Fern Uzzel Always Looks on the Bright Side

For Fern Uzzel, life is all about personal relationships and keeping a positive outlook. A Widows Home resident for almost a year now, Fern started out in our rehab program following a fall-related injury and then later transitioned to our residential wing. She likes living in our community a great deal, and says that her favorite part of being with us is the people she interacts with every day. From the staff to her fellow residents, Fern sincerely appreciates them all and is always ready to share a friendly conversation. “I’m very easy to get along with” Fern says. “I love visiting with people and talking about all kinds of different things.” Among her favorite topics of conversation are fond memories of her late husband and son-in-law. Both men passed away over the past couple of years, and Fern can’t help but smile whenever she talks about them. “Paul Uzzel was an absolutely amazing square dancer!” she says with pride. “We used to love dancing and going on picnics in the parks all around Dayton. We were married for 66 wonderful years.” She and Paul had three children (2 girls and 1 boy), and Paul supported their family with the business he started, Adequate Petroleum Maintenance, in Vandalia.

Of her son-in-law, Fern says that she misses his visits. “They came to visit me here at the Widows Home every night. Every single night. I couldn’t have asked for a better man to marry my daughter. He was the best.” Fern still has a steady stream of regular visitors, but her son-in-law will always have a special place in her heart. Despite the recent personal losses she has endured, Fern exudes positivity and her upbeat personality shines through all of her stories and pleasant conversations. Because she enjoys being around people so much, she makes an effort to take part in as many of our social activities as she can. Fern also enjoys spending time with our Widows Home staff, especially LPN Erick Soto Ramos, of whom she says, “When it comes to taking care of people, he can’t be beat.”

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