Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Marinus Cross Birthday!

I received this from Pat Leber.  He and his wife used to live on lot # 15.

                 MARINUS CROSS
                    is celebrating
                  his 80th Birthday
                   OPEN HOUSE
                    April 11, 2015
                  2:00 TO 4:00PM
               Senior Citizens Center
                 319 East Linclon St.
                    Luverne, MN

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Eleanor Piche Obituary

Eleanor  Piche
Mrs. Eleanor Madeline Piche, age 76 passed away with her family and her beloved dog Rambo by her side on March 22, 2015.  Born on December 14, 1938 in Kenora, Ontario, she attended school in St. Adolphe, Manitoba and Lafleche, Saskatchewan.  When she returned to Kenora she met her husband and together they raised 3 children.  Family was important to her and she enjoyed spending her time camping and fishing with them.  She loved nature and the outdoors.  You would often see her at the window of her home watching the hummingbirds or the deer.  She had a soft spot for animals and the underprivileged.  There was always a pet in her house and each year at Christmas she would send a card telling you about the goat, chicken, cow or rabbit she had purchased in your name for those who didn’t have.  She had many talents.  She enjoyed singing and was a member of St. Joseph’s Church Choir.  She also enjoyed painting and was very good at it. When she wintered in Texas she joined a paint class and rarely missed herThursday mornings socializing and creating a new piece of art.  A good seamstress, she used that skill later in life when she took up quilting and spent a lot of time doing that with her sister and niece.  Left with her strength and memories, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, Edouard Piche, children, Donna-Rae Stevens (Kent), Denise Singleton, Leslie Piche (Tammi), grandchildren, Rejeanne, Larissa, Myles, Rikki, Steven and Lindsay, four great- grandchildren, sister Carol Markham, two brothers, Edmond Gagnon and Edward Gagnon, several nieces, nephews and special friends who all had a place in her heart.  Predeceased by her mother, father, 2 brothers and 6 sisters.
Cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
We would like to thank the “Angels in Scrubs” at the DRHC who treated Eleanor and her family with care, compassion, respect and dignity.  No words can describe how grateful we are.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Dryden Regional Health Centre Palliative Care Unit or the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3

Allene “Granny” Fawcett Obituary

BBQ set to celebrate Allene Fawcett’s life

 Allene “Granny” Fawcett

The family of Allene Fawcett, known to many as Granny, is inviting her friends to join them at the Oologah Community Building at 1 pm Monday, March 23, to celebrate her joy of life and love of friends and family.

Because Granny loved a party, Mike and Michael Fawcett will be smoking meat for bar-b-q, one of her favorites, and ask friends to bring a sharing dish.

Allene left this earthly life Sunday March 15, 2015 to join her husband of 54 years, Dwight Len Fawcett, daughter Janice Barnes, and sisters, Lorene Wright Buster and Dorothy Wright Gordon.

Allene was born in Tyro, Kan., on Dec. 5, 1924 to Austin and Faye Wright.  Allene and Dwight, also known as “Pinky” to other ham operators, had two other children, Michael Len Fawcett, Redbud Marina, Okla., and Pat Hahn of Donna, Texas.   She is survived by 8 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Dwight and Allene lived most of their married life in the Tulsa-Claremore area of Oklahoma before an AMCO job transfer to Lubbock, Texas.  They later retired to the mountains of Mayhill, New Mexico.  The couple loved camping and fishing, even guiding caravans of RV’ers into Mexico and Canada.

After Dwight’s death in 1996, Granny lived with her daughter Janice in San Bernardino, Calif., until Jan’s death in 2003. In later years she has lived with son, Mike Fawcett and daughter Pat Hahn, blessing them with part of each year.  In July of 2014, Granny moved to Cardinal Heights Senior Living in Collinsville.

She told family that she felt like a young bride setting up her first house.  She loved playing the card game, progressive rummy, cooking and trying new recipes, potluck dinners, and any kind of party or get together.

Granny attended Oologah United Methodist Church when possible and helped Mike with annual Oologah Area Chamber Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinners.  She taught her children to respect and appreciate all police, fire, and emergency personal as she had lived through three fires, the latest being Christmas 2014, and had served Rogers County as a female bailiff under Sheriff Amos Ward and Judge Steven J. Adams while living in Claremore.

She inspired, loved and embraced life and we will miss her dearly.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Eleanor Piche has passed

Eleanor's daughter, Donna-Rae has informed me that her mother has passed away. She has struggled with ill health the past few years and hasn't been able to return to Magnolia Park. She will be missed by many.Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed and his family. I will post her obituary information when I receive it.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Magnolia Park Flowers

Some pictures from around the park before we left. They were taken in February

Monday, March 16, 2015


Tip of the day!

Fred Rabe celebrates 90 years

Fred celebrated his 90th birthday in Allen Hall with many Magnolia friends, bluegrass music, cake and ice cream. You can be certain Fred and Bonnie have made many a trip around the dance floor and still do now and again.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Service at Magnolia

It's a kind  of wet day here in the valley this Sunday but at least it was pleasant temperatures as spring is just around the corner so to speak...Any way it's a great day to come to church at Magnolia... Today Pastor Stacey brought the message from several places in the Scriptures with the theme of "Renewing our Faith"...This was a lesson on how we should always be striving to renew our faith in the Word of God and faith in our hearts of the power and forgiveness of our Lord....We should always be careful that we shouldn't let the things of this world take the place of God in our lives... It's so easy for any of us to let our eyes stray from the path that God wants us to lead when there is so many so called bumps in the road of our daily living, and we all have them...These thoughts are something to think on and study to see if we at times are tempted by the things of this world and take our eyes off of the Lord....This is something that we have to think and study for ourselves for only God and we know what our thoughts and actions really are....

Remember to continue to pray for all the sick that you hear of and remember to pray for all those that are traveling on the road this time of year....God Bless All.... See you in church next week.....

Of possible interest

A side note...My hairdresser Yolanda, shared with me that if you really want to know what is happening along the border tune into channel 7. It comes from Matamoros and gives a more accurate description of the situation in the deep south Rio Grande Valley. Yes, it is in Spanish but still we can pretty much tell what they are covering.

Allene Fawcett has passed

Word has been received that Allene Fawcett, otherwise known as "Granny" has passed. More info will be posted when it is verified and received.

Farewell Party for Del and Shirley Weise

A farewell party hosted by their neighbors the Ergens and the Stinchfield's was held in Allen Hall Saturday afternoon. Del and Shirley have sold their mobile to Mike and Pat Jordan. We are all sorry to see them go but we have made memories with them that will remain.

As you can see Del and Shirley have not changed much!

Photo taken in 2009

Sherwin Linton performed at Magnolia

Dorral Guzman, a Magnolia resident, attended a Sherwin Linton performance in the 70's and obtained his autograph on an album. While Sherwin performed here she obtained a second autograph on the same album from him!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Hanging Tree

I have been waiting weeks for the sun to shine so I could get a good picture of our very own "hanging tree" at the west end of Center street.
Today I gave up, took the photo and doctored it up with Pic Monkey, a Google app for photo editing available in Googles Web Store.
The song "The Hanging Tree" from the movie Mockingjay intrigued me from the first time I heard it. I found the lyrics to put with the picture and if you would like to hear it you can go to this Youtube video.

[Verse 1]
Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

[Verse 2]
Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

Verse 3]
Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where I told you to run, so we’d both be free
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

[Verse 4]
Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

Description by Brock Chenier, Elizabeth Milch & 5 more
Note: The text on this page contains the original lyrics contained in Suzanne Collins’s novel, which do not exactly match the lyrics sung by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptation.
Katniss Everdeen sings “The Hanging Tree” near the end of the 9th chapter of the book Mockingjay bySuzanne Collins. Recovering from a conflict with the Capitol in District 8, the revolutionaries of District 13 ask to interview Katniss and her best friend Gale about their now destroyed home, District 12.
But Katniss doesn’t do scripted well, so the film crew decides to break for lunch. To avoid conversation, Katniss sits at the edge of the group, next to Pollux, a member of the crew who was tortured by the Capitol and now can’t speak (they cut out his tongue).
Sitting in silence, Katniss notices a Mockingjay and nudges Pollux to show him. To Katniss’s surprise, Pollux whistles a little tune to the bird, who whistles back. Pollux asks Katniss to sing. First, Katniss sings the four-note tune that Rue taught her in her first Hunger Games. Those four notes had been a part of life in Rue’s home District 11—they were the signal that field work was done for the day. But since the Victors' Tour in Catching Fire, they have been a cry of the Revolution.
As her mind moves from memories of Rue and District 11 to her own home, Katniss asks Pollux if he would like to hear the Mockingjays sing a real song. She sings “The Hanging Tree,” a song her father taught her before he died. Even then, the powers that be (and Katniss' own mother) were disturbed by the song, and no one had sung it for years. But Katniss remembers it all and sings the whole thing.
Only after the Mockingjays sing back does Katniss notice the film crew was shooting the whole time—they finally got the footage they needed, and the Revolution got a new anthem.

And here is the untouched picture as I took it with my phone.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Norman Rockwell's 'People's Expressions'

Norman Rockwell's 'People's Expressions'
Here are forty-eight years of Norman Rockwell's famous paintings of
'People's Expressions'--- if these paintings don't give you one of the
greatest emotional trips you've had in the past few years, I would be very
surprised. Just sit back, reminisce and enjoy.


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

2015 Ropa Style Show- Part 3

The leather jacket is very functional with the coming of the next ice age. Butch Brooker gives thanks to the cow that gave its life for his comfort.

 The Golf sweater is lightweight yet provides warmth and complete freedom of movement while being stylishly colorful. There will be no doubt that he is headed for the nearest course.

Chet Johnson has a baggy T-Shirt and size 10 E shoes
 Dave Bruun did not quite know what a slip over sweater meant.
Larry Ergen was also a bit confused, he thought he had a white sport coat with a pink carnation when he really has a sushi jacket with a red rose.
 Leroy Misfeldt is ready for a long winters night in his flannel PJ's, bunny slippers and nightcap.

 Ray Droogsma has a ball gown with a tie belt

 Max Pierce looks sharp in his double breasted suit!

 Likewise Vern Wendt has a bear backed party dress.

 Dick Cleaveland  has a box pleated dress ready for any occasion.
 The wedding dress was found at Ropa and cost Cheryl Raleigh $1.61. Cheryl has plans to make dress-up clothes for the grandkids

2015 Ropa Style Show- Part 2

Marlene Nation models a dress she found for her daughter not realizing she would get "ropa"ed into modeling it.

 Darlene Jansen found a warm and cozy jacket that has come in handy for the many cool days we have had this winter.
 And for warmer days this colorful jacket.
 Dick and Leslie Cleaveland and Ray Droogsma did a skit about and old woman who kept swallowing animals. Dick had a hard time keeping up his portion of the skit.

 Kay Voss gets full value from he ropa time by getting super crafty with the items she finds.
 Betty Lewis looks quite snappy in her finds. She is carrying a purse fashioned by Kay Voss.
 Cheryl Raleigh is ready for bingo in her outfit.

Mary Bruun, a regular at Ropa, looks very put together with her choices.
 Mary Pierce was almost too quick for me but I really liked her hummingbird sweater set.
 Irma Johnson another frequent ropa shopper made some colorful choices
 Esther Sturgeon looks sharp in her jacket and slacks
 Marlene Harkin is ready for a dress up occasion.
 Jan Brom, always on the lookout for dancing clothes found this gorgeous outfit.

 Janet Rader looks very fine in this classy outfit
 Lil Droogsma is all sparkly in this dressy outfit.
 Marty Tank is also ready for dancing.
Betty Roach is also ready for a night on the town
 Leslie Cleaveland looks ready for a special occasion calling for lots of bling.

 Dorothy Wendt looks like she might be attending the same function as Leslie.

We had a break in the action so Deon on the spur of  the moment modeled her jacket she told us came from ropa 10 years ago! It has stood the test of time.

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