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The Delaware Plaza: A History of Service

Koelsch Communities has a long standing history serving seniors in the Longview area, and we love taking trips down memory lane and remembering those we’ve cared for.

Grace Poggemann was one of the first residents to join the Delaware Plaza back in 1980, and her granddaughter Carrie recounted some of her memories from almost 40 years ago.

Carrie remembers her grandmother’s initial resistance to leaving her home for the Delaware — but once she was there she loved it! Grace had recently suffered a heart attack and found community life to be just what she needed. With a great view of the mountains and everything she needed right outside her door, Grace enjoyed seven fun years at the Delaware.

Carrie remembers Grace’s group of lady friends, who somehow managed to keep up on other community members personal happenings, even joking that Grace’s group of friends was like the “Real Housewives of Delaware Plaza.”

Grace Poggemann definitely stayed busy at the Delaware too. Carrie remembers a favorite activity of Grace’s — Bingo for Bananas — a community bingo game with a prize of… you guessed it… bananas!

Beyond the care Grace received, the friends she made, and the fun times she had, Carrie says most importantly Grace felt special at the Delaware Plaza. Emmet Koelsch, the owner of the Delaware Plaza would take the time to personally care for the maintenance issues in her apartment, one of many personal touches residents at The Delaware receive.  

All these years later, Carrie clearly remembers how fond of The Delaware Plaza Grace was, and it makes her happy to know that other seniors, like Grace, are receiving the same loving care today.