Life at Brandywine: Que Sera, Sera

Vintage Photo of Joan's Wedding Party

“Well, look who I ran into,” crowed Coincidence.
“Please,” flirted Fate, “this was meant to be.”

Do you believe in fate?  Joan Turlip (JT) and Rose Andres could not have planned their reunion better than this, even if they tried.

TheJoan and Rose Hugging at Brandywine Livingse best friends, now 83 and 82, are residents at Brandywine Living at Middlebrook. They share a bond that goes all the way back to when they were teenagers growing up in Dunellen, NJ.

They both graduated from Dunellen High School together and went on to marry and have children. Rose served as JT’s maid of honour in her wedding. Over the years they lost touch and eventually grew apart.

Fate would have it that while Rose was moving in to her new home at Brandywine, JT would recognize her immediately. She saw her in the living room and and said, “Rose is that you?!” Needless to say, their relationship was quickly reignited, they had so much to catch up on.  

JT later told the Nicole Luciano, Director of Community Relations at Brandywine Living at Middlebrook, that Rose was her maid of honour.  The families brought in JT’s wedding photo album and found a picture of Rose standing proudly next to JT with the rest of her wedding party.

Some may think, oh this was by coincidence; but remember that “there’s no such thing as a coincidence. Every major event in your life somehow leads up to the next… it’s all connected.”


The Life at Brandywine series highlights “happy at home” stories from around our 29 communities. From making new friends or trying something newthese stories show how everyday life is beautiful! 

Brandywine Living (formerly Brandywine Senior Living) is a market leader in luxury senior living, including assisted living, memory care and independent living. Founded in 1996, and headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Brandywine current­ly operates 29 communities in six states (PA, NJ, NY, CT, VA & DE) with the capacity to serve over 3,000 residents.