Gracious. Sincere. Dedicated.
William and Marian Munson are truly treasures to their family, their town, and Christian Health Care Center (CHCC). The Wyckoff couple is committed to their children and grandchildren, to caring for their community, and to supporting organizations, such as CHCC and the Maryland School for the Blind, which help individuals faced with challenges not of their own accord.
The Munsons met as college students at the University of Maryland. A career in the insurance industry in Manhattan brought the couple to this area. They resided on Staten Island and in Rockland County before settling in Wyckoff.
“I grew up in upstate New York, and Marian grew up in Maryland,” Mr. Munson explains. “Someone I worked with lived in Wyckoff and said that it was a nice town. He was right.”
After moving to Wyckoff they were introduced to Christian Health Care Center primarily through their church – Grace United Methodist.
“I visited parishioners who had become residents here,” Mrs. Munson says. “Later, our daughters came here with the Sicomac Elementary School chorus to sing Christmas carols for the residents.”
When Mrs. Munson’s mother, Rebecca Elizabeth Hall Blanton, required the specialized care of a long-term residence for individuals with dementia, Mrs. Munson selected Christian Health Care Center. Mrs. Blanton resided in the Dementia Special Care Unit (DSCU) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home from 1993 to 2001. She passed away eight days before her 100th birthday.
Today, the Munsons remain grateful to CHCC for her mother’s care and for caring for community members. Their support of the Center spans nearly three decades. One of their generous donations inspired the focus of the Center’s 2014 Annual Fund – renovations to Heritage Manor West 4, a wing for more active seniors with intact cognitive skills. The Blanton Family Lounge on the unit was named in their honor.
“We were very pleased with the care that my mother received, so when we came into a position to be able to share our blessings financially, we reached out to the Center,” Mrs. Munson says.
Another organization the couple holds in high esteem is The Maryland School for the Blind. Mrs. Munson’s father, Harvey Benjamin Blanton, was a teacher at the school; the family lived on its campus from January 1929 to June 1946.
“Now, the school is more diversified,” Mrs. Munson says. “They help people with a broad spectrum of handicaps, such as deafness and autism.”