“It’s easy, just enough space, and the view is great!” Jean says, admiring her cozy, one-bedroom apartment at South Franklin Circle. “It’s close to the community center and the pool.”
Jean moved to her apartment at South Franklin Circle in 2013, following a life spent in Bay Village where she raised her three children. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from The University of Illinois before taking on a few magazine jobs. For many years, she worked as a homemaker before accepting a job at Bay Junior High. Upon realizing her passion for teaching, she went back to school and earned her teaching certificate at Baldwin Wallace University. She taught at Brookside Middle School and High School for 20 years before retiring in 1984.
Although Jean spends most of her time outside of her apartment, she has not failed to turn the space into an interesting combination of diverse elements. “It’s sort of hodge-podge in a way,” Jean says about her mix of antique, rustic, and modern furniture. Her dining room is filled with colorful hutches and a birdcage-shaped chandelier, whereas her living room makes you feel as if you’re stepping back in time with her collection of beautiful antiques.
Mounted on the wall are portraits of her three children and a Jean Kogge original. “I visit the art room frequently!” Jean laughs. “I enjoy lettering, graphics, poster work, pen and ink, and calligraphy work.”
On the rare chance that Jean is in her apartment, you will find her nestled on the couch with a good book. “It’s my hot spot. I have my Kindle right at my fingertips and when I’m reading about a place that I’ve never heard of before, I love to look it up in the atlas that I keep under the table.”
The fireplace, however, is her favorite aspect of the apartment. “I had one in every other place that I lived. It’s the centerpiece of the room and makes everything look much nicer!”
Outside her apartment, Jean has found it easy to find her niche within the community. “Everyone is so friendly! Even though I only knew two people when I moved here, I had no trouble making friends. The staff is equally friendly and helpful.”
Jean is never at a loss for something to do while living at South Franklin Circle. “We have a lot of fun on the bus!” Jean boasts about her weekly trip to Heinen’s with other SFC residents. She also participates in a mystery lunch every first Friday of the month, getting a taste of different, exciting cuisines throughout the Cleveland area.
“It’s great living here because I’m always learning something new and meeting interesting people that come from all types of backgrounds. Every day is a new experience!”