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February 29, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Diane Wulfmeyer, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What memory immediately makes you happy? Answer: “When I think about my travels. Wonderful. When Jimmy (Diane’s late husband) and I went to China on our 50th wedding anniversary, that was really special. We went on a river cruise. Another good one was when we went to Russia. We went from St. Petersburg to Moscow. We also traveled all over Canada in an RV. We also went to New Zealand for a trip and Australia for another. When Jim was working, he was always busy, so when he retired, […]
February 28, 2020

We Are Friendship Village – Laris Arora, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: In a few words, can you describe your lifestyle? Answer: “I’ve had an adventuresome life. I’ve always been an ambitious person and I’m not your typical female – there’s no way around that. I became a nurse and married someone from India, and we traveled a lot. We got to visit the Taj Mahal and went on a Viking cruise one time even because since my parents are from Austria, they had family history up there. I wish young people had a little bit more opportunity to travel to […]
February 27, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Joyce Crets, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What is your favorite thing? Answer: “My favorite thing is when someone makes me a good meal. My favorite meal would be a filet mignon with mashed potatoes with a some kind of vegetable. And I would like a slice of my mother’s pumpkin pie. That would be good.” – Joyce Crets, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills #WeAreFriendshipVillage #seniorliving #retirementcommunity #FVatHome #assistedliving #MemoryCare The above photo and text are part of a year-long project we call We Are Friendship Village. We are posting these photos and brief interviews to […]
February 26, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Madge Boyer, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: Where did you sing and what has that meant to you? Answer: “I started singing when I was 12, although I didn’t perform solos until I was in college. I sang with several audition-only groups including the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, and spent 17 years in the American Kantorei, which is a Lutheran group of 32 singers. I was also the alto soloist in several churches including Christ Church Cathedral downtown for 5 years. I had stopped singing solos when I was 60, but […]
February 26, 2020

WWII War Veteran Tony Snyder of Friendship Village Sunset Hills Given France’s Highest Honor!

We were thrilled to be present as our own Friendship Village Sunset Hills’ resident Tony Snyder, 95, was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal Tuesday by Guillaume Lacroix, the French Consul General! The honor carries with it the distinction of Knighthood and is given on behalf of the President of France. Tony was being recognized for his service during World War II as a U.S. Army Sergeant in the 14th Armored Division (“The Liberators”) who helped liberate France to win WWII. The French Legion of Honor medal is the […]
February 25, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Bee Kehlenbrink, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What is your favorite junk food? Answer: “I really like ice cream. Ice cream and cake. I love that. I’ve got a sweet tooth. But I had just one cookie today. I’m trying to be good. I love Chocolate Hotel, which is a very dark chocolate ice cream. I like that with a nice piece of chocolate cake. But vanilla ice cream with chocolate cake is good, too. But I’m trying to cut out all junk food now. So, right now my junk food is popcorn because it’s healthy, […]
February 24, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Marilyn Abell, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: In what ways have you grown and changed since moving from your house? Answer: “Before I came here, I had other interests such as gardening and keeping bird feeders. But when I moved out here my interests grew and changed. It’s like opening a whole new world. I’m a part of planning the Monday Morning Coffee Hour and we have weekly meetings, and on Tuesday’s I go to the Village Care Center to call bingo. When I first moved here, I volunteered a lot because before me, my parents […]
February 23, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Ed Wood, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What character trait do you think is most important to have? Answer: “Integrity. It covers a wide range of things. It covers honesty. It covers everything. It’s like an umbrella. You’re more cautious of a person who doesn’t have integrity. It changes how you interact with them. I was a police man in my career and you run into all kinds of people, good and bad. A lot of bad people. And you just learn to judge people. I was a police man in St. Louis city for thirty […]
February 22, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Mary Bowers, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What is something important to you that you think could also help others? Answer: “With my teaching profession, I’ve always enjoyed learning and I’ve always been an artsy person. Learning opens doors and I think that applies to a lot of different things. Whatever it is that interests you, if you never opened yourself up to learn in the first place and expose yourself to new experiences, you may not be where you ended up. There are so many opportunities for us to learn and enjoy and that’s why […]
 

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