Navy Veteran Mike Orris remembers well the Easter of April 1, 1945, when the United States invaded Okinawa, Japan. Mike was there. He lost many of his Navy comrades, and reports that it was one of the deadliest battles of WWII. Seventy-three years later, on the year when Easter again falls on April 1, Mike has been presented a gift of thanks and gratitude with a Quilt of Valor. Jane Messer of the Mount Pleasant chapter of Quilts of Valor Foundation presented Mike with the handmade quilt remembering his service and sacrifice. Since his time in the Navy, Mike has spent his life serving the needs of veterans which makes this gift even more deserving. Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 by Catherine Roberts who literally had a dream to hand-make quilts for veterans putting love into each stitch.
Spiritual Life Director Andrew Zuehlke held a Good Friday service to commemorate the suffering Jesus endured on the cross prior to His resurrection and gift of new life on Easter. Andrew emphasized that Jesus showed us his amazing love by not sparing Himself any amount of pain or suffering so that we might be saved. Esther Bordwell and Carla Carter shared Scripture readings and Dorothy Koehler provided piano accompaniment to the vocal music of those in attendance.
The Easter Bunny visited the Health Center Friday morning hopping room to room to wave hello to residents before joining day care kids and more residents for an Easter party. They hunted Easter eggs, sang songs and did the bunny hop before the big rabbit passed out candy and had a picture taken with each child and adult.
Jean Roth celebrated her 90th birthday with a family party at the home of grandchildren Darrin and Diana Rich on Saturday. Jean?s three children, Jason Roth, Joni McAlpin and Jacque Rich were present along with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Everyone in attendance dressed in black and gold to celebrate Jean?s favorite Hawkeye sports teams.
Many residents, family and friends attended the Easter buffet on Sunday in the Moore Family Dining Room. The dietary staff prepared seasonal spring salads, roasted vegetables along with glazed ham, chicken and roast beef. French silk pie and lemon chiffon cake provided a sweet finish.
Anita Davis enjoyed Easter dinner at the home of her niece in Muscatine, along with other relatives from Iowa, South Dakota, and Colorado. Anita reports that even though the youngest person was 29 years old they still enjoyed the tradition of a real egg hunt outdoors. They have learned from past experience the hazards of an indoor egg hunt when an egg or eggs are not found for long periods of time. The eggs had previously been colored by relatives in preparation of the big hunt.
Connie Bauer and Bob Crane have been busy as of late preparing Bob?s house in Iowa City to sell, attending five church services Easter week between Bob?s church and Connie?s church, and the couple still found time to host a family gathering at the United Presbyterian Home Easter buffet on Sunday. Present were Todd, Jacob, Camarie, Jade and Kadie Bauer; Bill, Michelle and Rachel Langton; Jim, Marsha, Devin, Zach and Addison Wagenknecht, Katrina Christopherson and Eric Tusing. Following dinner they moved to the home of Bob and Connie where they enjoyed and afternoon of card games.
Classics Et fCetea for April 5 included ?Le Corsaire Overture? by Hector Berlioz; ?Country Gardens? by Percy Grainger; 1st Movement of Concerto for Syrinx by Luigi Boccherini; ?George M. Cohan Medley;? 2nd Movement of Symphony No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven; ?War March of the Priests? from ?Athalie? by Felix Mendelssohn.
The Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1740-1806) was once a famous name in classical music. He was a prolific composer of chamber music and a virtuoso on the cello. After great successes in Paris, he lived many years in Spain where he became a highly paid musician to the Spanish court. But he lost his patron in 1787, and later died in poverty at age 62 in a single room in Madrid. His most famous work, the minuet from his String Quintet in E Major, Op 11, No. 5, was featured prominently in the 1955 British dark comedy film ?The Lady Killers,? starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers.