Our Residents

Meet Carolyn Zimmerman

Carolyn Marie Joergensen Zimmerman has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Carolyn was born in Oakland, CA, the only child of Elmer and Bertha Swanson Joergensen. When she was nine months old her father died, and she was raised by her mother and grandmother. Carolyn attended San Jose State University and became a lab(…)

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A Story of Three Hearts – Caring House

In this video, family members of past Caring House residents share their thoughts about the Caring House experience. Residents and families are the “stars” of our work. We’re proud to be part improving the end-of-life experience in America. We thank the Media Services Department of Torrance Memorial Medical Center for creating and donating this wonderful video experience(…)

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Meet Bob Simonsen

Robert (Bob) Charles Simonsen has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Bob was born in Long Beach, CA, the youngest of three children of Charles and Joan Simonsen (who had emigrated from England). He grew up in Long Beach. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force, and was based at Griffiss Air Force Base(…)

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Meet Jerry Hilborn

Jerry Hilborn has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Jerry was born in Hollywood, CA, the eldest of three children of Frank and Elsie Hilborn. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended Washington High School. He attended El Camino Junior College and UCLA, and earned enough credits but did not graduate.(…)

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Meet Ron Fechter

Ronald Ray Fechter has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Ron was born in Hartley, Iowa, where he spent his early years living on a farm with his extended family. At age 8 or 9 he moved to San Diego with his mother and his older brother and sister. After high school in(…)

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Honor and Remember these twenty-two men and women

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, we gathered to publicly honor and remember twenty-two men and women. These men and women are the residents our staff and volunteers had the privilege to serve during our first year. A pioneer is someone who is among the first to explore something. And they not only explore, they show the way(…)

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Meet Art Ochoa

Arthur “Art” Ochoa has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Art was born in Durango, Mexico and at age two came with his family to Los Angeles. He’s the third of nine siblings born to Enrique and Maria Angela Ochoa, and family has always been a huge part of his life. Soon after arriving in Los Angeles(…)

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Meet Ruben Leon

Ruben Dario Leon has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Ruben was born and raised in Mexico City, one of the three children of Miguel and Sara Leon. His twin brother Miguel Angel died at age 2, from complications of dental work. His younger sister Leonora died in 2003. As a young(…)

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Meet Jose Urias

Jose Bautista Urias has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Jose and his sister Martha are the two children of Jose and Martha Urias. He was born in Mexico and grew up in Compton, and has lived in Lakewood, Long Beach and Torrance, CA. He attended Compton High School. First receiving his Bachelors degree(…)

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Meet Wanda Abati

Wanda M. Layton Abati has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Wanda was born and raised in Wilmington, CA, living in a house built by her father and grandfather. She was the eldest of three siblings, and graduated from Phineas Banning High School in 1941. After graduating she started work at Fort(…)

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