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February 3, 2016

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Submitted photo Twin Oaks Senior Living founder Mary Ann Huber (center) still lives in her home at Twin Oaks Estate and helps her daughters Kim Bauer (left) and Kathy Blattel (right) run the facility.

Twin Oaks Estates marks 35 years in St. Charles County after starting in the home of its founder

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By Brett Auten There are family businesses and then there is O’Fallon’s Twin Oaks Estates. Twin Oaks was founded in 1981 in the home of William and Mary Ann Huber. It started with 12 elderly residents and a staff of four, and throughout the years has grown and expanded in every which way. Today, Twin Oaks Senior Living has three campuses in O’Fallon and Wentzville and offers independent and assisted-living options. Mary Ann still lives and works at the O’Fallon location. Now at nearly 150 residents and two additional locations, Twin Oaks recently celebrated its 35th anniversary with a Hawaiian luau celebration. Twin Oaks would have had a hard time reaching its anniversary were it not for Mary Ann’s daughters, Kim Bauer and Kathy Blattel. “I never expected my daughters to go into that field,” Huber said. “They have really contributed to the success. It is a different job that takes a different type of person.” In all, three generations and 16 family members have worked or are currently working at Twin Oaks. But Twin Oaks begins and ends with

the vision of Huber. She had been in nursing for 10 years when she saw a need for senior citizens. “There were those who didn’t need a hospital but they couldn’t really stay at home either,” Huber said. In those early days, with a small amount of residents, there wasn’t enough income coming in for a staff, aside from a cook, so Huber was a nurse, administrator, custodian, and anything else you can think of rolled into one. “It was trial and error in the beginning because there was nobody to gauge how to do things,” Huber said. Kim was 13 years old when residents began showing up at her home. The youngest of the Hubers, she recalls doing the grocery shopping, dropping off the laundry and doing anything else she could do to help out. Kathy was a sophomore in high school when Twin Oaks took off. “We just jumped in and did as much as we could,” Kathy said. It was during those early days when a young man from the neighborhood named Tim Blattal started coming by Twin Oaks and lending a hand where he

could, whether it was mowing the yard or helping with any other labor around the place. Tim would go to not only date and eventually marry Kathy but become the CEO of the company. In 2000, Mary Ann and Bill invited family members to join in the Huber See TWIN OAKS on page 2

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