Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nellie L. Oswald 1923—2017

Nellie L. Oswald Obituary

Nellie L. Oswald 1923—2017
Nellie L. Oswald, 94, of Rockford, passed away Nov. 2, 2017, after a long illness. She was born in Rockford on October 27, 1923, to Isadore and Gerda Olson. After graduating from Harlem High School, Nellie worked as a secretary to the principal until her marriage to Jack in April 1945. They lived in San Diego for a short time when Jack was in the Marines, and then returned to the Rockford area to build a home on the river and raise their three children. Nellie is survived by her children, Lynn (Cathy) Oswald, Gayle (Ellwyn) Englof, and Julie (Richard) Harvey; grandchildren, Jason (Missy) Oswald, David (Lindsey) Oswald, Ila (Marco Bernasconi) Englof, Carla (Andrew) Ladd, Nicole (Scott), and Dustin (Lauren) Fiepke; 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack, and brothers, Norman and Gordon Olson. Nellie's parents were founding members of Grace Lutheran Church in Loves Park, where she spent her entire life. She was active in women's circles and sang in the church choir. "Oney" cherished her family and was a devoted grandmother, as all of her grandkids will attest. The family is grateful that Oney can now be at peace and join Papa in Heaven.
Nellie's life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 16, at Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park, with visitation from 9 a.m. until time of service. Officiated by Rev. Brent Dahlseng, with a lunch afterward. Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church or Wesley Willows Good Samaritan Fund. Arrangements by Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home & Cremation Services Ltd. To light a candle or leave a condolence, please go to
Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Turkey for Two- Reposted

Turkey for Two
Did you have a meal with friends and family on the holiday and miss all the turkey and dressing leftovers at your house? Or there are just the two of you and you do not want to cook a big ol' turkey for two people. I discovered an easy way to have it all. Grease the sides of your crockpot or use one of those nifty slow cooker liners ( I swear by the liners). Place a small package of dry stuffing mix in the bottom. Sprinkle with a 1/2 cup of water or chicken broth. Slice an onion and dice a celery stalk and layer on top of stuffing. Place a thawed Butterball 3 pound turkey roast (found in your grocers freezer) on top of celery and onion. Cook on low all day or high for 4-5 hours and you have the best of both worlds. A scrumptious turkey dinner for two with some for leftovers if you are moderate eaters.

Today is Veterans Day

We who have a comfortable living and live an easy life really do not have a firm grasp on what our veterans have done for us. When I say "I can't even imagine." I am not being light about it. I am extremely grateful, on this day and all the other days too for what our veterans have sacrificed for us.

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Check it out and pass it along to your RVing friends and family.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mel & Virginia Stavrum Update

From Pat Jordan-
Last year these two didn’t come down to Donna because of Virginia’s bout with breast cancer. This year the Stavrum's are very happy to be here and Martin, the owner of the Lighthouse, was happy to have them back! Since Mel and Virginia eat at the Lighthouse 2 - 3 times per week, Martin surprised them with a welcome sign and huge cake!

Brooker update

This morning was my final visit with the surgeon before we take off next Thursday. She says I am all good and if I take it easy and mind all the rules I should do fine and I will come back next Spring and see her one more time.
We are so ready to be further south and then much further south, where the breezes are warm and the living is easy.
This morning it was 19 degrees on our outdoor temp and that is the maximum cold for us. We are in survival mode when it is that cold. That was the bad news. The good news is that it is supposed to be warming to the 50's in the next couple of days. It will feel like summer after the last two days.
Enough of that!
We are looking forward to seeing our magnolia family and getting back in the groove.
I know at least some of you enjoy the recipes I put on now and then and there is one that has come up that gets very high praise. Warning!!! It is not low calorie or low anything else. It is pure indulgent comfort food.


1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
1 cup 2% milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1/8 teaspoon paprika
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add butter. In a large bowl, mix 3 cups cheese, evaporated milk, condensed soup, 2% milk and eggs. Pour over macaroni mixture; stir to combine. Cook, covered, on low 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads at least 160°.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cook, covered, on low 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Mac 'n' Cheese in Taste of Home February/March 2002, p13

Anne Person Obit

Anne Person, 96, of Monticello and formerly of Fort Dodge passed away Thursday, April 6,2017 at the Jones County Medical Center in Anamosa.
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12,2017 at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and then 10:30 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be at Corpus Christi Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating. Burial will be at Corpus Christi Cemetery. A visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. TODAY at the funeral home.
Anne is survived by her sons, Tom Beadle and his wife Dee of Monticello and Dan Beadle and his wife Virginia of Gold Canyon, Arizona; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and sister Virginia Archer of Cedar Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Cecil (Haggerty) Heman; husband, Thomas Beadle in 1967; husband, Eugene Person in 2012; and brothers, Sumner, Richard, John and Robert.
Anne L. Heman was born on February 12, 1921 in Fort Dodge. She was raised and educated in Fort Dodge and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School. Anne was united in marriage to Thomas Beadle in 1940 and established their home in Fort Dodge. Thomas passed away in 1967. In 1974, she was married to Eugene Person. The couple lived in Fort Dodge and spent 30 years at Twin Lakes. She had been active in the Democratic Party, Swedish Club and has enjoyed sewing, quilting, and crocheting.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Friday, October 27, 2017


Kay S. sent this picture of Wampus. It looks like he has a different opinion of what a birdbath should be used for! Thanks, Kay!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Magnolia Birds

I was looking through some of my Magnolia bird photos and found these. Remember how every morning and evening the parrots come squawking  through the park. These were taken in the morning last season down in the vicinity of Andrea and Liz's home.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Activity in the Bee Yard

Jim Spangler does not spend his summers shooting pool which is one of the things he likes to do when in Magnolia in the winter. He spends the summer taking care of his colonies of bees and now the season is over. A few days ago he and two other beekeepers shook his bees out of his equipment and into the equipment that they will ride in on their way to California where they will be placed in the almond orchards for pollination purposes. This shows one of the supers open and Jim is getting ready to take the inner cover off to see just what shape the bees are in.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wendt's had company

On Peter Piper Pizza night.
Enjoying Pizza at the Wendt's with the Dave and Wayne Bruun's and the Misfeldt's.

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