Category: Resident Stories

City Girl to Farm Wife, A Natural Transition for JoAnn Hilty

Maple Crest resident JoAnn Hilty may not have worked her fingers to the bone, but she does have a few bumps on them from years of “knotting” comforters.  A talented quilter and flower arranger, Hilty is a Pandora “city girl” who moved with her husband to a dairy farm near Bluffton at age 18. “I… Read more »

Hower is a Prolific and Talented Painter

  Maple Crest Villa resident Bob Hower is a one-person assembly line.  At age 90, he can look back on a lifetime of building and remodeling homes and restoring old cars. “I built my own house and remodeled five,” Hower added.  “I’ve built two barns and restored more than 50 automobiles.” He is just as… Read more »

Niswander Honored at National Conference

  Joanne Niswander, Maple Crest Senior Living Village, has been selected as one of 10 individuals to be featured in an exhibit at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, October 28-31 in Philadelphia.  “Words of Wisdom” is part of a Public Ageism display located at the Philadelphia City Hall courtyard.  The exhibit will be up… Read more »

From a Horse and Buggy to the Moon Walk – Frances Remembers

Frances Scoles became a competent first-base player very quickly.  As the only girl for eight years at Owens School in Richland Township, she had to play, or be left to fend for herself at recess.  Turning 105 on August 12, Frances reminisced about her elementary school days in a one-room schoolhouse, as well as some… Read more »

Making Someone Smile Every Day

Talking with Della Salter is like getting a card from an old friend, or eating an ice cream sundae.  It just makes you feel good! If there is a word to describe this Mennonite Memorial Home villa resident, it’s “positive.” “I’m positive because I’ve had a very positive life,” she emphasized.  Salter has lived in… Read more »

Maple Crest Resident Always Has “Something on the List”

Woman standing in front of a green spiral quilt displayed at a show.

Nancy Williamson’s two-bedroom villa in the Maple Crest Senior Living Village is bright with quilts, art, fabric, and framed swimming pool designs created by her late husband Ken. The retired nurse finally has the time to pursue her passion for sewing and other creative endeavors.  Still, there’s always something on her “list.” “My great-grandmother lived… Read more »

“Alexa, Keep Me Independent!”

One evening a few months ago, Alexa was the hit of the party at Willow Ridge.  Elder Richard Wiechart brought the “smart speaker” out into the dining room and others gathered around asking Alexa to play favorite songs. “She really livened things up,” Wiechart laughed.  “Sometimes it can get pretty quiet around here.” Alexa is… Read more »

Maple Crest Couple Loves the Outdoor Life!

Maple Crest residents Sandy and Jim Benner can’t say enough about Bluffton as a place to enjoy outdoor activities. “You can walk or ride the bike path almost to downtown, where there’s a great bike shop, too.  The country roads are flat and not heavily-traveled.  We can ride our bikes to Pandora or use the… Read more »

Monarchs Thrive at Maple Crest

The elders at Maple Crest Senior Living Village have been enamored with monarch butterflies since 2007.  That’s when administrator Lynn Thompson brought in a few caterpillars for observation and residents and staff alike watched in wonder as they became monarch butterflies and were released to begin their 3,000 mile migration route to Mexico. Eventually, elder… Read more »

Maple Crest Men’s Banquet and OSU…Both Winners!

Even though there was a small University of Michigan contingent, the gentlemen of Maple Crest Senior Living Village, overwhelmingly showed their Buckeye Pride at the recent Men’s Banquet.  Nearly 60 residents and guests attended the event, aptly named “Buckeye Night,” and dined on ribs, mashed potatoes, baked beans and deviled eggs with football-shaped brownies for… Read more »