Ellie Wojan, Alan Hall latest additions to Wall of Witnesses

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Eleanor "Ellie" Wojan, left, and Alan Hall will be honored as the latest additions to the Wall of Witnesses in Soumas Court in an induction ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

Hometown Heritage announced Friday two names as the 2022 inductees to the Wall of Witnesses: Eleanore “Ellie” Wojan and Alan Hall.

The well known Perry figures will be honored in an induction ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 in Soumas Court in downtown Perry. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two honorees were selected for 2022, according to the Hometown Heritage statement.

“Their enthusiasm and encouragement leave a living legacy in our community,” the statement said of Wojan and Hall, both lifelong teachers in Perry who influenced many lives by their actions and words.

Alan Hall was an active member of the Perry community for close to 60 years as a teacher of vocal music in the Perry schools for 35 years, a choir director for a community group and the Methodist church.

He also sang and played the organ for many weddings and funerals and continued to play the organ for church services while residing at the Rowley Masonic Home.

Alan started the Rotary Appreciation dinner, was a founding member of Perry Fine Arts and the Society of Retired Educators and sang in a barbershop quartet and men’s choir.

Perry was his home, and he was proud of this town. Many people fondly remember Alan’s love of music in all forms and his passing that love along to them.

Eleanore “Ellie” Wojan has long been known for her caring and can-do spirit throughout her years in Perry. She was a teacher in both St. Patrick Catholic School and the Perry Public Schools and was a teacher consultant in special education for Area XI.

Ellie was active as a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught confirmation classes and summer bible school, served as the Christian Global Concerns coordinator and was very active in the King’s Circle.

Although she is 96 years young, she keeps in daily contact with a circle of lifelong friends in Perry.

Perry’s motto previously was “Make Yourself At Home,” and both of the new additions to the Wall of Witnesses made Perry their home, enriched the Perry community with their talents, gifts and contributions and made many others feel at home in Perry as well.

Through an open nomination process, these two were nominated and met the following criteria:

  1. has a tie to Perry
  2. made an impact on the area
  3. has an interesting story

The committee reviewed all nominations and selected these two Perry residents who best reflected the nomination criteria.

Hometown Heritage will unveil the newest additions to the Perry Wall of Witnesses at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Soumas Court.

For more information, call Hometown Heritage at the Carnegie Library Museum at 515-465-7713.

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