United Presbyterian Home News
A yearly Celebration of Life Service was held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 to remember the residents of the United Presbyterian Home who passed away in 2016. Families of the loved ones, friends and staff members gathered for a time of sharing. Members of the UP Home staff shared inspirations of love, faith and remembrance aided by the comforting music of Martha Chalupa on the piano. Following a reading of names and lighting of memorial candles, everyone gathered outside to release brilliantly colored balloons as Amy Kleese offered a message of hope; although loved ones fly away they remain forever in our hearts. Those being remembered at this ceremony include Vicki Bailey, Harold Wylie, Viva Ayers, Marjorie Overett, Jeanette Miksch, Ronnie Milligan, Phyllis Hardy, Freda Jeffries, Betty Stephens, Ezra Jones, Vernon Roth, Wilma Mitchell, Marie Dare, Doris Stout, Evelyn Goff, Dale Fritz, Frances Ray, Dennis Kahler, Rachel Pollock, Victor Thompson, Donald Schantz, Bernard Payne.
Birch Holden celebrated his birthday as friends and neighbors joined him for coffee on Friday morning and belted out a round of Happy Birthday to the birthday boy.
Cottage residents met Monday evening in the Main Dining Room for their monthly potluck supper and social. Serving committee members included Brad and Pat Goff, Kathy Knutson and Pat Jenkins. New residents Mike and Vickie McGuire attended and were introduced to the group. March birthdays were recognized and it was noted that Dick and Betty Colby celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in March.
Joyce Nebel shared birthday treats with friends and neighbors in the Town Center Wednesday morning. Joyce welcomed a visit from her son Mike of Ottumwa, prior to her birthday.
Phyllis Doggett shared birthday cake with everyone at lunch on Thursday. Phyllis’s children, Lynn Dougall and Fred Doggett delivered the cake in honor of their mother’s birthday and stayed for the celebration.
Morrison Dining Services and the Wellness and Fitness Center joined efforts to present a demonstration directed at making healthy eating choices for optimum nutrition. Many residents attended the luncheon meeting and experienced first-hand the delicious ways to prepare foods using whole grains, vegetables and fruits that are both healthy and delicious. They learned medicinal benefits of herbs, spices and the now popular coconut oil. Their three-course meal included barley salad, meatball marinara with zucchini noodles and a healthy carrot cake, covering foods from the entire pyramid.
Classics Et Cetera for March 30, included the overture to “Flower Drum Song” by Richard Rodgers; “The Maiden’s Blush” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; 3 selections from “The Mikado” by Gilbert & Sullivan; 1st Movement of Piano Concerto No. 1 by Johannes Brahms; “Robbins Bros. Triumphal” by O. A. Gilson
During his early life, American pianist and composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) assimilated the cultures available near his home in old New Orleans. He was the first to use the indigenous folk melodies and rhythms of the “New World” in his music, a half-century before Antonin Dvorák urged American composers to do just that. As an adult he lived years in Cuba and the Caribbean area, adding their cultures to his music. A firm supporter of the Union, he was a very popular concert artist as he toured the North by rail during our Civil War. Today, his works, once nearly forgotten after his early death, are regaining popularity.