Blog

Resident Spotlight - Kevin Schwan

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Kevin Schwan – Kevin was born in Sacramento and was raised in Santa Rosa, California. Growing up, Kevin enjoyed hiking in the hills, swimming and working at his father’s grocery store on the weekends. He fondly recalls that all he cared for was a Coke and a pack of baseball cards as payment for his work. In his youth, Kevin also enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and wrestling in high school and college. After graduating from Sonoma State University, Kevin moved to the Silicon Valley where he worked as an electrical engineer for several companies including Argo Systems for twenty years and St …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Houston Tuel

Spotlight Resident - Houston Tuel

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Houston Tuel – Houston was born August 30, 1922 on a farm in the Red River area of Southern Oklahoma, on the border with Texas. His father, Leslie Frank Tuel, was an oilfield roughneck. His mother, Maudie Leah Pirtle, the daughter of a Methodist minister, raised Houston and his younger brother, Rex. In 1927, his father bought a farm in Oklahoma, growing cotton, feed grains and corn. Two years later, an oil boom in Oklahoma City led his family to move there, though the job didn’t last long, and the family moved to Burkburnett, Texas, a small town on the northern border, and the inspiration for t …


by Eric Demuth

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Lillian Bean

Spotlight Resident - Lillian Bean

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident,  Lillian Bean ­— Lillian was born in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the DeLaura family in 1919. Her father, Victor, worked in the Brockton Shoe Factory and her mother Emelia, was a housewife. Emelia had 11 children, three of which died at birth, two before Lillian was born, and the third shortly after which caused Emelia to have a nervous breakdown and she was hospitalized soon after. When Lillian was two, her father decided it was necessary to put Lillian and her closest sister in an orphanage where she remained in for eight years while her older siblings took care of the home while her fa …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Wayne Springsteen

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Wayne Springsteen: “Hey there! My name is Wayne Springsteen. I was born on a 40-acre farm in New Plymouth, Idaho on July 8th, 1926. I grew up with one brother and one sister. I have 5 children; 4 daughters and 1 son, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and a cat named Piper (who was named after my favorite airplane)! I am a WWII veteran and served for 20 years. On June 25th, I was elected Veteran of the Year Honoree for 2014. For 41 years I worked in the Nuclear Plant Business with General Electric. My favorite activity here at Carlton Senior Living Fremont is to play pool and need a pool sha …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living, Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Jean Malamud

Resident Spotlight - Jean Malamud

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jean Malamud – Jean was born in San Diego to parents Sydney and Zelma. Her father was a printer, and print shop owner, who created, among other things, business cards and wedding announcements. Her mother was a bookkeeper, who in fact had to pretend she was older in order to get the job. Jean’s parents were also survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires that leveled the city. Jean has one sister, Ellen, who currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She recalls fondly that during the period in time of her high school education, she was “lousy at sports,” and it was unu …


by Eric Demuth

Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Peter Vittori

Resident Spotlight - Peter Vittori

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Peter Vittori – Peter was born in the small town of McCloud in the Shasta Cascade area of Northern California in 1917. His parents were Italian immigrants and Peter’s father worked as a miner for gold and coal in the mountains there. He was one of six brothers and sisters, the third born. Later, the family moved to Oakland and then to Emeryville, California. In high school, Peter was a star football and baseball player and also ran track. He met his wife, Ardel, at Emeryville High School, they became high school sweethearts and married shortly after graduation. Settling in Emeryville, Peter and …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

CSL Resident, Herb, loves playing the trumpet

Resident Spotlight - Herb Sontag

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident Herb Sontag – Herb recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a festive party at the Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill attended by family and friends. Refreshments were provided by his granddaughter, Megan, who made many of Herb’s favorite cakes and pies. Not only were they delicious, but they were beautiful, too. Herb surprised everyone by tooting a few tunes on his trumpet – he still has it! Playing trumpet in a band has been a constant in Herb’s life since he first began in fourth grade. Since then he has played in many dance bands including the Techtonians, MIT’s big band where he …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Norma Mangels

Resident Spotlight - Norma Mangels

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Norma Mangels – Norma was born in Oakland, California in 1931 to the Hoeger family. In 1935, her family moved from the Bay Area to Sacramento in search of work. Norma was raised with her two sisters and a brother. As a child, she learned to play the violin but certainly wasn’t good enough to play at Carnegie Hall. When she was a girl, she also liked to play baseball. Norma prides herself on being a hard worker and really liked working throughout her life. She had several jobs working for insurance business and was employed by the State Board of Equalization and as well as Workman’s Comp. Norma …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Richard Shaw

Resident Spotlight - Richard Shaw

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Richard Shaw – Richard was born January 22, 1943 in New York, New York. In 1973, he moved to the west coast when he purchased an antique shop in California. From there, he spent his career working in the hotel and restaurant business. Richard is well-traveled and has visited 70 countries. Of the many places he has visited, Richard names Ireland as his favorite because the people were so friendly and were especially helpful with directions. He would like to continue traveling to explore new places and to learn about their unique cultures and histories. One country he would love to visit is Thail …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Peg Arz

Resident Spotlight - Peg Arz

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Peg Arz – Peg was born on February 11, 1923 in Buffalo, New York, to parents John and Margaret. Her dad served in the US Navy, and her mother raised her and her three brothers. Her father passed when she was a young age. Peg fondly recalls her relationships with her brothers. One entered seminary school at the young age of twelve and eventually became an Army Chaplain. Another brother would treat her to shows and take her out, and once bought her a stylish pair of white gloves to wear. From Buffalo, Peg moved to nearby Orchard Park, where she attended eight years of Catholic school. She recalls h …


by Eric Demuth

Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Jo Beck

Resident Spotlight - Jo Beck

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jo Beck – Jo was born on May 7, 1935 in Helena, Montana. Before moving to Carlton Senior Living Concord she was living in her own home for fifty-three years. On June 12, 1955 she married her husband Jack William and had four children three sons and a daughter. She was part of different organizations such as Beta Sigma Phi, Phone Company Club, Baptist Senior Club from September to May. Her favorite scent is Christmas and bacon cooking over a campfire. Her favorite food is bacon, avocado, and tomato sandwich since she no longer can eat lettuce. She enjoys all seasons with different climate changes. …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - John Connelly

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, John Connelly – John Robert Connelly was born on May 6, 1934 and spent a great deal of his life in Sacramento. As a young adult, John attended and earned his high school diploma from C.K. McClatchy High School. After graduation, he moved to Chicago, Illinois in order to attend the University of Chicago. There he recalls that he spent most his freshman year completing undergraduate and general education requirements. Soon after John completed his first year of college, he enlisted in the military. John served in the Army for three years as a special agent for the Counterintelligence Corps (Army …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Sacramento, Resident Spotlight