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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2014

Halcyon House

Mar 13, 2014

Mary Dawson was pleased to have granddaughters, Courtney and Chloe Kleinschmidt and their friends, Danielle Giannotti, and Joe Sumner and Zoey Rayn as guests in her home last week. They all joined Mary at Chapel that afternoon.

Dwight and Mary Frances Graber were delighted to have their daughter, Annette Von Tersch of Wayland and granddaughters Jackie Wilke and baby Bram of West Des Moines as well as Jenae, husband Alan and daughter Layla Peachey who traveled from Goshen, Ind., to join them for family time and lunch in the Timmins Dining Room.

Mary Meeks and her sister, Audra Williams were at the Pizza Hut on Monday for lunch in celebration of Audra’s birthday.

Virginia Tschantz is the proud great grandmother of Sullivan Leon Turner. Grandparents Rusty and Denise Tschantz are super excited and his parents Tony and Melissa Turner are so happy to welcome Sullivan to the family. Everyone is anxious to meet the new little guy and can’t wait for Melissa, our Massage Therapist to return and bring her magic fingers back to work.

Roberta Shafer of Fairfield and Donna Waddell from Jeffersonville, Ind., visited Mary Meeks Monday afternoon.

Lindsay Wheeler of Washington is completing her accounting internship with Selena Levetzow, Halcyon officer manager. She will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Movie enthusiasts saddled up Monday night for a heart-warming journey at the movies which featured “Flicka.”in the Avalon House.

Front Porch Travels sped through the countryside by rail enjoying the Amish country of central Ohio. The audience viewed the Amish families working in their fields and visited the Sugar Creek horse auction as well as a trip to the local Amish goldsmith.

Last Thursday, many gathered in the Marshall Game Room for a special class where masks were created and decorated with a variety of embellishments to wear to the Mardi Gras dinner celebration. The dinner which featured jambalaya and moon pies was held on Tuesday, March 4. Everyone had a wonderful evening and was encouraged to wear masks and costumes.

Virginia Tschantz, Betty Osincup, Audrey Stark and Don and Loretta Gardner attended the Iowa State Statesmen Chorus at the United Methodist Church last Thursday, March 6.

The Statesmen is one of the leading men’s choirs that provided sweet entertainment that closed the concert with Iowa State songs.

The Rev. Bob Wollenberg of the United Presbyterian Church provided services Sunday afternoon in the chapel. Megan Schiebel served as the liturgist.

Since March is National Nutrition Month, the Wellness Department is hosting a Healthy Cooking Contest for residents and staff. Participants will be providing an original recipe and then that same recipe with the healthy modifications and the finished product for the judges to sample.

The Wellness Department is offering a healthy and free snack cart on “Wellness Wednesday.” The staff looks forward to Wednesday as the rolling cart stops at each department, filled with healthy snacks and offering fruits, nuts, yogurt, rice cakes along with copies of healthy recipes and weekly health tips.

Cranium Crunch is gaining momentum as there was a large group that gathered to enjoy new quizzes, puzzles, trivia and word games.

Halcyon welcomes Mike and Donna Wheelan. They are longtime residents who farmed and raised livestock for 50 years in the Washington area. Mike and Donna are the proud parents of five children, daughter Teri Hartzler, sons Dan and Tom Wheelan of Washington, with daughter Holly Ostertag in St. Paul, Minn., and Mickey Falkner from Erda, Utah. They enjoy their seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mike volunteered at the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City for 17 years. Donna is a 64-year member of the United Presbyterian Church choir. They both enjoy the outdoors and following the grandchildren’s sports events.

Halcyon neighbors and friends welcomed Mary Ann Hennigan as the most recent to join the family. Mary Ann and late husband Bill are lifetime Washington residents. There was never a dull moment in the Hennigan family as they were busy raising their nine children, Matt of Washington, Pat of Urbandale and Denny of Eldridge, Mike from Tennessee, and Sue, Barbara, Tim, Joe and Ann in North Carolina. Mary Ann enjoys playing board games and family time.  Bill was Mr. International Harvester with dealerships in Washington and Columbus Junction. We extend our deep sympathy to Mary Ann and families in the recent passing of their dear husband and father.

Heartfelt condolences go to the family of Melba Grim. Melba and her late husband, Neil, made Halcyon their new home two years ago. Melba had many obstacles but she fought like a trooper and was so grateful to the staff. Her kindness, courage and wonderful spirit will always be remembered. The family, which fondly referenced Melba as “The Melbster” (because she could do anything), had such a presence at the Avalon House and they will be missed also.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Lyle Darbyshire. Lyle was a lifetime member of the Washington community where he married his late wife Marilyn and from that union, children Lori and Terry were born. That family home must have been a whirlwind of adventure. Lyle served his country proudly in the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked for 33 years for the Agriculture Soil Conservation and a surveyor for the Soil Conservation Service.

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