There's No Better Place Than Payson For Schuerer

PAYSON PEOPLE

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Rosalind Schuerer is the Payson Senior Circle's Volunteer of the Year.

She has been involved with the group since it organized almost four years ago and has been the president of its board of directors for more than two years.

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Rosalind Schuerer

The award is for Schuerer's volunteer work -- she has donated more than 1,000 hours of time to the Senior Circle since she was elected its president.

She also is on the board of directors for the Payson Senior Center, and she and her late husband, Hans, were instrumental in getting funds for the center to move to the old Payson post office and roller rink more than 15 years ago, she said.

"Hans did a lot for the center. You should be writing this about him instead of me," she said.

Rosalind and Hans bought the Roundup not long after moving to Payson in 1974 from Sheboygan, Wis. He had started working as an ad salesman for the paper, then bought it in 1975. The couple owned the paper for about four years.

Schuerer said she could do basic math, so she managed the payroll, but she struggled with the rest of the bookkeeping until hooking up with Ele Inscho.

"I couldn't have done it without her," she said.

Before becoming a full-time volunteer and after her stint as an newspaper office manager, Schuerer worked 10 years for Dennis Christensen at Coldwell Banker.

"He was really a good broker to work with and a sweetheart. Dennis was a good, honest broker," she said.

Schuerer encourages all her fellow senior citizens to become volunteers.

"Don't wait until you're in a wheelchair. My favorite songs says it best, ‘Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think.' I woke up the other morning with that in my head and was singing it all day," she said.

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Name: Rosalind Schuerer

Occupation: Volunteer

Employer: Gives time to Senior Circle and the Senior Center

Age: 19 and holding, "But I'm not saying what I'm holding."

Birthplace: Appleton, Wis.

Family: Two sons; two daughters; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and four great-grandsons

Personal motto: Do unto others

Inspiration: My mother. She had so many pet sayings. She was great and raised 11 children.

Greatest feat: Being office manager of the Roundup when we owned it, with no previous office background. Raising four fantastic children with my husband, Hans.

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: 1 p.m. nap time.

The three words that describe me best are enthusiastic, energetic and caring ... That's why I volunteer with seniors. I hope when I need it, there will be someone who cares enough to help.

I don't want to brag, but ... I raised a fantastic family and now they are raising their own terrific families.

The person in history I'd most like to meet is the Good Lord.

Luxury defined: Payson -- I can't imagine any place better. The climate and people are great.

Dream vacation spot: Nova Scotia, it's the last place Hans and I visited before he had his stroke.

Why Payson? Because it reminded me of Eagle River, Wis., with all its tall pine trees. We had looked all over for a place to retire, and I knew this was the place when we first drove into Payson North.

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