Tag: SunBird Personalities

SunBird Personalities

Pat and Jerry Younger with their guard dog Abby

Bob Neuman For 12 years, Pat and Jerry Younger traveled back and forth from their Omaha home to winter in SunBird, but last fall things changed. As Pat related, “We moved to SunBird in 2014 because we love the people and needed to get down to one home. Winter temps are wonderful, but I am…

SunBird Personalities

Gene and Elizabeth Gulliver

Bob Neuman A long time ago, in Albany, New York, a group of high school cheerleaders walked into a café where a partition divided it from the bar where some uniformed soldiers sat. One of the girls asked Elizabeth to go into the bar to have a look, but dissuaded by the rest, she merely…

SunBird Personalities: Audrey Dolezal

Audrey Dolezal

Bob Neuman If you have met Audrey Dolezal, you recognize three characteristics immediately. She still has her Australian dialect, looks to be no older than 60 and obviously has a wonderful zest for life. This fascinating lady was born in 1928 and raised in Sydney along with a brother and sister. The Great Depression swept…

SunBird Personalities – Hank and Pat Miller

Hank and Pat Miller

Bob Neuman Ask this couple what they dislike about SunBird and you will receive a quick and candid answer – nothing! “We like the community, the friendly people, and think Layne is the best manager there is. We hope he never leaves,” said Hank Miller as his wife, Pat, nodded an agreement. After visiting in…

SunBird Personalities – Elaine and Don Friesen

Bob Neuman “East is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet.” – Rudyard Kipling Not always so, however. After many years, Elaine and Don Friesen eventually did connect after running similar courses but miles apart. Elaine and her three brothers were born on a dairy farm in Kittitas, Washington. Her parents…

SunBird Personalities – February 2015

Jane and Earl Ferguson

Bob Neuman Jane and Earl Ferguson moved to SunBird on New Year’s Day 1992 after two months of exploring other retirement areas from California to Casa Grande, where a resident suggested SunBird. The couple liked what they saw and still do. They switched to full time residents in 2003. “Visitors will say, ‘Do you know…

SunBird Personalities – January 2015

Bing and Sharon Solomon

Bob Neuman The Viet Nam War, between South and North Viet Nam, finally ended in 1973, but not before 58,000 Americans died. The divisive war had become increasingly unpopular in our country and led to riots on college campuses, often spilling into the streets, as in the incident at Kent State. Our military, which had…

SunBird Personalities – December 2014

Jerry and Jean Logosz

Bob Neuman Even though they lived in the same neighborhood, it took a date-arranged in 1962 by a friend to begin the journey to the altar. When asked how he met her, Jerry replied, “I just picked her up on a corner.” Jean added, “When I saw him, I said ‘no way’.” Something must have…

SunBird Personalities – November 2014

Sharon and Ozzie Zubchevich

Bob Neuman To capture lightning in a bottle would be a simpler task than to document the lives of Sharon and Ozzie Zubchevich, an intriguing couple, in the limited space allotted. Sharon’s background is Lithuanian and her ancestors were royalty. Once while attending mass, Russians on horseback rode up the center aisle, decapitated the priest…

Sunbird Personalities – October 2014

Mark and Lynette Martens

Bob Neuman Boyd Hamilton Dowler was quarterback at Cheyenne High School, University of Colorado and Green Bay Packers (1959-71) as a wide receiver. He played in two Super Bowls (1965-67) and is in the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame. Mark Martens ran track but also played football at Cheyenne High School, graduating in 1955;…