Gerald “Jerry” L. Krumdieck grew up in Norwood, Ohio, and went to college at the New York City Community College in Brooklyn, NY. He and his beloved wife Judy were married for 44 years, and lived in Gahanna for 42 of their years together. Jerry was a Food Service Director for his entire career, and retired in 2003. He and Judy loved to travel, and did so extensively – Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii, Caribbean cruises, as well as an annual trip to Myrtle Beach, where they especially enjoyed the fresh seafood at “Drunken Jacks.”
When Judy died in July of last year, Jerry began to think about making a move, despite his previous desire to stay in their home until “They carried [him] out.” As he said, “Plans change.” He first heard about Wesley Woods at New Albany at a Lunch & Learn at the Gahanna Senior Center. “All of a sudden,” he said, after touring the beautiful campus, “It seemed like the right thing to do.” His house sold much quicker than anticipated – he said, “I didn’t even dust.”
Jerry and Henry, the beautiful Bengal cat, moved to Wesley Woods at New Albany in May. By a lovely connection, Judy’s grandfather was one of the first residents to move into Wesley Glen, which was the first of the three Wesley Communities.
Jerry collects elephants, after buying his first one at a craft show 42 years ago. He and Judy also learned to crochet together, and for him, the hobby stuck. He doesn’t like to “just sit,” so it gives him something to do while watching tv. He is currently making 3 afghans for his three great nephews in their favorite colors.
Jerry’s recommendation? “Do your downsizing. And then, do it again.”
And Jerry’s opinion about moving to Wesley Woods at New Albany? “I’m glad I decided to come. I feel at peace here. It was a good decision, it really, really was.”