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Life at Westminster is what you make it. If you want to stay in your apartment and read, watch television, or just sit, you may, but there is so much more available to you. There is a wonderful variety of music programs, speakers on various topics, excursions to civic and sporting events. There are also many social events held here, such as a picnic at the gazebo during the summer. The grounds are extensive and walking the trails is good exercise. The staff is patient and friendly, and the residents become like family. – Betty Arthur was born five miles from the present location of Westminster Village and has lived in Indiana her entire life. She has been in all 50 states, visited extensively in Western Europe, and has traveled to Australia. She went to work at the Grace Maring Library the day after graduating from Muncie Central, worked at the Ball State Library first as a student, then staff and finally as a member of the faculty. She has three degrees from Ball State and retired as an Assistant Professor and Head Cataloger. Betty was married to Francis Arthur for over 64 years and has two children. She now has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Betty is the Chairman of the Westminster Library Committee and a Librarian of Westminster’s Mary Garr Library.
Joe and I both had family members that lived at Westminster Village. They enjoyed the different neighborhoods and activities and at times they were so busy that we had to make an appointment for a visit. So when we decided to make the move here, we were already aware of all of the things that Westminster offers. We wanted to enjoy Westminster while we could and so far it has been one of our best decisions. We know it is a huge move but please, don’t be afraid, because it is very rewarding. We know many adult ladies who will not leave their homes and all their precious things. It’s hard but worth the effort, and we have found great peace after we moved to Westminster. We truly believe our lives are blessed being able to live here. All we have to do is enjoy our new home, and when one of us passes, the one left will be taken care of. Living here we are safe and secure. Amazing!
Joe and Elaine Markins were both raised on working farms and met at the Gaston Skating Rink. Joe worked at Westinghouse-ABB and after he retired he returned for several more years as a Consultant/Inspector in Quality Control. As a Westinghouse Consultant, Joe flew all over the United States. Elaine began her career in 1955 as a beautician at Ambers Beauty Salon for eighteen years. She then worked for Star Bank, in many different capacities, for nineteen years. Their daughter, Cheryl, a teacher for thirty eight years, lives in South Carolina, and has given Joe and Elaine have grandchildren. The Markins have been married for sixty three wonderful years.
When my wife Pat, and I designed and oversaw the construction of our house in 1970, we knew, because of its size and 4 floor levels, that at some point it would not be safe or easy for us to stay there. Then, 46 years later, in 2016, because of its size, and the cost of utilities, maintenance, and care, we decided that it was time for us to begin the process of moving. Moving to where it would be safe for both of us, all maintenance and care would be provided, and a place where progressive medical care was available, within minutes. We also wanted a place where we could continue to enjoy independent living, more freedom, and access to all the locations and events we had been attending for decades.
We contacted Westminster Village to be placed on their waiting list for the apartment size that we wanted and soon, we were notified that an apartment would be available. That began our plans to get ready to leave our home. So that our children did not have to clean it out and sell our home as we had to do for both of our mothers, we contacted Sherry Brown, who owns “Organize This” and who works with Westminster, to help us get rid of items we did not need and our children did not want.
Yes, there are several other locations in Muncie that we could have moved to, but, in our opinion, none of them have the experience, the resources, the location, the safety, the events we can attend, or the friendliness of Westminster Village. Every night, when we go to dinner, we can sit with both old and new friends, where we exchange stories from our past lives, from today, and find as much as possible to share that, in many cases, causes everyone to laugh. Another thing we enjoy at Westminster is to help others, living or working here, if we can, and to, without getting ourselves into trouble, make them laugh!
Ben Bennett, and his wife Pat, were both born in Ohio. After graduating from high school, they both decided to attend the University of Cincinnati where they met. Ben graduated in 1958 with a BS in Industrial Management. Pat graduated in 1960 with a BS in Nursing. They were married in December of 1958. Ben went on to work on a Masters in Journalism. Pat went on to earn a MS in Nursing and later a PHD in Nursing. Ben worked at Maxon Corporation here in Muncie for 34 years and Pat at Anderson University School of Nursing for almost 30 years.
My first momentous moment occurred when I told my friend that I was moving into the apartment near her. She exclaimed, “Wonderful, now you can eat with the third floor girls!” My favorite performances are any of the ones from Ball State. I would tell people that life here is very different from your own home, so be sure to check everything out. I love Westminster because of the setting, the beautiful grounds and the companionships. I have lived at Westminster for two years and it is important to me as a safe haven.” – Barbara Cossaart was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Frankfort, Indiana, after her father passed away. She attended Butler University, earning a degree in Kindergarten/Elementary Education. She taught in the Indianapolis City Schools and was an assistant in the first Montessori School in Muncie. She has four children and for many years her family lived on Bethel, across the street from a woods filled with daffodils. She loves biking and took five trips to Europe with her bike. She also enjoys flower gardening.
I feel very blessed to be a resident of Westminster Village. Anyone choosing to come to Westminster Village has so many opportunities. I think, kind and caring employees, with “respect” for you, rates first. Opportunities for almost anything you would desire; such as friends, alone time, games, movies, entertainment, Bible studies, Vespers, Lunch Bunch outings, shopping trips, exercise, crafts, and the list goes on. Your loved ones know you are being cared for and happy. I love Westminster Village because I feel loved and secure here, yet I can be independent. I have opportunities to do things here that I would not have if I lived alone. The friends I have met here and the staff are like my family. The staff are all very kind and caring and go the extra mile for our comfort and happiness. – Norma Rozelle has lived in Muncie all of her life. After graduating from Royerton High School, she worked at Old National Bank for 10 years and met her husband, Zack, there. They adopted their son and twin daughters, then she gave birth to another daughter. Zack and Norma enjoyed traveling the U.S after Zack’s retirement. They were blessed with 54 years of marriage and a wonderful family.
So many conveniences are offered. A house is a house when you’re alone in it – Westminster becomes your home. A+ for the personnel. My family doesn’t need to worry about me now that I am living at Westminster Village.
I love Westminster because I feel like I belong and have something to contribute. Westminster Village gives me security, protection, and people who look out for me.
We love living here with so many friends and colleagues we’ve known through our church and Ball State and we’ve met so many new friends. After taken care of our parents’ homes in other cities and states, we didn’t want to put that burden on our girls since they all live away from Muncie. Westminster Village was the perfect solution for us.
I truly love living here. I feel safe & comfortable and I enjoy meeting many friends, both new and old. I also feel independent, as much as if I were in my own home. The staff is remarkable, full of love and concern for me. I am glad that I made the decision to move to Westminster Village.
Years ago while my husband was a Resident in the Health Center, I used to visit the Residents in Independent Living in the Village. I loved it so much that I sold my big home and moved to Westminster Village, my new huge home. We have weekly card games, good evening entertainment, Bible Study, etc. and great food in the beautiful dining room. It is carefree living with no worries!
I enjoy working out in the Wellness Center on a daily basis and I attend as many of the activities as I can. The food is delicious, the best I’ve had in 15 years since my wife passed. I enjoy renewing old friendships.
Westminster Village is an amazing place that gives me what I need – no snow to shovel, no leaves to clean, no grass to mow. We’ve got heat, lights and good warm food. All of the employees are kind and friendly. This is why I am here at Westminster Village.
I came to Westminster Village over three years ago, with impaired health. Thanks to the excellent care provided by Westminster towards my convalescence, I was able to move to one of their independent-living apartments and I am happy to say that I am still there. The physical, intellectual, cultural, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the residents is of paramount concern to Westminster. The mind boggling variety of events and activities presented by Westminster bears ample testimony to this. There is never a dull moment at Westminster. One of the best features about Westminster is the total removal of the heavy responsibility associated with caring for your home and automobile. Everyone is nice and friendly and makes you feel at home. And your children have the peace of mind that you are in an excellent place. – Padmini Joshi received her B.A. (honors) and M.A., in math, from Bombay University, India, and another M.A. in math from Bryon Mawr, PA. She received her Ph.D. in math from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She taught for nine years in India and 42 years in the US, both as student assistant and instructor at UIUC, at Butler University (1968-1969) and at Ball State (1969-1993), as a full time regular faculty member and part time thereafter until December 2005. Ball State gave her the Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award in 1979. Padmini continues to stay active in her love of math, working on several math projects.
My own experience by visiting others for many years and actually living here has convinced me that we made the right decision to make Westminster our home!
I came to Westminster Village in April 2019. After all of the downsizing and unpacking, a sigh of relief seeing my new apartment with my things around me. I’m ok! Because I am a follower of Jesus Christ, I know he cares for me, leads and guides me, so where ever I am, I am full of joy. There are many opportunities at Westminster Village for body and soul. The exercise classes, music, interesting speakers, outings, are all organized by a loving staff. Our Maintenance men and Housekeepers are all very caring. The Symphony came with their string instruments and told a story about a stolen violin that was returned after many years, was my favorite program so far. Children also came with their instruments, many singers too, keep our memories intact. Whatever your choice is up to you. I have said many times, that Westminster Village is a safe place for me to be and my children’s peace of mind.
Billie Cruea was born in Portland, Indiana. She says that she was sort of a “country girl” because she and her husband raised chickens, and had a large garden. Billie was a stay at home mother, raising four children and supporting her husband.
My wife, Twila, and I moved to Westminster Village five years ago, November. After some checking around, we thought Westminster seemed to offer many things, like church services and other amenities, such as the bank, beauty shop, etc., that we were used to when we lived at home. Westminster has room for family gatherings and many wonderful programs in Legacy Commons. There is a Bible Study each week and Sunday services. Each of us are going to eventually need these services and it seems that Westminster has them all, plus many not mentioned here. – Max Rawlings and his wife, Twila, owned a manufacturing company with a metal stamping press, many small presses and a large press with a 10 ft. hydraulic bed. Before they sold their business to a company from Flint, Michigan, they had 60 employees. The Rawlings had a home in Lake Wales, Florida, where they wintered for 24 years, and another in Modoc, Indiana.
Excellent Care Received at CooperVista Rehab-To-Home!
“I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation for the kindness and excellent care I received during my recent stay at CooperVista Rehab. Your facility is absolutely beautiful. My room was so large and well appointed that it felt like an upscale vacation resort and the food was excellent. From the time I checked in I was made to feel at home by the entire staff. Having the expertise of well trained therapists right in the building come to my room and take me to rehab twice daily enabled me to learn to walk on my new knee quickly–in less than a month! I would recommend CooperVista Rehab to anyone.” – Pat Pryor
Weathering the Snowstorm at Westminster Village!
“I am so grateful to be in a comfortable warm and caring facility during this weather alert. I appreciate the workers and administrators that have shown special attention by working extra hours and staying overnight. Dining services have been managed in a very efficient manner and food is very good as usual. Walks and parking lots have been maintained in the best possible way. Thanks Westminster, I’m glad this is my home.” – Mary Bess Lunsford
“During this time when we must not go out, we are so glad that we are here. It is fun to get together to eat together and play games. We are happy that we don’t have to get out and shovel or clean off the cars to go somewhere. Everything we need is here. This is home!” – Judy Lewellen
“I love it here. The staff is remarkable. Everything seems to come together flawlessly. Even the pencils in the dining room are rarely dull. My apartment in on the second floor. When I walk in the door there’s my tree outside the window. It’s snow covered today. Soon it will be a mass of white blossoms. Then there’s the pond and the swans. What more could a ninety-six year-old woman want? As I said, I love it here.” – Katie Robb
“If it would not be for Westminster, I wouldn’t be retired. I didn’t think of retiring until I visited for an open house. I knew if I came here I would not have a lot of upkeep to do. To me, being here is like being at camp when I was a kid or like being on a cruise. It’s better than camp because I have my own apartment where I can go to be by myself but I love being with people. It is having the best of both worlds. I am fulfilling my Mom’s dream for herself.” – Danny Taylor
“I feel safe. It is so wonderful to be inside looking out. My daughter said, “I like you being there. It makes me feel safe that you are there.” – Grace Soule
“Everything has been great. You did a wonderful job. The food was good, I didn’t get cold and I didn’t have anything to worry about. I appreciate Maintenance and Security for keeping the parking lot clear. This is better than being at home. I’m glad I moved here.” – Donald Shroyer
“I am happy to be here at Westminster Village. We moved here because my husband needed nursing home care and we wanted to be under the same roof. Now we are in the apartment together and sharing the time together. During the storm we were glad to be warm and having good food to eat (no dishes to do). We have met many new friends. We appreciate the staff who have gone the extra mile to keep us safe and secure.” – Mary Faust