United Presbyterian Home
Jane Vetter celebrated Mother’s Day with all of her five sons present at various times throughout the week. Jane was surprised on Monday morning when her son Brian came to visit. Brian is from Boise, Idaho, and has not been home in over eight years. On Saturday morning Mark and Jan brought Jane lilies and tulips. On Sunday night Steve and Kathy took both of their mothers to the Pizza Ranch for supper. Later, Jane received a phone call from Brian who had returned home to Boise and she was able to thank him for the beautiful floral bouquet he sent.
Ken and Connie Bauer hosted their family on Mother's Day. All 18 members of their family were together to celebrate Mother's Day. They also celebrated their grandson Zachery Wagenknecht's 25th birthday and his daughter Addison's 2nd birthday. A baby shower was given for their grandson and wife, Jacob and Camarie Bauer. They are expecting their second child. The family members included Todd Bauer and his friend Wende Allender of Grandview; Jacob, Camarie and Jade Bauer of Cedar Rapids; Bill, Michelle, Rachel and Andrew Langton of Cedar Rapids; Jim, Marsha, Devin, Zachery, and Addison Wagenknecht, Katrina Christofferson and Eric Tusing of Washington. Since everyone was present, a picture was taken of the whole family.
Marjorie Fullerton reports she had a wonderful Mother’s Day and birthday celebration which lasted for three days. On Sunday she was joined by both of her daughters, Joslyn Morgan and Bebe McFarland, to celebrate Mother’s Day. She was surprised with visitors on Monday to help her celebrate her birthday. Joslyn and Butch Morgan, Dick and Anna Fullerton of Mt. Pleasant, Connie Martin from Burlington, and her sister-in-law, Carol Coon, of Washington, all enjoyed lunch with birthday cake and ice cream for dessert. Marjorie’s daughter, Bebe McFarland, returned to celebrate with her mother on Tuesday as she was unable to join the party on Monday.
Many activities took place this week in recognition of Nursing Home Week.
A Ladies Tea was held on Monday in the Main Dining Room. Ladies in attendance were entertained by the Rhythm Rockers from Mt. Pleasant. Finger sandwiches, tea cakes and covered strawberries were served. Flowering hanging baskets were awarded as door prizes to Dora Erlenbush and Pat Jenkins.
Ice cream sundaes with plenty of toppings were served in the Health Center Tuesday to all residents and staff. They were entertained by the Sunrise Singers from Lincoln School, directed by Julie Hill. Scones were served in the Town Center for what has become known as “Cookie Tuesday”.
Kerr Hall residents gathered in the Main Dining Room Tuesday for their monthly social and enjoyed lunch together. Murray and Pat Coon hosted the event. Jim Clegg should have been on the hosting committee but admits that he didn’t do a thing. Way to go, Jim! There were about 30 residents in attendance that were pleased to welcome Bob and Ella May Ruppert back to the group following their winter stay in Arizona.
The Merry Muscle Makers held class outside on Wednesday morning. They were able to perform a variety of exercises that kept their heart rate up and their mind engaged. While performing the balance exercises, the residents were challenged to close their eyes and listen to the sounds from nature and then turn their heads from side to side and find different colors in nature.
The Men’s Fitness League class also went outside utilizing the Mary Cottrell Walking Path for their exercise session on Wednesday. They walked laps and used the exercise stations working on proper form and technique to challenge their muscles, balance and flexibility. The smell of freshly cut grass, a cardinal flying by and watching people work the garden were added benefits to having class outside.
Three-year-old Parker Tschantz joined the Thursday morning Trotters Class. His little legs held up for most of the one-mile walk. It might help that his mother, Stefanie, is the WHS girls' track coach.
Up with Day Care children ate lunch with residents in the Health Center Thursday. Ben Kronaloge was full of news from his St. James preschool class earlier in the week. Ben was joined by his sister, Lauren, along with Lauren Drahota, and Sawyer Tschantz.