for 55 years. She is looking forward to being able to attend Mass, concerts, and visit with people in-person again.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a party is not feasible at this time. Due to this, the family is requesting a large card shower, knowing Joan would appreciate hearing from anyone she has touched throughout her many years of service to others, or whom she has met on a personal level. Cards can be sent to 266 Hillcrest Court, Sidney OH 45365. Anyone with questions can contact Karyn at 614-832-0977.