April is National Volunteer Month, and we have many volunteers right here at Aberdeen Village to celebrate! While we’d love to highlight them all, we’d like to call out Mary Lou Niebling and Gib Hart, two residents who demonstrate what it means to have a heart for serving others.
She enjoyed working at Aberdeen Village as a nurse in our assisted living community so much, Mary Lou Niebling decided to move here in 2003. She brought with her an extensive background in service and volunteerism. She worked many years in the medical field and also gave her time in service at Village Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir and working in the food pantry. Right off the bat, she started a recycling program when she arrived here, and she was also on the resident council for several years. She plays piano during Vespers and serves at the Library as well as on the Spiritual Life Committee. She’s a resident ambassador and leads aquatic aerobics on Saturdays.
“My parents were avid volunteers, so it comes naturally to me,” said Mary Lou. “Volunteerism helps me get to know people; it’s a ready-made group of friends, intellectually challenging and keeps me mentally sharper.”
Much like Mary Lou, Gib experienced service in a professional setting before moving to Aberdeen Village. He served in the Army Special Training Program in 1943, then went on to get his Aeronautical Engineering degree from KU in 1947. He eventually began his own industrial pipefitting company, from which he retired. He moved to Aberdeen Village in 2001 and has given of his time freely and joyfully. His volunteer experiences have included Meals on Wheels, the Village Church food pantry, and serving as a Bingo caller, resident council member and package deliverer.
He’s also had an opportunity to utilize one of his hobbies to serve others.
“I’ve been a model train enthusiast my whole life and now run the holiday train every Christmas season at Aberdeen,” said Gib. “I have to say, though, that the Village Church Food Pantry was the most fulfilling of volunteer opportunities because there was such a need and you seemed to do such good for people. Volunteering is important to me because of the satisfaction in knowing you can help someone enjoy their life just a little bit more.”
Join us in thanking Mary Lou, Gib and all of our volunteers for all that they’ve done and continue to do for Aberdeen Village.