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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 …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Michael Samberg

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Michael Samberg – Michael was born on July 11, 1921, in the lower east of New York City. In 1920, during World War I, his parents came to the United States from Poland with his sister Anne, grandma and cousin. His dad acquired his own restaurant with a partner, but it was a tough life for them. Veteran, Michael poses in front of his various degrees. Later, his family moved to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. His father bought a row house with a substantial mortgage. Michael was placed into kindergarten at age 4 and then public school through high school. He graduated high school at 16 and go …


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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A Treasure Earned on Treasure Island by Resident, Doris Miller

Carlton Senior Living loves to share the stories of our wonderful residents. This story was written by Doris Miller, a military spouse, as a tribute to her husband, Charles, and their enduring love.  “Before we had married my husband, Charles, was stationed at the Treasure Island Naval Base with my family living close by in Oakland. My mother had an old iron resting on the shelf of our garage. One day, my husband-to-be asked my mother if he might borrow the iron. My mother said, “of course” and so Charles left with the iron that day. Some months later, when I received my engagement ring from Charles, I learned of how the story came together. …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - James Weeks

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, James “Jim” Weeks – James was born on May 15, 1943, in Saint Louis, Missouri to Mary Kunz and James Weeks. His sister, Sandy Shy, now lives in Southern California, sisters Laurie McLean and Rose Mary Mayo live in Missouri, and his brother Richard Hoepfner now lives Tennessee. As a child growing up he always wanted to be like his dad, a hardworking man. His dad worked for the same company for 40 years which amazed him and learned the true value of work. Jim’s favorite childhood memory is living with his grandmother who he felt was the smartest lady and best cook. His first job was at Western Union …


by Denee Coleman

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Honoring Our Veterans: Stories of Service

Carlton Senior Living is thankful to our many veterans for their dedication and service to our country and we’re proud to share their stories with you in honor of Veterans Day.   Wayne Springsteen – Army Air Corp, Air Force Active Reserve Springsteen enlisted in the Army Air Corp in Boise, Idaho. He completed training in the Aviation Cadet Program and qualified for bomber pilot, fighter pilot, navigator and bombardier. During his years in the Army, his duties included working on the flight line with B-25’s and B-17’s. He also cleaned and rebuilt Browning 50 Caliber machine guns for the B-17. After the war, he joined the Air Force Active …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Joe & Leona Robinson

Meet Carlton Senior Living’s spotlight residents, Joe and Leona Robinson – Joe Robinson was born on August 7, 1935, in Long Beach, California. He has four sisters and a brother. Leona was born on October 14, 1932, in Tacoma Park, Maryland. She had a younger sister who has since passed. Prior to meeting they had both worked at restaurants as their first job and Leona was a waitress and Joe, a dishwasher. Leona was a bookkeeper and housewife because she enjoyed caring for her kids and doing different things with them. Joe has had different jobs over the years but the job he liked the most is being a marine painter. He has always enjoyed paintin …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Don Bordenave

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Don Bordenave – Don has lived in Northern California all his life and attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship. In 1950 his team, the Santa Clara Broncos, played in the Orange Bowl and won in an upset against the Kentucky Wildcats. Football continues to be a great passion for Don and he enjoys watching the games on TV. Don was in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in college and later joined the Army and served during the Korean War. After the war, Don began a career in education and was a high school teacher and later principal for Santa Clara High School, and also coac …


by Denee Coleman

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Resident Spotlight - Jack & Joanne Chambers

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight residents, Jack and Joanne Chambers. Joanne Chambers was born October 31, 1938, in Pratt, Kansas, a small town 80 miles west of Wichita. Being brought up in a farming family required a lot of hard labor and grit, and Joanne remembers her and her sister, ages 9 and 5 respectively, had to cook dinner for nine people each night. She had three brothers and one sister. Jack Chambers was born October 14, 1929, a mere two weeks before the stock market crash of Black Tuesday, triggering the events leading to the Great Depression. Jack was born in Oakland, but following the death of his father, moved to Fallon, Nev …


by Eric Demuth

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