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Halcyon House

Sep 19, 2013

Halcyon House recently welcomed Anna Hysell to her new home. Anna comes to Washington from her former home in Florida, but she is no stranger to Washington as she and her late husband, Truman, lived here most of their lives. Anna has three children, Marcia Jaspering of Ames, Trudy Gurnsey of Urbandale, and son, Larry Hysell of Melbourne Beach, Fla. She has five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Ken Crone has settled in to Halcyon House and is pleased with his new home. Ken has been in the Washington community for the past three years after moving here from north of Brainerd, Minn., where he broke and trained horses. Ken was born in Washington County and joined the service after graduating from West Chester High School. He has two sons, Dave and wife Terri of Washington, and son Randy from Bozeman, Mont. His grandchildren are Laramie and Mariah Crone who share grandpa’s love of horses. Ken is a brother to Karma Hanson, brother of the late Karen Kleese and nephew to Geri Weeks.

Virginia Tschantz’s brother, Phil and wife, Lois Myers from Golden, Colo., came for a visit. While in the area, they took a road trip to the Amanas, enjoyed the company of the Tschantz and Myers' family brunch at the home of Rusty and Denise Tschantz, and Phil and Lori attended their 50th class reunion at WACO.

The Wayland Class of 1948 held their 65th class reunion at the Applewood Bistro on Saturday, Sept. 7. A noon luncheon was enjoyed and a tour was given of the Halcyon campus and the apartments of Mary Frances Graber and Virginia Tschantz. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Roth of Mount Pleasant; Phyllis Richard from Fairfield; Glen Nebel and sister Lois Nebel, Phyllis Graber, Pauline Wyse, Audrey Kauffman, Miriam Wyse, Kathryn Nebel, Mr. and Mrs. Don Davison from Wayland; and Mary Frances and Dwight Graber and Virginia Tschantz from Halcyon House in Washington.

Phil Kneen has been enjoying visits from his longtime friend, Leon Hilfman. They play cards, are both great storytellers and speak of the good old days when they were businessmen uptown.

Virginia Tschantz received some nice recognition in the Washington Evening Journal Golden Agers insert. Virginia provided a mini concert at the Washington Public Library with Halcyon friends Donna Schoonover, Mary Meeks, Marcella Reed and Rose Ellen Stelton attending. Virginia has her grandmother to thank for her being an accomplished pianist, as she was told” if you play the hymns you don’t have to do the dishes. Gin used her money to buy sheet music. She taught piano lessons for 32 years. Piano is not Virginia’s only talent as she knows her way around the kitchen and is a marvelous cook and baker.

Edie Trotter enjoyed a visit from her daughter Pam and husband Gary Edwards of St. Charles, Mo.

Darlene Sieren, friend and former neighbor, was a recent caller of Jim and Carol Gingerich. Darlene is a generous person and always shares her finds with the Gingeriches.

The First Christian Church provided the Sunday afternoon service in the Epworth Chapel by the Rev. Colton Clay and Eva Bickhart. Scripture was the “Lord’s Prayer.” Lori Adams provided the music for the service.

On Tuesday evening, Sultan Ahmed Khan, a foreign exchange student from Pakistan, gave a presentation on his life in Pakistan. Sunny is his nickname. He also is volunteering at the Avalon House sharing current events with the residents. His host parents are Roger and Lori Adams.

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