Active and Interesting People
Meet the People of Copeland Oaks
Our residents have such unique talent that we want to tell the world! Each month we will profile a Copeland Oaks resident that brings light and joy to our community.
Meet the Hustler, Neil Eft
Racking Up Good Times at Copeland Oaks
Always the inventor – looking for new ways to improve things – decided to move to Copeland Oaks!
- Served during World War II in the Pacific on the USS Hornet as Naval Ordnance Officer
- Studied chemical engineering at U. of Illinois
- Wrote Babcock and Wilcox, A Corporate History, where he worked for 38 years
- Known by fellow engineers as Jack of all Trades
- Enjoys growing beautiful flowering plants
Why Copeland Oaks?
Meet Neil Eft. He’s made himself quite a home at Copeland Oaks…but that’s pretty easy to do, with its many amenities. The former chemical engineer hasn’t exactly retired – he simply applies his engineering physics to the billiard table. Outdoors lovers will enjoy our hiking and nature trails and our lake. Residents who prefer the indoors love our activity programs, social hall, woodshop, rec room and even our billiards…as long as Neil isn’t running the table on them! Our residents like Neil share a zest for life and new experiences. At Copeland Oaks, they live life to the fullest.
Meet the Calligrapher, Paulette Roades
In 1989, Paulette and her late husband, Jack, moved from their 80-acre home near Lisbon to Copeland Oaks. They wanted to be near Paulette’s mother, who resided at Crandall Medical Center after suffering a stroke.
She came to us with great hobbies and interests – and has continued to cultivate more all the time. Paulette has authored several books of poetry and favorite quotes, always written in calligraphy.
Her calligraphy has graced many items throughout Copeland from name tags for events to unique Christmas messages for all of Copeland’s 500 employees.
After attending a book binding seminar, Paulette volunteered to repair books at the Copeland Oaks Library. She has taught classes in calligraphy, zentangle and other art forms at the Copeland Creativity Center.
“I could never possibly be bored here,” says Paulette from her villa studio. “Living at Copeland Oaks has given me the gift of time….time to do what I love.”
Meet the Voice, Dick Bashore
Moved to The Copeland Oaks Campus 12 years ago from Hudson, Ohio, where he served as president of City Council and of the Board of Education during his residence in the NE Ohio community near Cleveland.
Before retirement, Dick traveled extensively throughout the eastern U.S. as a sales representative to furniture manufacturers.
Transferred his many talents in business and his dedication to community service to Copeland Oaks as he is chairman of the Spiritual Life Committee and of the Copeland Oaks Computer Users’ Group (COCUG).
His special gift is his deep baritone voice and his joy in singing. He is a frequent soloist at Vesper Services, special celebrations and programs throughout the Copeland Campus, and is a member of the 50-voice Copeland Chorale.
He is known throughout the campus as “Mr. Technology” and is frequently called upon by Copeland residents to assist with setting up new electronic devices, untangling computer problems, and trouble-shooting Internet glitches.
Meet the Veteran, Alma Rigdon
After graduating from Sebring McKinley High School and the former Alliance Hospital School of Nursing , Alma enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, following the military paths blazed by her father and brother.
One of the first flight nurses, Alma cared for polio and burn patients in iron lungs aboard hospital planes from Germany to Hawaii
After discharge, Alma accepted a 2-year contract to serve as an industrial nurse in Saudi Arabia.
Upon returning to the U.S., Alma enlisted in the U. S. Army and earned her BSN while serving as head nurse of a hospital cardiac unit.
During her Viet Nam tour of duty, Alma traveled into villages to treat native children and mothers for which she was awarded the Bronze Star
As chief nurse in the 44th Surgical Field Hospital, Alma worked a stone’s throw from the DMZ in Korea.
Alma moved from her retirement home in Florida to Copeland Oaks to be near her son and enjoy watching her grandson grow up.
A resident in a cozy catered living apartment at Copeland Oaks, she serves as the librarian for the weekly Bible Study group and often visits residents at Crandall Medical Center. She is known among both staff and residents for her sparkling personality and contagious smile.
Meet Charlie Manypenny, Copeland Oaks’ “Best Golfer”
This month, meet Charlie Manypenny, who has been a villa resident of Copeland Oaks community since 2014.
Charlie is a retired computer scientist and programmer who is great at taking apart and putting together nearly anything. His friends and family call him Mr. Fix-It.
Since moving to Copeland Oaks, Charlie quickly became recognized for another passion – golf! During his first season with the Copeland Oaks Golf League, he walked off with the trophy for all-around best golfer.
Charlie always sports a winning smile and twinkle in his eye. In fact, he’s still hoping for his first hole-in-one…and he’s pretty sure it’s only a matter of time!
His wife Cynthia says that for Charlie, “Golf is a lifestyle, not a hobby.”
In fact, the lifetime golf club membership at the Sebring Country Club, the on-campus putting green, and the virtual driving range were all factors in Charlie and Cynthia choosing Copeland Oaks.
There are plenty of other activities that keep Charlie and the others engaged. He also competes in the Copeland Bowling League and is a regular at the Wednesday morning men’s meeting when the guys gather together for coffee and conversation.
Because of all these fun, relaxing and stimulating things, Charlie has four perfect words to describe life at Copeland Oaks: “I love this place.”
Meet the Producer, Virgil Springer
This month, meet Virgil Springer, who has been a villa resident of Copeland Oaks community since 1999.
Virgil is a retired United Methodist Church pastor and middle-school science teacher who still loves the periodic table!
Since moving to Copeland Oaks in 1999, Virgil has followed a new calling. He’s the producer! He helps produce weekly programs for Copeland Oaks TV. He loves this view of the world through the lens of a camera at our very own Copeland Oaks TV studio.
What led him and his wife Claire, who he married in 1962, to live at Copeland Oaks?
“My mother-in-law came to Copeland Oaks after she suffered a stroke. Clair and I saw the wonderful care that she received. We talked about our future and realized that if we moved to Copeland Oaks, we would not need to worry about care for the rest of our lives,” he says.
Virgil also got to live out his “inner architect” by helping to design the villa where they live.
But he especially loves being The Producer.
“Since 2002, I have also enjoyed being part of the growth and development of the Copeland Oaks television station,” he says.
“Our mission is to spread information and entertainment throughout the Copeland campus,” Virgil adds. “We have a great crew with huge creative talent.”
Meet the Puzzler, Bev Barnett
This month, meet Bev Barnett, a 26-year resident of Copeland Oaks. She’s a retired Spanish teacher who walks three miles every morning, sings in the Copeland Chorale and volunteers in our Copeland Oaks TV studio.
If that doesn’t keep her busy enough, you will frequently find Bev at our big puzzle table, piecing together the big picture while engaged in lively conversation with other residents.
“I love puzzles,” says Bev. “Some people think puzzles are a solo activity, but it is amazing how many conversations start at the puzzle table. I always make new friends when I sit down in one of the cozy Copeland Oaks lounge to do a puzzle.”
Bev adds, “People are amazed that I have lived in my Copeland Oaks villa for over 25 years. I just tell them Copeland Oaks is bienvenido!”
Bev loves taking long walks on the beautiful Copeland Oaks campus. She’s enjoys gathering with friends to hear good music. She loves gardening in the spring and summer. And she really appreciates the staff that’s always around to help with whatever is needed.
“We have it all,” Bev says as she places the last piece into the puzzle, steps back and enjoys the big picture.