United Presbyterian Home
A group of family, friends and UP Home staff gathered on Thursday, March 20, 2014 to remember the 23 residents who passed away in 2013. Readings, music, the lighting of candles, and gifts of flowers were offered in hopes of lightening the feelings of loss and grief associated with losing a loved one. UP Home staff were joined in leading the service by Virginia Bordwell, who offered her musical talents, and Paul Rathke, the bereavement coordinator from Hospice Compassus, who offered a reading.
Harold and Betty Stephens celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on Sunday, March 23, 2014, with a very special dinner delivered for just the two of them from café dodici. Dinner came as a gift from Tami Kluth, the nurse who accompanied Harold on his honor flight to Washington, D.C., in 2012. Tami and Harold have remained in contact since bonding during that trip. On Monday Harold and Betty’s daughter, Leslie Paul, delivered a cake for all in the Health Center to share in the anniversary celebration.
Wanda Jones enjoyed a visit from her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Ivan Pazdernik of Alexandria, Minn., over the weekend. Cindy and Ivan spent a few days with Wanda and visited with Cindy’s brother, Ed Jones, and other relatives during their stay.
Cottagers gathered on Monday evening for their monthly potluck in the Campus Center. Tables were set with spring and Easter decorations and those attending participated in an Irish sing-along. Committee members for the evening included Esther Bordwell, Ted Stewart, John and Pat Minneman, Mary Atwood, Carol Ray, Kathy Knutson and Betty Beenblossom.
Six members of the Book Club met to review "Redeeming Love," an inspirational romance by Francine Rivers. The group discussed the darker side of the plot and the meanings of the Biblical names for the characters. Throughout the historical novel, the hero manifested enduring love for his wife, who left him three times over. Next month’s meeting will be the fourth Wednesday, April 23. Plans are to read a nonfiction book by Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.