St. Pauls House

8 residents

Carol Miller

The bravest thing Carol Miller ever did was throw away her soap.

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Charline Tyler

When Charline "Chris" Tyler graduated college in Chicago in 1963, she found a job out in California working for AT&T.; The only problem: She was terrified of flying. But she steeled herself and boarded the plane, and it turned out she loved it. She enjoyed it so much that she later started her own travel agency.

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Laini Zinn

As the daughter and wife of ministers, Laini Zinn has been a faithful churchgoer all her life. But she was in her forties when she discovered God’s purpose for her. This occured while she was auditing a pastoral counseling class at the Chicago Theological Seminary, which her husband was taking to earn his doctorate. During a guided meditation, she painted a triptych with a fish representing God welcoming her into his universe. “It was this expansive rebirth experience for her,” says Laini’s daughter, Cindy Zinn Ball. “She felt that being an artist was what God intended for her.”

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Patricia Kraus

Patricia Kraus (then Patricia Bornman) was a straight-A student in her New Jersey high school. It was a sweetly satisfying achievement. When she was a first-grader in Michigan, back in the 1930s, her teacher had unceremoniously assigned her to the “Green Rug” group, where poor readers were made to sit.

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Lynette Garland

Lynette Garland has always reminded friends and family of a First Lady: reserved, private, polished, more a listener than a storyteller. But get her on a dance floor, and she’d steal the show. She’d so captivate male ballroom dance partners with her elegance and skill that she’d always have them lining up for a spin when she went out, usually to the Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs, Illinois. Dancing, she shone. And it wasn’t just because of the eye-catching dresses she loved to wear -- her most memorable a bare-shouldered, floor-length affair with sparkling red sequins all over and a slit right up to her thigh.

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Stan Kudla

Stan Kudla loved to twirl his wife across a ballroom floor, swinging to the rhythm of a big band song. Graceful and confident, the lithe couple especially enjoyed Latin steps, like the cha-cha and rumba. They danced together for close to 40 years, first at weekly lessons and eventually in dance-themed trips across the country and abroad. For them the appeal wasn’t in competitions or awards, but rather to have fun together and with friends.

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June Albert

When June Nonko married Ernest Albert in Chicago in 1949, they stayed at the famous Edgewater Beach Hotel on the lake-home to many a celebrity sighting in the 1940's and 50's. Arriving at their hotel room that first night, they found two twin beds. They couldn't squeeze into one: Ernie was a gentle giant of a man at 6'5", and so they improvised: Ernie pushed the two beds together!

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Mary Daly

In fourth grade, Mary Daly learned to sew. But she didn't merely take up a hobby. She mastered it. Never one to need much sleep, many school nights Mary could be found at two or three a.m. in her room, brushing off her parents' entreaties to get to bed and shepherding swatches of fabric through a sewing machine. Her prowess developed such that for the next 20 years most of the coats, suits and dresses she donned would be crafted by her own hand -- part and parcel of her passion for mastery and unwavering drive for self reliance.

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