Monthly Archives: January 2013

Nancy Lysen Kirtley: A Servant’s Heart and a Painter’s Eye

If there’s a common thread in Nancy Lysen Kirtley’s life experiences, it’s making the world a finer place. Professionally, Nancy has devoted most of her life to improving people’s lives through medical social work, but since retiring, she works to bring beauty to her surroundings through her painting. “I worked with stroke victims, amputees, people […]

LSS Construction Update 2013: Looking Forward to A Big Year Ahead!

Lutheran Senior Services’ commitment to building quality environments where older adults can thrive continues in 2013. We have a whole host of improvements and expansions currently underway across our service area. Check the slideshow below to see what’s coming up in the new year!      

Mary Sindahl: From High Fashion to a Hard Hat and Jumpsuit

Grace, style, and fashion are three characteristics that Mary Sindahl has mastered. Designing clothes for her friends and neighbors led her and her daughter to open a stylish clothing boutique with her daughter. “Everyone wanted something that no one else had, and we made those designs for them,” says Mary. Shoppers intrigued by the latest […]

Fighting the Winter “Dark Ages” with Science and a Smile

Skeleton-finger trees. Gray, colorless landscapes. Nothing to do but watch television, even THAT’s been pretty terrible this year. Wintertime stinks unless you’re curled up with a good book and a roaring fire, but even that gets old after a while. The “Dark Ages” between Christmas and Spring certainly doesn’t do older adults any favors. Some […]

This Month in American History: Ellis Island Opens Its Doors

Between 1892 and 1954, millions of immigrants took their first steps on American soil on Ellis Island, the country’s busiest portal for new citizens arriving from Europe and all points east. One hundred and twenty one years ago this month, the original immigrant inspection facility built in the shadow of the State of Liberty opened […]

Queen of the Quilting Bee: Jane Sepanski Finishes Her Masterpiece at Meridian Village

There are quilters, and then there are quilters. And Jane Sepanski is definitely in the second category. When you walk into Jane’s apartment at Meridian Village, the first thing you see is Max, a talking white-eyed conure parrot, who, Jane says, is a huge Cardinals baseball fan. (“When Mark McGwire would homer, Max would hear […]

“It Works for Us!” Al’s in Independent, Marilyn’s in Assisted Living, and They’re Doing Great

Every day, Al Hart wakes up, takes his dogs Oscar and Scamp for their morning constitutional, and goes to visit his wife Marilyn in her apartment. Al lives in Meramec Bluffs’ independent living apartments. Marilyn, who needs additional care due to health complications, lives in the community’s assisted living wing. And the arrangement is working […]

Seeking the Historical Jesus: Biblical Scholar Dr. Tom Shrout Makes His Home at Lenoir Woods

“I came across an observation once in a daily devotion,” says Dr. Tom Shrout, retired professor of religion and philosophy at Culver Stockton University. “’Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our knowledge is not.’ What is the meaning of the stories that are told in the Bible and what do they mean to us today?” […]

The Great Indoors: Outdoorsman Finding a Home-Away-From-Deer-Stand at LHV

Bill Roger first picked up a deer rifle when he was 10 years old. Now 89 years old, he bagged a wild boar in Florida last April, a buck in Illinois in November, and he’s planning further trips for the new year. “I’ve always been an outdoorsman,” Bill says. “I hunt deer, doves, ducks, and […]

Quilting for a Cause with Joyce Franklin

Joyce Franklin is probably the only person you know who went to the beauty parlor for a haircut and came home with a horse. “My hairdresser was looking for a home for her horse, and it wound up coming home with us,” Joyce says with a shrug. “But that’s just how it is with me. […]