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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Happy Wednesday

Hope all is well and happy at Leisure World today.  Do have a great Wednesday - all day....

June Activities

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Iowa Visit

Dick and I spent the weekend in Runnells, Iowa.  Outside of visiting with our families, we attended Phyllis' High School Alumni Banquet with four of us who represented the class of 1959.  All those who graduated from the school were celebrating.  Phyllis only had 16 in her graduating class and five have already passed, so four was pretty good...but we did have a great time.  Dick attended with us even though he didn't attend that school.  The old high school has been torn down and replaced with a new elementary school.
Jeanette Grossnickle Cashatt, Ralph Busby, Phyllis De Joode Connett and Janice Kain Thomas
Saturday we visited four different cemeteries checking out the family who have gone before us.  All the cemeteries were beautifully decorated with the flowers and flags.
This tree was bad but instead of cutting all down, an artist came in and created an "angel" to look over the cemetery.
My mother and fathers grave site.  There were seven we decorated and could have done a lot more.
Dick with his sisters from Des Moines, Iowa, visiting his grandmothers grave site.
Again Dick with his sisters standing over their parents grave site.

We also had time to visit the Runnells (Phyllis' hometown) museum.  This is in an old church where Phyllis attended as a child.  The town has bought the building and have created a very nice museum for all to enjoy.  The chair below belonged to Phyllis' family and all the kids once sat in this chair for their meals....There were twelve of us children...
There were many interesting items that were all so familiar from the town and our family.  Below is an old "singer" sewing machine which I used growing up.  The black long wool skirt is one my great-great grandmother made and wore.  Notice the piece where my mother had once started to make another quilt for the family.  In the background is the original equipment from the town barber shop.  So many of my relation (including my sister Barb) who works so hard to keeping the museum organized for all to enjoy.
And of course we had to eat.  Had a great meal with sister Barb and her family.  This particular meal our youngest daughter Carrie prepared for us.  There was a lot more besides these pictures....
We just purchased an iron skillet for her and a iron skillet cookbook, so she had to give it a try.  A huge granny apple pie.  We headed back to Freeport to accomplish a few things and will be going back to Iowa next weekend for the big family reunion.   FUN, FUN, FUN....

Memorial Day 2017

Veterans War Memorial of Texas Memorial Day program at McAllen was attended by L-R: Bob & Thelma Watkins and Mary Casey & Lloyd Walker. Bob and Lloyd are both World War II veterans and were especially honored during the May 29th ceremonies.

Col. Frank S. Plummer USA (Ret.) WWII, Korea, Vietnam Veteran introduced Lloyd and Bob to the assembly.

Entertainment provided by Las Palmas Folklorico dancers

Bell Ringers during the Bell Ringing Ceremony

Thanks to George & Jack Napier for getting our Leisure World residents to the ceremony and for taking pictures.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

For You Birdwatchers

While Dick and I were visiting our daughter and family in Whitewater, Wisconsin we were parked beside their garage where they made a patch of gravel for parking.  When we got out of the car this "bird" went crazy on the ground.  My first thought was the bird was having a seizure, but it was only  trying to guide us away from the nest that we were parked over....

I myself have never heard of a "Killdeer" bird.  What a beautiful bird.  She was sitting on her nest of eggs that she laid in the gravel next to the garage.  This is the second year she has made her nest there.  Can you see how many eggs are in her nest?  The eggs are very hard to spot as they blend right in with the large rocks.  It will be interesting to see the outcome as she is being watched... 
Just sharing....


Like Dave says - let's try to keep this blog going.  I know many have come to me said they saw this or that on the blog and appreciate the articles.  I know many enjoy the blog and say they don't know how to put things on - well like Dave said - send him (or myself) your pictures/information and we'll be glad to help.  MAYBE we can talk Dave into having a presentation/class on how to do this in the fall when us winter Texans arrive back in the valley.  What do you think folks???

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day when we honor those currently serving.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day

Nine moms accompanied by six husbands celebrated Mother's day on Sunday. A salad lunch topped off with pie and ice cream was the menu. Even though the group was small, we had a lot of fun and don't think anyone went away hungry. Special thanks go to managers Dan & Bonnie Sell for providing the pie and ice cream.
Maxine Rice (2nd from right) sweetens her tea

Lettuce & greens were provided. Participants shared toppings,

Moms, of course, went first. L-R: "George" Napier, Beth Staton (kinda hidden), Marilyn Farmer, Thelma Watkins, Sue Heiderscheidt and Yolanda Vela fix their plates.

Gorgeous table decorations featuring Bougainvillea cuttings, wine vines, netting and butterflies were made by Judy Hukill

Pat LaFoe, Maxine Rice and Shirley Marriner were surprised by the camera!

Looking down the mom's line we see Pat LaFoe mastermind of the occasion, Yoland Vela, Thelma Watkins, Sue Heiderscheidt, "George" Napier, Marilyn Farmer and Beth Staton. 

Thanks ladies for the lovely smiles

From the other end of the table. Aren't those flower arrangements spectacular?

Note all the full plates. The boys: L-R: Jim Staton, Jack Napier, Stan Heiderscheidt, Bob Watkins and Robert Vela.

Condiment table centerpiece by Judy

George Napier shared her lucious edible Mother's Day bouquet with the group. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Betty Stoulil, Leisure World resident for 38 years, since 1979.

Facebook posting by Karen Wilcox.
Last night I lost my grandma, Betty Stoulil.  She was an amazing woman who was an integral and important part of my life. She taught me many life lessons and her big heart, kindness and amazing love for her family and friends made her loved by all who met her.  We were blessed to have her for 96 years and she was able to live independently until this winter when a bout of influenza and pneumonia was more than her body could handle.  I want to celebrate her life with gladness and not sadness. She will be missed tremendously and I'm glad she is now reunited with my grandpa and her pain is over!

Collage by Janice Vizcarra

STOULIL, Betty I. (MacMillan) – of Davison, age 96, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving family on May 15, 2017 at her residence. A Funeral Service will be held 11 AM Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison; Pastor Doug Connelly officiating. Burial will be in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 3-8 PM Friday and 10 AM until time of service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Reverence Hospice.
Betty was born in Norwich, Ontario, Canada on September 4, 1920, daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (McGregor) Craig. She married Percival MacMillan on January 6, 1938 in St. Mary’s Ontario and he preceded her in death in 1993. She married Francis Stoulil in 1994 and he preceded her in death in 2013. Betty formerly attended Calvary Presbyterian Church and most recently Davison Missionary Church. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, bingo, jigsaw puzzles, casinos and reading on her iPad. Betty worked at Harvey Knitting Mill when she was young.
Betty is survived by her daughters, Annesta (Jesse) Bennett, Nola Burchell and Vicki (Larry) Konya; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Maida (Louie) Larsen; brother Bob (Irene) Craig; son-in-law, Robert Burchell and great-granddaughter, Angela Woods.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thank you everyone for the nice get well card and good wishes.  Your prayers and get well wishes are very much appreciated.
I had a great surprise the day I came home from the hospital with a visit from my sister, Phyllis and brother in law Dick Connett and my niece Carrie Christensen. It sure lifted my spirits.
I'm doing very well and my doctor's are pleased with my outcome and recovery.
It is so nice of all of you to think about me at the time of my need.
May God Bless Each and Everyone of you.


Trudy Hauserman

Friday, May 12, 2017


Just a note to update the results of my prayer request for my sister Trudy Hauserman and brother-in-law Bill.  Trudy is a past time Leisure Resident and Bill is the husband of my sister Barb who visits us once a year at Leisure World. 

On Wednesday, May 3rd, Trudy Hauserman had 20" of colon removed due to cancer and within two days, she was up and walking around the hospital.  Doc couldn't believe how well she did, and he sent her home on Friday.  Dick, myself and our daughter stopped in Kansas to visit her for a short time while on the way back up north.  She got great results back from the test and is very pleased to hear that all is well. 

On another note, our brother-in-law Bill McGrean had quadruple heart surgery.  He was doing pretty good after seven hours of surgery, but then started bleeding and had to go back to O.R. and opened up again, and that was fixed.  After a couple days at home, he started having chest pains again, so back to the hospital.  Doc gave him a shot and said it was pains due to surgery.  So Bill is now back home doing okay.

Thanks for all your prayers and concerns.

Happy Mothers Day

From Illinois to Texas, just want to wish all you Lovely Ladies of Leisure World a very Happy Mothers Day on Sunday, May 14th.   Hope you're all doing fine.  Hope those "Guys" cooked you all a great meal...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mary Derr passes at 102

Mary E. Derr age 102, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at her home. She was born on March 12, 1915 in the Town of York to Alvin and Elsie (Johnson) Lazers. Mary graduated from the Marshall High School in Marshall and Columbia County Normal Teachers College in Columbus. After graduation she taught at Clay Ridge Grade School. She was married to Alvin Derr on Sept. 24, 1935 St. Mary of the Nativity Catholic Church in Marshall. Together they operated a dairy farm and raised three children. She was a 4-H leader and pioneered the hot lunch program at St. Joseph’s Church where she was an active member. For more than 30 years they lived in Texas where she volunteered her time and cooking talents. Mary was president of the Women’s Catholic Order of Foresters and member of Christian Mothers and the Homemakers club. She worked seasonally at the Wisconsin Cheeseman in Sun Prairie.
Survivors include two daughters, Dolores (Ruben) Christian of Columbus and Karen (Richard) Newel of Sun Prairie; one son Bob (Diane) of Marshall; AFS daughter Leda Cortez Masis of Costa Rica; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; one brother Jim Lazers of Packwaukee; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2008; two brothers and sisters-in-law Alvin “Bud” and Loretta Lazers, Robert and Beverly Lazers; one sister and brother-in-law Genevieve and Cyril Derr; sister-in-law Marilyn Lazers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Bristol. Rev. Vince Brewer will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Special thanks to caregivers Heather, Lori, Renee, Pauline and Brenda. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Church.