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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 16, 2014

Halcyon House

Aug 21, 2014

Halcyon is happy to welcome Rosemary Laing to the Halcyon family. She was a longtime Washington resident before moving to Arizona in 2000. Many will remember her late husband Jim and his affiliation with McCleery Cumming as the art director. She has three children, Wendy in Washington, Laurie from Bloomfield, and Jeff in Woodland Park, Colo. She is the proud grandmother of five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Rosemary interests are dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Roger and Trusa Cutkomp from Columbus Junction have been married for 52 years and just changed their address to Halcyon House. Trusa served as the activity director at Halcyon from 1988 and retired in 1997. Trusa’s father, John Layman, was also a Halcyon resident. Roger farmed and drove a semi for 11 years. They are the parents of Tamara in Brighton, Barbara from Donnellson, Troy in Burlington, Chad at Columbus Junction and Amy in Shawnee, Kan. They have nine grandchildren whom they enjoyed watching at school activities. Glad to have you join us. Welcome!

Halcyon friends and staff extend our sympathy to the family of Dorothy Zickefoose.

Edie Trotter was pleased to have her friend Virginia Schuerman stop by for a visit. They were neighbors in Ainsworth and as always, thoughtful Virginia brought a plate of goodies for Edie.

Wynne Steele stopped in to visit Jean Sorden on Thursday morning.

Gary and Pam Edwards traveled to Washington to spend time with Edie Trotter. They had dinner in honor of Edie’s belated birthday. Of course, there were stories shared about their new granddaughter/great-granddaughter who entered the world at a little over 4 pounds in and is now up to the 7 pounds range.

Joette Berkompas from Bangkok, Thailand, has been in the States since June visiting her family. Jo Swartzendruber always looks forward to a visit from her favorite daughter. Joette has become a seasoned traveler over the past 30 years. The travel from Thailand brings a new meaning to jet lag!

The Morrison Center was buzzing on Wednesday as a clothing store manager and other customer service staff provided the at-home shopping experience. Halcyon House sponsored a trunk show for residents, staff and the community in the Morrison Center on Wednesday. There was an array of selections of clothing, sizes and accessories to choose from.

Larry Shalla provided his neighbors, friends and staff with unlimited corn this summer. He made numerous trips from the farm field to Halcyon’s front door with loads of sweet corn that everyone has indulged in. Many thanks to Larry for his generosity.

Walt Pacha enjoyed a beautiful birthday with his family on Aug. 13, which included a road trip to Keokuk and Nauvoo, Ill. Those traveling together were sons, Tom and Miriam, and Mike, and sister Diana and Walt. The carload of Pachas had to wait for the barge to go through and enjoyed that experience.

Bob and Peg Gerot had a visit from their son, Mike on Wednesday. He and his golden retriever surprised them for an early birthday present for Bob’s birthday. Mike and his wife, Carla, live in Clive.

Lewis Meeks from Fort Morgan, Colo., spent the weekend visiting his mother, Mary Meeks. They were in Iowa City on Saturday and took the scenic route home on old Highway 218, which pleased Mary. Lewis attended his 48th class reunion at St Mary’s Hall in Riverside that evening. On Sunday, they picked up lunch at the Dairy Mart in Ainsworth and drove to Marr Park where they had a picnic by the pond. It was a beautiful day, a wonderful weekend and then it was back to Colorado for Lewis on Monday.

Marvin Beach from Haven Church delivered the Scripture from Psalm 1:22 and the sermon was given from John 3:16 at Sunday church service in the Epworth Chapel on Sunday afternoon.

The Arbor residents have been introduced to Mexican Train Dominoes and are enjoying other table games. Bill and Ellen Perdock are enjoying a great game of checkers together. The Dakim computers are available for resident use in the Arbor House family room and a computer is coming soon to another location in the Sitler Lounge as well.

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