The Village of St. Edward: A place to believe together. A place to become your best. A place to belong.
For over 50 years, The Village of St. Edward has provided care for the aging that honors the sacredness of life and protects the dignity of each resident. We foster a deep sense of belonging, encouraging you to safely discover and affirm your unique identity, independence, and wellness in a shared community of mutual acceptance and caring.
Today, The Village campus community serves more than 270 older adults. Through its ministry, The Village of St. Edward has touched the lives of thousands of family members and friends.
This is the story of how two dedicated Catholic activists recognized the need for such a place and — along with Catholic Charities, the Sisters of St. Dominic, and countless volunteers and donors — brought the dream to life.
In the mid-1950s Mrs. Germaine Karg (mother of the Rev. William Karg) and Mrs. Anna Doran Walsh (wife of William Walsh) began to call attention to the absence of a Catholic home for the aged in Akron.
To prepare for the opening, the Dominican Sisters returned to school for nursing training. Sr. Eugene Beil, with a master’s degree in education already in hand, completed additional studies for a nursing home administrator’s license and reluctantly left education for health care administration.
On February 28, 1962, Joseph and Sophie Jacobs, siblings of Akron Dominican Sr. Cornelia Jacobs, gifted their family home on a 26-acre tract on Smith Road in Bath Township to the cause. They requested only that they, too, could live out their lives at the new home.
Sr. Bernadine Robinson, who witnessed the signing of the Jacobs’ donation of property to Catholic Charities, reflects back on the need St. Edward filled.
“People wanted a place with a chapel, where they could go to Mass and have a priest see them.”
The original mission statement declared:
“St. Edward Nursing Home for the Aged is dedicated to mankind’s concern for the elderly and the comfort and respect they richly deserve … All are welcome without regard to race, creed, or color.”
The Sisters staffing the home demonstrated their dedication to care and service — receiving only a monthly stipend of $100, plus $100 additional a year for clothing, food, lodging.
Source: Archives of the Diocese of Cleveland
Sr. Philomena Cook, an Akron Dominican, recalls working at St. Edward at the time of the opening.
“This was a new endeavor, and it was very successful, but we were tired. We worked long hours with few days off. We had a reputation from Day 1.”
St. Edward’s board leadership included some of Akron’s most well-known names of the time, such as Frank Kaufmann, David J. Towell, Charles Scanlon, The Hon. Nathan Koplin, Adam Bernard and
The St. Edward story is about community giving. Thank you to Catholic Charities, Dominican Sisters, countless volunteers, and generous donors — both individuals and foundations. This is
In 1989, a 26-bed assisted living unit was added to bridge the care between skilled nursing and independent living.