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Westview April News

May 8, 2009
Irma Thede

If the April showers are any indication on our May flowers we are going to have a bunch.

It doesn't make any difference what age you are we still have some fun on April Fool's Day.

On the second Donna Larsen brought several quilts from the Return The Favor Organization of Traer. Over 200 ladies and men flock into the Traer Memorial Bldg. in January each year to make quilts for hospice. This year was their 9th year and they have estimated that they have made 2,000 quilts since they started. Anyone wishing to donate any material, thread or needles can call Donna Larsen at 788-6485 as several ladies from Westview helped her tie some of them. Thanks Donna this brings back a lot of good stories about making quilts.

That evening several of us traveled to Grundy Center for an evening with Abe Lincoln. Our picture of some of us that went was in the Reinbeck Courier earlier. What an interesting event. Good speakers and good music and Stan DeHaan was certainly a good look alike of Abe Lincoln.

The third we filled over 800 Easter eggs for the city Easter Egg Hunt at the park. This is always fun to do.

Leon Sienknecht celebrated his birthday on the seventh and treated all to cake and ice cream in the afternoon. Happy Birthday Leon and many more.

At 9 a.m. on the eighth, Cherie Eckhoff brought the high school chorus to sing for us. We love to have music for entertainment around here. It was good to see and hear our week-end high school helper Tena Dinsdale and also some grandchildren and great grandchildren participating in chorus. Thank you so much Cherie for doing this, you can stop back at Westview any time.

Marilyn Storjohann showed us her DVD of her Panama Canal trip on the ninth and it was also Marrietta Greve's 93rd birthday and she treated us all to strawberry or root beer floats. Happy Birthday Marrietta and thanks Marilyn for sharing your trip with us.

On Good Friday Ann Rae Billerbeck came and entertained us with an Easter story and Nancy Heronimus sang several songs. We are truly blessed to have so many people willing to share their talents with us. Thank you, thank you.

Several people from Westview attended Maundy Thursday church services, Good Friday services as well as Easter Sunday services.

Wednesday, April 15th Dan Mohlis and Jamie Eiffler came and we had a good meeting in the dining room about what to do in case of a fire or tornado. Lots of questions were asked and this is always good and then on the 22nd they came back and we had a fire drill. They said we did really well so we will have another one soon when we don't know when it will be. Thanks guys for taking time out of your busy schedules to help us out. Our volunteer firemen are pretty special.

The 16th we played bingo in the dining room and on Thursday and Friday's we play cards in the afternoon.

The First Presbyterian Church had their Mother-Daughter Friends Brunch on the 18th and several Westview people went to this. Sue Weiss-Green told about her bicycle trip to Alaska. You would have to be in good shape to do this so I guess that would leave me out.

April 23rd nineteen of us took the afternoon off and traveled to the Barn Happy near Cedar Falls. What a fun time-some of us ate soup, pie, rolls, homemade bread, sampled flavored coffee or regular coffee or browsed around and did some shopping. Thanks Charlene Manlick, Donna Larsen and Christie Bolin for helping me with driving.

What a party we had on the 24th. Cynthia Ziesman of Kansas came and put on a show for us. The theme was a french theme we even had a couple of Eiffel towers sitting around on the tables. She sang and got good crowd participation and some songs she even had us singing along. She didn't get here until 4:45 so Christie made a big pot of chicken noodle soup. I bought homemade bread from the Barn Happy and made a couple of jello cakes so everyone stayed and enjoyed supper. Looking forward to have her come back sometime.

Our night on the town was held at That Place near Conrad on Thursday, the 28th. Twenty people enjoyed good food, good service and a fun time. The limo came so those that had never been in a limo got to travel in that. We all look forward to this night out. Everyone had a chocolate cream filled cupcake for birthday treats but Leon and Marrietta couldn't go with us so guess what we didn't sing for the other customers we just ate our cupcake.

Julie from LSB came on Wednesday the 29th and had a lively bunch out for bunco, always good treats and good prizes.

I don't know what we would do without Dean Larsen and Gary Karkosh, one night we mentioned that it would be nice to have our vegetable garden built up so our people didn't have to bend down so far. Guess what Dean had it built the next day and soon after that here's Gary and Dean hauling in dirt for them. On Thursday, April 30th we were going to plant our garden but it was too muddy so we watched a movie instead. Thanks Dean and Gary for doing this for us.

This month was volunteer month so once again we need to thank our many volunteers. We had a party for everyone earlier this year at the Indulge so this month cards and a small gift was given to many of the volunteers. What would we do without you, Thanks so much.



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