The announcement came that Al Feuerstein, of Norwalk Memorial Home, and Edrys Timblin, of Gaymont Nursing Home, are the 2018 Huron County Senior Fair king and queen. Each of them were excited.
Feuerstein, who is originally from Collins, said he was “overjoyed” about being crowned king.
“I have never won anything like this before,” he said.
It’s a bittersweet time for Feuerstein.
His wife, Beatrice, died a week ago today at Norwalk Memorial Home, surrounded by family and loved ones, according to her obituary published recently in the Norwalk Reflector. She was 86.
The two were married for 62 years.
Friends of Feuerstein said they hope this will “lift his spirits” a little.
He said he appreciates the care he has received.
“I hope the good Lord blesses me and takes care of me, which he has done a lot of right now,” Feuerstein said.
Feuerstein offered advice to offers.
“While you’re alive and well, have a smile and laugh as much as you can. That’s what I’ve done for years and here I am at 89 years old.”
Feuerstein, who worked as a truck driver for 20 years, has four children and five grandchildren. He also is a veteran, serving for a year during the Korean War.
“When he returned home, he kissed the American ground,” the pageant’s program said, adding he “was the commander of the American Legion Post No. 41 in Norwalk for two years.
Timblin also was happy about being crowned, saying she felt “honored” and also appreciated the help of her friends.
“My Gaymont friends really took care of me,” she said.
Neither candidate said they expected to win.
Timblin was raised in a small farming town in Barron County, Wis. Her family relocated to Toledo when she was 15.
The pageant’s program stated she “is grateful for her strong heart, compassion and her relationship with her five children.”
Timblin said her advice to others is to “be honest and truthful.”
During the pageant, each contestant was introduced and answered one question for the judges.
For Timblin’s question, she told the judges the most important invention of her lifetime was the polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk.
Feuerstein had little trouble identifying the historical figure he would most like to meet.
“My favorite president was John F. Kennedy and he was my favorite man,” Feuerstein said, adding he thought a lot of him and misses him. Referencing Kennedy’s association, he said, “I just had chills down my spine and I shed some tears.”
Former city councilman Chris Castle coordinated the senior pageant. He is the director of marketing at Gaymont Nursing Home.
“I’m very pleased with the participation of so many facilities around the county,” Castle said.
Castle said he was glad the pageant was not just “Norwalk-centric,” since it’s a county-wide event. “I was happy with that,” he added.
The judges were Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, Huron County Chamber of Commerce Director Kelly Lippus, New London Mayor John Martin, Huron County Sheriff Todd Corbin and Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney.