St. Paul stays home: Rose and Ken Nuernberger
The keyboard she uses is one her students gave her in 1985. Rose Nuernberger has played the keyboard for 35 years. Most recently, it’s been put into use to offer a bit of joy in the hallways at Ridgecrest Village.
The complex, due to Coronavirus, is taking precautions that many other housing complexes for senior citizens are taking. One of the most important? No visitors. So to pass the time, husband Ken pushes Rose along in her walker in the hallways with her keyboard on her lap.
“We’re a team,” she said. “We started doing it Wednesday or so of last week,” Rose said during an interview on March 24. “If people open their doors, great. Some of them come out and bring their music. We stay at least six feet away. They sing with me.”
Rose started taking piano lessons when she was 5 or 6 years old. She lived on a farm, and her parents had to make special trips into town to get her and her two siblings in for lessons. She started learning organ on her own as she got older, and took an organ class in college.
Rose usually plays a couple of times a day, she said. Ken enjoys listening to the music. “I am thankful to my parents for involving me in music. It’s a big part of my life.”