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CSL Spotlight Residents, Jack and Joanne Chambers

Resident Spotlight - Jack & Joanne Chambers

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight residents, Jack and Joanne Chambers. Joanne Chambers was born October 31, 1938, in Pratt, Kansas, a small town 80 miles west of Wichita. Being brought up in a farming family required a lot of hard labor and grit, and Joanne remembers her and her sister, ages 9 and 5 respectively, had to cook dinner for nine people each night. She had three brothers and one sister. Jack Chambers was born October 14, 1929, a mere two weeks before the stock market crash of Black Tuesday, triggering the events leading to the Great Depression. Jack was born in Oakland, but following the death of his father, moved to Fallon, Nev …


by Eric Demuth

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

Jerry Michaels, CSL Spotlight Resident

Resident Spotlight - Jerry Michaels

Jerry Michaels was born on December 8, 1937, in Arlington, Texas to Jerri “Bulla May” and Preston “Percy” Michaels. She is the second-eldest of four children and was raised with her siblings Shirley, Dewey and Jack. Her favorite childhood memory is having a loving family who always cares for one another always making the best of any situation. Jerry’s family moved to California from Texas when she was 4 years old from Texas and they were living in Concord when the big Port Chicago explosion occurred in 1944, which was very eventful. Witnessing historically significant events like the Port Chicago disaster and later Kennedy’s Assassination gav …


by Denee Coleman

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Olga Kempton, Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident

Resident Spotlight - Olga Kempton

My name is Olga Kempton and I was born on October 26, 1924, in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. My family and I used to live in the suburbs of Whitinsville and I was the older sister to my two brothers, Walter and Johnny. My father worked as a mechanic at the local textile mills and my mother operated part of our home in the suburbs as a boarding house. In my adolescent years, I played with friends picked blueberries and helped mother with the house. I began my nursing career at Mills Memorial Hospital and joined the Army Nursing Corp during WWII when many nurses joined the military and left overseas. The nursing Corp took me to California where …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living San Leandro, Resident Spotlight

Donna Love, Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident

Resident Spotlight - Donna Love

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Donna Love – With her smile and friendly demeanor, Donna is a wonderful asset to our community at Carlton Pleasant Hill. Her willingness to share her life experiences with honest reflection provides comfort to others to share as well, creating a recipe for meaningful friendships. Donna (far right) and friends during CPH’s Dining Room Grand Re-Opening Donna was born on December 10, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Warner and Elizabeth Love and three older brothers. Donna’s father, Warren, was an engineer and had steady work throughout the depression because he was able to travel all over th …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Hank & Rhoda Bruett

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight residents, Hank and Rhoda Bruett. Hank was born in Brunsbüttel, in Northern Germany near Hamburg. His parents and whole family lived there, and as he puts it, “Everyone in my family lived within 35 miles of there, and we only had bicycles and no cars, so if you wanted to meet and marry someone, you would have to ride your bike to the nearest town.” Hank had an uncle living in Bolinas, in Marin County, who asked if Hank or his brother wanted to move out to California. Hank jumped at the idea and set forth for America when he was 19 years old. Rhoda was born in Woodland, California, where her grandmother ran …


by Eric Demuth

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Resident Spotlight - Betty Powell: Celebrating 5 Generations of Family

Proud grandmother of four, great-grandma of four more and great-great-grandma of one, Betty Powell is a source of inspiration to the younger members of her family. Betty visiting with granddaughter, Heather, and the latest addition to the family, Braiden. “My grandmother has been one of the most inspirational people in my life. She has taught me to keep a positive outlook on life, stay physically active, be kind and patient with others, and that there’s always a good reason to eat chocolate!” – Heather, Betty’s granddaughter   Read more about this amazing mother and grandmother who remains active and involved in her community at 103 year …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Ralph Bolestra

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Ralph Bolestra – Ralph was born on June 12th in Sioux, South Dakota. He is full blooded Sioux Native American and was birthed the native way of the tribe, in a tipi. In 1957 he moved to California and prior to working on the pipelines from Wyoming to Idaho, he was a supervisor at the Meredith Seafood Plant in Sacramento. He had one daughter and has 4 grandchildren. Lorraine Pine and Ralph have been together for 15 years and they love to play bingo here at Carlton Senior Living Fremont. Ralph and Lorraine are comfortable here at Carlton after experiencing the activities and being around everyone. …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Della Braga

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Della Braga – Della was born on October 20th in Madrid, New Mexico and raised in Santa Clara, California. She moved to California when she was six years old. Della was married for 25 years to a wonderful man. Together they had 3 children: 2 girls, 1 boy, and 6 grandchildren. Della worked as the CEO Assistant for President of Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space for 25 years. She started from the bottom and worked her way to the top. She loves golf and belonged to a ladies golf club. Della is a very friendly, kind, and open-minded woman who would never take anything for granted. Della’s words of w …


by Denee Coleman

Blog, Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Arnie & Rita Stone

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight residents, Arnie and Rita Stone. Arnie Stone was born March 18, 1928 in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York, to parents Ruth and Manny. Rita was born December 16, 1929 in The Bronx, New York, to mother, Ann, and father, Benjamin. Arnie had a brother, Stanley, who was a salesman. Rita also had a brother, David, who worked as a purchasing agent. In 1945, after high school, Arnie joined the U.S. Navy and remained enlisted through 1949. He was grateful for the opportunity to receive the GI Bill, allowing him to attend Pace University in Manhattan where he majored in accounting. On a Saturday night in …


by Eric Demuth

Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

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

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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