Living alone but not lonely

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December 24, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Louise Schomaker, 91, the longest tenured resident of the Townhouse, has lived by herself nearly 20 years, but at Christmastime or at any other time of the year she’s seldom lonely.

“My son, Marty, takes good care of me,” Louise said Thursday afternoon, while snowflakes swirling outside her first-floor window gave Iola a Christmas look.

She frequently flashes a smile and likes to talk about her friends in the Townhouse. How they meet in the lobby on afternoons to visit because “it’s better than coming to our houses (apartments),” which are a little too small to accommodate much of a crowd. “And, mine’s kind of crowded anyway.”

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