New Residents

 Jan. 14, 2019         Maxine Russell

A big Forum welcome to Maxine Russell who moved in last week from Upper Arlington. Maxine was born at Marietta, Ohio, attended school in Charleston, West Virginia, and met her husband while attending Marshall University when he returned from World War II and came back to finish his degree in engineering. He earned a Masters at Michigan and worked for North American Rockwell. She taught at Clinton and Indian Springs elementary schools before earning her Masters and becoming a middle school guidance counselor and later a high school history teacher. She had two children but tragically her son was killed in an auto accident and her daughter died of cancer. She’s still playing with her former bridge group but we expect she’ll be joining in Forum activities very soon. Her cat already enjoys her window overlooking Zimmerman Road!


Dec. 5, 2018          Kjell Larson

We’re delighted to welcome Kjell Laron who moved in this past weekend and has already become a regular member of the breakfast club. He was born and grew up in Norway during the German occupation during WWII.  His father had already migrated to the United States but because of the depression had been unable to bring his family over before the war. Kjell studied engineering and English in Oslo and joined his parents in the Chicago area in 1953. He joined a engineering consulting firm and spent his entire career with the same company, specializing in heating and plumbing systems for high rise buildings. He moved to Columbus to be near his son and daughter-in-law. His son graduated from Ohio State and is a geologist.  His son has two  adult daughters and his daughter-in-law two adult sons scattered across the country. Kjell enjoys spending time on his computer which allows him to keep up with his childhood home in Norway and his sister in Sweden. Welcome to the Forum!


Nov. 6, 2018        Norma Butcher

A big Forum welcome to Norma Butcher who moved in last week. She was born and raised in South Charleston, Ohio, married her high school sweetheart, and  lived in California while he was in the service. They returned to Ohio to raise their children, a son and daughter, and bought a home to raise their family in Westerville, near his work as an engineer at North American Rockwell. Her daughter currently lives in Worthington and her son near Sunbury. She has two grown but unmarried grandsons. For a number of  years Norma worked as a bookkeeper/accountant for several contractors. She moved to the Forum from Gahanna where she has had a condo for the past twenty years. Through the Reynoldsburg Senior Center she took a class in jewelry making and continues to make glass fusion and wire-wrapped modern jewelry. Sounds fascinating. Welcome Norma, we look forward to knowing you.


Oct. 8, 2018        Shirley Ferguson

Welcome to Shirley Ferguson, who arrived at the Forum in time to celebrate her birthday with most of her boxes unpacked and her house sold! Yes, that’s an interesting story. When she asked her landscaper to trim her bushes so that she could get ready to sell it, he asked to buy it – and did, without the hassle of listing it with a realtor. Some folks are lucky. Shirley’s family moved to Columbus when she was six-years-old and she graduated from North High School. She attended Miami University but graduated from Ohio State in dental hygiene. Her father was on the pharmacy faculty so her OSU loyalties go way back. She has a daughter in Columbus, a son in California and a son in Colorado. She has six grandchildren. She’s a bridge player but has given up driving and her outside group so hopes to find partners here. Welcome Shirley.


Sept. 26, 2018        Sharon Shelton

A big Forum welcome to Sharon Shelton. She was born and has lived her whole life in Upper Arlington, graduating from high school there and attending Ohio State where she was a cheerleader.  Won’t she enjoy our traditional Hyper Friday pep rally before the Michigan game with alumni band members and cheerleaders? She even has her original sweater!  She is the mother of three children, two boys and a girl, now living in Montana, Georgia and Colorado, nice places to visit. She has worked as both a florist and a dental hygienist. She enjoys playing bridge, attending symphony concerts, and working with flowers. And most of all she enjoys time on her balcony overlooking our ravine!





Sept. 14, 2018        Nell Saravalli  

The Forum is happy to welcome Nell Saravilli who moved from Upper Arlington.  However she grew up on a farm in Illinois where she learned to drive a tractor. After the war she married her husband, a soldier who had lost a leg and an eye during the war. He worked for a utility company and they lived in Chicago before he was transferred to Columbus. They had four young children when they moved to Upper Arlington near five points. They grown and  now she also has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren She worked at Battelle as secretary to the Director and has been a volunteer at Riverside Hospital. Welcome to the Forum, Nell. We know you already have friends and neighbors here.

Sept. 5, 2018         Shirley Wiser

Meet Shirley Wiser who moved in this past weekend.  Shirley is  a native of Orchard Park, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. Her primary and secondary education took place there. During these years she became proficient on the  piano and the tympani. She also played drums in the high school band. She was a student at Fredonia Teachers College when she married a Luthern ministerial student, Leonard Stohs. His career took them to Owego, NY; Riley Park, PA (near Philadelphia) and finally to Cleveland, Ohio where they lived and worked for 32 years. During that time they had seven children. Shirley eventually returned to college to get her education degree. She then taught in the elementary grades and taught music. After 45 years of marriage Shirley was widowed. Several years later she reconnected with a high school friend and they were married.  They lived in Clintonville until she was again widowed. Her youngest daughter lives in Clintonville and teaches calculus and computer science in Worthington. Shirley moves music (Classical) and likes reading and knitting. Welcome to the Forum.