Waterford Place Blog

Sep 09,2019 | Sheila Carney

A Waterford Wedding

On November 22, 2015, Morrie and Marilyn Gabrielse were married in the Waterford Place lobby, a first in its history. “I never dreamed I’d get married again,” says Morrie. “It never entered my mind.” Marilyn felt the same way. She and Morrie had both been recently widowed, each after 53 years of marriage. Neither of…

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Apr 30,2019 | Sheila Carney

Life’s Real Heroes

The real heroes in life are not the people we see in the last superhero movies, but our veterans according to Vice President and CFO Steve Bossenbroek. This past Memorial Day, one of the companies that supports Sunset’s Benevolence Fund came to Sunset Retirement Communitiesto perform a hymn with all of the resident veterans. The…

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Apr 09,2019 | Betty Epperly

In God’s Hands

  Carl De Vries first stained glass project was far from simple. It was a depiction of the northern lights, approximately 2’ by 4’, that featured multi-colored bands of lights cascading from the sky. He likes to ask, “Why start small?” Carl recalls, “I drew a pattern, cut it out, and traced it onto the…

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Jan 24,2019 | Sheila Carney

Doing small things with great love for our residents

Shelly DeBoer never imagined that she would become the Life Enrichment Coordinator at Waterford Place. When she first came to work for Sunset 20 years ago, Shelly taught pool classes a couple days a week while she was raising her three sons. She loved how family-oriented Sunset was, which allowed her to work ten hours…

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Dec 19,2018 | Sheila Carney

Ensuring the Best Outcomes for Our Residents

Ben Leavell, Executive Director at Waterford Place, fondly remembers one particular 103-year-old Brookcrest resident, who had a passion for the water. One day, she decided that she wanted to go swimming. So naturally, the recreational therapy department worked to make that happen. “She was just beyond excited that she was able to go swimming and…

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