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United Presbyterian Home News

Oct 06, 2017

Joe Williams arrived from Mississippi Friday evening to surprise his mother, Audra Williams. He visited his sister Jeanne Boardman and nephew Brian Arduser. Audra reports that it is always nice to have her kids check up on her.

Sara Bartlett celebrated her birthday when she hosted girlfriends from high school at a Saturday morning brunch. Sara’s birthday fell on the weekend of her Washington High School class reunion. Classmates gathered at Unc & Neph’s on Friday night before the big event Saturday.

The family of George Masson hosted an Open House in honor of his 100th birthday Saturday afternoon in the Main Dining Room. A large crowd of well-wishers attended including George’s son and daughter-in-law Kent and Sue Myers of Vero Beach, Florida, along with many relatives and friends. George reports that he was overwhelmed by the attendance of well-wishers.

Mphatso Mary Nguluwe offered Evensong Service Sunday evening at the UP Home. Ms. Nguluwe serves as Director of the Livingstonia Synod Aids Program for the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian Synod, of Livingstonia. In her work she has implemented initiatives which aim at promoting the quality of life for children living with HIV. She also promotes gender equality for boys and girls, works to prevent child trafficking and serves as a researcher in community development work. Mphatso Mary Nguluwe holds degrees in Midwifery from Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and in Nursing Education, Administration and Community Nursing Science from Medunsa, South Africa.

Mike and Donna Orris celebrated their birthdays in the Town Center Monday morning. Many residents showed up to enjoy homemade treats served by their daughter Sue Mertz of Webster. Donna was surprised when her granddaughter Joni and 13 month-old McKinnley showed up to wish her a happy 90th birthday. Donna reports that the party went on for two hours and she is still reading the funny cards she received from family and friends. Donna’s sister and niece also visited during the day. The birthday celebration continues this weekend with a family gathering at the Orris home.

Cathy Kleese was recently honored by Washington County Hospice for her volunteer efforts. In addition to being a Hospice Volunteer, Cathy has participated for the past 17 years in the Hospice 5K Memorial Walk Run in which she has raised over $15,000 for the organization.

On Wednesday the UP Home residents celebrated Iowa’s Healthiest State Walk from 11 until 11:30 a.m., on the Mary Cottrell Walking Path. Wellness Center employees Hannah Brenneman and Claire Horak led the walk with the help of Becca Enfield. 94-year-old Birch Holden walked from the Main Building, one lap around the path and back to the building in time for lunch. He stopped to take a “selfie” with Amy Kleese before making his trek back. A few residents walked with Hannah, Claire and Becca, some kept their own pace and others walked with walking poles. It was a gorgeous day for a walk!

Classics Et Cetera for Oct. 5, included the “Vienna Jubel Overture” by Franz von Suppé; “Credo” & “Sanctus” from Mass in D by Franz Schubert; 1st Movement of Divertimento in G by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “The Flower Song” from “Lakmé” by Léo Delibes; “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” sung by Carol Channing; 1st & 2nd Movement from Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”) by Sergei Prokofiev; “Joyce’s 71st New York Regiment,” a march by T. B. Boyer.

Many consider Franz Schubert (1797-1828) to be history’s second greatest child prodigy, second only to Mozart (1756-1791). When he was 8 years old, his father, a schoolmaster, gave him violin lessons. Piano lessons came a little later from an older brother. Later he studied music theory, piano, organ and singing with the choirmaster of his parish church at Liechtenthal, then a small suburb of Vienna. He also started composing songs, string quartets and piano works when he was 7 or 8. Schubert’s prodigious talent was also one of the least recognized in his lifetime.

 

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