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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 Naro

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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 Naro

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 Denee Naro

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 Naro

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 Naro

Carlton Senior Living Sacramento, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Margaret Haug

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Margaret Haug: “Hello, my name is Margaret Haug. I was born in Westward, California on June 30, 1929. My husband, Lou, and I had been together for quite a while and shared seven amazing children together. We owned a grocery business that became quite successful in our time.   My favorite things at Carlton Senior Living Fremont are the socials and the entertainment. Some words of wisdom would be to enjoy the time you spend in your community. A few words to describe me would be happy, hard working and a busy-body. Something you may not know about me is that I really enjoyed working on my garde …


by Denee Naro

Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Carol Banks

Resident Spotlight - Carol Banks

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Carol Banks — Carol was born on May 7, 1930 in Fresno, California to Charles and Ruth Sortor. Carol and her brother were raised on various farms through the Central Valley and they learned to love nature, like their parents. The Sortors loved to camp in Yosemite National Park and the entire family made it a point to stay active and productive. Carol’s mother was a homemaker and was very diligent about keeping her children busy when they were not in school. Her father was an engineer, a farmer and also he also worked in an office prior to his retirement. After graduating high school, Carol atten …


by Denee Naro

Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Richard Schwab

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Richard Schwab – Richard was born to parents Phillip Edgar Schwab and mother Ruth Narum on September 12, 1927, in Little Falls, Minnesota, the same town where the historic aviator Charles Lindbergh was raised. Richard’s father worked hatching chickens, and his mother was a schoolteacher and office worker. Richard had three brothers, and describes his brother Phillip as his closest friend and comrade. Richard says they had such similar life experiences, thoughts, and says, “how lucky could I be to be born into the same family!?” Richard and his family lived in various places in Minnesota, and he …


by Jonita Dixon

Carlton Senior Living Davis, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Residents, Dale & Abby

Resident Spotlight: Dale & Abby Faust

Meet Carlton Senor Living’s spotlight residents, Dale and Abby Faust ­- Dale was born in 1935 in Culver City, California where he was raised along with his younger brother. His parents were employed by Douglas Aircraft Company; his father worked as an aircraft engineer while his mother worked part-time in the tool crib. After graduating high school in 1953, Dale attended college at the New Mexico School of Mines for two years before joining the U.S. Navy. He completed his Navy boot camp training in San Diego and then was stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1956. Abby Westwood was born in 1941 in the town of Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, Engla …


by Denee Naro

Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Susan Polloak

Resident Spotlight - Susan Pollak

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Susan Pollak  – Susan was born on December 30, 1925 in Vienna, Austria to parents Paul and Senta. Growing up she loved walks in the Austrian landscape and enjoyed learning about the history of the area. A historical event she remembers is when Austria was being taken over by Germany in 1938. She was only a child and could sense all the negativity and people just dreading each day. Susan’s first job was in England as a secretary. She was married to her husband Theodore “Ted” Pollak for 39 years and together they had two daughters named Karen Irma and Melissa Fay. Her proudest moment was arriving …


by Denee Naro

Carlton Senior Living Concord, Resident Spotlight

CSL Spotlight Resident, Jim Costa

Resident Spotlight - Jim Costa

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Jim Costa – Jim was born in 1950 and lived in the Washington Manor neighborhood of San Leandro along with his parents and two half-sisters. His father had the potential to become a pro-golfer but reasoned that there was no money in it and so he went to work for the government instead displaying his large collection of golf trophies as his consolation. Jim’s mother was a homemaker and Jim has fond memories of taking day trips with his family to sunny places like Santa Cruz and also Disneyland a time or two. When Jim graduated from Marina High School the Vietnam War was raging and so he was oblig …


by Denee Naro

Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill, Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - CJ Breen

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, CJ Breen, as told in her own words. “I was born in Joliet, Illinois, and was raised in Chicago. I married my husband, Jim, in 1965. Together we shared two kids and two grandsons. In 1977 we moved to a home in San Jose, California and lived there for 25 years. I worked in several beauty shops in my time as well as Al-Anon as a public speaker. One of my favorite things at Carlton Fremont is the entertainment as I am very into music and grooving along to it. Some words of wisdom would be, “the only kind of martyr is a dead one. Anyone else won’t make it.” I also tend to ask people, “what does it c …


by Denee Naro

Carlton Senior Living Fremont, Resident Spotlight