United Presbyterian Home
Betty Beenblossom drove to Olathe, Kan., last week to visit her sister who has recently moved to an assisted living facility and to attend her sister’s household auction. Joining Betty on her trip were her brother, Donald Schantz, and Reid Orris. Betty’s sister, Ellen Crossett, and niece, Connie Crossett, joined them there.
Tom and Charlane Tanner met her brother, Marvin Johns, and his wife, Lorna, of Des Moines and her niece, Jane Hradek, of Iowa City for lunch at the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana last week. They all enjoyed a time of visiting and reminiscing.
Norma Hall enjoyed a visit from her daughter, Sara Hanson, over the weekend. Sara traveled from her home in Dellingham, Wash., just 20 miles from the Canadian border. Sara is a gifted musician and while here she gave a personal concert in the Main Dining Room for Norma and her friends. Sara played selections from Mozart and Beethoven as well as other famous composers. All listeners enjoyed the beautiful music.
Mary Greathouse celebrated her 96th birthday Thursday, Oct. 25, with her family and friends present for birthday cake and goodies.
Employees dressed for Halloween on Wednesday with some imaginative and funny costumes. Batman and Robin were seen in the Health Center along with Nurse Paula from the Ultimate Nursing Services, Harry Potter and a cat. Becca Enfield was dressed as the devil with red ears, bow tie and a tail. Aegis Therapy was staffed with baseball players from the Cubs, Mavericks, Wartburg College and Coe College baseball teams. Cowboy Austin and a milk cow waited tables in the Main Dining Room. Jane Vetter was dressed as a Washington Demon baseball coach. I wonder where she borrowed that outfit from?
The Up With Day Care children donned costumes and paraded the Health Center in the afternoon to show off their costumes. There were super heroes including Spiderman, Batman and the Hulk, a lion, ladybug and a cluster of three strawberries. There were also a cow, fairy, puppy dog, dragon, Cookie Monster and Luigi of the Mario Brothers. The children entertained the residents with songs. Sawyer Tschantz sang "Five Little Pumpkins" in his best theatrical voice, a trait that he obviously acquired from the talented Tschantz family. The children also sang "Happy Birthday" to Virginia Booth as she celebrated her Halloween birthday with the children.
Classics Et Cetera featured Overture & “Le veau d’or” from “Faust” by Charles Gounod; “Mephisto Waltz No. 1” by Franz Liszt; “Ride of the Walkyries” from “Die Walküre” by Richard Wagner; “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod; 4th Movement of Symphony No. 4 by Franz Schubert; “The Italian Rifleman” march by Edoardo Boccalari
In Richard Wagner’s (1813-1883) “Die Walküre,” the Walkyries are the nine daughters of Wotan, the chief of the gods in Norse mythology, Brünhilde being one of them. In the famous “Ride of the Walkyries,” four of them ride their steeds through the sky, bringing bodies of slain heroes from the battlefield to Valhalla, Wotan’s heavenly abode, where the heroes will be restored to life. The exciting music has been used in many movies, especially in the 1979 Academy Award winning war film “Apocalypse Now.”