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Resident Spotlight - Marie Wagner

When you discover that you have a talent or natural ability to do something you just do it. At least that’s the case with Marie Wagner, Carlton Senior Living San Leandro resident, who has been painting since her youth. “This is just my thing,” says Marie who prefers painting beautiful watercolor landscapes and scenes from life. It all starts with a simple sketch for artist Marie Wagner. After completing high school, Marie had considered studying art but her mother had another plan in mind. “My mother didn’t exactly encourage me,” explains Marie. “She wanted me to do something more practical.” With this in mind, Marie enrolled at Stanford Univ …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living San Leandro, Community News, Resident Spotlight, Senior Living Lifestyle

Resident Spotlight - Millie Jacobson

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident Millie Jacobson – Lovable Millie was born and raised in Oakland, California. She enjoyed a childhood full of games, races and sometimes movies for 10 cents if she could get the money. She remembers that in those days for only a penny she could get five pieces of candy or a hot dog for just a nickel. In junior and senior high school, Mille enjoyed going to school dances and also played the violin. After graduation, Millie attended Armstrong Business College where the Dean helped her get her first job in the Human Resources Department of a large company next to the courthouse. During the war, she …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Mickey & Floyd McLean

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight residents, Mickey and Floyd McLean –  Mickey and Floyd first met at a birthday party in Fresno, California. For their first date they went to the movies and saw “Honeymoon” staring Shirley Temple and Guy Madison. Floyd and Mickey married July 18, 1950 and have been married for over 60 years. Mickey worked for city schools as a library technician while Floyd worked for the state. They have three sons named Jim, John, and Mark. Floyd and Mickey also have four grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Out of all the traveling they have done Mickey’s favorite place is Europe while Floyd prefers Hawaii. Favorite …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Wilma "Lee" Street

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident Lee Street – Wilma “Lee” Street was born on April 4, 1938 to parents August and Dollie. Lee moved to California in September of 1964 because she fell in love with the state and her brother was going to law school in San Francisco. As she was growing up she really valued friendship over the years especially with how she maintained them while living in two different states. Lee’s first job was as a babysitter then went on to become a medical transcriber for Kaiser Permanente. A fun fact about Lee is that her family owns an eight lane bowling alley in Kinde, Michigan. Lee has a daughter and two gra …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Barbara Dunn

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Barbara Dunn – Born on August 7, 1922 in Orosi, California, to parents Edith and Raymond Toler, Barbara Dunn is the youngest of three children. A native of California, Barb has lived throughout the state and in Surprise, Arizona. In Arizona, on an RV lot, Barb discovered in her 70s that she loves line dancing and became a line dancing teacher. For six years she taught roughly 10-50 people on any given night. Raised a Baptist, she feels that she didn’t know how to dance, but somehow managed to learn and teach. Upon returning to California, she lived in Citrus Heights and for the past four years …


by Eric Demuth

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Willis "Bill" Courtney

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident Willis “Bill” Courtney – Bill was born as the only child to Willis and May Courtney in San Francisco, California. He has always resided in California since being born and moved to Sacramento when he was nine years old. However, Frank Sinatra said it best and Bill agrees that he left his heart in San Francisco, his favorite city in the world. After marrying his beloved late wife Shirley, they welcomed to the world and their family three beautiful children, a daughter and two sons. Bill attributes the birth of his children as being his favorite life experience thus far. Although Bill was employed …


by Jonita Dixon

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Sacramento, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Bobbie Rose & Her Centenarian Celebration

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident Bobbie Rose ­- Barbara “Bobbie” Sharp was born in San Francisco, California on June 21, 1918. Her father worked for PG&E as an electrical engineer and ran the powerhouses in a small town near Towle, California. Bobbie was an only child. She attended school in Christian Valley until fourth grade and then moved to San Jose where she would remain local for the next 40 years. Bobbie graduated from high school and went on to San Jose State University where she met her husband, Hugh Rose, in accounting class. They were seated alphabetically and were sitting next to each other. Both graduated colle …


by Denee Coleman

Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

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

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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

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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