“There’s a Bit of Daredevil Inside! The 20th & 21st Century Life of Bobbie Rose” by Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living Blog | September 22, 2020

"There’s a Bit of Daredevil Inside! The 20th & 21st Century Life of Bobbie Rose" by Harriett Burt

It is an interesting coincidence that Barbara Sharp ‘Bobbie’ Rose was born in San Francisco on June 21, 1918, right in the middle of the Spanish Flu pandemic, the last deadly worldwide health assault before the Covid-19 pandemic we are now experiencing. Bobbie’s mother was in labor for three days. It took her five months in the hospital and one month with relatives to recover, at least partially, from a serious infection. It was not totally cleared until sulfa drugs were developed in the late 1930s. Another problem in this most difficult birth was that the umbilical cord was wrapped around Bobbie’s neck. To keep the baby alive during the birt …

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Resident Spotlight – Doris Voigts Bloom
Resident Spotlights | September 6, 2020

Resident Spotlight - Doris Voigts Bloom

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Doris Voigts Bloom – Doris was born on November 29, 1922 in Mill Valley, California to parents Fredrick and Fodie Voigts. She had two sisters, Barbara and Shirley. As a child and young adult, Doris was athletic; she loved playing tennis and golf. She still enjoys watching both on television. Doris attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. After high school, Doris went to UC Berkeley. She jokes that she went to school to get her “Mrs.” While studying at Berkeley, she met John “Jack” Bloom. Jack was on the crew team and they met when he drove her back to Berkeley after an outing with her soror …

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Warren and Joann Smith Celebrate 64 Years of Marriage in Downtown Pleasant Hill
Carlton Senior Living | August 30, 2020

Warren and Joann Smith Celebrate 64 Years of Marriage in Downtown Pleasant Hill

This couple from Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill proudly celebrated 64 years of marriage on August 29, 2020. It all started at the annual picnic at Humboldt State University where Joann came with a friend of hers in a bright red sports car. Warren came to the picnic with a friend and case of beer. When he saw Joann sitting in that red sports car, he offered her a beer. She accepted and their wonderful life started together. That summer, Warren had to go to Washington state for work but he decided to come back. Joann remembers having a quick wedding in Reno, Nevada as football season was about to begin for Coach Warren. Together t …

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“Life Isn’t Always Easy, But It Can Be Fulfilling: Bill Rainford’s Story” by Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | August 23, 2020

"Life Isn’t Always Easy, But It Can Be Fulfilling: Bill Rainford's Story" by Harriett Burt

Life Isn’t Always Easy, But It Can Be Fulfilling: Bill Rainford’s Story Carlton is not the first place Bill Rainford has lived in the neighborhood dominated by Taylor Boulevard, Pleasant Hill Road and Alhambra Avenue. A few years ago he owned a condo on Ridgeview Court, which is located near Carlton. But he has also resided in an impressive number of other neighborhoods across the country and overseas for much of his life before ending up twice, so to speak, in Pleasant Hill. Rainford is the name of a village in the northwest of England formerly famous as a producer of clay pipes. His paternal grandfather grew up there leaving in the 1890s to …

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Carlton Elk Grove Couple Celebrates 66th Wedding Anniversary!
Carlton Senior Living | August 17, 2020

Carlton Elk Grove Couple Celebrates 66th Wedding Anniversary!

Carlton Senior Living congratulates Billey and Katherine Tuttle of Elk Grove on 66 years of marriage! The beautiful couple celebrated their lasting love with a special date night. And they didn’t have to travel far — the Elk Grove team brought the celebration to the Tuttle’s by picking up one of their favorite meals and playing a movie just for them in the theater room at Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove. Congratulations Billey and Katherine! 🥂 Here’s to another year of being great together. Please join us in wishing them well on Carlton Senior Living’s Facebook page.

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Carlton’s Virtual Career Conference
Carlton Senior Living | August 10, 2020

Carlton's Virtual Career Conference

Join us for our Virtual Career Conference via Zoom Monday, August 24th 1PM – 2PM This event is completely virtual and will be presented through Zoom. Space is limited, email Ashley Melendez at amelendez@carltonseniorliving.com to RSVP. We’re hiring for a variety of positions to provide services to our Assisted Living, Memory Care and Independent Living residents at our Downtown Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill, Poet’s Corner and Concord communities. View available positions and apply online at CarltonSeniorLiving.com/Careers Share this event via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1583742881784175/ If you have any questions, please email As …

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“Chickens, Eggs and the Broody House” from the Memoirs of James Thompson Sr.
Carlton Senior Living | August 9, 2020

"Chickens, Eggs and the Broody House" from the Memoirs of James Thompson Sr.

“The Story of the Old House” is just one of the many short stories from the memoirs of James Thompson Sr., a resident of Carlton Senior Living San Jose. Written during the 1970s, Thompson’s writings illustrate what life was like as a child growing up in the small town of Dyer, Indiana during the 1930s. Dyer is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana and is a southeastern suburb of Chicago. According to census records, the population of Dyer was just 672 in 1930 and had increased to 976 by 1940. “Chicken, Eggs and the Broody House” by James Thompson Sr Every spring we got a hundred baby chicks and raised them in the garage. Sometimes …

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Resident Spotlight – Peggy Raftery
Carlton Senior Living | August 2, 2020

Resident Spotlight - Peggy Raftery

Peggy posed with Resident Liaison, Ben, during Carlton Davis’ Halloween celebration. Margaret “Peggy” Kellogg Raftery was born on December 6, 1932 in Woodland, California to parents Neal and Myrtle Kellogg. As an only child, she learned to entertain herself and her favorite childhood memories are of the arts and crafts she came up with. She enjoyed drawing, coloring books, which were big at the time, and making paper dolls. Peggy attended Chico High School. She had always known that she wanted to become an artist and she chose art as her elective all four years there. She won a scholarship to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakla …

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“You Don’t Meet General MacArthur But I’d See Him…” by Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | July 19, 2020

“You Don’t Meet General MacArthur But I’d See Him…” by Harriett Burt

Japan at the end of WWII Is Just One Part of Blanche Perry’s Active Life When Blanche Perry moved to Carlton Pleasant Hill-Martinez from Carlton Concord last December, she already had friends here. But along with her belongings, she also brought her life story with her. One of the most interesting chapters covers February 1950 to February 1952 which she spent in Occupied Japan as the wife of an Army Air Force rear gunner assigned to the crew of the two airplanes used by five-star General Douglas MacArthur, head of the U.S. occupation of Japan at the end of World War II. When asked if she ever met the aloof General of the Armies, the answer is …

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Tracey Ingleman of Carlton Senior Living named Outstanding Executive Director for the 2020 CALA Excellence in Service Awards
Assisted Living | July 6, 2020

Tracey Ingleman of Carlton Senior Living named Outstanding Executive Director for the 2020 CALA Excellence in Service Awards

We are honored to celebrate our very own Tracey Ingleman who has been awarded Outstanding Executive Director for the 2020 California Assisted Living Association Excellence in Service Awards. We recognize Tracey, her commitment to the growing field of Senior Living and her dedication to serve our amazing residents, their families and associates at the Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill community. Tracey is truly an inspiring and exceptional leader who leans in and listens, not only with her ears but with her heart. Congratulations Tracey from all of us, your Carlton Senior Living Family!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEE_LID …

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Manny Dirar of Carlton Senior Living named Outstanding Department Director for the 2020 CALA Excellence in Service Awards

Manny Dirar of Carlton Senior Living named Outstanding Department Director for the 2020 CALA Excellence in Service Awards

We are honored to celebrate our very own Manny Dirar who has been awarded Outstanding Department Director for the 2020 California Assisted Living Association Excellence in Service Awards. We recognize Manny, his commitment to the growing field of Senior Living and his dedication to serve our amazing residents and associates at the Carlton Senior Living Sacramento and Sacramento Enhanced communities. Manny consistently goes above and beyond in his role as Associate Director providing excellent care to all those he meets. He is truly an exceptional individual whose heart is as big as his smile. Congratulations Manny from all of us, your Carlton …

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Resident Spotlight – Bob Fox
Carlton Senior Living | July 5, 2020

Resident Spotlight - Bob Fox

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Bob Fox – Robert “Bob” Fox was born on December 6, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to parents Darlene Blumenberg and Henry Fox. He has one brother, Jim. Bob went to high school in Birmingham, Michigan. Bob knew from a young age that he wanted to become an attorney. He attended the University of Minnesota for his bachelor’s and then went to law school at Duke University. He practiced law for a few years before deciding that he wanted to do something different. In 1972 he became a founding faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis. Over the next thirty-five years, he helped deve …

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