Life And Homemade Costumes In A Retirement Home

By Katie Klocksin | October 28, 2016


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Debby Wurster is having a ball at her new home in a retirement community. She’s got a full calendar of activities, she’s making new friends, and… she’s even competing in a Halloween costume contest in her homemade Minnie Mouse costume. 

It isn’t the first costume she’s made. She first began making costumes for her kids because store bought costumes were too expensive and didn’t fit right. She soon discovered she had a knack for making costumes.

“The kids over the years have said, ‘I think you should have worked in a costume shop,'” says Wurster. “I’ve made almost everything I have or I bought it at a rummage sale.”

Wurster moved to a retirement community because her children had grown and gone and because taking care of her home had grown too difficult.

“It was the right time,” says Wurster. “Everything was so well-planned.”

Now she and her husband look out the window and watch the snow plows take care of the falling snow, grateful that those days are behind her. 

Wurster loves the wide range of activities that her new home provides, from a music room to a stained glass-making room. She says there’s always something going on.

“If you’re bored, you aren’t going and doing things,” says Wurster. 

Making costumes is one of the activities that Wurster does. It pays off. 

At the costume contest, Wurster takes second prize for her costume. 


Katie Klocksin

Katie Klocksin is an independent radio producer in Chicago.
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