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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
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May 26, 2015

The Rev. John Hoeger

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society mourns the loss of a past president, the Rev. John Hoeger, who died May 25, 2015, in Louisville, Colorado.


He was 91.


John was born Aug. 17, 1923, in Arthur, North Dakota, one of the eight children of Amelia and the Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger Sr., the founder of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. His birth came five months after the Good Samaritan Society’s first home opened in Arthur, North Dakota.


John graduated in 1945 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1948.


In 1952, John married Katherine Kaufman, a pastor’s daughter whom he met while serving as an intern in Toledo, Ohio. Katherine died in 2012. 


They had three children: Mark Hoeger, of Omaha, Nebraska, the Rev. David Hoeger of Prospect Heights, Illinois, and Mary Volz of Lafayette, Colorado.

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May 26, 2015

Fred Manfred displays the key fob that helps him enter the apartment building where he lives.


(Luverne, Minnesota) – Below-zero temperatures or autumn rain often chilled the vestibule of Fred Manfred’s Blue Mound Towers apartment building.


Yet, that’s where Fred defiantly sat in his wheelchair waiting — sometimes as long as 15 minutes — for someone to let him inside.


Fred had many reasons for waiting:


  • a lost key;
  • frustrations with using the key he lost;
  • the cost of replacing that lost key,
  • and his general health.


Today, Fred no longer needs to wait. And it only took a few pieces of plastic to make Fred’s life better.


Click the video to watch Fred Manfred describe his need for help to access his apartment building.

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Corporate news

May 23, 2015

On Memorial Day, we honor men and women who died while serving in the military. But many of our residents honor fallen comrades and past service with stories of their experience. Here are three residents who share what it was like to be a woman in the military.



Wanda Covington

Resident in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Wanda served in the Air Force and Navy.


"I marched in President Kennedy's inauguration parade. It was bitter cold and...we couldn't look at him. We had to keep our eyes straight ahead."


Click here to read more about Wanda.


Walt and Dee Holliday

Residents in Kissimmee, Florida


Walt and Dee served in the Air Force Reserve.


"I was never concerned because I knew he was prepared for what he was going to do," says Dee. "So I had confidence in him and the rest of the air crews."


Click here to read more about Dee's military experience.


Joyce Ellis

Resident in Kissimmee, Florida

Joyce served in the U.S. Coast Guard.


“I wanted to do something new and something for my country,” Joyce says. “Everyone was supportive, and my mother signed for me.”


Click here to read more about Joyce.

Corporate news

May 22, 2015

Chuck Dreith survived a WWII kamikaze attack on the USS Terror.

(Windsor, Colorado) – In retirement, Chuck Dreith is taking it easy at his Water Valley Senior Living Resort home. But his life hasn’t always been so calm.


Shortly after graduating from Berthoud (Colorado) High School in 1940, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a radar specialist. In this role, he used recently developed radars to monitor planes that flew by his ship, the USS Terror.


The Terror was a minelayer and mine supply ship for troops in the Pacific. It would anchor in a harbor and give orders to other ships and lay mines. Within four days of joining the Terror, Chuck and his crewmates were sent to Iwo Jima, where the ship became part of history.


The Terror was anchored south of Okinawa at Kerama Retto when, just before 4 a.m. on May 1, 1945, the crew was put on alert for a possible kamikaze attack.


“I was off duty and sound asleep when an alarm was sounded,” Chuck says. “I dressed and headed to my station, which was in the radar shack. I vividly remember how dark it was that morning. I put my hand in front of my face and could not see the hand. I took my station, listening to inter-ship communications. Soon I heard some guns begin firing and felt and heard the kamikaze hit the ship.”


Chuck explains that the crew didn't have to abandon ship, but did have to deal with a fire and many casualties.


“That was the day I saw my first burial at sea,” he says.

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May 21, 2015


Your voice will help change lives and transform the experience of aging.


If you’ve experienced the challenges and worries of caring for an aging family member or friend, or have struggled to help an aging loved one suffering from social isolation, your stories, feedback and insight will have a valuable impact on the Society’s innovation efforts.

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