Villa Rosa has it all under a single roof
By Mark Sherry
Lynn Schmitz, manager and licensed practice nurse at Villa Rosa in Mount Calvary, stopped in the room of tenant Dorothy Petrie for a visit.

Many communities would love to have a theatre, gift shop, massage therapist, beauty parlor, bakery, dining, a game room, laundry and more.

There is a community in the “holy-land” area of Fond du Lac County which has all that and more, only this community is located under a single roof— Villa Rosa, the residential care apartment complex in Mount Calvary.

All the amenities listed above are available to the tenants of Villa Rosa, who number as many as 24 when the facility at N8120 CTY WW is at full capacity—which is most of the time.

More people are familiar with Villa Loretto—the 52-bed skilled nursing facility built in the 1960s—than with the adjacent and newer Villa Rosa, but one look inside Villa Rosa gets people talking.

Pride in facility

The pride Villa Rosa manager and licensed practical nurse Lynn Schmitz has when she gives tours of Villa Rosa is evident, and for good reason. Built a little over six years ago, Villa Rosa is like new and was constructed with all the modern conveniences for the elderly population.

Asked what distinguishes Villa Rosa from other area assisted living facilities, Schmitz did not hesitate to say, “The beauty out here, being around the nuns, being part of the Holyland for so many years.”

Villa Rosa is currently sponsored by

the Congregation of Sister Servants of Christ the King, Inc., and nuns are still a part of both Villa Rosa and Villa Loretto. Schmitz emphasized, however, that people of all denominations are welcome to become tenants of Villa Rosa.

Because the 20 apartments at Villa Rosa are normally full, Schmitz encourages area tenants who think they soon might be ready for assisted living to fill out an application and get on a waiting list. There is no charge to do either of those things. When a room does open up, an assessment will be done on the next person on the waiting list to determine whether or not he or she is suited for assisted living.

Rooms for couples

Four of the apartments at Villa Rosa are larger than the others and are intended for couples, although the other rooms are certainly large enough to accommodate couples as well.

Each room in the two-story building has a similar layout, including the large, walk-in pantry, a disability-ready bathroom which includes a flip-down seat in the shower, a full refrigerator, and a sliding glass door which leads to a sitting deck.

Depending on where a Villa Rosa tenant’s room is located, they can look out over the Fond du Lac County countryside; over the parking area of the Vil-las to see who is coming and going; or over Cristo Rey Ranch, the hobby farm operated by the Sisters with all sorts of domestic and exotic animals. Tenants are always welcome to take a stroll along the path around the farm to view the animals.

There is always something going on inside Villa Rosa, and quite often something going on outside the facility as the activity director regularly schedules shopping trips and other outings.

Plenty to do at Villa Rosa

Inside the facility, residents might

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be found playing bingo, Wii bowling, gathered around the game table for cards, playing the piano or listening to a visiting musical group. “They love to dance when Kenny B comes,” Schmitz said. “They have a lot of nice parties throughout the year.”

Tenants of Villa Rosa better stay active, considering all the food served in the bright, comfortable dining room is homemade. Then there is the Nun Better Bakery on site making fresh breads and treats. Tenants can make their own meals

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