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By: Marissa Salvesen on December 17th, 2015

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Wesley Village Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday with 100 Birthday Cards!


Christina Sudols 100th birthday(Shelton, CT – December 14, 2015) - Residents and staff at the Wesley Village senior living campus in Shelton gathered together on Friday, December 4th to celebrate Christina Sudol’s 100th birthday. Christina, a resident in the Lifestyle Transitions neighborhood on the campus, was the first resident to move in to the new wing, which was opened in January 2015. Staff from across the campus joined in the celebration and sent birthday wishes through 100 greeting cards, which were presented to Christina by Lifestyle Transitions program director, Lisa Kelleher. “We’ve been collecting cards from everyone – staff, residents, family and friends. Students from Park City Magnet School in Bridgeport even sent a bundle of handmade cards for Christina,” stated Kelleher. “She was delighted!”

“I’m not 100,” Christina argued, with a smile. “How about 50 x 2?” Kelleher suggested, to which Christina agreed. Along with the birthday cards, the festivities included a beautiful birthday cake and Christina’s favorite musical tunes: big band, classical, and Frank Sinatra. Wesley Heights Resident Services Coordinator, Donna Brice also surprised Christina (a dog lover) with a visit from her dog, Jonah, a Shih-Poo. Christina received a proclamation from Shelton’s mayor, Mark Lauretti, recognizing her 100th year and sending her best wishes. Before cutting her cake, she stopped to thank her guests and enjoyed the afternoon, posing for birthday photos and reading her many birthday cards. “It was a big party,” she told her daughter afterward.

Lifestyle Transitions at Wesley Heights is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue on the Wesley Village Campus in Shelton. The program offers specialized assisted living and memory care options for individuals in need of personalized routines and a supportive environment. The campus also offers assisted and independent living, skilled nursing, short-term rehab, and outpatient therapy and fitness services. To learn more, visit www.wesleyvillage-ct.org or contact Lisa Bisson at 203.225.5024.

Photo Caption: Wesley Village resident, Christina Sudol (100 yrs old), poses for a birthday photo with staff member, Graciela Lopez and “Jonah,” a visiting Shih-Poo.

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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