Happenings at Passavant Community

Passavant Community is a continuum care community offering a variety of social, spiritual, physical and educational enrichment programs, cultivating an active and vibrant lifestyle.

In November, Passavant held an art show featuring the talents of its resident artists, as well as, the retirement of a dedicated maintenance worker.

Passavant Community Hosts Resident Art Show

The residents of Passavant all have various creative talents and skills. Recently, they got to show off some of those skills with an art show, thanks in part to the Creative Arts Studio program. Started 20 years ago, this program gives residents and seniors beyond the campus the chance to craft art of all varieties. Guests were treated to oil and watercolor paintings, sketches, wood carving, quilts and a variety of other crafts. Artist experience ranged from novice to passionate.

“It’s wonderful to see through the years – the talent is unbelievable,” said Mary Ann Frederick, the Lutheran SeniorLife community coordinator who created the program. “And they don’t realize how much talent they have. We have folks that have never painted before and just have done lovely work.”

According to Frederick, the program is expanding into other artistic areas, such as poetry and writing classes.

A Well Deserved Retirement

After 29 years, longtime Passavant Community handyman Rodger Husing decided to hang up his tool belt.

Husing meant so much to Passavant, from helping residents with any of their maintenance problems to painting and fixing things to even being a big part of the renovations at New Haven Court.

It’s clear his talents and skills are going to be missed around campus and Husing made it clear a piece of him will miss coming to work.

“I liked being with the residents. I saw my job as more than just a maintenance guy,” said Husing.

“There are so many people here who have had unique careers and amazing life stories. When I talk to them, I just soak it all in and take away any knowledge I can. I got to make their day and got to see them smile.”

In retirement, Husing has plans of hunting, fishing and working in his garden.

But does Husing have any more plans of fixing things after a long career of doing it?

“My wife has A LOT of jobs for me to do!” Husing chuckled.