Holly Resner, executive director of Old Main Village, which offers independent and an assisted living for seniors in the greater Mankato area, truly takes her work and life to heart. It was clear from the start when Holly joined Old Main Village in August 2013 that she loves her job and chosen career path of working with older adults. She considers Old Main Village her home. Holly is proud of her staff and says the residents are family. Soon after her fiancé Chuck Schoettler proposed to her, she told him that Old Main Village is where she wanted to have their wedding so the residents could be part of this special day in her life. She always dreamed of a Christmas wedding, so the event is planned for December 20, a day before her birthday, at the height of the holiday season.
She loves the history and beauty of the building and during the holidays, the public areas are adorned with lovely holiday decorations. The building’s history in the state is significant, known as being part of the original campus at Minnesota State University – Mankato (MSU-M), dating back (fill in number) years. The building is on the National Register of Historic Sites and has functioned as a senior living community for more than 25 years. No two apartments are alike in the building, and many of the residents have ties to MSU-M, either as faculty or through family. She herself is an MSU-M grad. One resident actually lives in her old classroom – in that her apartment is located in the same place she used to teach! The building features extensive brick work, pillars, arches, (type?) woodwork and large windows in many of the main public gathering areas, and wall-to-wall windows reach apartment ceilings, offering views of Mankato.
The Heritage Dining Room, the two-story venue for her ceremony and reception, features an elegant dining room space used for hosting special events, with natural lighting streaming in from the large arched windows surrounding the room. They will exchange their vows on the mezzanine balcony, between the dining area and upstairs club room, where residents can easily overlook the proceedings. Holly will be wearing a heavy satin, deep cream colored A-Line dress, decorated with embellished lace and beading in a deeper shade of cream. The wedding party will be wearing red and black to go with the holiday theme. Keith, Old Main Village’s Dining Services Manager, and staff, will be preparing the wedding meal for family and wedding guests. Her future sister-in-law will be singing at the ceremony, and she will be walking down the aisle to the song “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, which she says perfectly describes their life and love.
This is a second marriage for both Holly and her fiancé Chuck Schoettler, a retired meter technician from Xcel Energy. Chuck proposed to her during a surprise trip she planned for them to the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, Minn. During dinner, Chuck surprised her by getting down on one knee in front of everyone as onlookers stood and cheered. Finding love a second time round also makes this wedding extra special. Between the two of them, they have eight kids and 7 grand kids.
Old Main Village is managed by The Goodman Group, a leading national senior living and health care company, based in Chaska, Minn. Holly was aware of the senior living community due to her work with Rasmussen College and her background in the industry. Holly says, “Assisted Living is HOME; it’s where my heart is and has always belonged. The residents make my life so full of purpose and meaning. It is a privilege to work in their home each and every day, and to do my part to ensure that they receive the best quality of life possible. They were very happy to be asked to be part of the day, and love Chuck almost as much as I do! There is no way I would celebrate this special moment in my life and not have them there.”
Holly is looking forward to this special day, accompanied by close friends, relatives and extended community family.
Additional Background: Yours, Mine and Ours
Holly’s family: She has a son that is almost 22 years old graduating from Rasmussen College in December with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems Management; a 19 year-old daughter attending Luther College in Decorah, Iowa; and a 16 year-old daughter, who is a junior at Mankato West High School.
Chuck’s family: He has a 35 year-old daughter that is a Physical Therapy assistant at the Veteran’s Home in Minneapolis, and a 33 year-old daughter in Human Resources for a law firm who is a 30-year cancer survivor and survived the same cancer that ultimately took her younger brother at the age of 4. He also has a 31 year-old son, who is an area manager for Valvoline Oil; and a 26 year-old son who is in medical school at the University of Minnesota. Chuck has seven grandchildren. Chuck also has a 23 year old son that drives over the road semi trucks for a living.