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Halcyon House

Apr 04, 2013

Lorena Goode was honored for her 92nd birthday as the Westen family gathered for Easter dinner at the home of John and Barb Ramsey on Sunday, March 31. Lorena and her late husband, Clay, have been longtime friends of the Walter and Florence Westen family. Lorena received many cards and birthday wishes as all 26 in attendance sang the “Happy Birthday” song. A plentiful cooperative meal and lots of visiting were enjoyed. Those in attendance ranged from 6 months to 92 years and it was a good time for all.

The Easter egg hunt that was held indoors Saturday morning was a great adventure for the little folks who were in pursuit of some 400 hidden treasures. Following the hunt, Mary Jo Koehler, a staff member, led a special children’s service in the chapel. Mary Jo played the guitar and led the group in song. The Easter Bunny was on hand for the hunt and posed for many snapshots.

Don and Ethel Hendrickson were guests in the home of son, Michael and Karen Hendrickson at North Liberty. Also joining them for the Easter get-together were grandson, Travis and his family from Melcher, and grandson Curtis and Betsy from Louisiana, Mo.

Bob and Peg Gerot traveled to be a guest of their granddaughter, Stacy and Aaron Walker, in their new home at Cedar Rapids. Others attending the Easter dinner were daughters Nancy and Jay Greene, Laurie and Scott Pemberton, and Sharon and Mike Dautremont and their families. Grilled pork loin, ham balls and a host of other favorites were served as Bob and Peg reflect what a wonderful family day it was.

Ardice Blakenhorn was in North Liberty as an Easter dinner guest of her granddaughter, Michelle Messer. There were lots of family members to share the bountiful meal.

Pat Sieren joined her son, Tom and Kathy Sieren, at their Wellman home for Easter dinner. Kathy’s parents and other family members shared the day with them as well.

Paul Pacha and Mildred Guy along with family members met at the Texas Roadhouse for dinner on Easter Sunday.

Ellen Glassel was a guest of her daughter, Kate Oelberg and family, at Shakopee, Minn., over Easter weekend. She had a great time with her grandchildren, Andrei and Alina.

Lana Weeks of Carmel by the Sea, Calif., has been in town this past week spending time with her mother, Geri Weeks.

Sharon Weber of Urbandale was in Washington to be with her parents, Ralph and Martha Witthoft.

Mike and Amy Putney and daughters Faith, 6, and Joy, 9, traveled by train from Harpursville, N.Y., to visit his mother, Joan Kerr and their Aunt Sherry Norman. Mike was born in Washington so they visited some area sites. The girls enjoyed Sunset Park even though it was a chilly day, stopped at the Kalona cheese factory and the Amish country store.

Bea DeLong of Sherrard, Ill., was a guest of Martha Chabal Monday. They had lunch at the Applewood Bistro. Martha and Bea became friends when Bea owned the Once More Store on the square years ago.

Our Biggest Winner contestants, Ann Moore and Deb Ramsey, are continuing to lose pounds and exercise regularly under the direction of wellness director Becky Carter. Everyone is proud of their progress and that they were the top contestants last week. Each Wesleylife community is in competition and the winner with the most weight loss will be awarded a grand prize.

Zumba Gold and Tai Chi have resumed and there are openings available for residents and the general community. Halcyon encourages everyone to come and try out a class before joining. Cardio Kick Bench and Body Sculpting classes are also offered to the public and staff members. More information is available at the Wellness Department at 653-8453. It’s fun and beneficial to the mind and body.

The First Christian Church with the Rev. Fred Bickhart delivered the message “The Power of His Resurrection” from Romans 1:1-4, Philippians 3:10-14 and Galatians 2:20 at the Easter Sunday afternoon service in the Epworth Chapel.

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