Hope Village resident shares holiday joy with her Christmas toys

by John Elmore 22. December 2011 09:33

Every year, Hope Village residents and staff look forward to a Christmastime tradition. That's when Freda Kirby, 93, puts her animated, musical Christmas toys on display around the lobby for all to use and enjoy.

"Although she is of the Jewish faith, Freda is always the first to share the joy of the season by doing this for us," said John DeMarsh, Hope Village marketing director. 

Freda came to Hope Village in Traverse City in 2001 from Ohio, where her late husband, Harold, had been a gifted nuclear research scientist known for his work with radioactive isotopes. Freda had been a school teacher. Harold and Freda never had children, but they loved their two nieces and nephew from Elk Rapids, Michigan, like they were their own kids.

Every Christmas since Freda's arrival at Hope Village, her nephew Kenny has given her one or two of these fun toys as a tribute to her beloved husband.

"Harold was known to spend hours explaining different scientific ideas to Kenny while Freda and Kenny's sisters were off shopping together," said DeMarsh. Freda's collection is growing, with more than a dozen fascinating toys to entertain all who touch them to start the movements and music.

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Cathy Stathakis named manager at Hope Village senior living near Traverse City

by Barbara Lewis 5. August 2011 14:28

Cathy Stathakis has accepted the position of manager of Hope Village, an independent living/assisted living senior community in Williamsburg, near Traverse City.

Stathakis currently serves as director of marketing and census development for Services for Senior Adults. She is based at MapleCreek, a full-continuum senior living community in Grand Rapids. Stathakis will begin her new position at Hope Village on Thursday Aug. 11, while continuing to spend a portion of her time at MapleCreek until a new executive director is named there. She will also continue to provide consultation in marketing and sales training and census plan development for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan's senior living properties.

Stathakis has more than 13 years of senior housing sales and marketing experience in the senior housing industry. Prior to coming to Lutheran Social Services of Michigan in 2010, she served as divisional director of sales for the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation, supporting 18 senior living communities in six states. Previously, Stathakis worked in public relations and journalism, including nine years as senior staff writer and publicist for Interlochen Center for the Arts. As a news reporter, she received first-place honors from the National Federation of Press Women. Stathakis is a former president of Michigan Press Women. Stathakis and her husband, Stace, are longtime residents of Traverse City. She graduated from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City and Central Michigan University.


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