Resident Stories & More

Get a glimpse into life at Episcopal SeniorLife Communities by exploring stories of our residents, program members, volunteers and staff.

Resident Stories

Carol Aldridge

Carol Aldridge plays for the people she loves

Carol, at 93 years old, has officially retired from playing during Sunday service in The Chapel of the Good Shepherd. But she still pulls out her horn for special events at The Episcopal Church Home so that she can share her music with those closest to her, people she considers family.

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Lee Atene

Lee Atene spreads friendship and faith with Italian flavor

Cooking and baking were always a passion for Lee and her husband. Carlo was from Italy, and after they were married, she made Italian bread from scratch every week, and every Saturday was pizza night.

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Maxine Atias connects with nature, animals and other seniors

During a very challenging time when she was dealing with some health concerns, Maxine Atias found Brentland Woods, a place that is now her happy home among the other residents and staff, and where she’s rekindled her love for enjoying nature.

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Rose Avnet

Rose Avnet insists she’s never had a better friend

To talk with her now, you would never have guessed that Rose Avnet was quiet and tearful when she first came to live at The Episcopal Church Home (ECH).

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Frank

Frank Christa knows a lot about good relationships

When you meet Frank Christa, you can count on him to look you in the eye, shake your hand—and remember your name. “That’s one of the first lessons you learn in banking,” says Frank.

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ESLC Eileen portrait

Eileen Malloy-Desormeaux kicks it up a notch at every class

The reason Eileen Malloy Desormeaux retired back in 2015, at just 61 years old? “I was tired,” she says. As an AP and Honors Chemistry teacher for Pittsford-Sutherland High School...

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Renada Dixon

Renada Dixon cares for every resident like a family member

No matter whether she’s at home or at Brentland Woods, Renada Dixon cares about her family, which includes the residents at Brentland Woods—just one of the reasons she was named the Catherine Johnson Caregiver of the Year in 2017.

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Fran resident story

Fran Kreider volunteers as a way to say thanks

If you were to stop in at The Episcopal Church Home or Brentland Woods during any week, there's a good chance you'd see Fran Kreider-singing, reading aloud, making crafts or knitting with residents. In fact, she's the 2016 ESLC Generations Award recipient for her dedicated volunteerism.

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Lucretia McClure

Lucretia McClure reads into each book that comes into her library

Step into the library at Valley Manor, and you’ll see why it’s Lucretia McClure’s pride and joy. It’s filled with more than 3,000 volumes she’s curated and catalogued herself, and features a stunning wooden boardroom table and ten leather chairs.

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Shirley Norquest

Shirley Norquest wins at everything she decides to take on

She’s piloted a Cessna, raced around the track with Al Unser in an Indy stock car, sold real estate for 44 years, taught real estate licensing and brokerage classes for the Corning Board of Realtors...

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Kay & Jack Quinn

Kay and Jack Quinn love their freedom to enjoy retirement

Like lots of couples, Kay and Jack Quinn wanted more time to enjoy life after they retired. They also wanted to be done with maintaining their big house in Chili, but neither of them was ready for an apartment.

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Schaffner couple

Clair and Carol Schaffner handle life changes and challenges with grace and optimism

Clair and Carol Schaffner managed to grow stronger and closer together in their shared faith in God when their son Scott David unexpectedly passed at a young age. To look at them now, it’s obvious that they are two of the most positive, loving and grateful people you’ll ever meet. The smiles never leave their faces, and their eyes radiate kindness and warmth.

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Mary Toland

Mary Toland likes cooking up things to do each day

Mary Toland never thought she’d be living in Henrietta, after living all her life in Livingston County. But after she made the decision that it was time to move, she discovered Rockwood Center and is so glad she did.

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Judy Trost

Judy Trost makes needlework her path to peace and friendship

Judy Trost was born to knit—literally. Her mother went into labor with Judy while knitting! Judy remembers sitting at her mother’s feet and asking when she could learn to knit. Of course her mom said she could start right away. She was just 8 years old, but Judy made a camel-colored sweater with set-in shoulders and buttons. Since then, she’s never stopped knitting and crocheting.

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