Grobschmidt Senior Center


The seniors living in the south shore area had their wishes and prayers answered when the South Milwaukee Senior Center was opened and dedicated in February of 1982. The Senior Center, formerly Parkway Elementary School, has served the needs of many for over 41 years. It has given older adults diversion providing educational, cultural, physical, social and recreational programs. The Senior Center was started with the hard work of Mary Staffold, who initially had a group called "The Golden Agers". That group met in the basement of the South Milwaukee Library. 

With the help of the Community Block Grants, the Senior Center became a reality for her and others. She was the director from 1982 to August 1984. Theresa Bellone was the director from 1984 to May of 1990. The current director since June of 1990 is Sandra Quinlan. She continues the legacy of hard work and dedication to the seniors of the community.

Name Change

In 1994, the Senior Center name was changed to the Chester W. Grobschmidt Senior Center. It was Mayor Grobschmidt and City Administrator Norb Theine, who eagerly filled out the federal and state grant application forms the Friday after Thanksgiving in 1979. After Mayor Grobschmidt retired, it appeared only appropriate to name the Center after him. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Nutrition News

1999 brought some new faces and changes to the South Milwaukee Nutrition Site. Under the direction of Milwaukee Christian Center, the services that are provided are more "participant friendly". Participants of the program are able to sign up for their lunches in person from 9:30 am to 10:45 am or by calling 414-768-5722. Reservations need to be made by 10:45 am on the previous day and if you are reserving a meal for Monday, you need to call by 10:45 am on Friday.

To get meals, fill out a Senior Dining Registration form (PDF) from the Milwaukee County Department of Aging website, or at the center, during pickup times - and bring it to the center prior to picking up your first lunch, or email it to Sandy Quinlan.

About the Program

All senior adults are invited and encouraged to attend this luncheon program. Participants need to be at least 60 years of age. Spouses can be any age. The suggested donation for this well balanced, delicious meal is $3. The menus are printed in the Wednesday food section of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel and in the Senior Center monthly newsletter. 

  • All seniors are invited to join us at the center.  Meals are served at 11:00 am.
  • The Senior Center is one of 29 Milwaukee County Nutrition Sites.