Resident Spotlight – Cyndy Bradley of Carlton Davis
Resident Spotlights | July 27, 2021

Resident Spotlight - Cyndy Bradley of Carlton Davis

Making ice cream on July 4th at Carlton Davis Meet Cyndy Bradley, Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident of the week. Cynthia “Cyndy” Manfred Bradley was born on August 23, 1935 in Niagara Falls, New York. Her father, Pete, was a gym teacher, and her mother, Agnes, was a bookkeeper. She grew up in Lewiston, New York, near Niagara Falls. She has two older siblings, Ben and Mary. Cyndy recalls being a mischievous child. One time, when a house was being built in the neighborhood, Cyndy and a friend went over and unscrewed every screw in the house. After high school, Cyndy continued her education at William Smith College in Geneva, New York. …

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Resident Spotlight – Harry Bowers of Carlton Concord
Carlton Senior Living Blog | June 28, 2021

Resident Spotlight - Harry Bowers of Carlton Concord

Harry Bowers moved from San Francisco to Concord, California with his family when he was a child. In the 1960s Harry started his career as an insurance agent with Allstate Insurance and later opened a successful independent insurance agency in Concord. During this time, we was also active in the community through various leadership roles. Harry was the Concord Chamber of Commerce Board President, Rotary Club of Concord President and also served as a long-term board member – and Board President of Mt. Diablo Medical Center. Harry loved his work at the Mt. Diablo Medical Center and spent many hours in volunteer roles, including serving as ambas …

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“There’s a Bit of Daredevil Inside! The 20th & 21st Century Life of Bobbie Rose” by Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living Blog | June 22, 2021

"There’s a Bit of Daredevil Inside! The 20th & 21st Century Life of Bobbie Rose" by Harriett Burt

It is an interesting coincidence that Barbara Sharp ‘Bobbie’ Rose was born in San Francisco on June 21, 1918, right in the middle of the Spanish Flu pandemic, the last deadly worldwide health assault before the Covid-19 pandemic we are now experiencing. Bobbie’s mother was in labor for three days. It took her five months in the hospital and one month with relatives to recover, at least partially, from a serious infection. It was not totally cleared until sulfa drugs were developed in the late 1930s. Another problem in this most difficult birth was that the umbilical cord was wrapped around Bobbie’s neck. To keep the baby alive during the birt …

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Fran DeGaetano & The Tale of Princess Peppercorn
Carlton Senior Living Blog | June 13, 2021

Fran DeGaetano & The Tale of Princess Peppercorn

Frances was born in Ocala, Florida and was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her father worked for the ACL train line. After graduating from high school, Fran went to New York for a fashion and modeling class. As a student of the modeling class, she was given a room to rent on Long Island but spent her days in New York City. Fran says she quickly learned that modeling was not what she wanted to do. She says that in those days, models were not respected or treated well. She found a job in New York with a management group where she worked as a clothing buyer supplying large department stores. When retail buyers came to New York, she took them …

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Resident Spotlight – Margaret Paul of Carlton Davis
Carlton Senior Living | June 7, 2021

Resident Spotlight - Margaret Paul of Carlton Davis

Margaret poses with Miriam, Carlton Davis’ Executive Director. Margaret Boyd Paul was born on May 12, 1922. She grew up in Flat River (now Park Hills), Missouri. Margaret recalls not having running water or electricity as a young girl. Her parents, Finis and Mary Ann, had eight children together; Margaret was the second youngest. Her father worked at St. Joe Minerals in the lead mines. After graduating from Flat River Junior College, Margaret met her future husband, John Paul. They were introduced by Margaret’s best friend, Katie; Katie was married to John’s brother, Ted. They married in 1944, while John was in the service, and lived happily …

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Carlton Honors Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Gave All by Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | May 31, 2021

Carlton Honors Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Gave All by Harriett Burt

Carlton Pleasant Hill-Martinez celebrated Veterans Day last November by featuring the stories of some of the residents who served in World War II and Korea. It was so popular that we decided to do it again in May. But when it looked like it would be another set of stories about living veterans, this time including Vietnam, one of the vets pointed out that “Memorial Day is about those who died” in service to their country, not those who lived. It took a while but finally, the solution became apparent. We should feature the living veterans talking about those they knew, either as relatives or as buddies, who did not survive the war. The profile …

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Resident Spotlight – Ronna Berezin of Carlton Davis

Resident Spotlight - Ronna Berezin of Carlton Davis

Ronna Margolis Berezin was born in Washington, D.C. on August 25, 1939. Her father, Sydney Margolis, owned a men’s clothing store. Ronna describes him as hot-tempered and strict. Her mother, Frances, worked at the store and cared for her family. Ronna had a wonderful relationship with her mother. She has two younger siblings, Richard, an OBGYN who lives in Maryland, and Vivian, who lives in New Mexico. She says that she was lucky to have a good childhood and a great group of friends. She also has fond memories of trips to the beach in Baltimore. Ronna received a degree in education at Penn State. While there, she joined Alpha Beta Gamma honor …

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Resident Spotlight – Salvador of Carlton Fremont
Carlton Senior Living Blog | April 25, 2021

Resident Spotlight - Salvador of Carlton Fremont

Salvador was born in San Jose, California and grew up in Union City. Some of his favorite childhood memories are playing sports – especially baseball, football, and basketball. While in the US Army, Salvador married his first wife and they were together for 29 years. Salvador was previously a union plumber in the Bay Area. When he was just 20 years old, he supervised a crew of 15 plumbers Salvador met his second wife on a blind date and the couple got married only one month later. He and his second wife were together for 10 years. Salvador enjoys traveling and going on cruises, finding restaurants in San Francisco, and going to casinos. At Ca …

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Resident Spotlight – Katherine Tuttle of Carlton Elk Grove
Carlton Senior Living Blog | April 18, 2021

Resident Spotlight - Katherine Tuttle of Carlton Elk Grove

Katherine Marie Tuttle was born on February 19, 1937 in Texarkana, Arkansas. She is the oldest of six children. Her father was a sharecropper and they lived on a farm. In February 1947, her family moved to California. Katherine met Bill at church in California, and they got married on August 14, 1954 in Reno, Nevada. The Tuttles had two daughters, Gwen and Jeanne. Jeanne, unfortunately, passed away from ALS in 2012. They also have 4 grandchildren and 4 ½ great-grandchildren (one is on the way.) Katherine worked for the State of California under the Department of Developmental Services for 28 years. Katherine’s hobbies are reading, coloring, a …

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“An American Childhood an Ocean Away: The Story of Carlton Sisters Claudia Cook and Cindy Tilton,” by Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | April 10, 2021

“An American Childhood an Ocean Away: The Story of Carlton Sisters Claudia Cook and Cindy Tilton,” by Harriett Burt

All of us, whether we think so or not, have lives or parts thereof that are interesting to others. For most, it is something in our adult years that commands attention. But Claudia Cook and Cindy Tilton’s childhoods stand out compared to most of the rest of us because they grew up often outside of their native land. Their father, Claude Turner, Jr., was born in south-central Oklahoma in 1920 where his family owned a cattle ranch. Going to college in 1937, Mr. Turner joined the Army Air Corps in 1939 which became a separate branch of the military, the United States Air Force, at the end of World War II. Mr. Turner’s love of flying and his abil …

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Words of Wisdom from Carlton’s Newest Centenarian, Eunice Friedlander
Resident Spotlights | March 2, 2021

Words of Wisdom from Carlton's Newest Centenarian, Eunice Friedlander

Eunice Friedlander of Carlton Fremont joined the elite rank of centenarians on March 2, 2021. When asked what advice she has for younger generations, Eunice says, “go with your gut and do what feels right for you.” She was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and one of her favorite childhood memories is ice skating. Eunice says she was very athletic in her youth and was the only girl pitcher on an all-boys baseball team. She was married to her husband for 54 years and together, they have three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. When Eunice was younger, she loved dancing with her husband. The couple enjoyed all ty …

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Iris & Ivan: Celebrating 59 Years of Marriage This Spring
Carlton Senior Living Blog | February 21, 2021

Iris & Ivan: Celebrating 59 Years of Marriage This Spring

Ivan and Iris Seppala celebrated their 58th anniversary last May. The same month they moved from their Clayton home of 47 years to Carlton Pleasant Hill-Martinez. The couple had met in the early 1950s at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Rosburg, Washington. Ivan admits he wasn’t too impressed at the time with the slight Canadian girl. But two years later, when she came to a church gathering in Seattle, he saw Iris much differently. “She asked how us folks were doing,” he recalls. “Seriously, she cared about people.” Iris replied with the practicality her upbringing had instilled in her. “I was in nursing school. I wasn’t looking for a man.” H …

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