United Presbyterian Home
Wanda Jones welcomed a visit from her granddaughter, Angie Lauderbaugh, and her three children, Abby, Grace and Bo. They are from Bemidji, Minn. While she was here, Angie and another granddaughter, Amy Martin of Columbus Junction, hosted a pizza party in the Campus Center for a little family reunion. Amy’s husband, Jeff, and children, Bryce and Rachel, attended as did Wanda’s son, Ed Jones, along with Ed’s family, Greg, Emilee and Myles Jones; and Doug, Jennifer, Izzy and Chase Jones. Lester, Marla and David Schlatter of Wayland were also present. After eating pizza and other goodies, the children had an Easter egg hunt while the adults had a good visit. Angie and her family returned home on Friday.
A staff memorial service was held on Thursday afternoon to give employees an opportunity to share memories and anecdotes of residents who passed away last year. Social worker Paula Brinning presented meanings for each name of the deceased residents and found it amazing how the meaning of their names closely described the person.
A farewell party for Corrine McCulley was held in the Town Center on Thursday afternoon to honor her for her service at the United Presbyterian Home and wish her well as she leaves her position here. Corrine began her duties in the kitchen and dining room nearly 20 years ago and she has seen many changes in that time. In the beginning, the dining room was located in what is now the Town Center and the kitchen was a much smaller area. The kitchen was renovated and expanded in 2005 and a new hexagon-shaped dining room was built in 2006. In June 2007 the United Presbyterian Home selected Morrison Senior Dining to enhance the dining services and assume the staffing duties. Corrine has had many recent lifestyle changes as well and finds that it is time to stay at home and help care for her grandchildren. All wish her well and know that she will find great joy in her new role.
Esther Bordwell hosted the Creative Living Department of Fortnightly in the Main Dining Room on Thursday for the meeting and program. The members invited United Presbyterian Home residents to join them for the musical program, Memories of St Patrick’s Day, as presented by Bob and Millie Youngquist. Millie sang several Irish songs accompanied by Bob on the piano. Millie also gave a brief history of St. Patrick and spoke of some folklore associated with the day celebrating him.
The Rev. Kitch Shatzer presented a Good Friday service in the Main Dining Room on Friday afternoon. The service was based around the dramatic reading depicting the 12 disciples during the final hours prior to the crucifixion of Jesus. Twelve residents helped Rev. Kitch with the reading. The service also included music, prayer and scripture.
Chelsea and Colten Lanphier visited in the Health Center on Saturday and passed out Easter cards while spending time visiting with residents. Chelsea is the current Miss Hawkeye State Pre-Teen. Chelsea and Colten are the children of Denny and Mary Bishop. Mary Bishop is a nurse at the United Presbyterian Home and is an alumnus of the Pre-Teen Pageant herself.
Approximately 140 residents, family and friends attended the Easter buffet on Sunday in the Main Dining Room. The dietary staff prepared seasonal spring dishes of asparagus, deviled eggs and green salad along with ham, roast beef, chicken and other dishes. They also have a new spring menu which began on April 1 and is no joke. The breakfast menu now includes meals to order of eggs, meats, pancakes, waffles, wraps and a different muffin each day. The dinner and supper menus have also been updated to include more seasonal fruits, vegetables and main dishes.
The Classics Et Cetera for April 4 included the overture to “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein; Sonata for 2 cellos & guitar by Luigi Boccherini; The Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn; “O sole mio” performed by the Three Tenors; 3rd movement of Violin Concerto No. 2 by Henryk Wieniawski; Selections from “The Magnificent Lovers” by Jean-Baptiste Lully; “The Lost Chord” by Sir Arthur Sullivan; “The Glory of Prussia,” a march by Johann Gottfried Peifke.
Taking a few years abroad, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), age 20, spent a concert season in London, then toured Scotland. He was entranced by the summer scenery, but then he took a small steamer into the bleak Inner Hebrides west of Scotland to tiny Staffa Island and its famous Fingal’s Cave. He was transfixed. The haunting sea cave with its 35-foot high entrance, its huge hexagonal rock pillars lining the 200-foot deep cave, and ocean waves crashing, echoing in the cave, inspired him to compose “The Hebrides Overture” which quickly became one of his most popular works. Look up “Fingal’s Cave” on YouTube.