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Hank & Rhoda Bruett, Carlton Senior Living 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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Ralph Bolestra, Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident

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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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Della Braga

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

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Arnie & Rita Stone, Carlton's Spotlight Residents

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

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

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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