You’d expect most people who live in the northern states to move south after retirement, but the Espurvoas lived in the south and moved north after retirement.
They met at a party in Brownsville, TX, where they were both teachers. David taught Junior High Math and later went on to become an Elementary School Principal. Paula taught Art at the High School, and then went on to teach at the local Alternative School.
They soon got married and had one son, David Espurvoa III. David and Paula each taught for over 30 years and retired in 1994. They spent the next 14 years as retirees in Texas. In the meantime, their son David III had married a Wisconsin native and moved to Milwaukee. He now teaches Drawing and Animation at WCTC and has one son, Alex, who is 22 and lives in Belgium, WI.
In 2008, the Espurvoas realized they needed the support of their son due to medical issues, so they moved north in 2008 to the Muskego Regency Senior Community in Wisconsin. Moving so far away from home was a tough transition. However, discovering the Muskego Senior Taxi made it much easier, because they could get great medical care without relying only on David III for all of their transportation needs.
David tells us, “I had to go to Dialysis in New Berlin (and eventually Waukesha) 3 times per week. My son and daughter-in-law took me for the first week. Right around that time, the Muskego community was starting up Muskego Senior Taxi. I started taking the Taxi to dialysis the following week. I use a walker and the drivers always help me with the walker as well as my seatbelt. Everyone has such good manners.”
“To me the Taxi is a life saver. I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you without it. I don’t know how my son could take us to all of our appointments AND do all that he does for us. Everybody back home assumes I’ve passed on but no – I just turned 85! I think the reason I’m alive today is because I moved to Wisconsin and thanks to the Taxi.”
The Espurvoas both utilize the Taxi for their medical appointments. David received a kidney transplant 10 years ago and no longer needs dialysis. Now that David has a new kidney, he and Paula ride with the Taxi to a variety of appointments. David says, “Moving to Wisconsin and Taxi extended my life for 10 years. And hopefully 10 more.”
Their son still drives them to places like the grocery store and to restaurants, which allows them to spend some quality family time together. The Espurvoas love using the Taxi, so David III can continue to teach at WCTC without the stress of worrying how his parents will get to their medical appointments. The Taxi has been instrumental in assuring David receives the healthcare he needs as well as his wife’s.