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Resident Spotlight- Dorothy Benson

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s resident spotlight, Dorothy Benson- Dorothy was born in Philadelphia on April 24, 1927, to Peter and Mary Rusyn. Dorothy is an only child, but both her parents came from large families; her mother and father each had seven siblings. When he was young, her father received a scholarship to become a Greek Orthodox Catholic priest. This allowed him to go to school and get an education. Dorothy took after her father, as she also loves school and learning new things. Dorothy and her father discussed books and music. He always taught her through positive reinforcement, which she still believes in. At a young age he would …


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Resident Spotlight- Will Shotwell

Meet Carlton Senior Living Spotlight resident, Will Shotwell! Will was born in Bloomington, Indiana. As he grew up he was always on the move. His dad was a trouble shooting manager for the Jewel Tea Company and was constantly being transferred. Altogether, Will ended up going to thirteen different schools all over the Midwest States before he even entered into High School! His dad was also a teacher, so Will was taught how to read at the young age of three. Will can recall that there was always a volume encyclopedia and dictionary at home to study and when he wasn’t busy studying one of those he was reading the newspaper to further his knowle …


by Jessica Beck

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Joyce

Resident Spotlight- Joyce Spingarn

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Joyce Spingarn! Joyce was born in Rochester, New York to Dorothy and Earl on December 5, 1929. She had three siblings, a sister Marilyn and two brothers Howard and Richard. After high school, she went to nursing school to become a Registered Nurse. In 1947, she met her husband Claude at a party. She said, “Our eyes met and fell in love instantly.” They both have three beautiful children, Ron, Valli, and Sherri. She has four grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. One of her favorite memories was taking walks and talking to her husband. She loved that they were together. She missed bike riding, d …


by Jessica Beck

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Resident Spotlight - Father Tom Burns

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Father Tom Burns – Born in San Francisco on November 22, 1925, to John Joseph (Joe) and Helen Burns, Tom was their firstborn child. Three and a half years later he was followed by his brother William. Joe worked for General Electric and Helen was a homemaker. Seeking warmer weather, the family moved to San Mateo when Tom was a baby. Although Tom and William were not close as youngsters they became great friends in early adulthood which lasted throughout their lives including attending seminary together and becoming priests. When Tom started school, he loved his kindergarten teacher so much he wan …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Dan Julian

Resident Spotlight - Dan Julian

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Dan Julian – Daniel “Dan” Julian was born in the beach town of Santa Barbara, California on July 21, 1923, to parents Frank and Esther. He had three brothers and a sister. Dan has eight children; he and his first wife had three children together and his second wife, Doris, already had five daughters when they married. Dan moved to Davis from Berkeley after his wife passed away, to be closer to family. He moved to Carlton Senior Living Davis in early May, making him one of our newest neighbors. Dan served in the United States Navy (Seaman 1st Class) during World War II. He initially tried to enlis …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Jan Cheryl Tanaka

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jan Cheryl Tanaka. Jan was born in Silver City, New Mexico on March 22, 1944. Due to her father being in the United States Air Force, she moved around the world as she was growing up. Jan lived in Casablanca, Africa, the Philippines and France. As a child, she was fluent in French and Arabic. Jan had two main careers in life. The first was working at Bank of America for 10 years. She then transitioned to work for the State of California as an Executive Assistant for 17 years until her retirement. Out of all the traveling destinations, her favorite is to drive to see her sister where she would spe …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Ray Rohrbach

Resident Spotlight - Ray Rohrbach

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Ray Rohrbach – Ray was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1936. He was married to his wife, Cathy, for over 30 years and they shared three children and eight grandchildren. Ray is a veteran and served in the United States Air Force for several years before moving west to California. Ray says, “he was a technical writer for the Silicon Valley by day, and a crime fighting ninja at night.” He had written over twenty technical books throughout his career. Clean-shaven Ray in 2017 Nowadays, you can find Ray hanging out in the Carlton Café or speeding down the hallway to catch the baseball game on TV …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Kathy Jones

Resident Spotlight - Kathy Jones & Little Dog

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Kathy Jones and her canine companion, Little Dog – Little Dog was a rescue animal placed on Kathy’s doorstep about 5 years ago. Kathy’s son, Glen, found the lost little pup on his morning walk and quickly scooped her up as he could tell the young dog was cold and very hungry. Glen then decided to take the puppy to the home of his mom, Kathy. He knocked on Kathy’s door and once she answered he handed over the wrapped up dog and said, “see ya later, Mom.” Kathy and “Little Dog” have been together ever since. Little Dog is now about 6 years-old and Kathy feels like the two were meant to be together …


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Resident Spotlight - Jessie Bianchi

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jessie Bianchi – Jessie was born in Italy on April Fools’ Day in 1922. When she was only a year old, she and her family moved to the United States. As a child, Jessie fondly remembers playing ball with the neighborhood kids. She also had a beagle dog named Billie who loved going to the schoolyard to steal a ball away from the playing children or to sneak a snack or two from their lunches. In high school, Jessie became known as the “Popcorn Lady” because she was always selling popcorn and volunteering at the high school ball games and events. Jessie is life-long Yankees fan but asks that you not h …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Keith Conning

Resident Spotlight - Keith Conning

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Keith Conning – Keith was born on March 16, 1941 in San Francisco to Daniel Ralph Conning and Veda Young. He has one brother, Ralph Stanley Conning, who is five years older. In addition to San Francisco, Keith has lived in Berkeley, Bainbridge, Maryland, Colorado, San Ramon, and then finally here at Carlton Senior Living Davis. Keith has visited many countries in both Europe and South America. He spent six years in the United States Air Force as a Cadet and Airman 3rd Class. Keith and his late wife, Marian Barr Conning, had three children together. He is a grandpa to five wonderful grandchildren. …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - William Borland

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident of the week, William Borland or Willy as we call him at Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove. Willy’s Italian ancestral roots start from his grandparents on his father’s side. They went through Ellis Island in 1898 in order to go to California to purchase 5 acres of land to grow grapes and cherries in the Fruitridge Area. Thus, Willy was born and raised in Sacramento, California on August 23, 1923. Though his family no longer owns the farm, the city named a street after his grandfather, Albert Caselli. The street is called Caselli Circle. Willy’s family tree consists of four children, five grandchild …


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Resident Spotlight - Aurice Choyce

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Aurice Choyce – Aurice was born on August 23, 1927. She joined the Carlton Senior Living San Leandro community in November 2018 and one of her favorite things to do is enjoy the sights and scenes of the Bay Area during Carlton’s many Scenic Drives. Aurice also spends time visiting with fellow residents and likes participating in the variety of activities offered in the community. One of her very favorite things to do is to be pampered and also to get dressed up. Aurice is very proud to be one of the founder members of the Bible Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church which she helped to start. Being …


by Denee Coleman

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