Resident John Di Paolo is a man of many talents. In his 84 years, he has gone from writing classical music to designing computer hardware for NASA. And he can design and build pipe organs too! After high school, his musical talents got him into the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, John’s hobby of tinkering and design, along with his interest in airplanes, led him to make a big career change, from music to engineering. John worked for several companies but it was when he landed a job at Kearfott, that his career really took off, right into space. When NASA began the Space Shuttle program, Kearfott was awarded contracts to make parts for the shuttle. John is most proud of his designs for the components that allowed the shuttle’s computers to communicate with one another. Throughout his career, John never lost his passion for music, continuing to compose both spiritual and classical pieces.” Nowadays, John does all of his composing on the computer. “I use the sounds played on real instruments,” he said. John will continue playing his music for everyone at St. Joseph’s to enjoy. John is pictured here with one of his patents and a certificate from the FBI.
To say that Resident Dolores Nichols loves to quilt would be an understatement. There is never a time when she is not working on one quilt and planning the next. Dee spoke of what sparked her interest in quilting, “My son said quilts had a lot of character and that he loved them. So to make him one, I began to research everything about quilting. I found out that a friend of mine gave quilting classes so I signed up.” That was 27 years and many quilts ago. Dee is a member of The Clifton Quilters club where she picks up new patterns and new ideas. Recently Dee made a quilt with a “Greek key” design and gave it as a surprise gift to our Chaplain, Father Fulgens Katende. Father was so happy to receive this beautiful handmade quilt, made in the bright colors seen in his native Uganda. One of Dee’s more intricate creations can be found hanging in the coffee shop. Dee wants everyone to know that everything she makes is “stitched with love!”
Our Residents enjoy keeping themselves busy. Barbara Mahler is a retired bookkeeper and sought meaningful work and to be of service. So she took on the task of organizing and recording the entire contents of our library. Using her computer skills, she created a searchable database and print catalog making it easy for everyone to find books, cds and movies. Milada Solej, a keen organizer herself, offered to help and thus a great team was formed. Now they both are bookkeepers of a different sort!
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In an effort to raise funds for our Home, mailings are sent out soliciting donations and announcing fund raising events. We have a team of Residents who label and stuff the envelopes for each mailing, usually in the many thousands of pieces. During the busiest times, Volunteers come in as well.
Pictured from left to right are Residents John Armagno, Cathy Payne, Milada Solej, Faye Kennedy and Lizzie from housekeeping who stopped in to say hi.
Ask Mary Ulrich how she feels about being a Resident at St. Joseph’s Home and she’ll reply, “living here is a joy!” Since Mary came to live here she has found so many things to do, as she explains, “I feel so useful, I fell such joy being able to help and do things for others.” At 92 Mary is still a talented musician and she brings joy to others through music. Each morning Mary plays the baby grand piano in the main dining room and several afternoons a week, she entertains the Residents in the sitting rooms on the skilled nursing floor. Mary even dresses up, in her own costume, as Mrs. Santa Claus and plays Christmas songs during our Christmas Craft and Bake Sale. She feels that God meant her to be at St. Joseph’s because He still had “things” for her to do.