Resident Spotlight: Dianne Klinger

After growing up near Syracuse, NY, Dianne Klinger left home when it was time to “get some adventure.” Those adventures occurred during her travels across the globe. Her husband, John Bass was a Test Pilot in the Air Force Reserves, and because of his work, Dianne and John lived many different places, including Japan. Tragically, in 1964, John was killed in action during a training flight near the Philippines. Finding herself a young widow with two children, and a third on the way, Dianne moved her family back to the United States.

After marrying Daniel Klinger an architect from Nassau in 1971, the family moved to Chatham. It was here Dianne raised her kids and became an active member of her community. Dianne was active in politics, often volunteering to work at the polls. For over 22 years Dianne worked as a case-worker for local human service agencies. Her work often included helping people with developmental disabilities. It is evident from the smile that spreads across her face when speaking about her work, that she had a true passion and enjoyment for the work she did. It was also through her work that Dianne first learned about the Camphill movement and the philosophies behind the movement.

If you are familiar with Chatham you might remember the Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast owned and operated by Dianne. Longtime friend and Camphill Ghent Board Member, Chris Fish-Acker, describes Dianne as having been “the hostess with the mostest.” Like in her earlier career, Dianne’s caring and social nature led to the success of her business and the happiness of the guests that stayed with her.

Finding that it was time to move to an elder community, Dianne moved into Willow Lodge in August 2015. She quickly became a welcome addition to the community, joining old and new friends in the many activities available to residents. “I feel safe living here at Camphill Ghent. My needs are met and I don’t have to worry,” says Diane. Now living in our Aurora house, Dianne is an avid reader that is looking forward to joining the community’s book club.