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Sonja Wendt’s Story

Hawthorne Resident Sonja Wendt remembers the good times–and is eager for more. Born and raised in Irondequoit, NY, Sonja has lived many places, including New York City, Syracuse and Sioux…

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Jack Holzwarth’s Story

Jack Holzwarth, now a resident at the Hawthorne at St. John’s Meadows, has lived a rich and varied life to date. Jack grew up at 3977 East Avenue, the last…

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Alexandra Bailey’s Story

“In fundraising, it’s not about where you want the money, it’s about listening to donors,” said Alexandra Bailey, Development Manager at the St. John’s Foundation. “Some people think fundraising is…

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Celeste Sriringo’s Story

Celeste Sriringo, Development Assistant for the St. John’s Foundation, is motivated by compassion and an appreciation for what St. John’s does for the lives of its residents. Celeste’s first encounter…

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Betty Kelly’s Story

St. John’s Home resident Betty Kelly sometimes feels that her five children are too persistent in their visits, calls, and well-wishes. And recently, according to Betty, her son Dave went…

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Nancy Dubner’s Story

Nancy Dubner, resident of St. John’s Meadows, was recently featured in an article in “55 Plus” magazine, celebrating her lifetime of remarkable achievements. Born in Massachusetts and educated in Connecticut,…

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Sarah Soosalu’s Story

Sarah “Sally” Soosalu, a resident of St. John’s Home for nearly four years, has an impressive former career that led two of her students into the spotlight. Co-owner of Marion…

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Heidi McGuire, RN

Every front line worker that has so inspired us over the past couple of months has at some point found his or her own motivation to take up work that…

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Connor Chmiel’s Story

Connor Chmiel has worked with seniors for over ten years. What began as a convenient situation—turned into an undiscovered passion. When Connor was in college he was without a vehicle…

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Sandy Ferguson’s Story

During the month of April we recognize the dedication and commitment of our amazing volunteers who make such a difference in residents’ lives. St. John’s Home Volunteer Coordinator Sandy Ferguson…

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