What did you do for a living, Shirley?
“ I was primary a homemaker, raising my three kids. However, twice a year I went into the banks and the savings and loans businesses to figure out the interest on client accounts.” “When I was in high school I trained on a comptometer. I would go into the Savings and Loan organization in May and November to compute the interest and then would go to the bank in June and December. It was very interesting work.”
What is your favorite childhood memory?
“I have so many wonderful memories of childhood. One of my favorite memories is waking up on Christmas morning to open presents with my sisters and brothers. Back then we each didn’t receive a gift. Rather we received a game that all of us could play.”
What is your favorite memory of adulthood?
“My wedding day,” Shirley said. “There was a blizzard that day and I didn’t think that Randy would be able to make it.” Shirley’s biggest accomplishment has been when she and her husband Randy helped raise their three local grandchildren. Her daughter and her husband worked and so Shirley and her late husband Randy brought the three grandchildren to all of their activities and sporting events.
What do you like most about living at Villa St. Francis?
“If you can’t be at home, Villa St. Francis is the next best place to be. The chapel was the most important factor in deciding on a community to live in.” Shirley goes to Mass six days a week in our Villa St. Francis Chapel. Shirley enjoys bingo, word games and brain teasers, horse racing and the live musical entertainment. She was never much of a reader until she moved to Villa St. Francis. Her apartment is close to one of our nooks and she has read the Autobiography of Barbara Walters and books from Mary Higgins Clark.
What kind of music do you like?
Shirley likes music from the 40’s and 50’s. She and her husband Randy used to listen to Gospel on the television right before the Lawrence Welk Show. Her husband was musically inclined and was able to play music by ear. At one point he owned 9 harmonicas which the grandchildren now have.
How would you suggest a person live a happy life?
“Try to do as much as I can for other people,” Shirley said. I have had a very happy life. My husband was very good to me and I have three wonderful children.” When giving advice to my 21-year old granddaughter, I say “Try to pick friends that you will always be proud of. There is so much peer pressure these days for kids.” Find someone who respects you. She always remembers that her husband Randy had a wonderful sense of humor.
The Board of Directors at Villa St. Francis recently announced that our new President and CEO will be Anthony “Tony” LoDuca. Over the course of his career, Tony is a native to Milwaukee and grew up on the south side. He is excited to be back on the South side and ready to embrace the opportunities in Milwaukee.
He served as Senior Vice President of Vocational Services at Curative Care Network (formerly Curative Rehabilitation Services) for over fifteen years in the Greater Milwaukee Area. His most recent responsibilities were with St. Coletta of Wisconsin where he served with distinction for sixteen years, twelve of them as President/CEO. St. Coletta, a Franciscan-sponsored ministry, delivers residential and vocational/day services and supports for approximately 300 people while employing 400 part-time and full-time staff. Welcome back to Milwaukee Tony and we’re glad that you are with us.
Please help us welcome Tony to Villa St. Francis!
Meet Jadwiga Korasz! She moved from Poland to the United States in 1990. Jadwiga (pictured left) has lived at Villa St. Francis for nearly 3 years and loves the people here. She’s the artist who decorates our bulletin board in our Lobby! Her daughter, Barbara Rajzer (pictured right), translated most of our questions. Jadwiga knows some English, but she speaks mostly Polish.
What did you do for a living?
Jadwiga held 3 jobs most of her adult life to support her two daughters financially. She worked as an accountant and a pharmacy technician. She also cared for her own mother until end of her mother’s life.
Tell us about your fondest memory of childhood.
Jadwiga lived in Poland during WWII and had a difficult upbringing; her parents divorced when she was a young child. However, she fondly remembers spending time in the country on vacation.
What books or music do you love?
Anne of Green Gables is a much-loved story for Jadwiga; her favorite music is classical – especially Chopin.
What do you like most about living at Villa St. Francis?
Jadwiga is an avid bingo player and loves the music here, too. She’s also an active member of Polanki, a Polish women’s group that has met in the Dining Room at Villa St. Francis years. Jadwiga also likes the exercise classes!
Has there been anything that you wanted to do – but never did?
Jadwiga did attend English courses at MATC, but she wishes she had learned English sooner so she’d be able to communicate better.
What advice might you give to a person who wants to live a good life?
Live by good ethics and standards. Try to help others when you can.
Deborah Segrin, our Director of Nursing, is looking for partners of Villa St. Francis to participate in a Transitions of Care outreach event this November.
It’s the FOCUS 2015 Special Session, being held on November 18th at the Kalahari Resort. The theme for the day is The Art & Science of Successful Care Transitions. A table is $60.00 plus $30.00 for the meal for a total of $90.00. Contact Deborah Segrin with the planning committee at email@example.com or by phone at 414-649-2892. Any interested vendor’s material will need to tie in to the theme of Successful Transitions, which is based on the Seven Essential Intervention Categories by the National Transitions of Care Coalition.
National Puppy Day was a perfect day to host our latest “puppy social,” a puppy free-for-all with friendly dogs we know and love. The chance to cuddle with a puppy is much-loved and looked forward to by residents at Villa St. Francis. The dogs help bring comfort, a sense of relaxation, and–most importantly–happiness!
“It’s so important to have these dogs visit the Villa community,” said Lisa Richardson, our Marketing/Community Relations Director. “It makes all the difference in the world to a resident’s outlook on life.”
Our very own Chef James Monfre recently participated in the Kelly Senior Center Cook-Off, making his famous Pumpkin Curry Soup for a good cause! (Apparently, pumpkin consumption helps with wrinkles. Who knew?) Spectators paid $5 to taste a cup of soup from each competitor. Congratulations to Wilson Commons, who won the competition’s traveling trophy with a delicious Potato Soup. Villa St. Francis is proud to have helped raise $255 to purchase items on the Kelly Senior Center “wish list.”
Here’s the Pumpkin Curry Soup recipe from Chef James:
2 T olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 qt. chicken broth
1 29oz can pumpkin puree
3 C potato, diced
1 T curry powder Salt and pepper, to taste
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
In a 4-quart soup pot over medium heat, sauté the diced onions in the olive oil until they’re transparent.
Add chicken broth, pumpkin, potatoes, and curry powder. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally until potatoes are tender. (Add water if the soup becomes too thick.) Add salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro before serving.
To help end homelessness in Milwaukee, Villa St. Francis uses our Giving Tree to support Hope House. During the Christmas season, our residents, family members of residents, and employees have donated clothing, children’s books and toys, winter coats, hats, and mittens, and toiletries to bring comfort to others.
Hope House provides a long-term place to stay for homeless men, women, and children in Milwaukee. Villa St. Francis is honored to demonstrate our Felician Core Values of respect for human dignity and solidarity with the poor by providing assistance to help others. Sr. Barbara will deliver the donated items just in time for Christmas!
Villa St. Francis is ready to share the latest Life on Your Terms music video! With a soundtrack courtesy of Sir Paul McCartney’s “New,” our video imagines what the first day at Villa St. Francis might be like for a new resident. Featuring an incredible performance from our residents (and staff!), the “New” video is a celebration of Life on Your Terms at Villa St. Francis.
On behalf of the residents, Villa St. Francis would like to thank family, friends, and neighbors for attending our wonderful premiere event on September 9!
Watch the video below:
On February 11th, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sr. Barbara led a number of our Villa St. Francis residents in prayer to commemorate the 22nd World Day of the Sick. Though our residents often come to us with unique needs, they are always willing to pray for others who struggle with illnesses or disabilities. World Day of the Sick offered our residents an opportunity to come together in prayer with the well-being of the global community in mind.
Villa St. Francis is proud to release our second “Life On Your Terms” music video. The video highlights summer life at the Villa and features some of our fantastic residents having fun in the sun. Set to the classic song, In the Summertime, this video is a celebration of Life on Your Terms – at Villa St. Francis.
Watch the video below:
To see more photos from the event click here!