Saturday, April 10 is International Siblings Day, and Century Park Associates is honored to be the home to many sets of siblings around the country. We know choosing a new home is a decision not taken lightly, and the choice to share that adventure with your brother or sister is a special one. We would like to share the stories of some unique siblings in our communities, highlighting how their lives have come back together at a Century Park Community.
Pat Devlin and Don Pirtle are current residents at Westside Garden Plaza. Pat has been a resident since 2016, and Don since 2020. They love to play bingo and eat together. They absolutely love the community; they get to talk every day. Pat is on the library committee and Don is chairman of a Euchre group, getting together weekly to play the card game. They help in planning church services for the community, recently having planned an immaculate Easter Sunday Service. Don helped with the service and Pat played the piano and said prayers. They loved Easter growing up and are so happy to have been vaccinated and to be able to celebrate Easter with both their family and other residents this year at the community! They say they talk every day, sharing meals together and living just across the hall from one another. They both are so excited to be living under the same roof, saying it makes them feel young again!
Another set of siblings at Westside are Ada Lucas and Ted Floreancig. They have been at Westside for just over a year. Ada says her favorite thing to do at the community is to meet people. She also joins in playing bingo three times a week. Ted likes to play with the Euchre club and cozy up in his room. Ted says he loves living with his sister, stating that they hadn’t lived together for so long, since getting married and starting their own families. Of living next door to her brother, Ada says she’s enjoying every minute of it. She believes her attitude has changed since being next door to her brother, smiling as she says how happy he makes her. They like to share their meals together every day now. They say the atmosphere at Westside Garden Plaza is absolutely beautiful, and we are so glad they chose a Century Park Community as their new home!
Selma, 99, and Lillian, 94, are current residents at The Bridge of Ooltewah. They have always been close and maintained a close relationship, with Lillian stating, "Selma has always been my role model, I knew I wanted to be just like her when I grew up." Selma says she always wanted a little sister and she is "thrilled to death" that Lillian is hers. They say that as they got older, they grew closer in different ways. They attended the same schools and even the same college. When they moved away from home, Selma moved to Japan. She says that though they were far away in miles, they were together in mind and heart. Selma says, "We never try to outshine the other, we always try to put the other on top." When Selma was in Japan, Lillian was in Alaska. It is the farthest they've ever been apart. Luckily, Lillian's husband's work took him to Florida, where Selma had also moved to in order to take care of their mother. There, they grew even closer. They both worked in education before moving to Tennessee together and buying condos next door. After Lillian had a stroke, Selma followed her to The Bridge at Ooltewah, so they could both stay together and make it their home. They say it is so nice to be living together again, and we are so happy they are with us!