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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Patrick Dundon

Resident Spotlight - Patrick Dundon

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Patrick Dundon – Patrick was born in Borris, Ireland a small village on the River Barrow in County Carlow on September 27, 1920. He was the fourth born of five children to his parents Edward and Maye. Patrick’s father was the town doctor. Patrick had a good life growing up in Borris and was often found to be getting up to mischief. One day he and his friend Tom Millet decided that they wanted to go shooting and had to sneak his father’s gun out of the house by taking it apart and slipping the parts down the leg of his pants. Another time he and his friends were having a rock fight and Patrick got …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Ed Rorke

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Ed Rorke – If you haven’t met our new resident, Ed, you are missing out on a lot. An Irishman by birth, he was raised in Dublin, Ireland. At around the age of 26, he moved to the United States for a job with US Steel Corporation where he was an engineer. Ed studied at the University of Colorado Denver and completed his grad studies at UC Berkeley in Business Administration. Ed is a proud graduate of the Piedmont Police Academy and has also taught business classes at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. According to Ed, he is the Mayor and Deputy of a small island called Ballena which is loca …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Doris Miller

Resident Spotlight - Doris Miller

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Doris Miller – Doris was born in Oakland, California on April 6, 1933. She was married for 20 years, has two children, and one grandchild. When asked what words of wisdom she has to offer others, Doris said “be strong and be family” and also to “love like everyone is your family.” Doris worked for Shedd’s part-time and retired after 30 years in 1996. Her favorite activities are watching her television and going out on Shopping Shuttles offered at Carlton Senior Living Fremont. She likes living at Carlton because it is nice and quiet and never runs into problems. Doris is a very humorous lady who …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Dr. Carl Haller

Resident Spotlight - Dr. Carl Haller

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight resident, Dr. Carl Haller – Carl was born December 9, 1928, to Edward and Rae. Carl was a child of the Great Depression and is a member of the “Greatest Generation.” From the age of 16 until retirement at the age of 84, Carl never missed a day of work, never took a sick day and never cut a class. During the depression, his family moved from coast to coast seeking work and suffering the deprivation of that terrible period. They eventually settled in the West Bronx in New York City. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1947. In 1949, instead of being drafted in the Army, Carl enlisted into the U …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Celeste Van Fleet

Resident Spotlight - Celeste Van Fleet

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Celeste Van Fleet – Celeste was born November 18, 1923, to parents Albert and Celeste Clark, in Baltimore, Maryland. She had two siblings, Dorothy Ann, and Jim. Jim passed away at an early age after an aircraft accident while he was in the US Air Force. Celeste attended public school at Roland Park and was an Arts and Crafts major at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the heart of Baltimore. She met and married Robert Samuel Van Fleet, an officer candidate at the US Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. He was a journalist, and the two moved to Middletown, New York, his hometow …


by Eric Demuth

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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Paul Schmidt

Resident Spotlight - Paul Schmidt

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Paul Schmidt – Paul was born in the East Bay in Oakland, California. He attended San Jose City College and later transferred to San Jose State University. Paul was a police officer with the City of San Jose for 30 years and, after retiring, he became a reserve officer. He was also in the U.S. Coast Guard during the 1960s. While with the police force, Paul became a youth soccer coach with the San Jose Police Activities League (PAL). Despite not knowing anything about soccer when he began coaching, Paul was eventually named PAL Coach of the Year. Because Paul is so tall at a height of 6 feet 4 inch …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Darla Bartolomei

Resident Spotlight - Darla Bartolomei

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Darla Bartolomei – In English, the meaning of the name Darla is Darling from the Old English “dearling” a true word that best describes our very own Darla. Her upbeat and magnetic personality always brings excitement to others lives. She was born April 7, 1938, in Martinez, California to an English father and Canadian mother. Darla’s father worked for Shell Oil Company for forty-two years. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom whom Darla and her sister had the best of childhood memories that kept them very happy. Darla graduated from Alhambra High School in 1956 and she worked with Shell Oil Company …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Nancy Shvemar

Resident Spotlight - Nancy Shvemar

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Nancy Shvemar – Nancy was born March 17, 1938, in San Bernardino, California, to parents Gail and Dorothy Wilmuth. Her father was a captain of the police department’s animal control unit and her mother was a secretary at Nancy’s elementary school. Nancy had one sister, Judy. Nancy earned her teaching degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, on the far western edge of the state. Nancy’s first teaching job was in Laguna Beach, where she taught Spanish and typing to a group of 33 first graders. She said it was challenging but wonderful, and living so close to the beach was an amazing ex …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Margie Garciduenas

Resident Spotlight - Margie Garciduenas

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Margie Garciduenas – Margie is of Mexican/American descent and was born in San Jose, California on June 10, 1954. Margie was raised in Union City and, after high school, she had odd jobs; one was at National Semiconductor in Santa Clara. She did the final testing of the diodes (capacitors). In 1974, Margie joined the US Navy hoping to learn more about electronics and was trained as a radioman using transmitters to relay communication to the fleet. She served in the Navy for 17 years and was then placed on Temporary Disability Retirement for five years. While on temporary retired leave, Margie wen …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Paul Moser

Resident Spotlight - Paul Moser

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Paul Moser — Paul was born on February 4, 1924 in Saco, Montana. His father Wilbur was the Superintendent of Schools while his mother Elsie took care of him and his siblings. Paul had a brother named Russel who was four years older and a sister, Marilyn, who was four years his junior. Paul’s family moved many times while he was in school and he spent three years in each location; Shelby, Montana, Palo Alto and San Mateo, California. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1942 where he “lettered” in sports and played the clarinet. The following year he enlisted in the United States Navy and se …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton residents, Colette and Roger Ricard.

Resident Spotlight - Colette Ricard

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Colette Ricard – Colette was born in the city of Lyon, France which is just a 2-hour train ride southwest of Paris. Lyon is the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and is known for its architecture, food and textiles. Lyon’s rich history dates back to 1536 when King Francois I declared Lyon the silk center of France with the city supplying fabrics to the court of King Louis XVI. Given the history of the city where Colette was born, it’s not surprising that she’s been sewing for as long as she can remember. She’s also been cooking just as long. Growing up Colette helped in her par …


by Denee Coleman

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Carlton Senior Living Spotlight Resident, Jim MacDonald

Resident Spotlight - Jim MacDonald

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Jim MacDonald – Jim was born in Richmond, California on December 1, 1951, to Donald and Joann and is the oldest of five boys. Jim had a great childhood and enjoyed every family activity they had. Since they didn’t have much when he was younger the only thing that was cheap and fun for the family to do was camping. So, camping was one of his favorite activities besides skiing and music. Jim graduated from Contra Costa College with a degree in music. He went to Europe with his friend, Dave, for four months to sightsee and to learn the culture. After his Europe trip, he moved to Los Angeles to pursu …


by Denee Coleman

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