New Residents

Aug. 10, 2019      George Frank

As you can see from the picture, we caught up with our newest resident, George Frank, at the breakfast buffet. George was born and raised at Mansfield, lived his life and raised his family there. He did attend Ohio State for a couple of years and is a big Buckeye fan, but as an ROTC student he joined the Air Force at the start of the Korean War. He says he never got beyond Dover Air Force base, but decided to get  married instead of going back to school. In 32 years working for Coke-Cola he became superintendent of the Mansfield plant and then for 11 years worked for Pepsi. He likes them both. He and his wife, who died of Alzheimers, had two daughters, a teacher in Tennessee and a nurse in Columbus, who’s been helping him downsize and move to the Forum. As he says, he’s “living on a pig valve and a battery.” Riverside hospital  dismissed him to the Forum rehab program and the food was so much better he was glad to be here full time and be near his daughter. He has two grandchildren and three great-grans scattered around the country. He says his only claim to fame is being a friend of Jimmy Crum, who he went to school with from 1st through 12th  grade. Welcome to the Forum George.

July 26, 2019       Joyce Koehler

A big welcome to Joyce Koehler who moved from Florida a couple of weeks ago but she and her daughters have been deep into opening boxes and getting her apartment organized. She has lived in Florida since 1986 but she was born and raised in  Springfield, Ohio, graduated from the Catholic High School there, married and they raised three daughters there. Her husband founded and operated Industrial Tooling which made dies for manufacturing. Joyce enjoyed acting with the community theater, she played guitar and sang, and served as president of the Springfield Arts Council. She’s already been out for dinner with us and we hope she soon feels like the Forum is home.

June 11, 2019       Reuben & Clara Mellum

Reuben and Clara Mellum moved in this past weekend, early birds who have already been welcomed by the breakfast group. Both have Scandinavian heritage and grew up on midwestern farms, Reuben in Minnesota, Clara in North Dakota. They met at Concordia College and Rueben became a Lutheran minister, Clara an elementary teacher. They have three children, a son in Bellefontaine and another in Columbus’ Indian Hills subdivision near the Forum, and a daughter in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They have ten grandchildren, three adopted by the Bellefontaine son. Reuben’s career began in Minnesota but brought them by way of Detroit to Pembersville (near Bowling Green) and 22 years ago to Columbus. Reuben describes one of the highlights of their life as “visiting the two holylands, Israel and Norway.” His hobby has been refinishing furniture and Clara enjoyed sewing and baking. Welcome to the Forum!

May 18, 2019       Freida Franke

Meet Freida Franke who arrived with her own family moving crew and accomplished it all in one day. She has six children, two boys and four girls, and even the son from Missouri was here. She moved from Belpre to the Grandview area fifteen years ago, after her husband died, to be near her daughter and son here. She was born and raised in Norwood, a suburb of Cinncinnati, and two daughters and seven of her eight grandchildren live in the Cinncinnati area. Her husband was a banker and they moved quite a bit until landing in Belpre where they settled down, he became manager of the city water department and all of their children graduated from high school. Frieda worked as secretary of the Belpre school system. Living in small towns she never felt the need to drive a car, so when she moved to Columbus it was critical for her to live on a bus line. For a number of years she volunteered as a tour guide at the state house and had a chance to autograph one of the raw beams in the attic of its dome – a ritual for state house volunteers. A couple of years ago she had a stroke that affected her mobility on her right side and she learned to enjoy coloring finding that having a pen or pencil in her hand steadied it. She’s attending our Forum activities one by one to see how she will enjoy getting involved here. Welcome Frieda.


April 22, 2019       Evy (Evelyn) Guebert

We welcomed Evy Guebert to the Forum this evening with a halo of lights over her head in the dining room. Her family helped her move in over the weekend and she sounds incredibly organized. She was born in New York City and grew up in Mt. Vernon, NY. She met her Ohioan future husband while attending Wittenberg, a Lutheran liberal arts college at Springfield. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher in Cincinnati, moved to Dayton and then Columbus as her husband advanced his career as a CPA. She has two daughters and a son, all now back in the Columbus area, nine grandchildren scattered from North Carolina to Chicago, 3 great-grandchildren and three more expected in July. Forum old-timers may think she looks familiar from her days visiting her friend Marion Livingston. We look forward to her becoming an active member of our community.

April 16, 2019       Bob Frey

Robert Frey moved to the Forum from Worthington, together with a sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Roger Russi. He was born in the tiny (population 50) southwestern Ohio town of Arnheim where his father was minister of the Lutheran Church. His two brothers also became Lutheran ministers. Bob began school in a one-room school but by second grade was attending a consolidated school in Sardinia, Ohio. He graduated in 1943 during World War II and was inducted into the Marines. He was trained as a radar technician in the Marines and served in Guam and occupied Japan. After he was discharged he moved to Columbus to attend Capital University where he majored in biology and mathematics. He later earned his masters in education at Ohio State. His career was as a high school biology and math teacher. The  1950s were a great time to be a biology teacher with the discovery of DNA. Bob is still very interested in DNA research and reads a lot, mostly about science. Welcome to the Forum Bob.



April 16, 2019     Roger and Anne Russsi

Like her brother, Bob Frey, Anne and Roger Russi moved to the Forum from Worthington. Roger was born in Zanesville but grew up in Akron and Doylestown, Ohio. He has fascinating memories of driving a taxi while attending Ohio State and graduating from its dental college. Anne was born and raised in Arnheim and still remembers the shock at age 18 of leaving the tiny village, coming to Columbus, becoming independent, and meeting Roger at a YMCA dance. After their marriage Anne was a busy homemaker raising their son and daughter and serving as Roger’s dental assistant. They now have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his career as a dentist in Worthington, Roger owed an antique store in Clintonville now managed by their daughter. Anne became involved in low vision and stroke support groups. Welcome to the Forum.


March 26, 2019          Ray Lora

Meet our newest resident, Ray Lora. His wife, Twila, who has Alzheimer’s, has an apartment in Ambassador Suites. He’s a native of Salem, Ohio, where he attended school, lived throughout his working life, and raised his family. They have two daughters, one in Millersburg, Ohio and the other in Upper Arlington, and three grandchildren. Two years ago they moved to Dublin Village Senior Living to be near their daughter, and from there to the Forum. Ray had a forty-year career as a regional service manager for Burroughs Corporation, a major American manufacturer of business equipment that in 1986 merged with Sperry UNIVAC and became Unisys. Ray’s hobby is model trains, even dedicating an entire room of his house to his set up. He has pictures and maybe after he gets settled we can have him do a program for us. Welcome to the Forum Ray.