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Twin sisters love living under the same roof again at Monarch Landing

Barb likes to introduce Anne as her older sister. It’s accurate, if minimal.

“She’s two minutes older, so I became the family’s baby,” said Barb Wetzel Marsh of her identical twin sister, Anne Wetzel Faubel.

The sisters have always been very close, since October when Anne and her husband Gordon moved into the Monarch Landing senior citizens’ community in Naperville. Barb has been based there since 2012 and recently moved to the attached Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center for memory aid.

Barb and Anne grew up in Washington, Illinois. When they were 14, Anne asked a boy to do a Sadie Hawkins dance, and she has been with him ever since, having got married at 20. “He’s more of a brother than a brother-in-law to me,” said Barb. “We are all together for so many years.”

They all went to Knox College, and then Gordon began a 24-year career in the US Army. This took him and Anne around the world, moving 16 times and living in Tehran, Iran, among others; Fairbanks, Alaska; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Bliss, El Paso; Fort Sheridan, Illinois; and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he retired.

At the start of COVID, it was decided that Barb would stay with Anne and Gordon at their Kansas home so she would not be isolated.

“We’re both too social to be alone. You and I talked through the first year, ”said Anne. When Barb returned, she moved to The Springs in Monarch Landing.

“Since Barb lived in Monarch Landing, we already knew a lot about the community and had made some of their friends. We have enjoyed visiting her all these years, ”said Anne. “It was approaching our 84th birthday and we were considering moving. We knew this would be really good for us, and it is. We really enjoy living at Monarch Landing.”

Anne joins Barb at The Springs for some of her activities. “Yesterday they wrote a travelogue about Russia. Years ago my husband and I went to Russia. It was wonderful to see the video and then we had a Russian snack. The activities and staff at The Springs are exceptional,” said she. Barb accompanies Anne on programs at Monarch Landing. Barb said, “We see each other about six days a week and talk every morning and night.”

Barb concluded, “When Anne and Gordon decided to move to Monarch Landing to be closer to me, I felt better than if I had won the lottery. You have lived all over the world; we haven’t lived anywhere since college. Having her here is the world’s greatest gift. It’s like a miracle.”


Monarch Landing is a life plan community on a scenic campus in Naperville, Illinois named “One of the Best Places to Live and Retire in America” ​​by Modern Maturity and “The Best City to Retire” by Kiplinger. Monarch Landing offers independent living and promotes vibrant lifestyles for active seniors. The Springs at Monarch Landing provides memory assistance, short-term care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services to provide comprehensive on-going care for the elderly. Monarch Landing is owned by Senior Care Development and managed by Life Care Services®. For more information, please visit www.WelcomeToMonarchLanding.com or www.TheSpringsatMonarchLanding.com.

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