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Steve, 88, from Brookdale Merrillville in Merrillville, Indiana, has a love for golf. After playing golf for 60 years, Steve considers the sport his first love. “Steve loves everything about golf—being outside, hunting for lost balls, improving his swing, and enjoying the challenge of improving his game,” said Karen, Steve’s friend. At his home, Steve filled barrels with golf balls to demonstrate his passion and prove how many hours he spent on the course. Steve’s love of golf grew and he eventually became a member of a golf league. Unfortunately, all of Steve’s golf buddies have died, including his beloved nephew who he lost to cancer. Steve eventually gave his clubs to his great-granddaughter so that she could take up golfing. As a result, he hadn’t been golfing for 15-20 years.

Steve served in the Army during WWII. He was part of the service for 18 months as a supply sergeant before being injured and sent home. Upon returning to the US, Steve became a member of the Knights of Columbus, an organization that volunteers in the community. He also enjoyed volunteering at his local church through positions like altar boy and usher.

Steve continues to pursue his passion for golf by watching golf tournaments, such as the World Masters, on TV. However, Karen says that he is “…ready to be a participant rather than an observer.” Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living were excited to send Steve with Gemma, the Brookdale Merrillville Programs Coordinator, and son-in-law, Charles, to golf at Wicker Memorial Park Golf Course. Steve really enjoyed improving his golf swing once again!

Photo credit: Diane Smutny, DMS Photography

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