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November 3, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Geraldine “Gerry” Zeller, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: Tell me about a hobby you have that people may not know about. Answer: “I enjoy video editing and I’ve been working on it ever since I’ve had my Apple computer. I just enjoy doing it and I use it to record where we’ve been to travelling. I’ve done videos mostly of England, more than anywhere else. We’ve been to every continent, except Antarctica. And also I do family videos of when each of the grand kids turned sixteen, I did sweet sixteen videos for every one of them. […]
November 2, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Marilyn Mertz, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What is something you do that has been at the forefront of your life? Answer: “Sewing has been a big part of my life. I learned it from my grandmother and my mother. My grandmother would let me inch up to the sewing machine and sew my doll clothes and that’s what got me into it. I sewed my own clothes, I sewed my husband’s clothes, as well as my children and grandchildren. All our clothes were hand-made and my kids didn’t even know what store-bought clothes were! It […]
October 30, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Ken Lemp, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: How did you meet your wife? Answer: “I met my wife Marian on a blind date when I was home visiting from the Army. We went to a wedding where we knew no one. We ended up dancing all night. After the reception, we got a ride with someone who had too much to drink, but we didn’t know that at the time. He got pulled over and taken to the police station, so we had to go to the police station, too. Fortunately, Marian only lived thre blocks […]
October 29, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Bill Heaton, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: You had an interesting career in the service industry. Can you talk a little bit about that? Answer: “I worked with the Statistical Tabulating Corporation, who had their home office in Chicago and had a branch here in St. Louis downtown on Locust. I lived in Overland so I remember riding the Creve Coeur street car through University City to connect with the Delmar Loop and take that downtown to Broadway to get to the office. I worked a lot with the punch card system at Stat-Tabs. You could […]
October 6, 2020
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We Are Friendship Village: Ed Knaus, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What’s something you’re really good at that you’re proud of? Answer: “I guess, bookkeeping. I became a CPA (certified public accountant) and did it for fifty years. I never got referred to the State Board of Accountancy for anything. I spent eight years as St. Louis County auditor, and I was doing personal income tax preparation on the side. And generally speaking, I really have very little I regret not being able to do. Maybe since wife died, I think maybe I should have talked to her a little […]
September 23, 2020
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September 1, 2020
Karen Krone FVC Testimonial

Chesterfield Resident Karen Krone Shares Her Thoughts About COVID-19

“We have the perspective of how much worse it would be if we were on our own, in our house with someone having to bring groceries and all of that. If someone was hesitant to move here, I would say ‘Hey, this is temporary’. This is the greatest decision I’ve ever made. I mean, I totally love it.” – Friendship Village Chesterfield Resident Karen Krone As Friendship Village, along with the rest of the world, continues to face the challenges of living with and preventing the spread of COVID-19, we […]
September 1, 2020
Dave Bouchein FVC Testimonial

Chesterfield Resident Dave Bouchein Shares His Thoughts About COVID-19

“We were here a month and then COVID happened, but one of the really nice benefits has been Faust Park. It’s very easy for us to go out, walk across the street and enjoy the park. It’s an amazing park. It’s (Friendship Village Chesterfield) been a very positive experience for us. And I would recommend it to anybody. I have no feeling of it being unsafe here. We feel that what’s being done here, if anything, it might be overly safe. But we’ve been very pleased with the way things […]
September 1, 2020
Ellie Kaiser FVSH Testimonial

Sunset Hills Resident Ellie Kaiser Shares Her Thoughts About COVID-19

“I’m blessed to be here. They take very good care of us. The food is very good. And they’re very careful about who comes in. If you have children, being here relieves them of having to worry that we’re being taken care of. My children are so thankful that my husband and I moved in here. Friendship Village is protecting us. And I don’t think everybody out there is protected as well as we are.” – Ellie Kaiser, Friendship Village Sunset Hills Resident As Friendship Village, along with the rest […]

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