September/November 2006

Franciscan Villa Celebrates 40 Years


Franciscan Villa, South Milwaukee, Wis., recently celebrated 40 years of service. The celebration attended by employees, past and current residents and their family members included music and remarks from Roger DeMark, president and chief executive officer of Franciscan Villa, and the Rev. Richard Stenzel, chair of the board. Franciscan Villa was founded July 1, 1966, when the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minn., purchased the 96-bed skilled nursing home formerly known as South Milwaukee Nursing Home. Franciscan Villa now includes a 150-bed skilled nursing facility, adult and child day care centers, a 64-bed assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s patients; a 39-unit assisted living apartment complex, a 48-unit facility for the frail elderly and 36 apartments for residents with early memory loss.


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Franciscan Villa also celebrated the 85th birthday of receptionist Evelyn Dean, one of Catholic Health Initiatives’ oldest employees, on September 26. She has worked at Franciscan Villa for nearly 22 years. “I enjoy being a receptionist and interacting with the residents’ family members,” she said. “There is such a variety of things to do all of the time.” In her time away from work, Dean enjoys dancing, sewing, reading, cake decorating and her six grandchildren.