Sue Hernan passed away from a drowning accident at Berlin Lake while saving her two grandchildren. She was awarded "The Acts of Courage Award" by the American Red Cross of Mahoning Valley in June of 2011. In life, as in her death, she was a true hero. She graduated from Boardman High School in 1976 then went on to work as a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren, where she was known for her mission work.
Sue served as the chairperson of the Missions committee at Boardman United Methodist church for four years. During her term she organized various fundraising activities. Her chili cook-off fundraiser was one of the projects closest to her heart and helped support missions work around the world.
Sue was active in planning many mission trips to Mexico. She traveled with medical personnel and members of the church to Juarez, Mexico, on three separate occasions. The missions group delivered food, medicines and blankets to the poor, gave medical attention to the sick and rebuilt parts of a church in one of the poorest sections of the city.
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The late Sue Hernan
The missions group has also been active in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, providing support after the Haitian earthquake and offering help following other natural disasters around the world. Other mission work by the church has centered on areas within the Mahoning Valley and in the state of Ohio.
Although Hernan is gone, her mission fundraiser goes on. This year's event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at the church, 6809 Market St. in Boardman. Proceeds from this year's event will go towards the missions committee to sponsor a trip to Joplin, Mo., to aid victims of a devastating tornado that ravaged the city.
For information on the event, or to enter the chili cook-off contest, contact Don Hernan at 330-797-1653, Pastor Ash Welch at the church 330-758-4527 or Cathy Pokrivnak at 330-518-9544. Contest entries need to be in by Sunday, Jan. 15.