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January 9, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Jane Diederich, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: If you could take a trip for one day in the area, what would you do? Answer: “On an ideal day, I’d like to go gamble at the Ameristar Casino. I play the penny machines and play a dime at a time. One time I won $90. In the past, you pulled the handle and got the money, not like today where you get the piece of paper. It would make a lot of noise and everybody would turn around. It would all come out in pennies. And when […]
January 8, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Dianne Zimmerman, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What do you think is the root of your passion for physical activity? Answer: “I’ve always been one that believed in exercise. Probably at the root of it is because my mother and father did not exercise. My father died quite early at 69 and my mother lived a long life, but she had two strokes and a lot of physical illnesses. So, for me it’s always been, ‘What am I going to do for myself to make sure I’m a little more fit,’ and initially that was running, […]
January 7, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Paul Hennehan, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What is your biggest takeaway from the travel you’ve done when you look back on all the trips? Answer: “I have always enjoyed travelling. One of the first trips I took with my wife Anita was to Greece and it was great. We flew into Istanbul and drove along the coast to Turkey where we boarded this really cool yacht to sail through the Greek islands. The people couldn’t have been nicer, even though we shared completely different cultures. Honestly, that was mostly our experience everywhere we went. I […]
January 6, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Gus Frank, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What was your favorite thing to do when you were younger? Answer: “I played ball (baseball). I pitched in high school and we won the city (St. Louis) and state tournaments in 1958. I was a left-handed pitcher. I tore up my shoulder because I needed a strikeout pitch and I read a book by Carl Hubbell and learned how to throw a screwball. I have arthritis because I tore up the ligaments in my shoulder throwing that screwball, but I didn’t tell the coach because then he wouldn’t […]
January 5, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Anita Hennehan, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: You said you love art and travel, will you tell me a bit about that? Answer: “We traveled the world. We’ve traveled all over North America and I even published a few books. I wrote How to Run Away from Home After 50 and Tales from the Road: Adventures from Mid-Life Runaways, and Friendship Village is going to carry them in the library here. My husband and I have been traveling for 25 years. We met after we both lost our first spouse at a singles dance 30 years […]
January 4, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Frank Meyer, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What is your favorite thing to do, Frank? Answer: Traveling. I’ve been traveling all my life. My first trip I can remember was in a Model A Ford in 1936. I can remember that because we were going and we pulled off highway 40 and stopped and my father looked at the road and said ‘Wish us good luck’. I was five and I stood up in the back seat and I could see it. The road was just a muddy ditch with two ruts in it. My dad […]
January 3, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Skip Johnson, Resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What makes you happy? Answer: “I like helping others. I go to the Care Center (at Friendship Village) two or three times a week and talk with them. They just don’t get many visitors, so they really just like to see somebody. And my dog Diamond also makes me happy. She keeps me company. My wife passed away last year and Diamond has been terrific. She’s a show dog and my wife showed dogs for forty years.” #WeAreFriendshipVillage #senior #retirement #assistedliving #memorycare #aginginplace #seniorliving
January 2, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Resident Carl Gillam, Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What is something you’re interested in, Carl? Answer: “I’ve always been a history and geography buff and I served from 1960-63 in the Army Security Agency. I was actually in the Philippines for two years and I really enjoyed the service over there. Now with my Optelec, (reading magnification machine) I like to read, which is the only way I can anymore because of my macular degeneration. I like to read mostly nonfiction things. I have a Time Life series of books about different things. Like for example, I […]
January 1, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Resident Queenie Mracek, Friendship Village Assisted Living and Memory Care

Question: What is one thing you have found at Friendship Village that you are really surprised about? Answer: I have found wonderful wonderful friends and I love them all. Finding friends starts out very slow. You have to be aggressive. You have to go up to the people, talk to them and you have to make yourself known. You’ve gotta make the first move. And then if they like you, they will include you in with their group. That’s the only way you can do it. #WeAreFriendshipVillage #seniorliving #retirementliving #assistedliving […]
 

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