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SunBird Personalities

Bob Neuman Gene Tress remarked, “I fell in love with Arizona.” This is not idle chit chat. He has lived here the majority of his life and is definite when it comes to knowing his own mind. He resided at many places and did many things. He was born in Pennsylvania among the Amish on…

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Gary and Deanna Metzger

Bob Neuman Our residents are considered to be friendly and compatible residents. If you care to have those traits confirmed, then come meet Gary and Deanna Metzger. In 1996, they purchased in SunBird and moved in full-time in 2001. They had come to Arizona at times to visit Gary’s parents in Mesa and explore possible…

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Ron and Ethel Davis

Bob Neuman Ron Davis, unique in many ways, has lived life to the fullest. For a start, he is a native of Arizona. His grandparents homesteaded at Elliot and Ellsworth in 1890. He has traveled, worked in interesting places and has not one master’s degree, but three. He married a beautiful young lady named Ethel…

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Shirley Jackson and daughter Gard

Bob Neuman “I was born in Union Highland Cemetery near Florence, Colorado, in a small house where my parents lived. I had four brothers. My father was a sexton. And, yes, the house was on cemetery grounds,” so spoken by GarWen Shirley Joan Jackson. As the old-time comedians would say, “Folks, you ain’t heard nothing…

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Carla and Daryl Tanner

Bob Neuman Since recently purchasing a SunBird house on Cherry Hills Drive, Carla and Daryl Tanner have been extremely busy remodeling and changing many things. On the 22nd of May, they moved into a home last owned by a well-known couple, Doris and Norman Littrell. “We came to Chandler in 2013 to care for my…

SunBird Personalities

Bob Neuman “SunBird Personalities” began in 2005, nearly 150 articles showcasing our residents. Here are some of the early ones. Shall we challenge our fickle memories? John and Aileen Johnston: Had a movie actor son, instrumental in forming the first SunBird Homeowners Council; chairman; in Navy. Aileen organized first SunBird Singers; three terms on Homeowners Board…

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Dolores Kline

Bob Neuman This young-at-heart lady has the energy of a teenager. One clue, however, she graduated high school in 1950 and has never slowed down since. A spark later on hit when she met Jim, her future husband, at a North Dakota church event. Soon her name was changed to Dolores Kline. This was the…

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Larry and Mary Beth Kosiba

Bob Neuman SunBird residents have in common favorable weather, a beautiful place to live and friendly people. They are also diverse, having come from various places, different views, priorities and ideas. Some settle in, while others attempt to keep one foot in the home state. Leaving behind family, friends and the harsh Indiana weather, this…

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FAY AND TAL

Bob Neuman With Fay’s father living in Sun Lakes in the early ‘90s, it was natural for her and Tal to visit from chilly South Dakota. Perhaps that was their only plan until they discovered SunBird and purchased a home in 1995. It wasn’t until 1997 that the Lockwoods began using it in winters. “I…

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Gary and Suzanne Popelka

Bob Neuman Where to begin! How to keep the article under 500 words when it cries out for 5000! Suzanne and Gary Popelka joined us at SunBird in September, after looking at several other retirement communities. Their Arizona daughter was instrumental in the choice. “I felt at ease the moment I drove through the front…