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Beverly Randal flies from her home in Glastonbury, Conn., to Milwaukee every other month — for love, not business. She visits her 105-year-old mother, Bettina Gehrig, who lives at Luther Manor retirement community.

Randal tries to make each visit special. She brings a houseplant or other gift. "I also bring a video of her 100th birthday party or pictures of her grandchildren or great-grandchildren," she says.
Randal tries to make each visit special. She brings a houseplant or other gift. "I also bring a video of her 100th birthday party or pictures of her grandchildren or great-grandchildren," she says.

When Gehrig turned 97, Randal admits she was tempted to move her mother from her Milwaukee home — where she still lived on her own — to Connecticut. But they decided together it was more important for her mother to remain near lifelong friends and her church. And for years each Sunday a friend would arrive at Luther Manor and drive Gehrig to Lutheran Church of the Reformation.

"Mother knew a lot of people here at the home," Randal says. "She, and Dad, too, had been involved with Luther Manor for many years. Even when they were elderly, they helped with those much more elderly."

Randal says the decision for her mother to remain in Milwaukee was clearly the right move, or non-move. Love can go a long way.


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