Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War . By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not.
On Annual Decoration Day, people gather and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There is frequently a religious service and a "dinner on the ground," the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.
Today we remember and honor those who have served in the Armed Services of our country, particularly those who have passed on. I call your attention to the photo display on yon wall...the honor roll of Leisure World veterans of military service. It's addition this last year was a welcome tribute to our veterans.
Today we also acknowledge that this past year has seen many of our friends and neighbors pass away. We have compiled a list of those residents and former residents who have died since May 1, 2012. Let us join now in fond remembrance of those who have left us this past year.
Rueben G. Baltus – Born May 5, 1932 in Marshfield, Wisconsin
Died May 9, 2012 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Rueben was very active in our Association. Assuming many jobs and tasks, including service as president of the Association.
Maida F. Larsen – Born December 14, 1914 in Ontario, Canada
Died July 4, 2012 in Michigan
Maida was our musician. She presided at the organ keyboard for church services, at our business meetings, and any other occasion that could be enhanced by music.
James Woods - Born February 25, 1946
Died July, 6, 2012 in Weslaco
James was not well known in the park. His poor health kept him reclusive for most of his residential tenure. On his better days he often toured the park in his motorized wheelchair.
Died October 7, 2012 in Decatur, Illinois
Bob was the living model of the desire expressed in the poem by Sam Walter Foss, “The House by the Side of the Road” which stated “let me live by the side of the road, and be a friend to man.” Retired Air Force military policeman, avid gardener, golfer, and bridge player, Bob could be found nearly every afternoon sitting in front of his park model greeting all that passed by. And many Leisure World residents didn't just pass by, but sat down for a chat! Boisterous and blustery with a heart of pure gold, Bob will be long remembered by his Leisure World friends.
Joe Ivory – Born May 19, 1925 in Barnum, Iowa
Died October 7, 2012 in Fort Dodge, Iowa
Joe was known by all his friends and neighbors as caring and compassionate; always willing to help out in any way he could. He had a twinkle in his eye that reflected his love of life and of his friends.
Died October 24, 2012 in Lake View, Iowa
Swede, as he was known around the park, was a handyman resident when most of those who remember him moved into Leisure World. In earlier years he and his wife Lois served as resident managers of the park. The tall maintenance shed next to the pool was his design and construction.
Died November 25, 2012 in Morrison, Illinois
Ron was a truck driver and a member of several camping clubs. He always fit in well when wintering at Leisure World. He was always one of the first to volunteer when a fellow RVer needed assistance.
Leone F. Eichten – Born July 3, 1939
Died November 29, 2012 in Bloomington, MN
Leone spent her winters as a volunteer at the schools, helping students develop their reading skills. In the park her love for quilting and playing cards was shared with her neighbors.
Carol Burkett – Born January 8, 1928 in Watertown, Wisconsin
Died December 31, 2012 in Corpus Christi, Texas
When you ask anyone in Leisure World about Carol, their response is almost always “quiet, unassuming, a smile for everyone”. Her participation was not rooted in leadership, but she was a friendly, hard working volunteer. Quiet Carol, we all will miss you.
Mary James – Born April 24, 1954 in Columbus, Nebraska
Died January 12, 2013 in Weslaco
Mary was a quiet, thoughtful and caring person. While undergoing treatment for her Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, she kept an eye on neighbor Peg Lepine and provided loving care for her ailing husband Don. Hobbies of darts, cross-stitch, and gardening filled the remainder of her time. She left us when far too young.
Floyd Lowderman - Born December 5, 1946 in Lynnwood, California
Died February 10, 2013 in McAllen, Texas
Floyd never met a poker game he didn't like. He and Ruby were just getting settled in the park, and he was the “soup man”, organizer and participant in numerous games. Active and involved, his sudden departure leaves a large gap to be filled.
Wilhelmine “Willie” Crawford - Born May 4, 1927 in Frankfort,
Died February 22, 2013 in Weslaco
Willie greeted every new resident and guest in the pool. She let everyone know the rules in no uncertain terms. War bride from World War II, active and outspoken resident, Willie enjoyed the pool, cruising, activities at First Baptist Church, and life in general until her health started failing. You'll probably be hearing “Willie stories” for some time.
Died February 24, 2013 in Indianola, Iowa
An Iowa farmer, Lyle epitomized his Quaker upbringing. Quiet, peace-loving, a warm smile and friendly handshake for everyone. He and wife Jeannie were always involved and supportive of their Leisure World family.
Charles “Charlie” Green – Born January 14, 1925 in Topeka, Kansas
Died March 6, 2013 in Weslaco
Charlie was an unpretentious member of the Leisure World family. You could always count on him being at two places during the winter...one, the euchre table in the card room each morning, the other at the Thursday dinners at the Masonic Hall.
James “Jim” Hendrick – Born August 7, 1923 in Wyoming, Illinois
Died April 4, 2013 in Freeport, Illinois
No action by the Association went without comment when Jim was at the meeting. Jim took a personal interest in all park activities. His poetic talent came to the forefront frequently, with a poem for every individual and achievement. Jim and Et enjoyed their stint as tour guides and are probably patiently awaiting our arrival for the grand tour of the universe.
Marnie Hughes – Born May 23, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died April 11, 2013 in Hamilton, Ohio
Marnie spent many years at Leisure World as a Winter Texan. Her family always looked forward to Christmas vacation visiting Leisure World so they could swim on Christmas Day.
Sammie G. Holland – Born September 26, 1938 in Paris, Texas
Died April 17, 2013 in Weslaco
Sammie had a smile and laconic comment for everyone. You most often saw him speeding down the street at a half mile an hour on his mower-tractor with the little red wagon full of tools on behind. Sammie took loving care of over 20 lawns in the park and always seemed to be working, unless, of course, it was time to share a chair under Bob Clark's awning.
Fredrick “Fritz” Gould – Born March 25, 1929 in Manyaksa Twnshp, MN
Died April, 27, 2013 in Weslaco
On the golf course, working on his lawn, helping a neighbor, or having coffee with the guys each morning...everyone knew and enjoyed Fritz. They also knew about the cigarette tucked into his sock.
June Opal Weis – Born June 30, 1931 in Melvern, Kansas
Died May 3, 2013 in Paola, Kansas
June was with us in Leisure World for a relatively short time. While we didn't get to know her well, we will still miss her presence.
Aida Lee Edwards – Born June 22, 1936
Died May 16, 2013 in Weslaco
Every once in a while you make the acquaintance of a special person. Aida was one of those. Health permitting, she was an active worker in anything in the park. Flowers were her passion...the lovely blooms surrounding the Edwards' home are testimony. Each time we see a particularly beautiful and delicate blossom, we will think of Aida.
Florence Doss --- Born June 6, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois
Died May 20, 2013 in Webster City, Iowa
Florence and Everette (Bubba) never strayed emotionally from the Iowa farm country. Florence is remembered for having 3 gardens, canning everything, and even making her own ketchup. A family favorite was as sweet as Florence herself....homemade strawberry jelly!
Posted by Anonymous at 6:46 PM
Friday, May 24, 2013
Well, we were out and about again last night, at(Peckers), What a name........Anyway, this time it was a bar, not to be hopping, not to be drinking, to eat!!!!! Well we use to go bar hopping in our earlier days......some still do, water is my limit.....All in all, I think everyone liked the food, the wait was long as usual, but that is to be expected in the valley, unless you go to a chain.....And the visiting was real nice, if we could hear each other.....It was dark in there, so it was hard to see each other..... Mary Casey borrowed my flash light on my I Phone, so she could read the menu and a couple of other people borrowed it also...Bars are dark, We are not use to them any more... I forgot my regular camera at home, so not only was the bar dark, but my pictures are dark......Anyway you can try to enjoy them. I took a picture of some hands, they were Lucy's, she just had them done and they looked so nice....Foxy has sun glasses hanging on his shirt, he sure didn't need those, I don't know what they were for....I took the pictures before the food came, so people would not have their mouths full...ENJOY.....
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Leisure World lost another favorite family member today. Aida Edwards succumbed this afternoon after a lengthy session in the ICU at Knapp Hospital. Aida had always greeted her friends and neighbors with a smile and upbeat outlook. We will sorely miss her. Our condolences to Jim. His address is in the directory.
Posted by Anonymous at 5:22 PM
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Our Last eat-out was May 9th at the "Ranch House". I was surprise to put up the sign up sheet and still have 25 residents that signed up. Elsiebel has moved out of the park, but continues to come to our functions and we love having her with us, she is always a welcome guest. We all had a great time as usual and the food was very good and the servers fast. I only had two complaints from other people, so in general every one was very happy. Thanks to every one for coming out and enjoying the evening. Our next eat out will be Thursday the 23rd and it is at Peckers. Enclose: Foxy took a few pictures for me at The "Ranch House".
WARNING: Chocolate makes your clothes shrink.
I hated hearing this, I Love chocolate......
Thursday, May 9, 2013
I spent time in Leisure World hoping for rain. Unfortunately I am now spending time in Missouri hoping for sunshine. Saturday - the Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise - I can start home and go back to hoping for rain and enjoying our sunshine. Miss all you year-rounders this summer and can't wait to get home.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Following the resignation of Dianna and Albert Earl, Nodel Parks conducted a nationwide search for a management team to take over Leisure World.
Cindy and Danny hail from California, where they owned and managed a park. You can look forward to a warm and hearty greeting from our new Managers when you return to Leisure World this winter.
Posted by Anonymous at 10:42 AM