Celebrating family at St. Leonard

Posted by: Debbie Parrett - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gary and Nancy Duke knew all about St. Leonard before they moved here almost fifteen years ago.  Nancy’s mother and aunt had both been St. Leonard residents. The Dukes had a two-story home and five acres which was becoming a challenge to maintain.  When they decided to move from their Bellbrook home, they looked all around the area at retirement communities, but the road kept leading back to St. Leonard. 

Gary and Nancy really enjoy the people here at St. Leonard.  They find the resident and staff friendly.  They also like the convenient location, close in proximity to all of the places they were used to going in Bellbrook.  Of course, the convenience of having the maintenance and yardwork taken care of was very appealing to Gary.

Since moving to St. Leonard, the Dukes have been actively participating in campus activities.  Nancy is currently the director of Kreative Korner and a main organizer of the annual holiday bazaar. She is also a member of the hospitality committee. Gary oversees the St. Leonard television station and has helped in various department with database development. Both have volunteered for events over the years and are members of the St. Leonard ambassador committee.

Before moving to St. Leonard, Gary enjoyed a long career in computer software development with several companies in the area, including TRW and NCR, as well as some smaller businesses.  Nancy stayed busy as a full-time mother/community volunteer, later becoming a pre-school teacher/administrator and then an office manager. The Dukes have two daughters and two granddaughters and one grandson.  Their grandson is currently an STNA here at St. Leonard while attending nursing school at Wright State.

Having family as St. Leonard residents continues as a tradition for the Dukes.  Gary’s mother currently lives in Chaminade and Nancy’s brother has been here for rehabilitation.   Gary and Nancy are pleased they chose St. Leonard as their home. Their family agrees and hopefully more family members will choose to join the St. Leonard community for years to come.