Bonnie Gekler is organized, Chris Kotarba is a wee bit loosey-goosey.
These Garlands members and lifelong friends are like two distinct peas in the same pod. Whale watching, hiking, retirement parties, a wedding and divorce, a few medical challenges, birthday celebrations―the two pals cruise through life’s ups and downs together.
Workmates at First National Bank, they became friends over 40 years ago for all of life’s journey – one that has taken them to exotic locations around the world – Scandinavia, Mexico, Russia, Egypt to name a few – and eventually led them both to The Garlands.
Bonnie, the more outgoing one, moved to The Garlands first, while Chris, more cautious, admitted that having Bonnie here helped her take the plunge.
Chris loves dessert and dining out, while Bonnie cooks in more. But both agree when they say…
“It’s great having your best friend just 89 steps away!”
While each pursues her own interests, they look forward to daily check-ins to sit, catch up and plan their next shared adventure. Next up: the annual trip to Door County…together.