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‘Everything we need’

Couple enjoys trying new things together at Brooksby

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February 19th, 2018
Cathy and Ted DiBlasi moved to Brooksby six years ago to be closer to their two daughters.

Cathy and Ted DiBlasi moved to Brooksby six years ago to be closer to their two daughters.


Ted and Cathy DiBlasi were high school sweethearts at Flushing High School in Queens, N. Y., before Ted enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent three years in the South Pacific during World War II.

“Ted didn’t come home at all during those three years, but we wrote letters back and forth,” says Cathy, who studied education at Queens College while he was away.

After the war, the couple married and lived in a New York City housing project while Ted studied engineering at Manhattan College under the G.I. Bill.

“It was rough as far as money went, but we were happy,” says Cathy.

Sharing life together

Today, Ted and Cathy have 5 children, 16 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

In 2012, the couple moved from a patio home in New Jersey to Brooksby Village, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass., to be closer to two of their daughters who live in Massachusetts.

“We like having all the amenities right here on campus,” says Ted. “Everything we need—the fitness center, pharmacy, restaurants—is within walking distance of our apartment.”

And while Ted and Cathy each have their own clubs and interests at the community, they also try new experiences together.

Last April, the couple participated in the Brooksby Village Marathon, walking one mile around the community.

“We were initially hesitant to sign up for the marathon, because we thought it was only for runners,” says Ted. “When we found out we could walk and take the course at our own pace, we decided to give it a try. Staff and residents cheered us along the whole way and made us feel like we’d accomplished something remarkable.”

Having celebrated a wedding anniversary last fall, Cathy says their secret to relationship success is, “We get along well. And we take care of each other.”