our lady of life apartments

Stories run wild among unique group of Rosati-Kain alums

Left to right: Wertz, McDonald, Guenthel, Sullivan

The St. Louis question is unavoidable at Our Lady of Life Apartments in Shrewsbury, where the answer has led to fun gatherings of residents who have an answer in common.

"You know St. Louis, when you move in somewhere, people say, 'What high school did you go to?' You move in here one day, and the next day we know if you went to Rosati-Kain," said Helen Guenthel, Class of 1942.

Cardinal Ritter keeps older adults active in mind, spirit

Joe Kuszaj, who will be 97 on Nov. 14, plans to continue his morning ritual of exercising on each “vehicle” in the Our Lady of Life physical therapy room. For 38 years after he retired, Kuszaj volunteered at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. “I was working with the kids playing soccer, baseball, you name it,” he said. “Those children were my lifeline.” In the background, Doris Chouner worked with physical therapist Andrea Holliday.

Joe Kuszaj hopped on the exercise bike, and off he went, later putting the other exercise machines at Our Lady of Life Apartments to use as well.

It's a daily routine, and he pointed to Andrea Holliday, a physical therapist with Premiere Home Heath for keeping him motivated. "She makes sure I do it," Kuszaj said.

Residents tie plastic into knots for a good cause

Residents at Our Lady of Life Apartments are making sleeping mats out of plastic bags that will be sent to St. Patrick Center in St. Louis. Vincentian Father Gary Mueller also will bring the process to Kenya for people to make mats there. Dee Longworth, right, and Elizabeth Fuchs, cracked jokes to pass the time Aug. 10.

Elizabeth Fuchs teased Dee Longworth about the knots she was making with the "plarn" -- plastic yarn made of strips cut from a plastic grocery bag.

Longworth quipped that she was old and needed a break. But Fuchs was onto that ploy, replying: "You're not 90 yet. I am. You're just a child."

Volunteers at Our Lady of Life Apartments in Shrewsbury have built a great social club with a mission -- to supply 50 sleeping mats for clients of St. Patrick Center in downtown St. Louis and give a sample of mats and the knowledge of how to make them for a Vincentian mission in Kenya.

Laptops help residents connect to far-flung places

Jane Hrach, center, laughed as Ann Jones logged her on to a laptop in her first computer class at Our Lady of Life Apartments. Hrach and Dolores Hitch, far left, took the class to learn how to better use computers. The class is just one aspect of Our Lady of Life, which also promotes volunteerism among residents.

Carmella Swann was eager to get started on one of the laptops brought into the conference room at Our Lady of Life Apartments in Shrewsbury.

Ann Jones, the administrator of the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services apartments, had brought the laptops to a computer class there. While waiting for the instructor to arrive, Swann — who has experience with computers but has a desire to learn more — found the start button and soon was getting on to her email account.

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