Mary Lou Lockwood, of Wolcott, and Margaret Colasurdo, of Clyde, residents of the 130th Assembly District, were honored for making a difference in their communities May 10 in Albany during Senior Celebration Day.
Lockwood has been a long-time volunteer with the Wolcott Presbyterian Church and director at Wolcott Food Pantry. She also volunteers at the Wolcott Ambulance, maintaining its clothing drop box and tracking employees and volunteers. She helps with the church youth group, Make a Difference Day, Heart Association fundraising, serving in the soup kitchen and supervising nearly every church volunteer project. She coordinates food basket distribution and Toys for Kids during the holidays. As food pantry director, she goes beyond food distribution by training and grant-writing. She tells the story of delivering baby formula to a mother during a blinding snowstorm. The job sometimes requires her to advocate for someone’s special needs. She will often ask people she recognizes if they have enough food — no one goes hungry on her watch.
She has lived in Wolcott for 66 years and has 10 siblings. She and her husband, Bob, have been married for 47 years and have four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Colasurdo, who did not attend the event, is 99 years old and has been in charge of the Wolcott Food Pantry for the past 40 years. She is also a member of the Clyde Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters and Martha Ministry. The food pantry has been her primary activity. She has successfully partnered with Foodlink and received donations of shelving to transform her pantry into what looks like a store. She was operating her pantry as a client choice before that was a thing. She has helped hundreds of families over the years, and is a fixture in the community.
She is a lifelong resident of Clyde. She and her husband were married in 1933 and have three sons, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is very proud of her family. She has always been very active in her church. She lives by herself, and still drives. Some of her family is local and they check in on her, but she is very independent. She used to enjoy taking bus tours and has been to Canada, Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago and Detroit, among other places. She hasn't been able to go for a few years now, but remembers her trips fondly.
“I am so proud of these women and others who continue to give of their time and talent to make our communities better places to live,” said Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks. “I am glad to honor them this day, and every day.”