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13 February, 2019

Pat and Kathy Roberts: A Love Spanning Two Continents and Five Decades

Resident Story: Pat and Kathy Roberts

Pat was born in Wisconsin but was raised in Minnesota. He worked for Nationwide
Insurance most of his life and worked as a consultant for a few years after he retired. He loves to travel and has done a lot of it.

Kathy was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland. She worked for an insurance company there and at the age of 24 wanted to see the world. Her manager at that time told her he would help her with getting a job in the United States if she promised to come back after she had traveled for a while. She agreed and moved to Minnesota.

pat-and-kathyKathy met Pat at work and at the end of her 15-month stay in the United States she returned to Switzerland as promised, but she had her fiancé Pat in tow with her as a surprise to her family.

They were married in Switzerland and spent three months in Europe on their honeymoon. Their favorite part of Europe was Italy. They returned to Minnesota and lived there for five more years before moving to Frankfurt, Germany as part of their work for the insurance company.

They lived in Germany for 17 years and when the company became less international, they moved to Columbus, Ohio. They lived there for 20 years before moving to Florida. This past year they moved to New Hampshire to be closer to their family.

Pat and Kathy have been married for 56 years and have one son and two grandchildren. They love to travel and enjoy the Opera. When asked why they chose Sugar Hill they said: “the community is nice, our family is close, and this place has everything we want or need.”


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Staff Story: Barbara Kelczewski

Barbara grew up on Long Island, New York, and was lucky enough to spend summers at a girls’ camp in Wolfeboro, where she fell in love with New Hampshire and knew she would live here. To that end, after high school, Barbara attended Colby Sawyer College in New London and then finished her education at UMASS.

staff-member-barbara-kelczwskiBarbara’s first job was in Kenmore Square, where she and her colleagues would take a late lunch and sneak up to the roof to dine beneath the CITGO sign while the Red Sox played at Fenway Park.

Shortly thereafter, she began her career in publishing and moved to southern New Hampshire. She was fortunate to work at Digital Equipment Corporation during the glory years, and later for Compaq and Hewlett-Packard. During this time, she met and married her husband, Cliff, got to know her three stepchildren, ran a small business making and selling jams and chutneys, and became her mother’s caretaker.

In 2004 Barbara began working for an educational testing company in Dover. After commuting a very long distance for several years, she and Cliff moved to Barnstead where they now live with Elma, their Australian Shepherd, and Indy, their snowshoe Siamese cat. Barbara retired in 2017.

Knowing that she is not one to stay at home, having promised herself that she would never again sit behind a desk or attend meetings, and being particularly fond of people who have attained seniority, she began to volunteer with the Adult Day Program at Huggins Hospital. In July she joined the wait staff at Sugar Hill, where she’s happy to be working with the experienced and caring staff.


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In her spare time, Barbara takes Elma for long walks, works at her loom, manages an Airbnb rental, reads, gardens, and cooks for family and friends. She’s an avid fan of the Patriots and Red Sox, and would love to once again have access to that roof in Kenmore Square.

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