Meet Marian Gulla, a resident at The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley. She spent most of her life living in Sharon, PA and loves the Shenango Valley. Although a stroke has made it very hard for Marian to communicate, you can still easily get the sense of who she is - a woman who loves the outdoors, likes to laugh, takes pride in her personal appearance and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
She met her husband George in high school, and they married soon after. They were together for 47 years at the time of his passing in 2004. The old saying “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” seems fitting to describe their children Gary Gulla (pictured above) and Terri Lynn Fetsko.
Gary is very civic-minded like his father, who served on City Council and numerous boards for community organizations over the years. As Assistant City Manager in Hermitage, Gary has been instrumental in the revitalization efforts in the area.
Terri Lynn, who goes by T, followed her mother’s footsteps into finance. Marian worked at M & M Bank. T is the Vice President of Finance/Controller for the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association.
Two years ago, when it became evident Marian was no longer going to be able to live at home by herself, her children knew she wanted to stay in the Valley she loved.
“We looked at several places in the Shenango Valley area, and The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley felt the most like home,” said T.
Marian loves that her laundry is done for her, and her apartment is cleaned weekly – things she was unable to do on her own anymore. She’s also a big fan of the beauty shop services. She can get her hair done whenever needed, just a short walk down the hall.
“The staff at the Ridgewood are the best,” said T. “Gary and I can’t say enough about them. They make The Ridgewood what it is – a great personal care facility.”
Gary adds, “The staff has become a part of our extended family. Our family could not be happier with the care and environment provided by the Ridgewood at Shenango Valley.”
Like Marian, each of our residents has a story - where they came from, who they are, what they love to do. One of our jobs at The Ridgewood is to make sure that story continues even as health and independence changes. You help make that possible when you give to the Good Samaritan Appeal.
The Good Samaritan Fund ensures that if a resident can no longer afford to pay for the full cost of their care, they can continue to live at The Ridgewood with folks who know their story and can help them live the best quality life possible.
“It’s a comfort to know there is a Good Samaritan fund,” said T. “Knowing that if Mom’s funds were exhausted that she would be able to remain in The Ridgewood was very important and gave Gary and I a peace of mind.”