Senior Profiles: A Monthly Series of Life Stories

Senior profiles

The Council on Aging is privileged to serve Wayland residents age 60 and over.

But we don't think about seniors as a demographic. We know them as individuals, and we love to learn their fascinating life stories.

To celebrate Older Americans Month in May 2022, we asked a few seniors if we could share their stories publicly, so that others could have the pleasure of getting to know them like we do. Below are their stories. This collection launches a new regular series of senior stories -- we will add a new story each month. 

Enjoy these glimpses into fascinating lives, and stay tuned for more. 

Photos by Cesar Castillo

Kathleen Woehrling

Kathleen WoehrlingThe arc of Kathleen Woehrling’s interesting life runs from Maynard, Mass., to Belgium, and back to Wayland, and includes important connections from France, Chile, Burundi, and Guatemala. Her four adult children live in Scotland, England, Belgium, and Texas. Wayland residents are fortunate that Kathleen – SHINE counselor extraordinaire -- calls Wayland home.  The older of two daughters born in Maynard to a mill worker and homemaker.... READ MORE....

Huaibin Lu

Huaibin Lu“My birth and early years were miserable,” begins Huaibin Lu, simply. A native of China, Huaibin immigrated to the US in his forties, leaving nearly everything behind to build a better, freer life as an American citizen. During his career, he encountered oppression and political pressures in China, and racism in the US. But a steady internal compass guided him. And by the measures that matter -- a happy and productive family, a successful career, and community connections built on kindness and volunteerism -- Huaibin has quietly and unquestionably succeeded. “I was born in 1946 in the east part of China, in the middle of war,”....READ MORE..... 

Ellen Vinciulla and Joy Heider

Elolen and JoyEllen Vinciulla and her daughter Joy Vinciulla Heider live in a sunny home that looks out on the aqueduct and Dudley Pond. From this home base, Ellen has served the Town of Wayland in important ways over the course of her long life here. She worked in the Wayland Public Schools for 12 years, with the Wayland Police Department for 25 years, and spent 22 years delivering meals and eventually managing the Meals on Wheels program in Wayland. Ellen and her husband Tony moved to Wayland in 1945....READ MORE... 

Rahul Ray

rahul rayCalling Rahul Ray a Renaissance man –- accomplished in science, art, music, and literature –- only captures part of what makes him so interesting. Equally important are his warmth, interest in the growth and well-being of others, and wonderful laugh. He is a Renaissance man who takes his pursuits seriously, but not himself. His life’s journey has taken him from Kolkata, India to Washington State and here to Wayland, where he and his wife Swapna have lived for nearly 30 years....READ MORE.... 


Jim and Nancy Santamaria 

SantamariasFor decade after decade, Jim and Nancy Santamaria have quietly woven their time and talents into the fabric of our community. From working at iconic local businesses and organizations, to stealthily delivering Easter baskets in the wee hours to children’s homes in their neighborhood, to delivering Meals on Wheels and driving Wayland seniors to medical appointments, they exemplify the idea of “good neighbors.” Jim’s family owned Benson’s Store, which for about fifty years served up coffee and conversation in the circa-1800 building...READ MORE.... 

Three Friends: Hilda Bulkley, Thelma Ricci, Shirley LaRochelle

three friendsTupperware parties, potluck suppers, trips to the Wayland Town Beach with kids in tow, or piling into the station wagon for an adventure -- these are the things that helped build lifelong friendships among three Wayland women in the 1960s. “We did so many things together, we went through so much together,” recalls Thelma Ricci, who lived within walking distance of her friends Hilda Bulkley and Shirley Larochelle in the neighborhoods surrounding Old Connecticut Path and Stonebridge Road. When Thelma, Shirley and Hilda gathered recently, ...READ MORE....

Margaret Dergalis

Margaret DergalisMargaret Dergalis’ path to Wayland began in Philadelphia and detoured through Wisconsin. Eventually, it brought her here to a life far more exciting and fulfilling than she might have imagined when she first arrived in this quiet town as a young single woman. Her grandmother and her late husband – a renowned artist whose works have hung in The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and galleries and museums around the world – were major influences in her life, helping to shape her interests and passions. She has shared those passions first as a teacher, then as a partner in business and in life, and more recently as a volunteer lecturer opening up others’ eyes and hearts to the enduring power of fine art. Born and raised in the northeast suburbs of Philadelphia....READ MORE.....