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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 23, 2014

Halcyon House

Jan 02, 2014

Don and Lisa McGahan from LaGrange, Ind., were in the area visiting their families, the Waterhouses and Hesseltines, for the holidays. They are affiliated with the New Hope Baptist Church of Kendalville, Ind. The Masters Touch is the name of their ministry as they continue their work as missionaries to the Seniors of America. The couple delivered a very inspirational service with sweet music to a large audience in the Day Lounge.

Becky and George Lodge from Cincinnati, Ohio, were in Washington for Christmas. They stayed in the Halcyon House guest room while visiting her mother, Audrey Stark, and other relatives in the area.

Lois Greiner is so pleased to report that the twins Augusta Theresa and Lillian Lois are home from the hospital on Christmas Eve day. Theresa and Lois spent Christmas with Frank and Karey Greiner and their family of six children. Ben, Kim, Benjamin and Lauryn Greiner from Edmond, Okla., joined the family on the 26th for a three-day visit. Ben Greiner recently retired from the Army as lieutenant.

Phyllis Lyle had a holiday blowout with over 50 of her family in attendance. They enjoyed a meal and family get-together at the Pizza Ranch party room. Son Ron and Christy Lyle along with grandson Eric from Arizona and granddaughter Angie and Mike Brechler and children Jaylee, Jaslyn , Jace and Jorie flew from Chino Valley, Ariz., to spend the holiday with the entire Lyle family and enjoyed their tour and stay at Halcyon.

Lewis Meeks was a recent guest of his mother, Mary Meeks. Lewis returned to his home in Fort Morgan, Colo., after son Dick and Malinda Meeks arrived from Mountain Home, Ark., to spend time with Mary.

Mark, Lori, Justin and Jill Graber were recent dinner guests of parents Dwight and Mary Graber in the Timmins Dining Room. They are a busy family with Mark studying to be an engineer and Lori will soon be an attorney.

Don and Ethel Hendrickson and family met and stayed overnight at a hotel in North Liberty. Joining them were Lavonne and husband Paul and children Kyle and Leah from Aurora, Ohio, on Dec. 20. They were joined by Mark, Lori, Sedrick and Eli Cavin of Ainsworth; Larry and Deanna, Anna and Ryan Cavin of Durant; Dan and Julie, Lauren and Derek Cavin from Victor; Andrew and Ina, Issac, Madelyn and Olivia Cavin of Ottumwa; and Ed and Loretta Boshart of Cedar Rapids along with grandchildren Hannah, Lillie and Chase Boshart. There was lots of family time to visit and catch up with the latest.

Martha Chabal accompanied her daughter, Sheila, to Columbia, Mo., where she had family time with her grandchildren and their families for the Christmas holidays. They shopped, dined out, and had a feast for Christmas dinner where she was present to witness the engagement proposal of her granddaughter, Amy.

Don and Ethel Hendrickson traveled to North Liberty on Dec. 29, as guests at the home of Michael and Karen for the Hendrickson Christmas dinner. Those present were Dick Hendrickson of Washington; Jack and Donna Hendrickson of Grinnell, along with Michelle, Presley and Eli; Travis and Amber Henderickson with Kaitlyn, Cammeron, Hailey and Kinnick of Melcher-Dallas; Curtis and Betsy Hendrickson with baby Logan from Louisiana, Mo.; and Jarrod Hendrickson from Wisconsin.

The staff at Halcyon was treated to a grazing day in the Day Lounge last Friday. Soups, shrimp and an array of snacks and goodies were available, as well as a wonderful Christmas gift from the residents.

The Sunrise Singers group from Lincoln School, under the direction of Julie Hill, entertained an audience in the Timmins Dining Room last week. Everyone always looks forward to the holiday season and the different song selections and being serenaded by the different groups.

The annual Avalon Christmas Dinner potluck was hosted in the Day Lounge on Monday the 23rd. Families and friends gathered with the residents and enjoyed a bountiful array of food and a sing-along accompanied by Chris Marshall at the piano. Secret Santa gifts were shared with all the residents. Each resident received a framed posed photo of themselves by the Christmas tree. Santa also found his way to deliver with the help of his elves, everyone’s Christmas bag on Christmas morning.

Thank you to past church services that were provided by Dan Drost of the Washington Reformed Presbyterian with the Scripture from Obadiah and the sermon titled “The Apple of God’s Eye,” and the United Church of Crawfordsville with Pastor Jason Collier delivering the message “Snow Globe” with the Scripture from Isaiah 11: 1-13.

Grace Egli enjoyed the company of her daughter, Cathy and husband, Jerry as they went for a car ride about the area, had dinner in the Timmins Dining Room and put a puzzle together.

Ed and Karen Koehler hosted Christmas dinner at their home where Letha Statler, Bob and Peg Helscher, along with daughter Mary and George Reihmer of San Antonio, Texas, had a wonderful family gathering.

Halcyon friends, neighbors and staff send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family of Ralph Witthoft. It is hard to sum up the life of this gentle, retired farmer who made Halcyon House home for him and Martha. He lifted the spirits of everyone he encountered, was instrumental in teaching his card skills to anyone hungry to learn, enjoyed life and had a kind, sweet spirit. Halcyon would like to thank the family for sharing Ralph with everyone.

Halcyon's sincere sympathy is extended to the family of June Hagist, Jo and Dick Greiner, Judy and Cliff Duke of Illinois and Tom and Betsy Dodder of Minnesota. The staff and her neighbors will certainly miss her. June always had something nice to say and brightened each and every day with her contagious smile, humor and kindness. Toot, Toot to you Miss June! You will be missed.

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