Ken and Carol Wendel enjoy lots of laughs together. Ken, as president of the Cottage Resident Council and chairman of the village historical archives, balances a busy work life with his active village volunteerism. Carol works part-time, but finds fulfillment helping others in her role as Volunteer Coordinator of Garden Spot Village Caring Connections, an innovative program to minister to skilled care residents.
Vern and Sally Mittelstadt energetically embrace life. As new residents, they chose to move to Garden Spot Village while still young and healthy enough to enjoy all the amenities. The two admit their active lifestyle didn’t change much with Vern still teaching Bible studies and Sally continuing to pursue her passion for cooking. The enthusiastic couple wasted no time getting involved in their new community through volunteer, social and educational opportunities.
Frank Kuserk likes to blow his own horn. That is, when he’s performing with the Garden Spot Village Band, or serenading Trudi, his wife. Frank met Trudi in 1997 at an Elderhostel and became a frequent visitor to Trudi’s home at Garden Spot Village. After a storybook romance, the couple married and made their home at the village. As a talented musician, he serves as director of the Garden Spot Village Band. He’s also the president of the Farmer’s Club, tutor in the computer lab and tax preparer for residents.
Harry and Mary Alice Black enjoy going on vacation. But since moving to Garden Spot Village two years ago, the couple admits that the resort-style living is like being on vacation all-year long. Both can be seen swimming laps in the pool, working out in the Wellness Center or walking the outdoor paths. Harry likes to use his creativity in the train room or wood shop. Mary Alice learned a new avocation volunteering in the Garden Spot Village post office.
Rhoda Weaver knows the words that really matter in life. Words like faith, family, friends, love and gratitude. With her sociable sense of humor, she sometimes shares a funny joke or two, often lifting someone’s spirits. Rhoda cares about helping others and volunteers in the Village Store and the Share and Care Shop. For a decade, Rhoda and John, her husband, have called Garden Spot Village home.