United Presbyterian Home
Harold and Betty Stephens celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Saturday, March 23, with a family dinner at the Bryn-Mawr Steakhouse near Ainsworth just as they used to do years ago. The Stephenses' children, Tom and Carol Stephens, Lynn Sisler and Craig and Leslie Paul, were all present for the celebration. Because Harold is a romantic he presented Betty with a new setting to her diamond ring. Betty says that when they were married she was given an engagement ring with a small diamond on it. Fifty years later Harold gave her an anniversary ring with five diamonds and from that ring he recently updated with two more diamonds for the now 70 years of marriage, one diamond for each decade. It sparkles! Of course, Betty says with a smile that she did not need that proving that after 70 years together love still shines.
Health Center residents have been busy preparing for Easter this week. They decorated eggs with the day care children, made egg nest decorations with Easter grass for table decorations and baked sugar cookies.
The Cottagers Potluck was held on Monday evening in the Campus Center. Hosts for the event were Richard and Del Henningfield, Bob and Donna Koehler, and Esther Bordwell.
The United Presbyterian Home hosted a Celebration of Life Service on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to remember those residents who passed away in 2012. Families of the loved ones, friends and staff gathered for this time of sharing. Hospice Compassus Bereavement coordinator Paul Rathke aided the staff with prayer and a reading of "Four Candles for You." Each candle representing a stage in the grieving process. United Presbyterian Church music director Butch Zwicki sang several musical selections to his own guitar accompaniment. Pictures were displayed on screen and candles were lit for each of the residents who were being remembered at this time. Staff members, Carol Enfield, the Rev. Kitch Shatzer, Stefanie Tschantz, Amy Kleese, Lou Ann Miller and Paula Brinning shared inspirations of love, faith and remembrance and gave the family members in attendance a flower as an outward sign of love and support. Those loved ones being remembered included Ruth Shields, Margaret Wolf, Juanita Hering, Bob Bates, Edythe Bernadine Grosscup, Darleene Armstrong, Margaret Tuttle, Verna King, Beulah Lauderman, the Rev. Edwin Hancock, Jill Speece, Thelma Farrier, Justine Hotle, Madora Smith, Cecelia Fenton, Verna Jarvis, Wilma Larson, Harold Walker, Geraldine Hartsock, Pat Noble, Arlin Nall, Virginia Murphy, Jean Rathmel, Jean Hall, Elsie Huber, Margaret Hammer, Marie Knupp, Max White and Clarence Witthoft.
The Book Club met on Wednesday in the Campbell Room. The group discussed "Messengers of Truth," a mystery by Jacqueline Winspear. This is the fourth in the Maisie Dobbs series. It is set in the British Isles during the 1930s. Maisie is an interesting character. She started out in service in one of the manor houses, was a nurse in the Great War, and then became a professional woman with her own business.
Maxiene Carris celebrated her birthday Wednesday with family and friends in the Health Center. Maxiene was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they came to celebrate, called and e-mailed birthday wishes to her.
Classics Et Cetera for March 28 included the Overture to “The Magnificent Lovers” by Jean-Baptiste Lully; “In Deepest Grief” from the “St. Matthew Passion” by J. S. Bach; 2nd movement to Violin Concerto No. 2 by Henryk Wieniawski; 4th Movement of Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 1, No. 1 by Beethoven; “Russian Easter Overture” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
When Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 at age 21, he arrived as an almost unknown young pianist and composer with many scores, but he designated as his Opus 1, three piano trios, each with four movements. They were first heard probably toward the end of 1795 at Prince Lichnowsky’s palace, where Beethoven was an honored guest, and he dedicated the pieces to the prince. His Opus 2 string trios were dedicated to his teacher, the great Joseph Haydn.