Spirited Life

Support with Independence at Crane House

Margaret Manchick has found a lively community of welcoming neighbors at South Franklin Circle, a Judson Senior Living Community.

Reflecting on family, business, and 92 years of fulfilling life, Margaret Manchick says South Franklin Circle’s Crane House is the perfect place to support her lifestyle with convenient amenities and a rich campus of offerings.

Margaret moved to Crane House in the late fall of 2022. Since then, she has comfortably established a cadence of activities like card games, musical performances, and meals with new friends — and she is sincerely pleased with the balance of services that allow her to live as she chooses. “There is a lot of support here,” she says of the assisted living neighborhood within South Franklin Circle, which offers residents all the freedom they want with the knowledge that personal care and support services are available when needed. That includes housekeeping, laundry, onsite nursing, medication management, and assistance with other daily activities. For Margaret, Crane House offers peace of mind — and a warm, welcoming environment she appreciates.

“Every single person I met when I moved in was new to me, and that did not hinder me at all,” she says. “Everyone is so friendly and helpful, from the nursing staff to the activities coordinator and others who live near me.”

Life to Its Fullest
Before choosing a Judson community, Margaret had been living with her late husband, Robert, in a Twinsburg senior living community. He, unfortunately, passed away in September 2022. But, Margaret says, “I was able to be with him there for 15 months, have meals with him, and spend time.” Now in a new chapter in life, Margaret says the change to South Franklin Circle’s Crane House was a healthy move. “When I visited, I knew this would be the place.”

The Manchicks owned Paramount Distillers, a business Robert ran from 1967 to 2019 that manufactured wine and spirits, along with Meier’s Wine Cellars in Cincinnati. “We manufactured, bottled, and shipped — and we also imported products from other countries to Ohio, places like Scotland, London, England, Denmark.” The business was eventually sold to Luxco. Today, their son, Chuck, is vice president and general manager at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Their daughter, Robyn, is the assistant clinical director of New Directions Behavioral Health. Margaret has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. “I have so many memories — life was big, very busy,” she relates. The Manchicks also owned the former Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island and spent summers boating to their place on North Bass Island. This past June, the couple celebrated 70 years of marriage.

Welcoming Activity
Margaret loves the setup of her new home, which includes a living and sitting area separate from her bedroom. She enjoys a variety of dining options, such as in the dining room, but for variety, she might grab lunch at The Bistro or treat herself to an elegant dinner at Radius.

There’s never a dull moment on campus (unless she wants it that way). “My days are full,” Margaret says, relating that staff is especially helpful in making sure anyone who wants to be involved can participate in activities. “I love the musical programs,” she says, adding that she often gets together with her neighbors to work on puzzles or crosswords. In addition, she might attend a movie night after dinner, and simply enjoying the views from her windows is an equally relaxing way to spend time, she adds.
“There are so many options,” she says of South Franklin Circle’s amenities, programming, dining, and recreation. “I couldn’t be more comfortable here.”

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