THE VOICE OF REASON
Which way will you go in order to live your best life from this day forward? That is the question.
“At our age, I’m 82, and at our age we have plenty of pains here and there and everywhere and we could probably easily just complain and cry about it but that’s not the way to go.” – Richard Kozbial, resident of The Fountains at Bronson Place
MEET RICHARD KOZBIAL, AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR AND BARITONE VOCALIST WHO SINGS THE PRAISES OF RETIREMENT COMMUNITY LIVING.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Richard Kozbial on Monday, February 8th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Travel, music, gardening, physical fitness, stained glass making, is there anything this Renaissance Man doesn’t do? Richard moved to Michigan from his beloved hometown of Toledo, Ohio, where he taught elementary school for 30 years. After his first retirement, he was invited to become a visiting professor of education at Toledo University, which kept him on his toes for 12 more years. As much as he loves teaching, there’s nothing that thrills Richard more than singing, his lifelong passion. Most recently, as a member of the Canterbury Singers, he has enjoyed singing for royalty in Anglican cathedrals as well as for his neighbors and fans at The Fountains.
HOW WILL YOU FIND YOUR WAY?
Is your “plan” for the future to raise a white flag when you can no longer manage and hope that someone sees it waving? You have two choices. You can stay where you are, head in the sand, powerless over the changes coming at you. Or you can open your eyes wide, explore your retirement living options carefully, and choose the path that keeps life easy, interesting and fun. “When I moved here I had never been to Kalamazoo before and so it was cold. I knew no one. It didn’t take me long to finally become acquainted with a lot of people and become acquainted with many of the activities that are available for us which is actually outstanding.” – Richard Kozbial
DISCOVERING HIS OWN PATH
After losing his wife to cancer at 45, Richard kept his promises, sending their daughters to good universities and giving them each beautiful weddings. Both followed his footsteps into education. He left Toledo to live with his younger daughter in Eau Claire for ten years. Then, when she accepted a position at Western a few years ago, he took the opportunity to begin a new chapter of his own. “Now, my older daughter flew up from California where she was teaching at the University of California and she checked all the different facilities, retirement facilities here in Kalamazoo and finally she called me and she said, ‘Dad, this is the place for you.’” – Richard Kozbial
Richard instantly found ways to thrive at The Fountains. He joined the Silver Tones chimes chorus and the script reading group. He volunteers on committees, performs solos for worship services and even loans his booming voice to call Bingo. While others enjoy Poker and Scrabble, Richard prefers outings to concerts, plays and restaurants. “People love it. I’ve had a lot of friends come to visit me and they say, ‘This isn’t a retirement community. It’s more like a country club.’ There are a lot of activities for us. I’m involved in a lot of activities.” – Richard Kozbial
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Richard in person over coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-866-475-5068 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.