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The 20-plus acre Mari de Villa campus is bustling with change. Currently three years into a four-year renovation plan, a new batch of upgrades at the retirement community will be finished soon—and just in time for more expansion to begin.
Fred and Mary Kay Wiesehan of Mari de Villa.
Polsinelli senior partner DOREEN DODSON has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. The commission directs the association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees in the United States.
Mari de Villa guests always are on-the-go. With so many on-site amenities and transportation to some of the city’s best entertainment and recreational destinations, the retirement community allows its seniors to stay as active as they like. “Even after 53 years of offering all levels of care at this location in Town & Country, we are continually trying to evolve and enhance our offerings to meet guests’ needs,” president Fred Wiesehan says.
Fritz Wiesehan and his father, Fred Wiesehan
A Mari de Villa resident recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a large group of family and friends in the new Waterford Room private party suite, overlooking the same sparkling lake her mother did 30 years ago.
When families ask Fred Wiesehan why Mari de Villa is the best place for their loved one, he has a ready answer: “I tell them it’s as easy as one-two-three,” he explains. “No. 1 is the level of care and the respect that our guests receive. No. 2 is the fact that the ownership lives here—my wife Mary Kay and I have been here for 29 years, and Mari de Villa has been here for 52 years. We’re very hands-on and we know our guests and families. And third is the affordability—with all the amenities and services we provide, we work hard to keep our rates very competitive in the St. Louis market.”
Mary Kay and Fred Wiesehan
At Mari de Villa, guests are always excitedly asking, What’s next?, says president Fred Wiesehan. The senior living community is in the midst of a five-year construction project, to be completed in 2014, that is geared toward amenities for the ever-changing senior lifestyle. “Guests have embraced the changes, and they get excited every time there is new construction.”
Just because construction is completed on Mari de Villa’s new Waterford Wing, doesn’t mean the excitement is over. The retirement community, which sits on a 21-acre campus in Town & Country, currently has three construction projects underway, says president Fred Wiesehan.
Mary Kay and Fred Wiesehan
From financial planning to creating chocolate candy, each of these children grew up watching their dad succeed in his business or career. Inspired by those experiences, they have followed in their footsteps.
Fritz and Fred Wiesehan
As residents explore the campus of Mari de Villa every day, it would be understandable if the theme song from Cheers began playing in their heads. “You walk in and everyone knows your name,” says president Fred Wiesehan. “It’s very important that our staff gets to know our guests and vice-versa—it creates a very comfortable, happy environment where everyone feels at home.”
Mari de Villa's Mary Kay and Fred Wiesehan
Fred Wiesehan, Mary Wiesehan
When retirement beckons, it’s tempting to imagine a rewarding lifestyle where your days are finally your own, and your calendar is filled with things you love to do. Your plans might include moving to a retirement community, but before that chapter begins, there are decisions to be made—important stuff like What color granite in the master bath? How nice would it be to have a private elevator? Retirees who choose the Villa Estates at Mari de Villa have those personalized choices available, and more. “Our Villa Estates units range from about 1,000 to 3,500 square feet,” says president Fred Wiesehan. “And they are very customizable. When our guests decide to move here, we sit down with them and discuss what they have in mind: things like hardwood floors, carpeting, tile, cabinet and paint colors, and we refurbish their villa to their specifications.” And that elevator for villas with a lower level? “It’s a beautiful brass and cherry ‘cab’ that can take them between floors!” he adds.
The ladies of Mari de Villa celebrate Christmas with a party at the Villa Estate Clubhouse. Georgene Ferring, Marie Mather, Mr. Santa and Mrs. Santa (Fred and Mary Kay Wiesehan), Sue Reed and Beth Green
Whether our Cardinals are in the playoffs, the Series, or it just wasn’t their year, most St. Louisans know that October means baseball, and if enthusiasm reaches a slightly higher ‘pitch’ at Mari de Villa, it’s understandable. Baseball Hall-of- Famer Albert ‘Red’ Schoendienst is an integral part of the retirement community. “Red lives in one of our villas and he’s also a member of our board,” says Fred Wiesehan, Mari de Villa president. “We all enjoy that special connection to our hometown team!” The board is led by chairman Georganna Linneman, who cofounded Mari de Villa with her late husband, Joe.
As people age, the importance of keeping the mind—as well as the body—active shouldn’t be overlooked. These area programs keep seniors both physically and socially engaged.
Since Joe and Georgana Linneman opened the doors 51 years ago, Mari de Villa has welcomed residents with pampering services and a warm family atmosphere. This month, the community debuted eight new luxury suites in the west wing, and president Fred Wiesehan says demand has been high. “Five of the eight suites have been reserved, and some will soon be occupied, but we do have three still available,” Wiesehan says. “The new suites turned out beautifully. The luxurious finishes complement the superb architecture, and everyone comments on the spaciousness. Even the bathrooms are oversized!” Just as lovely outside as in, he adds, every private balcony or terrace in the new addition offers a water view or formal garden view.
Bricked terraces overlooking a serene lake. French doors leading out onto a second-floor balcony. Private suites with high-end finishes. With expansion projects nearing completion this month, residents of Mari de Villa can look forward to living in high style.