January 2019 Happenings Magazine

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Resident Profile:


United Methodist Homes, Tunkhannock


atharine Stevens is a resident of the United Methodist Homes Tunkhannock Manor, an assisted living and personal care home. A long time resident of Tunkhannock, she was born in Tabriz, Iran, where her father was a medical missionary. When World War II began, her mother brought the rest of her family home to the U.S. and settled in Tunkhannock, where her mother’s parents had lived. Katharine married Robert Stevens, and they had six children. At 90 years old, Stevens doesn’t do nearly what she used to, but has “kept with what I can because I still drive,” she said. She keeps busy visiting family and friends, going to church, joining in on bingo, seeing


the symphony and staying involved with various organizations. She and her daughter have a strong interest in genealogy and visit local cemeteries to trace their roots. Activities and outings (such as picnics to Frances Slocum State Park) are plentiful at her new residence. Katharine and her husband had moved to Tunkhannock Manor when they could no longer manage the responsibilities of a home. They were immediately impressed with the attentive staff. They had their reservation for a year before making the move, and while apartment space was not available at the time, they moved into two adjoining rooms, providing a cozy living and bedroom arrangement with great storage and plenty of natural light. After the passing HappeningsPA.com

of her husband, Katharine downsized to a single room. Katharine says that moving to Tunkhannock Manor happened at the right time in

her life. She is happy to have already downsized and to be released from the worries of a home. Her children help manage her remaining responsibilities. She is so thankful for the wonderful staff who assist with day to day life. They are around to do whatever the residents need, and they are “so good about handling it all,” she says. Find information about the Tunkhannock Campus at unitedmethodisthomes.org. H -Melissa Durante

January 2019