09 Nov Happy Birthday, Joan!
Rudy and Joan Perini were among the first residents of Camphill Ghent, moving into their two-bedroom townhome on July 1, 2012. Coming to the area after selling their home of more than 50 years in Clinton Corners,
Dutchess County, the couple was ready to downsize and enjoy maintenance-free living. After looking at many retirement communities, Joan said Camphill Ghent appealed because of the beautiful landscape and the spacious size of the townhome. “We looked at a lot of places that were cramped and you had a view of a parking lot,” said Joan, gesturing from her back porch which looks out on the pond. “Not here.” Both Joan and Rudy, whose nickname is “Red,” love living in the country. One of their sons, Rudy, lives in Ghent so the couple was already somewhat familiar with the area before moving here. “We have two porches and wonderful neighbors,” said Joan.
Married for 62 years, the couple met in 1955 commuting to their respective homes in different areas of New Jersey from their jobs in lower Manhattan. They met on the train going to Hoboken and married six months later. Getting sick of long commutes in an increasingly congested New Jersey, the Perinis decided to look north for a place to live. The tipping point came when it was taking Rudy an hour to drive 12 miles to work from their Nutley, New Jersey home. Yearning for a more peaceful life, they found a big old farmhouse in Clinton Corners, moved in and raised their three children there.
By then, Rudy was working for IBM in East Fishkill, having earned his bachelor’s degree years earlier in electrical engineering taking classes at night at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Joan worked as a licensed practical nurse for several years, later finding a job with an interior designer in Millbrook, near where they lived, perfecting her skill in needle crafts. After a short stint living in Austin, Texas from 1986 to 1988 while Rudy worked on a project for IBM, the couple returned to Dutchess County and Rudy retired in 1990.
Rudy earned his pilot’s license and was certified to fly single engine planes, gliders and also gave lessons. His son, Rudy,followed in his footsteps and is a commercial pilot and captain for Delta Airlines who also flies helicopters on the side. Another son, John, lives in Amenia and is a woodworker who specializes in restoration work. Their daughter, Nancy, teaches public health at the University of Rochester.
The couple especially enjoys their maintenance-free lifestyle at Camphill Ghent, keeping to themselves but participating in events in the community when they can. “We couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Joan.
Happy birthday, Joan!