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We’re Gonna Need More Candles

We’re Gonna Need More Candles

The Village at East Farms in Waterbury, Conn., recently held a Senior Prom that also included a birthday celebration for one of the Village’s most sparkling personalities, resident Teddy Chmielinski. "This was the best birthday in a long time,” Teddy says. “I collected 99 kisses, one for every year, and ended my day dancing to my favorite music. It couldn't be any better!" 

Growing up in a traditional Polish family in Chicago, Teddy loved dancing the polka and making his delicious pierogies, a Polish dumpling that he’s promised to make for his friends at the Village.

The Village at East Farms in Waterbury, Conn. held a Senior Prom that also included a birthday celebration for one of the community's most sparkling personalities, resident Teddy Chmielinski.

During World War II, Teddy enlisted in the military. He avoided active duty due to poor eyesight and worked in an office before being honorably discharged. He declined to marry his future wife at first because he felt he was too poor—although she loved him and didn’t care. With the experience Teddy gained as an office worker in the military, Teddy landed a job as an accountant, enabling him to marry and start the family he’d dreamed of.

In his six months at East Farms, Teddy has become known by residents and associates as a true gentleman with a zest for life. He welcomes new residents and is grateful for his many new friends. Teddy is also exceptionally caring. When one of his friends returns from dialysis treatments, Teddy promptly checks on him. If his friend is too weak to go to the dining room, Teddy brings him a meal.

All of us at Benchmark are fortunate to be enriched by residents like Teddy and their incredible warmth and magic. Happy 99th, Teddy!

Eileen O’Toole Rides to Cure Multiple Sclerosis

Eileen O’Toole Rides to Cure Multiple Sclerosis

Homemade Brew Ready in Time for Father's Day

Homemade Brew Ready in Time for Father's Day