Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
3:46 pm EST
Monday, January 24, 2022

Meet a Villager

MEET A VILLAGER: Walter and Janice Martin

MEET A VILLAGER: Walter and Janice Martin

African-American residents appeared to be few and far between when Walter and Janice Martin moved to The Villages in 2004. Although comfortable in their new environment, discovery of the African-American Club enhanced the martin’s ability to meet and develop solid…

MEET A VILLAGER: Maria Del Carmen Rottenburg

You Can Do Anything Maria Del Carmen Rottenburg left behind her privileged lifestyle, dissolved an engagement and dealt with a total disinheritance. Through it all, this South American native never lost her positive outlook. STYLE: Maria, can you describe your…
MEET A VILLAGER: Ron Strafford

MEET A VILLAGER: Ron Strafford

PHOTO: Matthew Gaulin Sightless in a Sighted world Ron Strafford, 80, and his wife of 57 years, Angie, discuss Ron’s decades-old diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that eventually led to his blindness. More than 50 years ago, Village of…
MEET A VILLAGER: Debra Heath-Strickland

MEET A VILLAGER: Debra Heath-Strickland

PHOTO: Fred Lopez Noteworthy achievements: I was a schoolteacher for 33 years. During that time, I coached a competitive academic team that won several state championships and finished third nationally in the mid-1990s. Since retiring, I formed Questar Productions, which…
MEET A VILLAGER: Frank Grace

MEET A VILLAGER: Frank Grace

Noteworthy achievement: I worked for the Bell Telephone Co. for 30 years and retired as public relations director of Pacific Bell. Today, I am the festival roundup editor for the publication American Rag and the communications consultant for the Association…
MEET A VILLAGER: Anne Lambrecht

MEET A VILLAGER: Anne Lambrecht

PHOTO: MATTHEW GAULIN Life’s passion: I am president of The Villages Garden Club North. We have a garden tour each year on the last Saturday in April so Villagers can gather creative ideas to implement in their own garden. I…
MEET A VILLAGER: Marsha Shearer

MEET A VILLAGER: Marsha Shearer

STORY: James Combs PHOTO: Matthew Gaulin Most noteworthy achievement: I was part of a team that developed one of the country’s first early intervention programs and curricula for babies and children with serious developmental disabilities. The focus was on giving…
MEET VILLAGERS: Scott and Libby Scobell

MEET VILLAGERS: Scott and Libby Scobell

Madly in love:  Scott and Libby married 44 years ago. They met at West Virginia State College, where Libby worked as a reference librarian and Scott was an associate professor of health and safety. They are best friends who share…
MEET A VILLAGER: Ed Koehn

MEET A VILLAGER: Ed Koehn

STORY: James Combs PHOTO: Fred Lopez Noteworthy achievement: After moving from Ohio to Pennsylvania in 1977, I began working for a natural gas pipeline company. Years later, I was assigned to the Pipeline Integrity Department and was tasked with designing…
MEET A VILLAGER: Betty Eich

MEET A VILLAGER: Betty Eich

story: Fred Hilton photo: Fred Lopez Noteworthy achievement: After a career as a teacher and school administrator, I retired and reinvented myself as a photographer. I take photos of striking landscapes, nature macros, and scenes of The Villages. People select…
X