Brighton woman, 91, wins seniors across US with yodeling talent

BRIGHTON — When 91-year-old Dolores “Bootsie” Kawa was a little girl growing up on a farm in Eau Claire, Wis., she learned a skill that recently won her a multi-state talent contest among senior community residents.

“My mom has yodel, and you pick it up,” Kawa said. “Either you have it or you don’t.

From left to right, Dolores

She said she and her mother Pearl yodeled together while cooking.

“She used to bake pies and cakes and give them to people in the neighborhood. Even though we were poor, she always shared,” Kawa said.

Earlier this year, Kawa was “shocked” when she was named the first winner of the 2023 Ageless Talent Show. Residents living in more than 40 StoryPoint Group senior communities across multiple states competed.

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