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Community gathers to celebrate the retirement of managing partner Irene Fenton after 43 years

COURTESY PHOTO - A retirement party for Irene Fenton was held on July 19, celebrating her work at Mount Angel Towers for more than 40 years.After 43 years of owning and managing Mount Angel Towers, Irene Fenton retires this year.

Mount Angel Towers will remain in the family as Irene's daughters, Stefanie Fenton and Dr. Carla Witt, will be taking over the business.

Irene Fenton's accomplishment and her retirement was celebrated with a special event on Friday, July 19. Irene took over as the managing partner in 1976 after her husband Gene's premature death.

She realized Gene's dream of creating a vibrant active community at Mount Angel Towers. Irene has made it her calling to provide the retirement community at Mount Angel Towers with well-balanced meals consisting of healthy ingredients, homemade products and locally grown and raised food.

Additionally, Irene has always made sure that residents would have plenty of activities that foster a strong sense of community and a supportive environment to stay active.

It has always been important for Irene that these elements were strong at Mount Angel Towers and science officially has proven that social interactions, natural food and activity are crucial to healthy aging.

Irene turns 88 years old this month and in her retirement, she plans to return to school. She attends the University of San Francisco's Fromm Institute

Irene is delighted to be passing on the management of Mount Angel Towers to her daughters Carla Witt and Stefanie Fenton.

Stefanie has worked in business for the last 20 years as a software industry executive and has an MBA and Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley.

Carla is a board certified family practitioner, who has been practicing medicine for 24 years. The Fenton family has managed the Towers as a team for the past few years, so Irene's daughters are well prepared to take over. They plan to continue Irene's practices, which have made Mount Angel Towers such a warm, supportive and joyful community for active and healthy aging.


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