Thursday, October 18, 2018

Magnolia Future

The rumors are flying thick and fast and people do not know what to believe. The park has been sold, the park has not been sold; the park is going to be a family park, the park is not going to be a family park; the new manager is. . . . . . . take your pick with the names that people are throwing around. As I understand it the manager's name is Ana. If you are really interested you can go to the site and see her name and her picture.

Rather than rushing to either sell or, if you are an RVer not coming at all, why don't we all step back and take a deep breath and just wait to see what really does happen. It is true that several folks have moved their units out but for some at least, we knew in the spring that they would be gone when we get back for the upcoming season.

There are a few Winter Texans in the park already and I imagine that it won't be long before there will be more arriving. With the weather that we have had here in the upper mid-west I suspect that some folks may even leave sooner than usual. We have been watching the Texas weather and know that it actually isn't so good there either with lots of rain, flooding, and now it's quite chilly.

Our own plans are to leave Wisconsin after Thanksgiving and take our time traveling south arriving in Magnolia in very early December. We wish all of you who will be on the road in the next few weeks and months safe travels and look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Erma Cleavelands OBITUARY

            Erma Leone Cleaveland, the daughter of Ocie and Goldie (Brundidge) Rollins, was born in rural Oakland, IA, on May 12, 1918. She died October 14, 2018, at the Oakland Manor Nursing Home in Oakland, IA, at the age of 100 years 5 months, and 2 days.

            Erma attended country school until the eighth grade. After the death of her mother, when Erma was twelve, she took on the household duties, along with being a housekeeper for several families. On January 22, 1937, Erma was united in marriage to Berwyn Cleaveland at the Council Bluffs Methodist Parsonage. They rented a farm for a short time before purchasing a farm west of Oakland. They moved into town when they purchased a truck line. Erma worked as the dispatcher and bookkeeper until they sold the truck line in 1960. Erma and Berwyn owned and operated several businesses: a boat shop, an auto body shop, the Sinclair Station, and a feedlot cleaning business. Berwyn died May 24, 2010. Erma remained at home until several years ago when she moved to Oakland Heights Assisted Living.

            Erma was a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church and the Farm Bureau Ladies. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and sewing.

            She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers Harold and Orland; and her sister Eileen.

            She is survived by her son Richard and wife Leslie of Oakland, IA; her grandchildren Brad and wife Regina of Council Bluffs, IA, Mitch of Harrison, AR, and Tracy and wife Laura of Oakland, IA; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and her nephew Dale and wife Barb.

            Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 10:30 AM at the Oakland United Methodist Church in Oakland. Interment will be at the Oaklawn Cemetery at 1:00 PM. An open visitation will be held at the Rieken Vieth Funeral Home on Tuesday. The family will not be present at any specific time. Memorials may be given to the Oakland United Methodist Church. Rieken Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland is assisting the family.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Snow Today

This is what it looked like in our front yard today in Neillsville WI. It was a cold, wet miserable day and it rained/flurried all day long. By late afternoon it had started to stick. Hopefully it is done now. I haven't looked outside lately but I did just check the temperature and it has warmed up a degree. It's a whole 34 degrees. This is the 14th of October, for heavens sake! It makes us think it's time to pull that 5th wheel around and start loading. It is a bit early for us but I know that there are people on their way down right now so the Winter Texan Season will soon be in full swing. We are looking forward to seeing our Magnolia friends again and wish everyone safe travels as you make your way south.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Picture Reminder

Just a reminder that before you leave home for the Valley, search through your old photos and find one from grade school or I'm sure any photo of you when you were young (for most of us a LONG time ago). Larry has something in mind to do with old photos and how many of us can be recognized from them.

I'm sure many of you are making preparations for the trip down. Safe travels to all of you. Take your time and get there in one piece!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Marinus Cross Obituary

Marinus and his wife JoAnne lived on the north end of Lime-street, behind where the VanHouwelings currently live.

Marinus J. Cross

MARINUS JAMES CROSS was born on April 9, 1935, to Clarence and Millie (Sexton) Cross in Mitchell, South Dakota. Marinus was raised by his step-mother, Anna (Nelson) Cross, after his mother, Millie, died when he was four years old. Marinus grew up and lived in Mitchell until he was 16 years old. On May 24, 1952, Marinus was united in marriage to JoAnn Vermeer at the First Baptist Church in Luverne, Minnesota. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Leota, Minnesota, Magnolia, Minnesota, and finally, Luverne. To their union, Marinus and Jo Ann were blessed with four children. Marinus was employed from 1952 to 1962 by Peter Kooimann who farmed. From 1962 to 1982, he worked for Pat’s Plumbing and Heating as a plumber. In 1982, Marinus began his own business Cross & Son Construction which he operated until his retirement in 2002. In February 2010, he and JoAnn moved into Luverne and made their home.

On Monday, October 8, 2018, while at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage, Marinus went to be with his Lord at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 29 days.

Marinus is lovingly remembered by his four children, Roxy (Archie) Bonnett of Magnolia, Linda (Rick) Bruhn of Magnolia, Kathy Medill of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Delwyn “D.J.” Cross (special friend, Terry Ivie) of Branson, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Bunny, Jamie, and Marty, Shawna, Tonya, and Josh, Wesley, Amy and Amber, Brock and Mary; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara Ochocki of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and special friend, Judy Ripley of Luverne. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; a great-granddaughter, Montana Honnerman; mother, Millie; and father and step-mother, Clarence and Anna.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bread Pudding by Noreen Ergen

Bread Pudding
by Noreen Ergen

Spray a 9 x 13 pan.
Cube 4 and 1/2 cups bread into 9 x 13 pan.
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Pour over bread and let set 10 minutes.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soft butter
1 cup chopped pecans
Evenly distribute on top of bread.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
While the bread pudding is baking
Mix in small  saucepan
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook on low heat until thickened.
Remove from heat and add 1/3 cup Brandy

I was going through an old box of  saved papers and ran across this recipe
of Noreen's that I had asked her for. My favorite dessert is bread pudding and Noreen
is an excellent cook and this is an excellent recipe. I would recommend you copy and/or
print this recipe while you have the chance. You will want to keep it.

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