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March 21, 2020
Bob Belline Black and White

We Are Friendship Village: Bob Belline, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What’s something you started doing as a child that you’ve carried with you throughout your life? Answer: “I’ve played golf all my life. I enjoy the game. I don’t play it well – I tell people I don’t play golf; I play at golf. I enjoy playing with my friends and my sons-in-law. Golfing is physical and gives you a sense of accomplishment, I think. All it takes is one good shot and you’re ready to come back the next day, even if you’ve had 40 or so bad […]
March 20, 2020
Dorothy Gross Black and White

We Are Friendship Village: Dorothy Gross, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What do you not miss about living in your home before you moved to Friendship Village Answer: “I don’t miss making my bed when it’s time to change the sheets. I hate putting the sheets on the bed. I have someone who comes around every two weeks and puts the sheets on my bed, so all I have to do is take ‘em off! The fitted sheet, it’s too hard to pull that down and get it tucked. I hate doing it!” – Dorothy Gross, resident Friendship Village Sunset […]
March 19, 2020
Al Mertz Black and White

We Are Friendship Village: Al Mertz, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What’s a long-standing hobby of yours? Answer: “I’ve grown orchids for 40 years and I had a large number of plants. At one point in time, I had over 600! It was a lot of work, but it was very satisfying and a real pleasure. I had a greenhouse attached to my house, which was very good in the winter. On a sunny day, it’d feel like summer in the greenhouse and most of the orchids would bloom in the winter, so therefore I had summer in the winter. […]
March 18, 2020
Rosemary Stolz FVSH Black and White

We Are Friendship Village: Rosemary Stolz, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What do you really NOT miss now that you live in Friendship Village? Answer: “I don’t miss cleaning my house. I did all the cleaning and I used to be called Scrubby Dutch because I came from south St. Louis which was know for having a lot of scrubbing Dutch Germans. The Germans used to get out and even scrub their steps. And I didn’t scrub the steps, but my mother did! And I decided when I got older that I wasn’t going to scrub the steps. I took […]
March 17, 2020
Anne Fites FVSH Black and White

We Are Friendship Village: Anne Fites, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What do you love about creating mosaics? Answer: “Well, I somehow think it’s kind of a creative thing, because one advantage of it is, I get broken dishes and get to smack ‘em up. So, you’re not really spending a lot of money on materials, so most of my mosaic work has been either broken plates or broken mirrors. And if you break something yourself, you kind of create a little memento of what it used to be. And the only thing is, it’s a rather messy process because […]
March 16, 2020
Larry Boehm Black and White

We Are Friendship Village: Larry Boehm, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: Looking back, what was something cool you were able to do in your career? Answer: “I wanted to drive in my career. I drove the fire engine in my work with the fire department, I drove Mayor Tucker for a few years, I drove aerial trucks, gas wagons, you name it. I remember interviewing to drive the mayor and I went into his office and he said, ‘Send the rest of them home, I like this kid.’ I met a lot of politicians and different people in my time […]
March 15, 2020
Bob Cetera Black and White

We Are Friendship Village: Bob Cetera, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What has been one of your primary interests? Answer: “Theatre was the most important thing to me. I ran the theatre program while I was teaching at the high school and when I got to Kentucky they were restarting a community theatre program so I went to a meeting, then they asked me if I’d be on a playwriting committee, and the next thing I know they asked me if I could direct the first show so I directed the first one and then a number of shows after […]
March 14, 2020
Sallaine Upchurch Black and White

We Are Friendship Village: Sallaine Upchurch, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: Where did your sense of family come from? Answer: “I grew up during the depression and growing up at that time made a big impact on both my husband and I. My parents and grandparents had always been together, and we didn’t have any divorces or anything in our family. Since then, maybe we’ve had distant relatives get divorces, but family was an important part. The people in our community were very stable too. There weren’t many people that were divorced in our community. Everyone had families and we […]
March 13, 2020
Bob Sortland Black and White

We Are Friendship Villge: Bob Sortland, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What is your favorite activity here and why? Answer: “Wood shop is my favorite activity and I spend a lot of time in the shop here. We were very busy just before the last Bazaar because I wanted to make a lot of stuff. We sold it and the proceeds went toward shop supplies and tools. I make toy cars, back scratchers, toaster tongs, bird houses, etc. It isn’t work to me. If it was work, I wouldn’t do it. Making small toy cars and trucks are the most […]
 

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