Halcyon is pleased to announce that Mona Paul has recently made Halcyon House her new home. Mona came from another of theWesley campuses, Heritage House in Atlantic. She made the move to be closer to her youngest son, Aaron and family, who reside in Riverside. Mona also has a daughter from Flagstaff, Ariz., and son, Mark from Rochester, Minn. Mona and her late husband have lived in Minnesota, Nebraska, Florida and Iowa. Her interests are art, painting, music, writing, healthy living, and teaching Sunday school and Summer Bible School.
John and Carol Winga, along with Betty and Bob Hugen, were recent visitors of Bill and Ellen Perdock. They had a get-together to wish Bill a Happy Birthday. Phil and Pam Perdock, Diane and Bob Holtaway and Erin Trevor and Evana and Charlotte Mayer from Arizona also sent birthday greetings.
Opal Mercer is pleased to have her son, Roger and wife Tana, in the area for a few weeks. Roger and Tana reside in Eldorado Hills, Calif.
Pat Sieren had an outstanding birthday party in celebration of her 90th birthday. She was overjoyed and humbled by the 168 cards she received and the 200 friends and family members who attended the party. The birthday bash was planned by her children, Mary Geil, David, Larry, and Pat Sieren of Keota, Tom Sieren of Wellman, Joan Miller of Dubuque, and Debbie Norberg who traveled from Alabama. The party ended with Pat’s grandchildren surprising her with 90 balloons that they released and watched as they filled the sky for points unknown.
Mabel Lenz was happy to have her granddaughter, Donna Seawell from Colorado and her grandson, Jeff Seawell, who lives in the state of Washington, visit last week. They were here to help Mabel celebrate her 96th birthday and visit with Mark Mosier. They all had a wonderful birthday dinner at the Riverside Casino.
Barb Ramsey and the Westen family hosted a birthday party for Lorena Goode in the Marshall Game Room on Saturday. The Goode and Westen families have been longtime friends. Special out-of-town guests were Lorena’s sister Margaret and niece Laura Pedrick and Bruce and Marlys Pedrick from Milwaukee and Madison, Wis. “Rena” appreciated all the good wishes on her 93rd birthday from her family and friends.
Phil Kneen always enjoys his visits from daughter, Karla from Mount Pleasant. They were out and about the countryside enjoying the ride and scenery. They stopped by the farm to say hello to son-in-law, Marc Knupp.
Barb Ryan from Iowa City was here to spend time with her mother, Marcia Robertson, on Monday. The two ran errands, dined in the Timmins Dining Room and enjoyed each other’s company.
Hats off to Mary June Adam who comes to Halcyon House every week and lends a helping hand wherever needed. Residents appreciate the goodies she brings, the kind words as she volunteers and her sweet and helpful smile.
Recent “Topic of the Day” with Lela Garton discussed jokes, pranks, and stories in lieu of April Fool’s Day. The discussion then turned to an author named Jeff Brown and the character he created, FLAT STANLEY, who is now 50 years old. It was in 1964 when JC and Tony Brown were getting ready for bed and stalling for bed. They asked their dad (Jeff Brown) what would happen if the bulletin board on the wall were to fall on JC. “Well,” said Mr. Brown, “He would wake up flat.” Flat Stanley pictures have been sent all over the world by students. In 2005, more than 6,500 classes from 48 countries took part in Flat Stanley projects. On April 8, Lela Garton introduced RenElla Crawford from HACAP as the featured speaker. She explained what the organization is about and answered questions from the audience.
Pastor Jim Stiles from the Washington United Methodist Church provided church services in the Epworth Chapel on Sunday afternoon. Virginia Tschantz served as the pianist.
Residents and staff had a pizza party at lunch time on Thursday in the Day Lounge. Everyone had gathered to have a proper send -ff for the activity interns, Josie and Bailey, as they leave to officially graduate in May and begin their new careers.