Resident Stories

We are blessed to be caring for and supporting the greatest generation of American pioneers and heroes. Please enjoy the resident stories we have below and then reach out to us to schedule a personal tour of our award-winning community.

James Glenn - Better Than Expected

James Glenn went into The Summit Senior Living Community in his own special way:

Kicking and screaming.

“I’ve lived in this area since 1952, but my wife had died about a year earlier and my daughter decided I needed to move here to be around other people,” Glenn says. “We had a battle over it and they won.”
But like many of his fellow community members, Glenn found that once he gave the place a chance, there was so much more to it than his own preconceived notions of what a retirement community would be like.

“I love it,” the 92-year-old Glenn says. “You couldn’t drag me out of here. The people here and the staff here have made all the difference.”

Always one to keep himself mentally sharp, Glenn immediately found a home in the community’s library and challenging himself with crossword puzzles. Fate, as it turned out, was waiting for him right behind 23 Across.

“I decided to try to start doing some other things, and there was a lady across from me,” She’s a crossword aficionado. We got to talking and we had a lot in common. I can’t call her my girlfriend because she’s not a girl, but she’s my lady friend here now.”

His new love interest is just part of his suddenly burgeoning social calendar.

“We go to happy hour every day except Sunday, “Glenn says. “They all have a couple of high balls and I have a couple of beers. There is a lot of camaraderie here and a lot friendships formed. Thing are coming up roses for me.”

An engineer by trade, Glenn overcame early tragedy when his wife died after seven years of marriage, leaving him the widowed father of two children. He eventually remarried, had two more kids, and settled down in Hockessin, Delaware, in 1952.

“I took a job with DuPont and designed their plants for 33-½ years,” he said. “I loved living in Hockessin, and never wanted to move.”

His four children spread out across the country. One son moved to Florida, and another to New York City. One daughter stayed in Hockessin, while the other moved to Georgia.

The daughter in Hockessin became Glenn’s advocate for the move to The Summit, where he is able to spend ample time devoted to two of his other favorite pastimes: reading and exercising.

“I love to read; I mostly read historical books. I recently read a great biography on John Adams. I love that I can devote two or three hours a day to reading,” Glenn says. “I still work out for an hour six days a week. I do two sets of 12 push-ups and I use a machine to strength my stomach muscles and then 30 minutes on the treadmill.”

Glenn also cites the community’s commitment to exciting outside activities is also a big feather in its cap, having just gone to see a version of “Camelot” earlier in the week.

As for the physical commitment that men half his age might struggle to keep up with?

“I’m 92 going on 72,” he says with a chuckle. “Maybe 52.”

 

 

 
Marylyn Heindle - Sibling Rivalries Never Die.

If you’re a younger sibling, you know the distinct displeasure of having an older brother or sister. They get to do everything first. They’re bigger. They get to stay up later. They have their ears pierced first. Get to drive the car first. Allowed to date first. Everything, everything first.

Marylyn Heindle had the experience of being that younger sibling. Her sister Ruth was six years older and got to all the milestones ahead of her in the house they shared with their parents in Maryland.

Little did she know she’d be living with her older sister again nine decades later.

Heindle has lived in the Washington D.C. area her whole life, first attending high school there and then enrolling in the Washington School for Secretaries. It was the early 1940s, and the US military needed all the help it could get as it ramped up to enter World War II.

“I went into the Coast Guard as yeoman after that,” she says. “I was there for 2-½ years, stationed in Boston.”

Somewhat downplayed in modern society, the Coast Guard was a deadly serious business during the Second World War. During the conflict, the Coast Guard sank 12 German and two Japanese submarines and captured two German ships. A single Coast Guard patrolmen discovered Operation Pastorius, the German plot to sabotage the US from within.

After the war, Heindle met her husband while working at the same company where he was a chemical engineer. She retired to the domestic life and the couple had four children, who have in turn produced three grandsons, one granddaughter, three great-grandsons, and three great-granddaughters.

“My daughter lives in Newark, that’s why we moved here, she checked it out very carefully and thought it was the place we should be,” Heindle said. “Our children and grandchildren are all spread well out, but they get here and visit.”

And when they do visit, they get a family two-for-the-price-of-one deal, because Heindle’s sister, Ruth Morris, is also a resident of The Summit at Hockessin, Delaware.

My sister lives here, she is 100 years old, and she’s doing quite fine,” Heindle says. “She’s very active and a very sharp woman. She is in assisted living but she gets around beautifully.”

Ruth still also plays her “big sister” card on Marylyn from time to time, even though her younger sister is 94.

Heindle and her husband moved to The Summit in July of 2015. She was taken by its charms immediately.

“I was immediately impressed and still am,” she says. “It’s a pretty good organization. I walk and I have one exercise that I do in the gym that is called ‘Knee Step’ where you pump your arms and your legs. I’m in pretty good health and can still get around and go to my meals.”

She especially loves having a place that is so close to the place she’s called home her whole life.

“I never had any interest in Florida, that didn’t fill me at all,” she says. “I like this area and I like the weather it’s a good climate. Yesterday, it was beautiful here and it was great to get out and walk in the sunshine.”

And even though big sister occasionally tells her what to do, even that relationship has a fantastic new development.

“A man just moved in here who is 103 years old,” Heindle says slyly. “She didn’t like hearing she’s not the oldest one here anymore.”

Sibling rivalries never die.