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Norwalk Resident Celebrates 25 Years With STAR

Lois Marasco of Norwalk (right ) and Linda Snell of Fairfield both celebrate 25 years of service with local agency, STAR Inc., Lighting the Way
Lois Marasco of Norwalk (right ) and Linda Snell of Fairfield both celebrate 25 years of service with local agency, STAR Inc., Lighting the Way Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Resident Lois Marasco recently celebrated her 25th work anniversary with STAR Inc., Lighting the Way.

Marasco is the receptionist for STAR and she also assists the finance department with accounting and financial reporting. STAR Inc., Lighting the Way is a local nonprofit agency serving people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in mid-Fairfield County since 1952.

Marasco started working for STAR after a period of time when she had been taking care of her parents and grandson with Down’s syndrome.

“I saw there was a reception job in the finance department and thought that was perfect," Marasco said. "I had always worked in finance… and I love people so the position with STAR rang a bell.”

Marasco said she has particularly enjoyed the clients at STAR.

“They just make you smile," she said. "You may be having a bad day and they make you laugh. They are wonderful. It’s what life is all about.”

She said it’s been amazing to see clients come to STAR and then blossom and grow as they open up and start to socialize and become involved in activities or jobs.

Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR said: “Lois has been a crucial part of the STAR family since she started working with us. She has been a true asset to STAR, and a very dear friend. We are so grateful for all her years of service, knowledge, skills and talent. Everybody loves Lois.”

STAR Inc., Lighting the Way is a not-for-profit organization serving individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. STAR creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy while informing and encouraging the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.

For more information, please visit its website .

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