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April 30, 2021

Moving Made Easy

Missed our Moving Made Easy Downsizing event? No worries, we got you covered! Check out the video  to hear from our moving experts that partner with Friendship Village! The St. Louis area real estate market is booming!  It is a seller’s market with houses often selling before going on the market and often above asking price. The trend is expected to continue through 2021. Mitch Beuke is a Friendship Village Chesterfield Preferred Realtor, assisting future residents comfortably market and sell their homes.  “I’m cautiously optimistic that the market will remain […]
April 23, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Ruth Hinzpeter, Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What is your strongest passion aside from your family and beliefs? Answer: I love flowers. I gardened here for 16 years when I first moved here in 2000. The first week I was here, I got a call asking if I could take care of a flower bed outside of my windows. I started out with one little bed, and I ended up with 40 beds by the time I retired from doing it. I loved every day of it, and I was out there every day but Sunday […]
April 7, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Doris O’Brien, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What’s something that sticks out to you as meaningful that you’ve done over the years? Answer: “My husband and I did a lot of travelling together. Later, after our kids were grown up and moved out is when we started. My husband was a geographer and he was really into it, so that’s how we got started – but I loved it, too. It’s infectious. Once you go someplace, it’s easy to think in your mind, “I want to go to that place next!” We went with programs like […]
March 23, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Mary Naeher, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What’s something that makes you feel strong and confident? Answer: I have been a swimmer all my life and going to the pool here five days a week to water walk has been a blessing because I have had some problems with balance and the water walking has certainly helped. And I walk around campus, too. Depending on the weather, I also walk outside a lot. I try very hard to stay fit and I participate in the balance class and the circuit class and I’m going to try […]
March 8, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Rose-Marie Bell, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: Why is faith and spirituality important to you? Answer: “I was always active in church. I sang in the choir up until this past year, and I’ve been involved in bible study groups and all sorts of activities. I had a mother that died when I was nine, and she was a very spiritual person. She taught Sunday school right there in our house growing up. I don’t even remember much about it, but it was part of who she was, and she passed it on to me. When […]
March 2, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Barbara Lehman, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident

Question: What is some advice you would give to younger people? Answer: Save your money! I’m from a family of blue-collar Italians from The Hill and it was all about saving money and education. When I got married, we didn’t have any money and I’m very organized, so I made a spreadsheet and everything to keep track of all our utilities and we did live by that. And Wendell wasn’t as much for that as I was, but I could keep him on track. And if he balked, I just […]
February 8, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Frank Lane, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What made you decide you wanted to get into law and where did that take you? Answer: When I was about seven years old, my grandfather on my mother’s side was a lawyer. He was a terrific person. I really admired him and I decided at that point I wanted to be a lawyer. I had no idea what lawyers did, but I wanted to be like him. When I first started studying law, I found it fascinating. The first course I took in law school was criminal law […]
February 5, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Gloria Fridley, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: Why did you change careers after spending some time as a teacher? Answer: When I went to school I majored in mathematics and business, so things like accounting and salesmanship interested me. I remember I once set up an accounting system for my parents, who were in the insurance business at the time. I ended up becoming a teacher for a while, but when my husband Bob asked me if I wanted to keep teaching or go into the business we eventually started together, I decided I wanted to […]
February 3, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Mary Fruend, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What are your favorite hobbies? Answer: Oh, I like to read a lot. In fact, last year, I read seventy-five books. This year, I’m kind of behind because, since moving here, I started playing a lot of games, so that takes up my time. I’ve been playing rummikub, ponytail canasta and Chinese mahjong with other people. I’ve met quite a few new ladies. Before, when we lived in our villa, a lot of evenings, I stayed at home, so that’s why I read and I don’t like to watch […]

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