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By: Marissa Salvesen on November 24th, 2015

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Our Residents Give Thanks

Aging & Caregiving

thanksgiving-thanks-crop.jpgWhat are you giving thanks for this Thanksgiving? When our residents think about all they have done and all that has happened in their lives, they come to the table with hearts full of gratefulness, whatever their circumstances may be. This is truly an inspirational example to follow

We invite you to read their words and think about what you are bringing to the table this Thanksgiving. And not just the Thanksgiving table, but the one you gather around every day. Because in the words of William Arthur Ward, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

Happy Thanksgiving from our residents and the entire UMH family… 

Residents from our a few of our independent and assisted living communities (Crosby Commons, Middlewoods of Farmington, Wesley Heights), our memory care community (Lifestyle Transitions), and our skilled nursing and rehabilitation community (Bishop Wicke) shared their thoughts of gratitude for this article…


Donald_Walkley-min-1.jpgDonald Walkley 

I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Natalie. I am also thankful for my five children, my eleven grandchildren and my ten great-grandchildren. I am thankful to our Lord in heaven that guides my family to the result that our lives have been loving and caring throughout our seventy years as a family.

 

Marilyn_Wemple_crop.jpgMarilyn Wemple 

I am thankful for my son, Matthew and all the people who are so good to me; my friends; Crosby Commons, nurses, aides, and staff.

 

 

Janice Bray 

I am so thankful for a wonderful family and friends that made my recent move into Crosby Commons so easy. I love all the many people that greet me with a smile each day and for those who try so hard in the many activities – to join in and make it fun! This is truly a remarkable “home away from home” with caring staff and friends that take the time to help whenever possible. Thank you and God Bless!

Margaret C. Jones 

I am very thankful that my granddaughter and her husband are expecting twins from their final InVitro implantation after many years and numerous failed attempts. Our many praters are answered – these will be my 4th and 5th great grandchildren! Rejoice with me!

Jean Barbour 

I am thankful for my family. They always find a way to keep in touch with me, whether it be through phone calls, Facebook, or visits. I feel happy and safe knowing that they care so much.

Peggy Montano

There are so many things for me to be thankful for. My family is number one. I was blessed to have triplets in the family (my grandchildren). I am also so thankful for my good health.

Rose_Abruzzo_crop.jpgRose Abruzzo 

I am thankful for my 2 adopted sons.

 

 

Frances Shubert 

I am thankful for my daughter. She was presented at the debutant ball. It was one of the proudest and best days of my life.

Marlea_Faulkner_crop.jpgMarlea Faulkner

I am thankful for a loving family and the joy of watching them mature, the warmth of good friends, children – small and large, and of course, most important, I am thankful for God’s love.



George_crop.jpgGeorge Byrne 

I am thankful for my soulmate of 50 years who bore two beautiful girls – now my caring daughters.

 

Bob McKee

I am thankful for all that the West Hartford Art League has done for the residents of Middlewoods. We are able to enjoy life a little more as we get older!

Noella Johnson

I am thankful for living in the good, old USA!

Teresa Zarillo

I am thankful for the sun shining and a beautiful day.

Marian Pensanti

I am thankful for my 7 healthy children.

Barbara_Charles_crop.jpgBarbara Charles 

I am thankful for all the blessings God gives my family and those who work at Bishop Wicke.

 

Frank Pedevillano

I am thankful for coming home safe and sound from the Philippine Islands.

Ann Supranovich

I am thankful that God listens to me for everything – no matter what.

Jean Stevens

I am thankful for being alive, my family, my health, good food, and Bishop Wicke and the nice people working here. Thanks to Bishop Wicke, my kids don’t have to take care of me all on their own.

Josephine Kennedy

I am thankful for good health, my children, and peace.

Mary_Ann_Salemme_crop.jpgMary Ann Salemme 

I am thankful for my family, my health, and my well-being.

 

 

 

Mary Banos

I am thankful for family, friends at Crosby Commons, good health, and the love of God.

Blanche Trudeau

I am thankful to have a great family.

Glenna Ferris

I am thankful for my family.

Kathleen Lawler

I am thankful for my family.

Shirley Conway

I am thankful for friends and God.

Eleanor Evan

I am thankful that I am alive.

Gertrude Kennelly

I am thankful for being with friends.

Anna Parkins

I am thankful for everything.

Muriel Worley

I am thankful I am alive.

Wilma Dorso

I am thankful for Bishop Wicke; I have everything here!

Sal Cavagnulo

I am thankful I’m alive and well.

Gloria Cornachini

I am thankful for life, good friends, and a great place to live.

Clarence Knight

I am thankful for my family and my health.

Harry Singer

I am thankful for my family.

Shirley Goumas

I am thankful for my family, their health, and their well-being.

Peggy Festini

I am thankful for life and for my children.

Christine Sudol

I am thankful for my health.

Marge Bailey

I am thankful for my family and especially the people I‘ve met here at Wesley Heights.

Elizabeth Hatheway

I am thankful for my family. They live far away from me but I can always count on them. I am also very thankful to be able to live at Middlewoods.

Phil Dumont

I am thankful for just being alive!

Anna Marini

I am thankful that I am alive this long. I was very sick as a small child and I am grateful to be alive.

Pauline Santoro

I am thankful for being at Bishop Wicke and happy to be alive. I am thankful for everyone here.

Helen Matulavage

I am thankful for everything that I have; my life, being at Bishop Wicke and also, that God hears all that I say.

About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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