Everyone Has A Story: John Bulovas - Philadelphia Protestant Home
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Everyone Has A Story: John Bulovas

Posted on: Nov 11, 2015

John Bulovas was born on March 22, 1918.  He attended Mastbaum High School in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, and after graduation, he worked as a machinist.


John and his wife Dorothy shortly after their wedding day.

On October 30, 1941, John was inducted in to the U.S. Army at Camp Lee, Virginia.  He was sent on a troop ship and landed in Europe on January 30, 1943.  On February 17, 1943, just over two weeks into his deployment, John was taken prisoner by the German Army.  He was liberated by the 7th Army under the command of General George Patton on May 3, 1945.  Three months later, he was discharged from the Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

On February 9, 1946, John married Dorothy Klopp, with whom he had two daughters: Barbara Van Horn and Suzanne Knorpp.  John went on to work for the Philadelphia Electric Company and retired from there after a lengthy career.  He has been living here at PPh for the past 18 years and we’re happy to have him as part of our family.  Thanks for your service, John!

What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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