Mansfield Primrose Resident Spotlight: Joan Rader

By | August 13, 2015
Joan Rader

Primrose resident Joan Rader

Life for Joan started on the back porch of a home on Sturges Ave. in Mansfield, Ohio in 1936. Her earliest memories are of her father from when she was just three years old, when he was trying to teach her to respect her parents and to listen to what they say.

As time went on, she learned to respect her father who taught her so many things, including how to roller skate and ride a bicycle by the time she was five.

Joan’s family lived on a farm, and she loved it. She loved the winter weather, and could actually ski off the roof of the chicken house when it snowed. She also loved the challenge of going to school. Joan says that she remembers playing with other children on the huge school playground. It was covered with black cinders, and she still has some of them in one of her knees to prove it.

Joan spent a lot of time in school earning an R.N. at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, a B.S. in education from Ohio State. Thanks to the generosity of Mansfield Rotary Club, she also went to the University Of London, England. Joan’s work experiences included stints in various health related facilities and 27 years in the Mansfield Public School System.

Joan’s most challenging and rewarding years were spent raising her two sons, Matthew and Michael. They are her pride and her joy, as are her three grandsons and two granddaughters.

Joan feels very fortunate to be living at Primrose with many of her old and new friends. She can enjoy doing what she wants, when she wants, and she never has to cook another meal!

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