Thursday, February 22, was a very special day at the Miami Twp. Lifelong Learning Center. Donald Wilfert, a regular at the center, donated a painting his late wife, Janet, completed in 1962. The inspiration for this painting came from the popular, “Spirit of 1776” originally known as, “Yankee Doodle”. Janet created this piece of art while she was a den mother for the Cub Scouts, on the occasion of the Greater Cincinnati Boy Scout Jamboree. After the Jamboree, the painting was donated to the Amelia Elementary School, the former High School. Janet’s work was displayed in the auditorium until the building was demolished to make way for the new elementary school. Donald and Janet were able to obtain the painting once again and kept it at the Wilfert Farm on Lindale Mt. Holly Road in Amelia.
After Janet’s passing on July 4, 2013, Donald brought the painting to his home. In 2018, he decided that he wanted the painting to be enjoyed for generations to come. The decision was then made to dedicate the painting to the Miami Twp. Lifelong Learning Center in loving memory of his wife.
Donald was in attendance for the dedication with his family by his side. In addition to his family, Donald had many friends on hand to witness his generosity. For many years, Donald was a regular pool player at the center and made many lifelong friends. His recent illness has put an end to his pool playing days and he is not able to attend the center anymore. This painting will ensure that the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfert will continue to influence their community.
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