United Presbyterian HomeNational Nursing Home Week celebrated
Jeanette Miksch’s daughter, Melanie Kenyon, arrived from Muscatine on Saturday to spend time with her mother. They enjoyed lunch and flower shopping which are now the flowers planted near Jeanette’s front porch. Jeanette enjoyed Mother’s Day at the Pella home of her granddaughter, Heidi VanNaanen. Jeanette’s son, Mark Miksch and wife, Liz, were also present to be entertained by Heidi’s three children.
National Nursing Home Week began on Monday with an afternoon tea to honor the women residents of the United Presbyterian Home. Gifts were given to Esther Bordwell as the resident who has lived on the UPH Campus the longest and to Bernice Fehr for being the newest resident. Virginia Tschantz played piano music while the women enjoyed refreshments of fresh fruit, chocolate torte and red velvet cake. Servers included Amy Kleese, Elizabeth Tschantz, Carol Enfield, Diana Rich, Lou Ann Miller and Kitch Shatzer. Many residents from all parts of campus attended.
Marjorie Fullerton celebrated her 99th birthday with a family lunch in the Main Dining Room on Tuesday. Marjorie’s daughters and sons-in-law, Jocelyn and Butch Morgan and Bebe and Richard McFarland joined her along with granddaughters, Sue McGregor, Anne Lovell and Elizabeth McGregor; great-granddaughter Elizabeth McGregor and friend, Dan Dillon. Other family attending included Bob and Carol Coon and John and Karen McFarland. Marjorie’s niece, Connie Martin, of Burlington and a nephew and wife, Dick and Anna Fullerton from Mt. Pleasant, also joined in the celebration. The group promises to gather again next year.
Kerr Hall residents enjoyed lunch together in the Main Dining Room on Tuesday as they do each month. Bob and Ella May Ruppert joined the group as they are back home in Iowa following their winter stay in Arizona. Murray and Pat Coon were hosts for the event.
Lincoln School Sunrise Singers preformed in the Health Center on Tuesday afternoon for the enjoyment of residents.
Chef Cory Evans prepared avocado and spinach smoothies for residents. They report being surprised how good they tasted and are reminded not to judge something before trying it.
Residents, Brad and Pat Goff, Pat Jenkins, and Kathy Knutson were seen this week cleaning the flower beds in the Memory Garden located at the east end of Brownlee Health Center. Thanks to each of them for their labor of love and devotion.
David Horsey spoke to a crowd of residents on Wednesday in the Town Center about a topic they find very interesting; the history of people and places in Washington. David included many 1939 photos of businesses on each side of the downtown square which was the shopping center at that time. David drew his audience in with stories of former mayors and businesses, which led to much discussion, questions and reminiscing. They shared reminders of the Kline Clothing Company, Lytle Grocery Store, Bridges Women’s Store, Duncan’s Women’s Clothing and the not-so-long-ago, Winga’s Restaurant, to name a few. It was a wonderful afternoon, and we thank David sharing his information and pictures with us.
Becca Yule and her father went in search of Morel mushrooms this week ,which they found in a secret location. As a testament to the caring staff at the United Presbyterian Home, Becca brought the mushrooms to work with her at the UPH Health Center to share with residents. Becca and fellow nurse Shannon Bender along with Becca’s 4-year old daughter, Ava, remained following their assigned work shift on Tuesday to prepare and serve the delicacy to residents. Nurse Karen Corman is also generous to share her mushroom bounty with residents. Karen loves to hunt for the Morels and even uses vacation time each year to do so. She gives many away to fellow mushroom lovers on campus.
The Washington High School Show Choir preformed in the Main Dining Room on Wednesday morning, and in the afternoon root beer floats were served in the Health Center.
Classics Et Cetera for May 15, 2014, included “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich; “Long Time Ago” & “Simple Gifts” arr. by Aaron Copland; “In a Monastery Garden” by Albert Ketèlbey; “The Easy Winners” by Scott Joplin; Final half of a suite from “Sylvia” by Lèo Delibes; Hungarian Dance No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, performed by Budapest Clarinet Quartet; “Baden-Marsch” performed by the Nord Deutsches March Band.
During Stalin’s reign as premier of the U.S.S.R., the life of Soviet artists and intellectuals was always at risk. The great composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) knew of people of distinction who disappeared overnight and were not seen again. He himself had been punished over the years, so he tried to write music that would not displease the dictator. Nevertheless, his music usually was among the finest of the period, and he is considered one of the greatest composers of his generation.