This has been an exceptionally hard year on Leisure World residents. Added to the list of those who have passed on are Sammie Holland, who was hospitalized for some time and then spent about a week at Aurora House (local hospice) where he assured visitors he was going to beat the odds and return home to drive his truck once again. Sammie left us on April 17, 2013. There was a graveside service at Donna City Cemetery. Sammie celebrated his 74th birthday on September 26, 2012.
Our sad news was compounded Saturday morning, April 27, when Fritz Gould suffered a fatal heart attack. Services are not yet scheduled. Mae will receive condolence cards sent to Leisure World, Lot #509.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
I was asked to submit the following on the Leisure World Blog from the family of Marnie Hughes - In Memory of Marnie Hughes.
Marnie had spent many years at Leisure World as a Winter Texan. Her family had always looked forward to Christmas vacation visiting Leisure World so they could swim on Christmas Day. It has been several years since Marnie was able to travel to Texas. She has been in an assisted living home for two years.
Marnie Hughes passed away on April 11, 2013 in Hamilton, Ohio.
Leisure World would like to extend our condolences to the family of Marnie.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Sixteen Leisure World Residents met at Olive Garden Monday, April 15th to celebrate Mary Gainer's birthday. After a delicious dinner the group returned to Leisure World to share ice cream and cake and were met by several other residents who were unable to join them at the Olive Garden. After the social time a group of card players gathered around the table in the office and enjoyed several games of cards. Mary and Stan would like to extend a big Thank You to everyone who joined them to celebrate the evening. Leisure World has the nicest and friendliest residents in the Valley. Mary and Stan are very happy they chose Leisure World for their Winter Home. Several who have celebrated Mary's birthday in the past have gone home earlier than ususal and were missed. Bob Clark always created a jovial time at the birthday party and was remembered this year.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Guess it is better late than never..... Finally getting around to sharing the picture taken at the Leisure World Sisters party. This year Verna Louze and Marian Smith were in charge. Had a great lunch at Autoro's in Weslaco March 11th. Eight sets of sisters in the picture. A few of the "sisters" had to go back up north so didn't get in on the action this year .... but there is always next year.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Received via email from Darlene Cook:
We received hail last night , around 7 p. m.
It was from pea to marble in size.
When it was done it looked like it had snowed out.
Rain for the month is 3.22, and it was all the last 2 days.
It hasn't been warm yet, either.
Posted by Anonymous at 12:04 PM
Via email from Sue and Stan Heiderscheidt
"Sue Heiderscheidt’s youngest sister, 63 year old Jackie, (one of the 7 girls in the family) passed away peacefully in her sleep after a valiant fight against mesothelioma (asbestos cancer.) Our 16 year old granddaughter, Mollie, said it best on Facebook.
God had the honor to get another angel up there with him this morning :) it is truly bittersweet to let you go but also know that you are put out of pain and now you can do all the normal things you love. I pray you go camping and hiking because I am sure the view is beautiful. I know you will always be with us and watching over us. You put up a great fight. Someday cancer won't win but until then, we will just keep fighting. My hair now stands for those who have fought and those fighting. Forever in my heart ♥ rest in piece Jackie. I miss and love you!
Mollie and her 19 year old sister, Maggie, had their hair cut for locks of love in honor of Jackie, my sister, Rose, who had breast cancer surgery, chemo and just finished radiation treatment and their special friend, Marilyn.
This was the posting on Facebook--
For those who don't know, we donated our hair in support for 3 family members fighting cancer. I donated 16 and Maggie gave 14. It's a tough road for our loved ones so if we can help in anyway we want to. We each will be able to make 3 wigs :) That's 6 people's days we will hopefully make better!"
Posted by Anonymous at 11:58 AM
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
JAMES 'JIM' A. HENDRICK, 89 SAVANNA - James "Jim" A. Hendrick, 89, of Savanna, Illinois, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Parkview Retirement Home in Freeport, Illinois. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Jim was born August 7, 1923, in Wyoming, Illinois. He attended Wyoming High School. On January 13, 1942, Jim married Ethel Dierksen in Kahoka, Missouri. Ethel passed away September 8, 2011. They farmed a short time near Wyoming. Jim continued to farm near Savanna, while working for the Ford Motor Garage, Savanna Fabricators, and the Eaton Corporation until his retirement in 1984. They raised three sons. For the past 27 years, she and Jim wintered at Weslaco, Texas. Jim was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Carroll, Illinois and the Savanna Moose. He loved driving his Oliver Tractor in parades, dancing, camping, bowling, pool, cooking on the grill and tinkering with music. Most of all Jim truly cherished writing poems for special times in people's lives. Jim will be dearly missed by his two sons, Wayne "Rusty" Hendrick of Carson City, Nevada, Rodney (Nancy) Hendrick of Rockford; nine grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; son, Albert; one sister, Hazel Helle; two brothers, Elmer, Robert. Funeral service and visitation was held Monday, April 8, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Burial in Spring Lake Cemetery, Savanna. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Jim and Ethel's memory for a bench to be placed in Marquette Park, Savanna in their honor.
Monday, April 8, 2013
A sad email received today from Mary and Myril Ferguson.
"Mary's mother passed away Sunday evening April 7th at the age of 93. She had had several health issues this past winter, and I want to thank all who shared concerns with me through these last few months. The end was peaceful and she was surrounded by family. She is at peace and free of pain. We know there was joy in heaven when she arrived."
Our sympathy to Mary and Myril on their loss. I'm sure they would appreciate hearing from you. Summer home address is 1806 Clary St., Worthington, MN 56187
Posted by Anonymous at 9:21 PM
Saturday, April 6, 2013
We were sad to hear that former longtime Leisure World resident Jim Hendrick passed away on April 4, 2013. Those of us who have resided in the park for a length of time will remember Jim and Et well. We would like to express our sympathy to Jim's friends and family.
Special thanks to Geri Shanafelt for the message advising us of Jim's passing.
Special thanks to Geri Shanafelt for the message advising us of Jim's passing.
Posted by Anonymous at 9:50 AM
Friday, April 5, 2013
Howdy all from Wally and Lorna Bentt!
We arrived back home on April 2nd with four days left to go on our US medical insurance. We visited daughter Brenda and grandson Dylan in Cypress (Houston) for a couple of days, Dylan is just coming off of a broken collar bone from a hockey injury, but he is on his stationary trainer preparing for the 165 mile 2 day ride to Austin for MS.
We then headed to southern Missouri for a a week at an the Silver Leaf timeshare in Kimberling City. Beautiful resort and fabulous views of Table Rock Lake from our very comfortable suite. Only problem was that the weatherman was not very nice this year on our week off in the Ozark's. We had quite cold weather and a few snow flurries except for the Wednesday/Thursday before we left on Friday. Took in the fabulous Red Skeleton Tribute Show in Branson along with a couple of Imax movies and a couple of trips to Dick's 5 and 10. The latter is a very entertaining place with stuff you just can't find in other stores. No golf and very little motorcycle riding this year!
We sold our GoldWing Motorcycle to a fellow who winters in AZ but lives in Bloomington, Minnesnowta. So we detoured to his home and delivered the bike to his place. He wouldn't be home for another couple of weeks but his son opened the garage and we slipped her inside. We plan on buying a new 'Wing", just not sure where or when. We have decided that we will no longer trailer it to Texas. Instead we may even fly south instead of the grueling drive. So our truck and covered trailer are also up for sale. We may just purchase a scooter or something like that for down south!
The highlight of our trip back was a visit to long time friends Fran and Jack Bell in Alexandria Minnesnowta. We arrived at their secluded home shortly after 10 and had a good visit. They are both doing pretty well although Fran has lost 20 pounds with her celiac disease. Fran prepared a nice lunch in exchange for some Texas grapefruit and 10-15 onions.
Then we hustled along to cross into Canada south of Brandon, MB and then overnighted in Moosomin, Sask. We had a nice long brunch with Lorna's son James and friend Ramona in Regina.
We then spend a couple nights with Lorna's sisters Jane and Doris in Saskatoon! We also had a nice lunch with Lorna's older sister Elsie and hubby Mel in Cutknife, Saskatchewan before heading home. Everything is fine here except there is still piles of snow around and today we got another inch of the white stuff. Now you know why we spend all those big bucks to winter in Leisure World!
Wally and Lorna Bentt