Musical and Life Partners

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It was their mutual passion for Old Time music – the traditional music of Southern Appalachia – that brought William and Frances “Fritzi” Wisdom together at a square dance one evening.

Bill, who plays Southern Appalachian banjo and Fritzi, the mountain fiddle, met with their instruments and have been musical and life partners ever since. They have played internationally and toured festivals in North Carolina and West Virginia. For many years, they held lively Friday night jam sessions every week in their spacious Bryn Mawr home.

For 35 years, Bill Wisdom was a professor of Philosophy at Temple University. The prolific and artful writer published several articles as well as a textbook entitled Deductive Logic.

A registered nurse, Fritzi Wisdom was last employed as a Psychiatric Nurse, but worked in other nursing disciplines including as a school nurse at the Devereaux Foundation in Devon.

Married in 1984, the Wisdoms have three children and four grandchildren. Also an avid gardener, Fritzi earned her backyard a National Wildlife Habitat certification and is a member of the local Nature Conservancy.

Eventually, though, it became clear that the upkeep for their large home was more than they wished to handle and they decided it was time to move to a more secure, less demanding environment. In January 2008, they joined some good friends at Martins Run.

Handling the move was not simple, since the apprehensive couple had amassed quite a lot of memorabilia through the years. In addition, they needed the income from the house, but unfortunately the real estate market had slowed.

That is when they met Diane Krause, a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist with Prudential Fox and Roach. She was able to provide advice and assistance while preparing the home for sale and breaking the moving process down into manageable steps.

Enlisted to represent them in the sale of their home, Diane arranged for people to handle all the necessary tasks. She helped the Wisdoms sort, pack and remove leftover clutter, and made some material and aesthetic improvements to their property so that it would sell for the most money in the shortest period of time.

Bill explained, “Every time I got worried, Diane would step in to comfort me. Throughout those weeks my anxiety about the move fell from near 100 to almost zero. The final proof of her value to us came when our house sold for very close to our asking price within two days on the market. She remains a dear friend with whom we hope to keep in touch.”

Though they miss their backyard habitat, the couple still enjoys ‘jamming’ and could not have been happier with the smooth transition to their new home.

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