TOWN OF NEWBURGH – Olivia “Dollie” Leibowitz turns 105 on Sunday, August 1. She was named on Friday as Orange County’s Citizen of the Month by County Executive Steven Neuhaus.
He presented her with the honor during birthday celebration.
She credits her longevity to her “pearls of wisdom,” care about others, having a positive attitude, laughing, helping those in need, and don’t be critical or judgmental of others.
“I’m glad I had a chance to offer Dollie my best wishes on this landmark birthday,” said Neuhaus. “Dollie is a wonderful woman and her many contributions to the community over the years are inspirational. She is an amazing example of aging in place ad remains outgoing and vivacious.”
Leibowitz lives in her Town of Newburgh home by herself with the assistance of a network of loving neighbors, friends, and aides, and manages her iPad, cell phone and other technology like a teenager.
She loves to talk to friends about current events, sends cards to loved ones and friends on special occasions, and is known for her kindness and Southern charm, which makes everyone feel welcome.
Dottie was born in 1916 I Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
She met her husband, Hal, in May 1944 through mutual friends at a party for servicemen in Newburgh. He worked for DuPont and was transferred to Nashville in 1966. After another transfer to New Jersey in 1974, the family decided to return to Newburgh. He passed away in 1990.
Dollie worked in the public relations/fundraising department at the former Cornwall Hospital, now part of Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.
She retired in 1985 and turned to community service and volunteering in Newburgh, working with the Amos & Sarah Aldrin Home, Habitat for Humanity and the Moulton Memorial Baptist Church.