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Resident Spotlight - Patrick Dundon

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Patrick Dundon – Patrick was born in Borris, Ireland a small village on the River Barrow in County Carlow on September 27, 1920. He was the fourth born of five children to his parents Edward and Maye. Patrick’s father was the town doctor. Patrick had a good life growing up in Borris and was often found to be getting up to mischief. One day he and his friend Tom Millet decided that they wanted to go shooting and had to sneak his father’s gun out of the house by taking it apart and slipping the parts down the leg of his pants. Another time he and his friends were having a rock fight and Patrick got …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Ed Rorke

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Ed Rorke – If you haven’t met our new resident, Ed, you are missing out on a lot. An Irishman by birth, he was raised in Dublin, Ireland. At around the age of 26, he moved to the United States for a job with US Steel Corporation where he was an engineer. Ed studied at the University of Colorado Denver and completed his grad studies at UC Berkeley in Business Administration. Ed is a proud graduate of the Piedmont Police Academy and has also taught business classes at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. According to Ed, he is the Mayor and Deputy of a small island called Ballena which is loca …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Doris Miller

Resident Spotlight - Doris Miller

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Doris Miller – Doris was born in Oakland, California on April 6, 1933. She was married for 20 years, has two children, and one grandchild. When asked what words of wisdom she has to offer others, Doris said “be strong and be family” and also to “love like everyone is your family.” Doris worked for Shedd’s part-time and retired after 30 years in 1996. Her favorite activities are watching her television and going out on Shopping Shuttles offered at Carlton Senior Living Fremont. She likes living at Carlton because it is nice and quiet and never runs into problems. Doris is a very humorous lady who …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Resident Spotlight

Will & Gloria's Secret to Love

The Curtis’ “When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy.” ~Katherine Jenkins Will attended school with Gloria’s sister. After years had passed, Will agreed to go to a soda fountain because his friend had wanted to dance with Gloria. The friend had one dance with Gloria and then Will took a chance and danced with Gloria, they danced the rest of the evening and talked until the wee hours of the morning. For most of the beginning of their relationship, Will was working while Gloria was attending school in another town. During her vacations she came home and Will was there, having patiently waited to take her out on the …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Colette & Roger's Secret to Love

The Ricard’s Established in 1955 “Paris is always a good idea!” ~Audrey Hepburn Roger and Colette first met when he was working on her parent’s farm. For Colette, she recalls that when she first saw Roger it was certainly love at first sight, she knew all along he was the one for her. She said “I’m going to marry him.” Colette, unlike traditional relationships of their time, took the lead as the woman and said I love you first. Roger always felt that he didn’t want an American girl and after meeting Colette and falling in love he knows that he was the lucky one and destined to meet her. Roger took Colette’s hand on vacation in December of 195 …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Stan and Oleta's Secret to Love

The Olsen’s Established in 1951 “Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love.” ~Marvin J. Ashton Stan hung out with Oleta’s brother and knew her family well; in fact their families knew one another. However it wasn’t until later when he officially met Oleta and in one word he describes that moment as, WOW! Their first date was to a movie at the Fox Theatre in Richmond, California. As their relationship progressed Oleta was focused on school and Stan entered into the service within the branch of the Navy. Stan was on leave for a week and during that ti …


by Jessica Beck

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Myron and Birdies's Secret to Love

The Paine’s Established in 1959 “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” ~William Shakespeare  Myron and Birdie Paine met in a church group for singles in South Dakota, he had just come back from staff. On their first date he walked her home from a party and hayride where she reached out and took his hand. She did not want to walk home alone with the other guy’s that offered to walk her home. From that first walk they began to go out for coffee often, slowly getting to know each other. He proposed to her on Valentine’s Day with a heart shaped chocolate box, asking her to marry him. However, Birdie declined and said sh …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Focus

Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Dr. Carl Haller

Resident Spotlight - Dr. Carl Haller

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Dr. Carl Haller – Carl was born December 9, 1928, to Edward and Rae. Carl was a child of the Great Depression and is a member of the “Greatest Generation.” From the age of 16 until retirement at the age of 84, Carl never missed a day of work, never took a sick day and never cut a class. During the depression, his family moved from coast to coast seeking work and suffering the deprivation of that terrible period. They eventually settled in the West Bronx in New York City. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1947. In 1949, instead of being drafted in the Army, Carl enlisted into the U …


by Denee Coleman

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Rose and Joe's Secret to Love

Rose and Joe Girimonte Established 1955 “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”  VIctor Hugo Rosalie “Rose” was born in Richmond, California, where she and Joe first met.  Joe’s family had relocated to Richmond and Joe became friends with Rose’s older brother Ray.  Joe paid Rose no notice except as his pal’s kid sister. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight given the circumstances. However, after high school graduation Joe joined the Navy and while on leave in Richmond he saw Rose’s high school graduation photo and couldn’t believe his eyes.  It of course is only fitting that their first date wa …


by Jessica Beck

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Focus

Melanie and Seiji's Secret to Love

Seiji & Melanie Yoshinobu Established 1960 “Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” ~Robert Henri Melanie and Seiji, high school sweethearts, first met when she was 14 and he was 17. Their families knew one another and they both were accomplished students. Seiji was a star on the football team and Melanie was a cheerleader that caught his eye. He was intrigued by her hula dancing. Their first date was at El Patio in Monterey. Yet, for Melanie it was certainly not love at first sight, in fact she recalls she “hated him, he was too macho!” Yet, after sometime of getting to kn …


by Jessica Beck

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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Celeste Van Fleet

Resident Spotlight - Celeste Van Fleet

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Celeste Van Fleet – Celeste was born November 18, 1923, to parents Albert and Celeste Clark, in Baltimore, Maryland. She had two siblings, Dorothy Ann, and Jim. Jim passed away at an early age after an aircraft accident while he was in the US Air Force. Celeste attended public school at Roland Park and was an Arts and Crafts major at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the heart of Baltimore. She met and married Robert Samuel Van Fleet, an officer candidate at the US Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. He was a journalist, and the two moved to Middletown, New York, his hometow …


by Eric Demuth

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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Paul Schmidt

Resident Spotlight - Paul Schmidt

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Paul Schmidt – Paul was born in the East Bay in Oakland, California. He attended San Jose City College and later transferred to San Jose State University. Paul was a police officer with the City of San Jose for 30 years and, after retiring, he became a reserve officer. He was also in the U.S. Coast Guard during the 1960s. While with the police force, Paul became a youth soccer coach with the San Jose Police Activities League (PAL). Despite not knowing anything about soccer when he began coaching, Paul was eventually named PAL Coach of the Year. Because Paul is so tall at a height of 6 feet 4 inch …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living San Jose, Resident Spotlight