Coterels Receive 13th Spirit of Union Award

Martha-Jane and Charles Coterel and Catherine Coterel (Charles’ mother) found the perfect living arrangement for their retirement years. The couple and Mrs. Coterel built a duplex in the City of Union’s Concord Meadows neighborhood four years ago.

Today, the property is a lovely oasis of flowers, shrubs and trees that mother and daughter-in-law both enjoy working on together. And the family values the close proximity they have to one another, while still having their own residences.

“If my mother-in-law needs anything, we’re right there for her,” Martha-Jane said.

The Coterels of 119 and 121 Zinfandel Drive are the 13th recipients of the Spirit of Union award.

“This is a nice, quiet subdivision,” Martha-Jane said.

The ranch-style duplex is adorned with beds of geraniums, petunias and coxcombs. “A little bit of everything,” Martha-Jane said. “I’ve had a love of flowers my whole life.”

At the beginning of each growing season, Martha-Jane and Catherine decide on a color scheme for the year. This year, it’s a combination of reds, pinks, purples and whites.

“We’re thrilled about receiving the Spirit of Union award,” Martha-Jane said.

Charles, retired from GM, grew up in Union, and Martha-Jane, retired from Delphi, in the Dayton area.

The first recipients of the Spirit of Union Award were Jerry and Shirley Hissong in 1997. The second recipients of the award were James and Marilyn Goodman in 1998. In 1999, there were two recipients: the Kessler Family (Debi and Ken), who received the third Spirit award; and the Harper Family (Darla and Scott), who received the fourth award. In 2000, there also were two recipients: Chris and Tim Van Atta received the fifth Spirit award, and Greg McFadden and Rosemary Broderick received the sixth award. Dave and Joy Aran of 106 Deubner Drive received the City of Union’s seventh Spirit of Union Award in 2001. Sarah and Michael Pace of 101 South Old Mill Road received the eighth Spirit award in 2002. Norma and Bob “Tuck” Lodge were the ninth recipients of the City of Union’s Spirit award in 2003. LaVon and James Austin of 432 Applegate Road were the 10th recipients. Steven and Beth Brand and family of 103 Ewing Court in the Union Ridge neighborhood were the 11th recipients. Kathleen and George Diamantides of 389 Rinehart Road were the 12th recipients.

The Spirit of Union award was established by the City’s Park Board. To make nominations, please contact the City at 836-8624, or email your nomination by visiting the City’s Website at