Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Water aerobics.

Water aerobics Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as long as the temperature is 70 or above. Today is Wednesday with a predicted high of 81 degrees.

Obituary for Marilla Heidebrink

Marilla Heidebrink

Obituary for Marilla Heidebrink
Marilla Heidebrink, 89, of Spirit Lake passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Burial will be in the Lake View Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake.

Marilla Mae (Gontjes) Heidebrink was born November 15, 1927, to Hazel (Park) Gontjes and John F. Gontjes in Sibley, IA. She graduated from Sibley High School. Marilla was united in marriage to Jake Heidebrink on June 27, 1948, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA. The couple later moved to Spirit Lake. She retired after 31 of service to Pure Fishing.

She loved to cook and will be fondly remembered for making the best potato salad. She also enjoyed sewing, making crafts, traveling, gardening and always loved helping out wherever she could. She had a deep passion and a great deal of pride being a lifetime member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary where she would often be found lending a hand whenever it was needed.

She is survived by her son Terry (Mary) Heidebrink and their children Ryan (Shawn) and their children McKayla and Emma; Molly and Jimmy; Son Paul (Deb) Heidebrink and their children Kyle Heidebrink and Kori (Eric) Clouse; sister Barbara (Roy) Marinchek; brother Leonard (Phyllis) Gontjes and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday afternoon is crafts

Here are some photo's taken at the crafts session.
Busily making favors for Christmas.

 Can't see the forest for the trees!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

On today's walk

Peggy, Butch and I walk 2 times a day at 10 and 4. We walk the entire park which measures out to be 1.2 miles each time, almost exactly what I do on the bike trail in Iowa. I do it in one time in Iowa and as early in the day as possible
These are photos from today's 10 o'clock jaunt.

This piece of artwork is in the Domer's front yard. It is a cross made from railroad spikes


And then we have Chet Johnson's papaya tree. It is low enough this year to be easy pickin's when the time is right.

This dead tree has been here for several years. It is leaning enough this year that making it through the season is very iffy.

Cold spell

A few days ago we had a "cold" spell with highs in the 50's and we found this native Texan taking advantage of the nice weather.

Donn Gordon's Papaya trees

Donn planted these 4 papaya trees last Spring. And I want to emphasize I am talking about the Spring of this very same year of 2017. They are loaded with papaya! 

 The trees below were from 2 years ago and have grown so tall that a fully extended ladder is needed to harvest them. Keep Donn in mind because before long he will have more papaya than he can deal with and will be looking for people who love papaya.

Back in the groove

At least I am trying to be back in the groove. One of the things I am grateful for is those among you who either post things of interest or send things to me to post.
I have been busy getting settled in and that is my excuse of the day. However, sometimes I can look back and see where I just frittered away the day. Not proud of myself for those days but life is just one long string of striving to do better, isn't it?
We had a delicious meal in Allen Hall for Thanksgiving. Good food and good friends together, what better way to spend the day.
 Mary and Don Knorr, Larry Ergen and Gail Lubinsky

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Vern Wendt Obit

Vernon F. Wendt, 84, of Flandreau, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at the Arlington Care and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 26, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Saturday, at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.

Vernon Fred Wendt was born on March 20, 1933, the son of Arthur and Esther (Runck) Wendt, who were modest farmers near Springfield, MN. He was the middle child of three boys and remained in Springfield until he graduated from Springfield High School in 1951. From his humble beginnings, Vern accomplished many things. He joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and traveled Europe during his time in the Korean War as a Military Policeman. Upon his discharge from the Army, he graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. During his college years, he met the love of his life and lifelong companion Dorothy Shelden. The couple was united in marriage on September 1, 1957, in Brookings, SD. They were blessed with five children and his family will always remember him for being a loving and devoted father and husband. He worked very hard to provide for his family, working as an Industrial Engineer for a number of companies including Univac, Lake City Industries, Control Data and Gopher Signs. Vern retired from engineering in 1998.

Vern was proud of his service to the country and was a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineering, served as chapter President in the Twin Cities and later formed the Hiawathaland Chapter in Winona, MN. He enjoyed dancing, woodworking, and playing cards. His greatest joy was being able to live out his dream to travel the country with Dorothy, in their later years, living full time in their motorhome.  They are grateful for the many friendships they were able to form through their travels. More than anything, Vern cherished his family and the time he was able to spend with them.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Wendt, of Flandreau, SD; his four children, Rhonda Wendt, of White, SD, Renee (Guy) Hanlon, of Verdon, SD, Rochelle (Ted) Clucas, of St. Louis, MO and Richard Wendt, of Sioux Falls, SD; seven grandchildren, Krystal (Brent) Ripperda, Kevin (Julianna) Hanlon, Keith Hanlon, Dominic, Dylan, Daria and Damian Clucas; four great grandchildren, Hunter Hanlon, Grady and Gabriella Ripperda and Lucas Hanlon, with two more great grandchildren due to arrive soon; one brother, Virgil (Karen) Wendt, of Chicago, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Vern is preceded in death by his parents; son, Randall Wendt and one brother, Leroy Wendt.

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.

RV newsletter

I highly recommend this RV newsletter. I am sending you one issue is all. Sign up for the weekly issues if it interests you. Butch and I have read this newsletter for most of our Rving years and we have learned many, many interesting, money-saving and perhaps even lifesaving ideas.
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.

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