Still Thriving in Senior Housing
On May 4, Maggie Rollman turned 100 years old. While 100 may sound like a lot of years, and it is, Maggie shows almost no signs of slowing down. She is one of the most energetic, happy people you might want to meet. Fiercely independent, when offered an electric wheelchair recently, she turned it down because she is determined to keep moving on her own!
Born in 1910, Maggie grew up in Baltimore. She loved fishing. Once she caught a 5 lb. flounder in Ocean City, Md. Another time she caught 39 sea trout when she was 39 years old. Maggie also loved dancing. “I’d rather dance than eat!” she says. She even won a waltz contest with a date. She met her husband Frank while dancing. They were married for 39 years before he died in 1980. They didn’t have any children.
Maggie loves to travel. She has enjoyed trips to Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Mexico, Germany, Italy, France, and Switzerland. She even climbed two Swiss Alps (after a bus took her up half-way). While in Mexico, she climbed a lot of rocks to reach the cliff dwellings used by Mayan Indians.
Maggie also loves to meet people. She had a friend who worked at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore and would get her in for free. Subsequently she met some of the famous people who performed there, including Amos and Andy.
Maggie worked as a bookkeeper all of her professional life. She loved the detail-oriented work, and retired at the age of 77. During her retirement she volunteered for the Department of Aging for 19 years, until she was 96!
Maggie learned about Augsburg Lutheran Village, a faith-based independent senior living community, from her association with the Lutheran church. She remains a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baltimore where she was baptized about 100 years ago. Her mother also lived at the community in 1951. At the age of 97, she moved to the Village, where she enjoyed the company of many friends. Recently she has moved to Augsburg assisted living.
Maggie brings a sparkle to everyone she meets. She is truly a joy to know.