Celebrate our seniors living in the region

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Published on February 02, 2011 with No Comments

Meet: Nadia Podorozny Ptucha, a resident at Whispering Pines Health Care Center

Nadia Podorozny Ptucha was born on Feb. 24, 1919. Her parents, Vassily and Mary Podorozny were Russian immigrants who came to the United States seven years earlier. They eventually settled in Hudson, N.Y., where they raised Nadia and her sister Vera.
As a young woman, Nadia received her bachelorís in nursing from St Lukeís Hospital in New York City, N.Y. She went on to receive her masterís degree at Columbia University, also in New York City, and began her career as a labor and delivery nurse.
Nadia married Fred Ptucha in 1941. Fred was a colonel in the Marine Corps, and like many military families, the Ptuchas lived in several different places over the years. In 1978, they made the move to Indiana and Nadia has lived in Porter County ever since. Nadia worked as head nurse in the maternity ward at Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso, where she also worked in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Nadia and Fred had 58 years of marriage until his death in 1999. Nadia came to live at Whispering Pines health Care Center in Valparaiso in 2007.
When asked how she feels about living at the center, Nadia said, ìIt is a kind, loving place. The staff cares very much about us. They try to make it as nice and as home-like as possible.î  
After a visit to Nadiaís room and a glimpse at all of the pictures on her walls, it is easy to see the pride and joy that she has in her family. She has three children, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Nadia is proud of each and every one of them and delights in their achievements.
To know Nadia is to love her. She is fiercely independent, determined, honest, loving and unfailingly kind. She is also a woman who likes to keep busy. Nadia enjoys reading, sewing, writing letters and baking.
ìThere are many outings and activities to keep busy,î said Nadia as she described how she stays active at Whispering Pines. ìIf you enjoy bowling, bingo and baking, Whispering Pines Health Care Center has it. The staff is very dedicated.î
When asked what she misses about living on her own, Nadia admitted she misses her car most of all because she enjoyed driving and misses that independence.
Nadia made it a point to mention one other source of happiness in her life.
ìI have always gotten more enjoyment out of giving than receiving. I have always tried to help people in whatever way I can,î she said. ìI just really like people.î
And judging by the numerous Christmas cards Nadia received this holiday season, it is very apparent that people really like Nadia too.
Meet Maytha Steele of Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso

Maytha Steele has been a resident at Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso since April of last year. Steele was born in Valparaiso, where she has lived in her entire life. She is 93 years old and has two children ñ one boy, Al Steele, and one girl, Mary Ann Morrison. She has seven grandchildren and nine great grand children.
Her son Al is a lawyer, and her daughter May Ann is a school teacher. Steele graduated from Valparaiso High School and her favorite movie is ìGone With the Wind.î Another resident that lives at Rittenhouse, Kathleen McGillicuddy, was one of her classmates in high school.†
Steeleís husband worked for McGills in Valparaiso. For amusement, the Steele and her husband would take rides to county fairs all over Wisconsin. Steele enjoyed traveling to Wisconsin with her family, and she also traveled to Florida a couple of times.†
Steeleís favorite activities at Rittenhouse are exercise class, which she participates in every morning. She also enjoys the new knitting club, and musical entertainment. She also enjoys watching the birds from outside her living room window.
Steeleís favorite holiday is Christmas, and she enjoys hosting dinners for her family. Steele loves basketball and baseball games and enjoys listening to them on the radio. She and her sister used to always attend Valparaiso University games.

Celebrating 100 years

Loretta Knoblock, a resident at Life Care Center of Valparaiso, has celebrated her 100th birthday. She is now an honorary member of the Century Club. Born and raised in Porter County she is the oldest of her family with two brothers and two sisters. Knoblock married and raised three children and now has many grandchildren, great grandchildren and even great-great grandchildren. She loves fishing and being with her friends and family.

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