Inspiring Stories From a Few Residents


College Vibe Makes It ‘Fun to Be Old’

Beth Shank and Terry WiseChoosing to move during a global pandemic may not seem like the most logical decision to many people, but for Beth Shank, the timing made all the sense in the world. A former infection-control nurse, Beth, along with her spouse Terry Wise planned on waiting until they were 70… Read More »



Working Past Retirement Age? Why Not?

John and Sally KillianFor John and Sally Killian, moving to Bethany Village was as natural as remaining at home. Having helped with a friend’s and family member’s moves to Bethany, and as long-time advisors and… Read More »




Jumpin Right In

Laura DottererLaura Dotterer’s decision to move to Bethany Village three years ago followed a not-uncommon pattern.

Her husband Ronald had passed away, and Laura was living far from family outside of Rehoboth… Read More »



Friendships, Opportunities Bloom After Move

Tom & Mary Lou FabianAs a self-described “Type A personality,” Tom Fabian recalls his friends comments when he shared that he and wife Mary Lou were moving to Bethany Village. “They all said, ‘Tom, what are you going… Read More »




Trading Space for More Fun, Less Stress

Susan StillerIt’s clear that Susan Stiller is someone who knows the importance of enjoying life.

In fact, it was Bethany Village’s snow tubing and water tubing trips that helped her decision to move to the… Read More »



Why Waiting Is “A Huge Mistake”

Art & Cindy_LindsayFor everyone who has thought about moving to a retirement community only to think again and again as the years tick by, Art Lindsay has one thing to say: “That’s a huge mistake.”

At age 72, Art… Read More »



71-Year-Old Accepts Cycling Challenge & Has Time of His Life

Lowell StarlingLowell Starling is a Bethany Village resident and a former member of the Asbury Communities, Inc. Board of Directors. He shared the following with us in October 2015.

What happens when a… Read More »



Mary Anne Morefield: A New Life in Poetry

Mary Anne MorefieldIn April, my first book of poems, Earth, Grass, Trees and Stone, was published, launching me into a whole new world of being a poet – a busy life, indeed.

(Read one of Mary Anne’s poems below.)

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Wellness Role Model Spreads Joy Around

Leroy EricksonWhen Bethany Village added its West Campus in 2004, a long covered porch flanking the main entrance was a key feature. Though people would stop to chat while entering or exiting the building for a… Read More »




East Cottage Home Is Proactive Plan for the Future

Ann Chance & Missy GeorgeWhen Ann Chance and her husband, Joe Kearney, decided to move to Bethany Village they were leaving behind a light-filled home they had built for their retirement situated on wooded lot in a West… Read More »




Life-Long Friends’ Joint East Cottage Purchase ‘Ideal’ Arrangement

Margee Kooistra and Jane WilshusenCo-housing communities is not a new concept, but it is a relatively new trend among older people. When Margee Kooistra and Jane Wilshusen moved to Bethany Village, they put their own unique twist… Read More »



Meet the New Generation of Bethany Residents

Tom and Penny CogantoAs Bethany Village celebrates its 50th Anniversary this fall, we’d like to introduce Tom and Penny Coganto. We invited Tom to write this reflection on how they came to be the second generation of… Read More »



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