Our Insights, Opinions and Observations on Timely Topics in the Senior Living Space

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 […]
February 2, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Bob Fridley, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: You mentioned the 4-H Club was important to you. How so? Answer: Growing up, I belonged to a 4-H club. I was shy and wasn’t really sure what I was going to do in 4-H, but someone encouraged me and so I raised chickens, of all things. I got a little more interested from there, so I continued with it for several years and enjoyed it immensely. I actually met my wife Gloria through 4-H, as well. We were on a train to Chicago for a 4-H event when […]
January 29, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Carl Schaeffer, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: If you could have one special talent, what would it be? Answer: I would have liked to be a pro baseball player in center field. I never played in high school because I had to go to work, but I played a lot of amateur ball. I belonged to the Southside Panthers for a long time. We had uniforms and everything. One of my biggest hobbies has been collecting baseball cards. At one time, I had over 40,000. And I’m a big Cardinal fan! I worked at the ballpark, […]
January 28, 2021
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We Are Friendship Village: Art Jacobsmeyer, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What initially made you want to work in construction and once you were doing it, what did you enjoy about it? Answer: When I was in high school, I realized I liked to build things and that type of stuff. Being able to build something, what it took to build it, and then after it was built – getting to see what you did was gratifying. I came to like it because it was something new all the time. The longest I was ever on one job was two […]
January 18, 2021
Senior citizen petting a friendly visitor's dog

Friendship Village Chesterfield is having a Doggone Good Time with new Pet Therapy Program

The senior living community has adopted two dogs to boost residents’ moods during the pandemic and beyond.   St. Louis, MO. (December 1, 2020) – Friendship Village Chesterfield has two new four-legged visitors at the senior living community, 15201 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017. The dogs are part of its new pet therapy program, which is designed to provide companionship and bring smiles to residents’ faces during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The dogs’ visit not just the residents, but also the staff members who look forward to spending time […]

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