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By: Marissa Salvesen on July 12th, 2016

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Wesley Village Celebrates Centenarians


Wesley Village Celebrates CentenariansShelton, CT (July 5, 2016) – Wesley Village staff, residents, and guests gathered at Wesley Heights Assisted Living Community to celebrate the birthdays of six centenarians with a special luncheon on Tuesday, June 22nd. The event recognized five Wesley Heights residents who had or would be celebrating 100 years or more during 2016.

Residents who were honored included: Helen Hagner (102), Isabel Roberts (102), Edna Flanagan (100), Susan Perkins (100), and John Girolamo (100). Also honored at the event was former Wesley Heights resident, Minnie Sutton, who celebrated her 106th birthday in May. Sutton now resides at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center, which is also located on the Wesley Village senior living campus, along with Wesley Heights.

The event, organized by Wesley Heights Activities Director, Linda Fera and Resident Services Coordinator, Donna Brice, included special guest speakers Chaplain Cathy Nickse, Coordinator of Spiritual Care for Wesley Village; David Lawlor, President and CEO of United Methodist Homes; and Shelton Mayor, Mark Lauretti. Proclamations were issued to each centenarian and hand-delivered by Mayor Lauretti who posed for a photo with each honored resident. David Lawlor shared words of wisdom from each of the centenarians and thanked them for their influence. “For all of the wisdom you bestow upon us and the way you support your fellow residents and our staff, we thank you very much for being part of Wesley Village. Happy Birthday!”

Wesley Village is a campus of senior living and care communities including Crosby Commons Independent/Assisted Living Community, Wesley Heights Independent/Assisted Living Apartments and Cottages, Lifestyle Transitions Assisted Living &amp; Memory Care, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center. The campus, located at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton, is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes (UMH), a local, mission-based, not-for- profit organization serving all members of the community. To learn more about the continuum of care offered at Wesley Village or the mission of UMH, please visit www.wesleyvillage-ct.org.

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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