A drop in the bucket list

Dolores “Dee” Trewiler dares to dream, and the sky’s the limit. Literally. At the tender age of 91, she took her first skydive.

She is a busy lady, but graciously agreed to answer some questions recently. Her enthusiasm bubbled over the phone.

In answer to the obvious question – why? – she relied, “I loved flying. As soon as I knew there were tandem jumps, I wanted to try it. I jumped on March 22. It was the thrill of my life!”

She continued, “I thought, ‘it’s really happening!’ I wasn’t a bit nervous. It was a 10,000 feet drop, starting with a free fall for 55 seconds at 120 mph. It was wonderful. We went back down through the clouds. I don’t have words to describe it.”

She said that her daughter paid for her jump and the videographer. Joyce Swartz likes to watch her mother’s adventures and is very supportive.

When asked to comment about her mom, she wrote, “She is, and has always been, an amazing woman. She has a deep faith… which guides everything she does in life. She loves God, family, children, flowers, friends, St. Columban’s, helping people, butterflies, crocheting, knitting, Sudoku, chocolate eclair cake … and German bologna! But she does NOT like making decisions.

“I have been blessed to have her for my mother. And doubly blessed to be able to watch her thoroughly enjoy life at this age!”

Trewiler’s granddaughter, Ann McFall, went with grandmother for the high-flying adventure, and also jumped in tandem.

Trewiler said that her granddaughter was the first one out, adding, “She’s game to do anything I will.”

Their San Antonio attorney friend Jamie Nance went, also. The event was delayed by rain, but they were able to go up about 2:15 p.m. They jumped at San Marcos in Texas.

This was by no means Dee’s first adventure. Other exciting experiences included a helicopter trip over Niagara Falls and another one over Mt. Rushmore. She also climbed the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

She and her husband Harold had a camper trailer and traveled through 48 states and 10 countries. He retired in 1980, so they had 17 years of traveling together. She was widowed in 1997.

She said, “I have beautiful memories. And now there are five generations in the family again.”.

Last year, Trewiler traveled 10 miles in a hot air balloon ride from Cassadaga school. “It was so peaceful and beautiful – really nice,” she said.

She will be 92 in September. “My health is great. I don’t have a walker or a cane. I have a lot to be thankful for,” she stated.

She is an inspiration to her friends at St. Columban’s, and a delight to talk with. It was hard to imagine what her answer would be to the question, “what’s next?”

Without missing a beat, she replied, “I’ve talked about a zip line, but I have to see it first.”

Daughter Joyce commented, “She has mentioned the ‘zip line’ possibility to me. Someone told her it’s safer than skydiving. I’ll do some research on where they might have one here. If she’s serious about doing it, she will have to decide whether to try it here – or at home. I’m good with any choice, or non-choice. My bucket list doesn’t contain anything relating to activities more than a couple of feet off the ground!”

We’re with you, Joyce, applauding Dee Trewiler (from a comfortable distance) in all of her endeavors!

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