Resident Spotlight – Donna Rolls
Resident Spotlights | May 24, 2020

Resident Spotlight - Donna Rolls

Meet Donna Rolls, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident – Donna de Saint Croix Rolls was born on August 6, 1931 in Arlington, Massachusetts to Frances and Donald Wood. She was named Donna after her father and her unique middle name had been passed down through her mother’s family for four generations. Naturally, when Donna gave birth to her own daughter, Allison, she also passed on the middle name. Donna was raised Unitarian Universalist, a religion which traces its roots back nearly 450 years to 16th Century Transylvania. Her mother took care of the home and family while her father was a self-employed gold and silver smith. Due to the n …

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“His Life ‘Began’ with a Bike Ride to the New York World’s Fair” by Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | May 3, 2020

"His Life ‘Began’ with a Bike Ride to the New York World’s Fair" by Harriett Burt

Ed Vining moved into Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill-Martinez a few months ago from the Muir Oaks section of Martinez. He was born in North Carolina in 1925 shortly before his family moved to Montgomery, West Virginia. His father was a teacher and his mother was a housewife. He had two sisters. Ed is certain of one thing: “my life didn’t start until I was 14” when the 1939-40 World’s Fair opened in New York.  He wanted to see it, but his family wasn’t able to go. Ed around 1946 It was 1940 before he started the trip. How did he get there? “I rode my bike,” he replied. What??? Montgomery is nearly 500 miles from New York City! “Were your p …

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Carlton Residents Show Appreciation for our Essential Associates
Carlton Senior Living Blog | April 28, 2020

Carlton Residents Show Appreciation for our Essential Associates

The outpouring of support from residents, families and our communities at large is truly humbling and heartening. Bill Edwards from Carlton Senior Living Sacramento and Harriett Burt from Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill and their expressions of appreciation are fantastic examples of the fellowship that can only be felt within a community.   We’re in this together and we feel the love, so, thank YOU!

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“Finding Love in the Midst of War” by Hariett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | April 19, 2020

"Finding Love in the Midst of War" by Hariett Burt

Many of us at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill-Martinez know Connie Malone but only a few remember her husband, Mike, who lived here from 2008 until his death in 2010. Connie is a first-generation American born of an Italian couple who immigrated to the United States around 1919 to build a better life. Mike, the son of an Indiana Presbyterian minister’s family, decided to sign up for a two-year enlistment in the Marine Corps in October 1941 so he could get the draft out of the way before resuming college to become a lawyer. Just two months later, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor radically changed Mike’s plan. By August 1942, he was an i …

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“Lucy Hanson Remembers…” by Resident, Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | March 6, 2020

"Lucy Hanson Remembers..." by Resident, Harriett Burt

This article detailing a specific time period in the life of Lucy Hanson, a resident of Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill was written by fellow resident and Martinez News-Gazette writer, Harriett Burt. At one point in her life, an Arab fortune teller in French Algeria told teenage Lucienne ‘Lucy’ Hanson, “I see you in uniform. I see water very, very far away….” No matter how skeptical one might be about fortune tellers, this turned out to be a true vision. Lucy wore a U.S. Army uniform from 1945 until 1947 when she crossed the Atlantic as the bride of an American army officer with a baby on the way. Born in Aix-les-Baines, France in 1925, L …

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Resident Spotlight – Jacque Andrews
Carlton Senior Living | February 24, 2020

Resident Spotlight - Jacque Andrews

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jacque Andrews — Jacque was born on October 22, 1931, in Topeka, Kansas to parents Ralph and Ann Pantier and was the second of two daughters. Jacque’s older sister, Barbara, was more beautiful and social and she felt like she grew up in her older sister’s shadow. After junior high, the Pantier family moved to Manhattan, Kansas and Jacque graduated from high school there in 1949. Jacque went on to attend Kansas State University where a stroke of fate and an error in her class schedule would lead to meeting her future husband. During her junior year of college, Jacque had intended to become a home …

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Taking Senior Fitness to the Next Level with Live 2 B Healthy

Taking Senior Fitness to the Next Level with Live 2 B Healthy

We LOVE the fact that we get to share some very exciting news with you! Our Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill community (shown below) participated in the “Most Fit Live 2 B Healthy Community” national contest in January and ranked in the top 3 most fit communities nationwide. And with almost a 70% increase in participation, we ranked #1 in the challenge with 44 new participants joining our communities’ program. We congratulate all four of our Carlton Senior Living communities who participated in the challenge; our Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Carlton Senior Living Concord and Carlton Senior Living Sacramento communities who …

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Honoring Carlton’s Awesome Activity Teams
Carlton Senior Living | January 20, 2020

Honoring Carlton's Awesome Activity Teams

Carlton’s activity teams are essential in engaging, inspiring and enriching the lives of seniors through our dynamic Personal Expressions program. It’s not just all fun and games for our Personal Expressions teams, they also help to promote the well-being residents by meeting their social, physical and cognitive needs through programs that are tailored to their needs and interests. Whether they are leading an activity, hosting Happy Hour, facilitating a community event or coordinating Carlton’s transportation services, our Personal Expressions teams are always on the move. Did we mention these teams also create the monthly community newslette …

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Marivi’s Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup Recipe
Carlton Senior Living | January 13, 2020

Marivi’s Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup Recipe

We are souper excited to present to you this delicious Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup recipe from the Third Edition of Carlton’s Cookbook For a Cure in honor of National Soup Month. Pick up all the ingredients you need for this tasty soup on a quick trip to the local Asian market. Makes 2 servings. Ingredients 2 cans of coconut milk, Chaokoh brand is preferred 6 shrimp, deveined 3 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped 1 tbsp. Maesri red curry paste, add more to taste 2 tbsp. white sugar Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional) Directions Cook coconut milk on low heat in a medium saucepan. When the coconut milk starts to boil, add kaffir leaves. Next, add …

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Resident Spotlight – Harriett Burt

Resident Spotlight - Harriett Burt

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Harriett Burt – Harriett was born in 1940 in East Oakland, California to Harold and Jean Burt. Her father attended Chico State University and was a school principal in Ashland, California but he felt he could not raise his family well on such an income. He ultimately decided to enlist in the U.S. Army but was denied due to colorblindness and instead became a welder for the shipyards in Oakland. In 1947, the Burt’s welcomed a son and both children were raised in El Cerrito. Harriett was considered to be very bright in her youth but chose to focus on activities other than her studies. At El Cerrito …

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Resident Spotlight- Sue Bolender

Resident Spotlight- Sue Bolender

Meet Carlton Senior Living resident spotlight- Sue Bolender. Sue was born in 1940 in San Francisco, California to Leslie and Elizabeth Stocker. Her father served in the military and her mother was a bookkeeper and an accountant. In her youth, Sue lived in Marin County as well as Hawaii where her father was stationed during his time in the service. After her father’s service ended, the family returned to Marin County and her parents eventually divorced when she was 8 years old. As a child, she also lived on her grandparent’s 50-acre salt marsh north of Novato with her cousins who were English colonials from China. In eighth grade, she moved to …

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Resident Spotlight- Sylvia Thomas

Resident Spotlight- Sylvia Thomas

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s resident spotlight- Sylvia Thomas. A second generation American, Sylvia’s parents both immigrated from Prosecco in Northern Italy, the region from which the sparkling wine, AKA “Italian Champagne” is created!  She was born in Akron, Ohio on February 16, 1930 the youngest of four daughters to parents Gelindo and Margaret Ortolano. At the time of Gelindo and Margaret’s immigration economic and political hardships in Italy were motivating factors bringing people to America. Between 1900 and 1915, 3 million Italians immigrated to America, which was the largest nationality of “new immigrants.”  “New Immigration,” refer …

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