Volume 07 Issue 03
Member Mary Richardson (center) received a visit from high school
classmates Nancy Richards (left) and Lynn Billings (right).
Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
Proudly Serving Veterans for 120 Years
WDVA Secretary’s Column
by John A. Scocos
Secretary of the Wisconsin
Department of Veterans Affairs
“Loans Available for Wisconsin Veterans”
This month I am writing about and asking your assistance in promoting the
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Loans programs, whether they
are something you personally can use or whether you know a veteran who would
be eligible. We in Wisconsin continue to offer the most comprehensive programs
and services to our veterans. In addition to the great value they offer you can also take pride in knowing
that the interest charged on these loans is returned to WDVA and is used to fund a whole host of other
WDVA offers three different low interest, fixed rate loan programs to eligible Wisconsin Veterans. Whether
you’re thinking of purchasing a home, improving your existing home or taking out a personal loan for any
purpose, WDVA has a loan program to suit your needs. Now is a great time to consider taking advantage of
one of the loan products listed below.
Our WDVA home loan can be used to finance up to 95% of the cost of an existing home or the cost to
construct a new home. The current mortgage loan limit is $395,500.
• 6%, 30-year fixed rate
• Only 5% down required
• Down payment can be all gift or equity in your current home
• No Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) required
• No points or pre-payment penalty
• No income limitations
• Eligibility for a mortgage loan is limited to Wisconsin veterans who have had federal active duty
service and apply within 25 years of their date of discharge
Veterans should contact their County Veterans Service Officer to obtain the necessary Certificate of Eligibility.
If they have had past benefits with WDVA, they can obtain their certificate through the Department’s Web
site, and then provide it to a local participating lender at the time of application. For additional information
on WDVA home loans please visit our Web site at wisvetloans.com.
HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS
Increase the value and comfort of your home by remodeling, making additions or adding a garage.
• Low, fixed interest rates
• Flexible terms from 5 to 15 years
• Borrow up to 90% of your home equity
• Low monthly payments
A personal loan can be used for any purpose from debt consolidation to buying a car or remodeling your
• Low, fixed interest rates
• Mortgage secured loans up to $25,000
• Guarantor secured loans up to $5,000
• Qualifying full-time students can defer up to $5,000 for 5 years
Apply today for either a home improvement loan or personal loan at your County Veterans Service Officer
or apply directly on-line at wisvetloans.com. Be sure to check our Web site for current rates.
March is also Women’s History Month. I urge you to assist in reaching out to women veterans to learn
more about these and other programs. Historically women veterans have been under-represented in using
their benefits and have been reluctant to embrace their status as veterans.
As a reminder its tax time again and this year Wisconsin taxpayers can tribute to the needs of our state’s
veterans. Just look for our logo on the line entitled “Veterans Trust Fund Donation.” Then enter the
donation amount on that line of your Wisconsin Income Tax Form to donate to the Wisconsin Department of
Veterans Affairs Veterans Trust Fund. If you miss the tax season but still wish to donate, checks can be
sent to: The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Trust Fund Donation, 30 W. Mifflin
Street, P.O. Box 7843, Madison, WI 53707-7843
Again, please assist in promoting these loan programs throughout the veterans community. It is an excellent
means by which you can assist our veterans and their families. Watch for more information about these
and other veterans programs. If you would like additional information on any of our loan programs please
visit our Web page at wisvetloans.com or call us toll free at 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387) and ask to speak
with someone in the Loan Section.
Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs
Elects New Officers
The Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs, governing body of the Wisconsin Department of
Veterans Affairs (WDVA), elected new officers during a February 21 board meeting.
Peter Moran of Superior, former Vice-Chair, was elected to serve a
one-year term as Chair of the Board. Moran succeeds Mack Hughes,
a Vietnam veteran of Milwaukee. Marvin Freedman, a Vietnam veteran
from Middleton, was elected Vice-Chair, and Rodney Moen of
Whitehall, also a Vietnam veteran, was chosen as Secretary.
WDVA Secretary John A. Scocos said, “I’d like to thank outgoing
Chair Mack Hughes for the fine job he did leading the Board, and
I welcome the newest Board member, Rod Moen, as he begins serving
as the Board Secretary. The department looks forward to working
with the new officers, under the steady, skilled leadership of Pete
Moran.” Chair of the Board
Moran retired at the rank of colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve, Peter Moran
with military service from 1964 through 1994. He served as a platoon
leader of the 205th Ordnance Platoon in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966. He has served as a
marketing and management instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in
Superior for more than 30 years. He has served on the Superior Common Council and on the
Board of Directors of the Superior-Douglas County United Way. Moran is a life member of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and The Reserve Officers Association.
Freedman has been actively involved with the Vietnam Veterans of
America (VVA) at the local chapter, state, and national levels. He is
a founding and life member of the Dane County Chapter 220. He
also served on the National Board of Directors of the VVA in 1997.
He has previously served on the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs
as Chair of the Board’s Legislative and Program Review Committee,
Chair of the Finance Committee (2005-2006), Vice Chair of the Long
Term Care Committee (2004-2005), and Chair of the Board’s Special
Committee on Vietnam Veteran Matters
Moen was confirmed on January 9 by the
Vice Chair Wisconsin State Senate to serve on the
Marvin Freedman Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs. He
is a retired naval officer who served
22 years of active duty in the United States
Navy. He served tours of duty in Vietnam and at the Pentagon. He
was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1982, where he held
many different committee assignments during his twenty years of
service. At the time he left the Senate he was the Assistant Majority
Leader and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Utilities, and
Military and Veterans Affairs. He is currently the Mayor of Whitehall. Secretary
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary Scocos to be Deployed to Iraq
Governor Cites Scocos as Example of Wisconsin Servicemembers’ Tremendous Service
to the Nation; Highlights Importance of Strong Veterans Program
Governor Jim Doyle and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos announced
on February 28, 2007 that Scocos, a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve with more than
27 years of active and reserve service, has received orders to deploy for active duty military
service in Iraq.
“Secretary Scocos is just another example of the tremendous contributions that members of our
military from Wisconsin are making, including the Guard and Reserves,” Governor Doyle said.
“This mobilization highlights the incredible importance of Wisconsin’s great veterans programs
and our continuing assistance to the families of those who are deployed. As Secretary Scocos
heads to Iraq, he – and all the members of our Armed Forces and their families – can have
confidence that we’ll continue to ensure we have the best state veterans and military family
programs anywhere in the nation.”
“American service men and women from every walk of life have been called to serve in
Iraq, Afghanistan, and other challenging duty assignments around the globe,” said Scocos. “Like
them, I am proud to continue my service to our nation and the people of this great state,” he said.
Data provided by the U.S. Department of Defense show approximately 227,000 service members
currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, with nearly one-third from the Reserves and National
Of the more than 3,000 troops from Wisconsin currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,
the percentage of Guard and Reserve members is even higher, at about 40 percent.
“Military activation and deployment create many challenges for the families and communities
of those who remain behind,” said Scocos. “We have been proud to initiate programs like
Mission: Welcome Home to assist our newest generation of returning veterans, and I have no
doubt that my own first-hand experiences in Iraq will only help to further expand our department’s
awareness and outreach to our veterans and their families.”
“Secretary Scocos has been doing an exceptional job in transforming the department and
leading it into the 21st century to meet our veterans’ needs,” said Pete Moran, a Vietnam veteran
from Superior, Wisconsin and Chair of the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs.
“It will be challenging for us, and for his family while he is deployed,” said Moran, “but
those challenges are no greater than the challenges faced by every employer, every community,
and every family when these men and women are activated and deployed.”
“As with all our military men and women, we wish Secretary Scocos a safe and successful
deployment, and a speedy return back to us,” added Moran.
In accordance with uniformed service employment laws and the rules governing the
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, WDVA Deputy Secretary Bill Kloster will serve as the
department’s acting secretary in addition to his current role until Scocos returns.
Neither Kloster, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with more than 20 years of active
military service, nor the agency’s third in command, Anthony Hardie, a seven-year Army veteran
with Persian Gulf War and Somalia service, have any remaining military service obligation.
Hometown Hero: Louis Adams
Pioneer Korean War Veteran a Community Leader in Milwaukee
By John A. Scocos, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
Louis Adams can’t remember the day – or the place – where he nearly died when his
unit was pinned down by Chinese machine guns in the midst of a North Korean winter.
He distinctly remembers the hill his Army Ranger Company was ordered to take. “It
was Hill 581.” He remembers human waves of Chinese troops – and losing the hill.
“We simply weren’t trained for that sort of fighting,’’ Adams said.
And he proudly recalls his fellow Rangers retaking the hill in the face of incredible
odds. “We had less than half our company. But we were Rangers. We thought we
could do anything!’’
But at age 78, the Korean War veteran’s memory fades when it comes to the Purple
Heart he received for injuries he suffered while under fire.
Enduring severe frostbite, “We were pinned down. But I can’t remember. I don’t want
to remember. I put it behind me. Even at my age I still can’t sleep some nights.’’
Louis Adams is this month’s hometown hero. I am honored – and humbled – to wear
the same uniform as someone who has done so much for so many people.
Louis returned quietly to become a prominent teacher in the Milwaukee public school
system, without ever mentioning he was a former Army Ranger who had seen
He was a pioneer, a youth leader, a prominent member of his Catholic church, and even
today, he is one of Milwaukee’s most active volunteers.
He was a “first’’ in many ways. He trained as an Army Ranger in the 2nd Ranger
Company as one of America’s first all-black Army fighting units, the first all-black unit
to parachute behind enemy lines. The 2nd became famous for its ability to fight.
The Korean War is called “the Forgotten War’’ because it started only a few years after
World War II was over and ended quietly after a political impasse in 1953. However, in
between those years, it was bloody. Gen. Douglas McArthur attempted to push the
North Korean Army into China provoking 270,000 Chinese to counterattack and extend
Louis Adams became among the first African American fighting soldiers to use the
GI bill to obtain a college degree. He moved to Milwaukee and became one of the first
black teachers in his Milwaukee school. “I think there were three of us at the time,’’ he
The math and science teacher also became one of the state’s first black Boy Scout
leaders, first black camp counselor and among the first black male hospital volunteers at
Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital.
Since retiring in 1988, he has been a volunteer for the Red Cross, the Salvation Army
and All Saints Catholic Church. It was the summer after he lost his wife, Doris, that he
rediscovered his passion for veterans’ causes. At a reunion of his unit, he met a number
of men he thought had been killed. “I used to help pick up the dead. I thought some of
those guys were still in Korea.’’
Today he is an active member of the VFW, the American Legion and a number of other
veteran’s organizations, including the Military Order of the Purple Heart. At every
holiday, he wears parts of his uniform to honor the Rangers he fought with and the
country he fought for.
There were still struggles. As a pioneering African American, he still suffered
discrimination despite the sacrifices he made. “I shed blood. I’ve done everything I can
but it was still hard some days,’’ he said, without elaborating.
People like Adams remind me of my duty as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of
Veterans Affairs. Without the federal GI Bill, Adams said he has no idea what would
have become of him. In Wisconsin, we’ve enhanced those longstanding federal benefits
with the Wisconsin GI Bill to help every veteran returning home have free access to a
University of Wisconsin-System or Wisconsin Technical College education. Louis is
still partly disabled. But the health care he received helped him keep his limbs after
severe frostbite that is a permanent reminder of his Korean War service.
The contributions of Louis Adams and all veterans remind me that my job is to ensure
Wisconsin stands second to no other state when it comes to supporting our
America’s “forgotten veterans’’ of the Korean War are aging, and many are
leaving us. We at the WDVA are there to help with long-term health care, nursing
care, and honors for those who leave us. But, in the end, there only two words I can
muster to show my profound respect for Louis Adams and his lifetime of contributions.
STATE OF WISCONSIN
Jim Doyle, Governor
by Commandant Bill Crowley
John A. Scocos
Secretary WISCONSIN VETERANS HOME-KING
CELEBRATES 120 YEARS
DIVISION OF The first member was admitted to the Wisconsin Veterans
VETERANS HOMES - KING Home at King on October 1, 1887. Since then, over 10,000
Wisconsin men and women have called King their home. WVH-King
Bill Crowley, Commandant Commandant J.W. “Bill” Crowley has announced the schedule of events which
will highlight this special anniversary.
COURIER STAFF We want all veterans and the entire public to know that our events are open to
Rich Calcut, Editor everyone. Over the years many of our current members received their initial
exposure to our facility by attending our annual Open House, or one of the
Cindy Thompson many King Days, or other events we host each year. For example, we often
Assistant Editor/Layout/Print see folks who are members of the American Legion, DAV, AMVETS and other
groups attending VFW King Day. You will see similar attendance from the
general public and various veterans and fraternal groups at all the other special
WORK THERAPY STAFF functions as well. Once you have visited King, and have seen all the
Bob Reichelt opportunities we provide for our members, you might very well find that
Photographer King is the home you’ve been looking for. Currently, there is no waiting list
for general admissions to the Home, and the admission process has never
Marie Hansen been easier. Your local County Veterans Service Officer can assist you in
collecting the necessary information and coordinating the admissions process.
Distribution Please review the schedule of events listed below and feel free to join us for
one or all of these special events during our 120th year of service to
SUNDAY MAY 20th- OPEN HOUSE from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Highlights include an Old Car Show, Vintage Military Vehicles Display,
Children’s Games, Brats & Hot Dogs, Chief Waupaca Sternwheeler Boat
Rides, Tours and admissions information, Entertainment by the River Cities
MONDAY MAY 28th- MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM
6:00 AM - Volunteers arrive at cemetery to place flags on each of the 5000
9:30 AM - A waterside service on the lakefront at Marden Center is conducted
by the Women’s Relief Corps, followed by a parade to the cemetery for a
SUNDAY JUNE 24th – DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (DAV) KING
DAY 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Roast beef dinner in the park and concert by the Neenah Community Band.
Subscription Information SUNDAY JULY 22nd- VFW KING DAY 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Parade at 12:30 PM, lunch stand open and concert by the Oshkosh VFW
“The Courier” can be mailed Band.
directly to your home for only
SUNDAY AUGUST 12th- AMERICAN LEGION KING DAY 10:30 AM to
$5.00 per year. Subscribers are 3:30 PM
notified when the renewal is due. Chicken dinner in the park, music, parade and program in the park.
A subscription to “The Courier”
can also be a great gift for a friend SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11th –VETERANS DAY PROGRAM 10:30 AM
to 11:30 AM
or relative. To subscribe, send Held in the Marden Center Multi-Purpose Room.
a $5.00 check payable to
“Wisconsin Veterans Home THURSDAY DECEMBER 7th- PEARL HARBOR DAY PROGRAM 7:30 AM
at King” and mail to: to 8:45 AM
Conducted in the Marden Center Multi-Purpose Room by the Fleet Reserve
Courier Editor Association.
Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
N2665 County Rd QQ If you have any questions, call the Wisconsin Veterans Home Public
King, WI 54946-0600 Information Office at 715-258-4247.
CHAPLAIN’S COLUMN submitted by Chaplain John Schmidt
“STICKS AND STONES”
On the playgrounds of our youth, we may well have heard it said: “Sticks
and stones may break my bones, but words shall never hurt me.” Unless
one has the hide of a rhino, you would probably disagree. Words have
tremendous power in them; power to heal or hurt, ability to calm or to
enrage, to soothe or to slander. Relationships between people are built or
destroyed by the kinds of words exchanged between them.
The Old Testament book of Proverbs speaks about our “words” on many occasions.
Listen to some of the wisdom offered in the proverbial sayings:
“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
Even a fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.” (Proverbs
17:27-28) This is another way of saying: “Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and
remove all doubt.”
Consider the following: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The
tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of a fool gushes folly.” (Proverbs 15:1-
2) and “A tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
Living and working at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King means we have many interpersonal
contacts. Members will be interacting with other members and with staff and vice-versa. Most
members have come here because of physical, emotional and social needs. Losing one’s independence
plus a variety of vision, hearing, mobility and social concerns leaves many anxious and fearful.
When one’s world appears to be collapsing around you, it is difficult to maintain a cheerful and
Those who work here also have many issues to deal with that relate to marriage and family, paying
the bills, providing for aging parents, health problems and other concerns. Those concerns often
come along with them to the work site. To leave one’s troubles at home is easy to say, but difficult
to do. Put members who live here together with the workers who provide for their care and add to
that the dynamics that both bring to each encounter and the potential for harsh and hurtful words is
The Proverbs diagnose the concern about words, but do not always provide the assistance to make
our dialogues helpful and healing. In the midst of this Lenten season 2007, you are encouraged to
see how Jesus responded to all the hateful, hurtful and mocking words with which He was taunted.
“He (Jesus), committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. When they hurled their
insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted
Himself to Him who judges justly.”
Lent is a special time to stop, look and listen to all that Jesus came to be and do. “For the joy that
was set before Him, He endured the cross and despised the shame.” His joy was to bring forgiveness,
hope, healing and patience to all of us from whom He died. His words to us are words that heal and
give hope. “Fear not! It is Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Military Order of the Cootie
Honor Degree of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars
submitted by MOC Representative Lyle Pingel
The name Cootie originated during World War I when the different armies were massed
together on the battlefields of France. Each country represented in World War I contributed
to what is known as the Cootie, by amalgamation of lice. The Common American Greyback,
the Black Algerians Schinnels, the Great Blue Louse from India, the British Blue Bloods, the
Belgian Gold Striped Heneckers, the French Grey and Gold Parisian Cooties were all thrown
together in the trenches and at once began to increase and multiply so that by the end of the
war we had the most intelligent Cooties that could be produced. They were known to bite
soldiers at just the right time to save the soldiers causing them to stoop and scratch at the exact
time that the shell would pass over the place where the soldier’s head had been.
Many soldiers, lying in the shell holes, were saved from death when the highly intelligent
Cooties, knowing that a shell was coming in their direction, would bite the soldiers, causing
such agony that they were forced to retreat in the trenches or other places for “shirt reading”
and “seam running” while the shell burst harmlessly in the places they had vacated.
The Cootie Organization of today carries on in the same degree of usefulness. The Military
Order of the Cootie members work in their parent organization “the Veterans of Foreign
Wars” and continue to do good for all with whom they come in contact. They are always
ready to help their Comrades, the Comrades’ widows and orphans and contribute generously
to the maintenance of the Orphanage at Eaton Rapids, Michigan. At this orphanage a swimming
pool, a playground known as Cootie Field and a complete and modern fire department have
been built and financed by the Cooties.
The spirit of Comradeship and goodwill that exists in the Cooties is beyond
comparison in other organizations, for in the Cooties, Fun is King and
the willingness to help in any cause for the betterment of humanity is
Hence the Cootie slogan, “Busier than a Bee” and “Closer than a
“Keep ‘em Smiling in Beds of White.”
DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT,
THE ANNUAL VOLUNTEER
RECOGNITION BANQUET HAS
BEEN CHANGED TO
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2007, AT THE
GRAND SEASONS/BEST WESTERN.
SOCIAL HOUR IS AT 11:00 A.M.
LUNCH IS AT NOON WITH THE
AWARDS PROGRAM TO FOLLOW.
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Member Alice Widner is a
leap year baby. She was
born on February 29 which
means she only gets to
celebrate her birthday on the
actual date every 4 years.
written by member Georgiana Mika
Days before the holidays Travel was impossible,
The weather was quite mild. Probably skiis were best;
Then right after New Year, This blizzard will be remembered
The snow and wind went wild! far above the rest.
The inches added, We’re digging out and clearing snow,
All through the cornbelt Somehow getting by
And everywhere Jack Frost’s blow and Dreams of Spring will help us out
Was severely felt. When snow begins to fly.
The Women’s Relief Corps
by Shirley Grant, WRC State Chaplain
March is Women’s History Month throughout the United States. The Womens Relief Corps
is the Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. It was organized in Denver, Colorado on
July 26, 1883, and is the oldest womens patriotic organization in America. The organization
is divided into three divisions: The Local Department, the State Department, and the National
Department with each one being dependent upon the other.
The purpose of the Corps is to perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic
and its heroic dead, to assist Veterans of all wars of the U.S., to extend aid to widows and
children, to support all men and women in the service of our country, to maintain a true
allegiance to the United States of America and to help spread patriotism to our children and
to the community in which we live. It was the Womens Relief Corps who found women that
taught women to find themselves. They taught these women through semi-military rules and
practice. Our order, in that sense, had been an educator in the early years.
Our motto is “Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.” For women to be eligible for the Corps they
must be of good moral character, correct deportment, not given aid or comfort to the enemies
of the United States of America, perpetuate and pledge their allegiance to the principles to
which this association stands and have attained the age of 16 years.
The Wisconsin Department of the Womens Relief Corps was organized in LaCrosse on
June 26, 1884. The F.A. Marden Corps of King was Chartered February 8, 1901. There were
22 charter members with Anna Wallace being the first President. The Corps met twice a
month and the dues were 50 cents. In 1930, dues were raised to one dollar, and in 1981 raised
to 2 dollars. At one time, there were 187 members in good standing and now the Corps has
about 11 members. Wisconsin has only 8 Corps left as the membership is getting older and
the younger ones have too many other things to do such as working outside the home.
The President of the Wisconsin Department is Doris Cruckson. Our National President is
Lois Didier. The Corps promotes scholarship and essay contests. The essay contest is open
to all 7th, 8th and 9th grade students in public, private or home schooled settings. All the
different levels of the Corps judge the essays and reward the best three. In Wisconsin, we
have been lucky to have numerous students participate in the contests. The Womens Relief
Corps help with the recreation funds at the hospitals and at the State Veterans Homes and
participate at patriotic events. At Christmastime, we send Christmas cheer to all the Veterans.
We support many community projects such as Red Cross, Cancer Society, Toys for Tots,
bloodmobile and other veterans necessities. Letters and library books are often read to the
Veterans. Memorial Services for our members are conducted at the monthly meetings.
Member Jim Jeffery shows a craft project
he completed. The Veterans Home at
King receives donated craft kits four
times a year through a program called
Help Hospitalized Veterans. This program
solicits donations from all over the
Country to purchase assorted craft kits
for hospitalized veterans at Federal VAs
and State Veterans Homes.
Many of these finished projects are sold
in the WVH-King Gift Shop located at
Marden Memorial Center. The Gift Shop
hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m.
to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Some of the other craft projects that are
available for purchase are shown below.
Member Gary Mader (center) along
with his youngest son Wayne (left)
and his brother Cyril (right)
treated members to a great afternoon
of music and homemade cookies.
Let us never forget the ultimate sacrifice
made by so many so that we may call
ourselves free men and women today...
A tribute to Wisconsin’s Fallen Heroes from September 11, 2001 through
present is on the WDVA Web site www.dva.state.wi.us. In the left
column click on Public Affairs and then click on Fallen Heroes. Photos
of each fallen hero and information on their military service can be
Craft Activity at
Members from Ainsworth Hall second and
third floors made sun catchers as a craft
activity. The smiles tell how much they
enjoyed it and how proud they are of their
Member Cindy Loehrke
Member Meda Radley
Member Jerry Hanson
Member Lydia Mand
Member Erna Geiger
LODGE NO. 123
Officers of Waupaca Masonic
Lodge No. 123 were introduced at
the first 2007 Masonic Band Social
held at the Marden Center.
The Neenah Happy Wanderers
German Band entertained.
Refreshments were served and
door prizes were given.
The next Masonic Band Social
will be Sunday, April 1, 2007,
and will feature the Neenah
Ambassadors Swing Band.
Thank you to the Military Order of the
Cooties of Wautoma for sponsoring a bingo
for WVH-King members.
Member Gary Mader did the
honors of calling the numbers.
WVH-King became a
Winter Wonderland after
over 16 inches hit the area.
A special thanks to the
grounds crew for an
outstanding job in clearing
the streets and sidewalks
and to all staff for
continuing to provide great
care and service to our
members inspite of some
very difficult weather
Barb Kirk’s piano students including Willie and Carol Gessler’s
grandson entertained Ainsworth Hall members with a piano recital.
Member Jim Jeffery and
Social Worker Ann Bonde
enjoying a moment.
WISCONSIN VETERANS HOME AT KING
CELEBRATES 120 YEARS
AT ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King will host its annual Open House celebration
Sunday, May 20, 2007. Free parking is available for this event, which draws over
1500 visitors per year. The Veterans Home at King is located on the beautiful Waupaca
Chain O’ Lakes, at N2665 County Road QQ, in the Village of King, just South of
Highlights of the day include an antique car show with over 100 old cars expected to be
on display. The Fox Valley Chapter of the Harley Owners Group will be bringing
approximately 200 of their members to participate. Food booths, military vehicles,
equipment displays, Veterans Home employment information, tours of the Home’s
facilities, and children’s games, including the huge rainbow inflatables, will all be present
for your enjoyment. A new feature this year will be the River Cities Jazz band performing
in the park from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m featuring a wide variety of music including big
band, swing, jazz, country, modern and a variety of other music.
Through the courtesy of Clearwater Harbor owner Pat Meighan, “The Chief Waupaca,”
an authentic sternwheel cruiser, will provide free boat rides on the beautiful Chain
O’ Lakes. Weather permitting, departures will be at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m.
and 2:00 p.m. from the Veterans Home dock. Tickets for boat rides will be issued near
the dock prior to each scheduled ride. Inquire early upon your arrival about tickets
because these rides always fill up quickly.
The public is invited to tour the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King Museum, participate
in the clown makeup booth, boat rides and other indoor and outdoor activities. Many of
the handcrafted items made by the members of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
will be for sale in the Gift Shop at the Marden Memorial Center. Bratwurst, hot dogs,
popcorn, cotton candy and many other treats will be sold in the park from 11:00 a.m. until
The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King has been proudly serving Wisconsin’s bravest
and best for the past 120 years. Originally opened in 1887 by the Grand Army of the
Republic, this state of the art 749-bed facility is currently operated by the Wisconsin
Department of Veterans Affairs. A joint statement released by Wisconsin Department of
Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos and WVH-King Commandant Bill Crowley
stated, “If you have ever wondered about the many services we provide for
Wisconsin’s aging and disabled veterans, this would be an excellent opportunity
for the whole family to visit the facility. The event is geared specifically as a
family day, with something for everyone.”
If you are interested in employment at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King,
contact our personnel office at 715-258-4254. For admissions information contact
Marge Maroney at 715-258-4252. Other inquiries or information about the Open
House can be obtained by contacting Public Information Officer Rich Calcut
at 715-258-4247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MacArthur Hall members
birthdays at their monthly
Music was provided by
Member Cindy Loehrke
poses with a Brett Favre photo
that member Jerry Strachota
displayed at the Ainsworth Hall
Green Bay Packer Tailgate Party.
Each month, members who have
birthdays that month are honored
at an all member birthday party
sponsored by a VFW Auxiliary.
This month, it was the
VFW and VFWA of Neshkoro.
Members of Stordock Hall also
celebrate monthly birthdays.
DAV & DAVA
DAV and Auxiliary put on another
great Valentine’s Day Party for
King members featuring John Jenks
- the one man band.
Breakfast Members Lois & George Moore
were prize winners.
Ainsworth Hall members enjoyed a
Valentine’s Day Breakfast of pancakes topped
with strawberries and whipped cream along
Photos were taken in front of a giant
valentine and members handed out thank you
hearts to Activity staff in appreciation for
Member Anne Lesko (center)
with staff Judy Weinand (left)
and Barb Nellis (right)
Activity Assistant Laura Ehr and
member Harriet Main
Member Henry Check
STORDOCK HALL BAKE OFF
Staff brought in their favorite
homemade chocolate or cherry treats
which were judged on appearance,
aroma and flavor.
After the entries were judged,
members and others
began their own taste tests.
Judges (left to right) were
Commandant Bill Crowley,
Dietary Assistant Director Mike
Kosobucki, Adjutant Jackie Moore
and Social Worker Mike Phelan
WINNERS FOR ALL CATEGORIES
Left to right: Suzie O’Neill - 1st place & 2nd place tie
Polly Kimball - 2nd place
Wanda Koshak - 2nd place tie
Elaine Hansen - first place
Mike Phelan - first place
not pictured: Shari McCann - 2nd place tie
Cathy Leaverton - 2nd place
Activity Assistant Connie Brown
received a participant award.
Member Ray Vandenberg &
volunteer David Tompkins
Member Ray “Slim” Graham
& volunteer Terry Moore
Member Don Wiesjohn &
volunteer Don Bretwisch
Member Joan Durand
Member Don Feyereisen
& volunteer Ray Wanty
Member Ken Eckstein &
Father Paul Vanden Hogen
volunteer Tom Meronek
2007 POOL LEAGUE
Members enjoy a little
competition every Wednesday
afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the
Marden Social Room
during the winter months.
Member Dale Pearson
This league is
sponsored by DAV
and concludes with
an awards banquet.
Member Willie Gessler
Member Ed Podjaski
WISCONSIN VETERANS HOME AT KING
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May 20, 2007
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for vehicle or property damage and/or loss.
THE PAPER SLATE
Tampered Times & Textured Tales
submitted by member Dick Brown
March comes in, a lion or lamb
but also brings first day of Spring.
Gusty winds blow winter away
and small game start meandering.
It’s best known for St. Patrick’s Day
and Ireland’s celebration.
New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade
began ‘fore we were a nation.
Patrick, born of Roman parents
somewhere in old Roman Britain,
As a teen-ager was kidnapped
and thence enslaved in Ireland.
Though he escaped, he did return
as an ordained missionary.
Became Bishop of Ireland
and his teachings, legendary.
He created some traditions
that gave the Irish their esteem.
Like the Icon of the Shamrock
and the March “Wearin’ o’ the Green.”
May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.
submitted by Librarian Linda Hagen
The library has several new books in its permanent collection. The following are
some of those books.
RAMAGE by Dudley Pope. This historical fiction is about the exploits of
Lt. Nicholas Ramage of the Royal Navy under orders from Commodore Horatio
Nelson. His career climaxed when he sailed his tiny cutter close to the Italian shore
to rescue some stranded aristocrats from Napoleon’s fast-advancing army.
FALSE IMPRESSION by Jeffrey Archer. Why was an elegant lady brutally
murdered the night of 9/11? Why did a top Manhattan lawyer work only for one
client, but never charge a fee? Why did a young woman with a bright career steal
a priceless Van Gogh painting? These questions are interwoven in plot-twists from
New York City, to Bucharest, to Tokyo and finally to a sleepy English village.
RELENTLESS PURSUIT by Alexander Kent. In 1815, one of his majesties
frigates is ordered to Sierra Leone on anti-slavery patrol; but the English government
is more concerned by old enemies and distrusted allies, especially the Dey of Algeria
who threatens to ignite a full-scale war.
ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO NEW ZEALAND by Diana and Jeremy Pope.
Recreational and cultural sites make New Zealand much richer than its size and
youth would suggest. This journey passes through 55 self-contained regions in its
two major islands.
ABSOLUTE VICTORY by the editors of Time Magazine. This 60th anniversary
tribute to America’s “Greatest Generation” has classic photographs that illuminate
the lives of WWII soldiers and sailors, with maps and charts of great campaigns.
ANCIENT EGYPT by R. Hamilton. The Kingdoms of the Pharaohs and their
great monuments continue to absorb and astonish us to this day. Their power and
prosperity dominated the known world from around 1069 BC until their decline
and fall around 641 AD.
DEAR JOHN by Nicholas Sparks. (Large Print) When a young man returns from
the army to North Carolina, his life is changed when he meets the girl of his dreams.
submitted by member Tom Leas
These movies are available as free rentals from the Marden Library.
Torn Curtain stars Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. A world famous scientist is
believed to be defecting to East Germany to get funding for his pet project. Or is he?
Hitchcock leads the audience into a spy thriller that doesn’t let you know what is happening
until the end. This is a very good thriller that will make you use your mind trying to
figure out the conclusion. #341, Rated PG
The Trouble With Angels stars Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills. This is a story of
two practical jokers that turn a convent school upside down. After a little help, their
graduation is both a relief and celebration for the Mother Superior. This is a funny
movie that will please all ages. #528, Unrated
The Sons of Katie Elder is the story of four brothers brought together by the death of
their mother. The brothers find their father murdered and the homestead taken over by
con men. They search out the truth, which leads to frame-ups and death. This is a good
John Wayne movie that I recommend to fans of the American Western. #W132, Unrated
Cobra is the story of a police lieutenant (Sylvester Stallone) that is not well liked, but
needed. When faced with a difficult situation the police call in “Cobra.” The story
revolves around a ruthless gang of killers. This is a good police action thriller that
I really liked. #52, Rated R
Eddie, starring Whoopie Goldberg, is a comic look at a basketball fan that becomes the
head coach of the New York Knicks by winning a contest. A number of NBA players are
in the movie. As I am not a fan of Goldberg, I found the movie okay, but I wouldn’t buy
it. A true basketball fan will enjoy this movie. #45, Rated PG-13
Purpose is a story based on today’s computer market. A college student
comes up with a new program and the trials and tribulations he goes through
in bringing it to market. Anyone not familiar with computers may not
follow the story line, but others may find it enlightening. Unknown actors
star in this movie. DVD, Rated R
1 Richard Roehl AH 357 18 Lucinda Loehrke AH 219
Jerry Owen OH 209 Walter Redding AH 107
Myles Magelund OH 316A
20 Donald Dutcher OH 555
2 Edward Kubiak Jr. AH 318
John Millard Sr. SH 263 21 Gordon Kruse OH 339
Raymond Garbisch OH 463 Stella Smith MH 253
Allen Jacobsen OH 253 John Krizsan SH 419A
Stephen Olsen AH 125
22 Robert Simon AH 406
3 Isobel Baldyga SH 327
Allan Dudek SH 539 23 Carol Gessler AH 409A
4 Robert Nicolini OH 527 24 Frank Sydorowicz MH 363
Donald Plautz SH 479A Brian Gloede OH 233
5 Kenneth Hellwig OH 263 25 Joe Dean AH 148
Marvin Dalke AH 143 Ernest Wallin AH 142
Roman Wagner AH 328A
6 Harry Hamilton SH 502
26 Edward Gazda OH 546B
7 Ellen Jacobson SH 323 Loren Galston OH 420
Jim Anthony AH 202A
27 David Miller AH 242
8 Ed Durand SH 341 Ralph Bensen OH 319B
Kenneth Erickson MH 215
28 Joseph Schuchart SH 262
9 John Wimme OH 579A David Stoehr AH 454
10 Richard Higby OH 549A 29 David Jones OH 338
Ralph Goble SH 482
11 Leo Weber AH 435 Eldora Boelter OH 342
Gerald Hanson AH 252B
13 Laura Lacy OH 231
Donald Kruschke OH 246B 30 Evelyn Check AH 134
Lila Maddalena MH 279
14 Harry Berg SH 466 Edna Halberg OH 535
Raymond Lawe OH 222
16 Barbara Sampsell MH 216B
17 Carlene Osterling AH 229B
Lila Metcalf AH 228B
2 Roman Hoffman SH 225
Chester Gospodarek SH 352 16 Arlene Post AH 253
Harriet Main AH 233
4 Bernard Chartier AH 164 David Scoles OH 519A
5 Dorothee Quam MH 242 18 Roy Huycke OH 479B
Valerie Flanagan SH 549A
19 Harland Bestul SH 485
6 Richard Hockin OH 335 Carl Seifert SH 527
Harry Antonaokis MH 259
Robert Likins SH 380 20 Lloyd Bernhagen AH 216
Edmund Kamasky OH 341
7 Jack Mueller OH 580
Donald Feyereisen SH 242 21 Charles Kellogg SH 580
Rustie Travers AH 328B Max Silvernail SH 420
William Reth SH 362
8 Wanda Coffing MH 257B
William Glanville AH 352A 22 Franklin Krause SH 268
Harold Becker SH 541
9 Marjorie Gasper OH 205
Richard Brown OH 303 23 Doug Hanson MH 261
10 Leroy Carter SH 529 24 Kenneth Dammeir MH 361
Arlan Main AH 233A James Hart OH 562
Robert Shaw OH 549B
25 Charles King OH 211
11 Jack Kuhn OH 312 Eugene Vezina OH 582
Donald Smith OH 408 Kenneth Patton MH 360A
12 Glenn Hansen AH 421 26 Lester Schabach SH 439
Jane Zuehlsdorf SH 553 Frank Ferlitsch OH 283
Duane Horgen SH 238
13 William Heinlein AH 434
David Orme SH 566 27 Jeanette Jensen MH 240
Alice Cairns MH 316A Wallace Brewer OH 485
14 Stanley Czerwinski SH 280 28 James Anderson AH 442
Thomas Leas OH 511 Ronald Barry AH 162
Harry Banaszak OH 242
Nancy Reichelt CT 120 29 Warren Grove OH 249A
15 Eugene Hockstad OH 455 30 Harland Thompson OH 235
Clara Shaker OH 550 Oramae Sterletske SH 546A
MARCH ANNIVERSARIES 13 Leonard & Adeline Klein
06 Albert & Alice Widner 14 Raymond & Oramae Sterletske
26 Red & Anna Whitney 19 Sylvester & Alice Dobinski
19 Joseph & Carlene Osterling
22 Arlin & Harriet Main
The King Recreation Fund and the King Recreation Committee were formally incorporated in
1952 by various veterans organizations who served at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
This organization continues to meet monthly for the sole purpose of cooperating to provide
funding and volunteers to support recreational activities at the Home.
All donations to this fund can only be spent on recreation for our members. Private individuals,
organizations and businesses all contribute to this worthwhile effort.
Checks should be made payable to: c/o Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
“KING RECREATION FUND” N2665 County Rd QQ
and mailed to: King, WI 54946-0600
Member Walter Wojcik and
his wife Marianne celebrated
60 years of marriage.
Gil & Ardith Isham from
New London along with Mackenzie
made valentines for King members.
Activity Director Cathy Leaverton
(far left) accepted the valentines on
behalf of King members.
Members Tony Pflanzer (left)
and Bill Heinlein (right) admiring
the plant Bill won as a bingo prize.
The annual bingo hosted by
Police Science students from
Mid-State Technical College
of Wisconsin Rapids is a
popular event with King
members. Cookies and
coffee were also served.
SOCIAL SERVICES STAFF
The WVH-King Social Service Bureau celebrated Social Services Recognition Week the week of
March 5-9, 2007 and gathered for a group photo at Marden. Pictured are: (back) Kevin Will (OH Social
Worker), Nicole Bodenheimer (AH Social Worker), Brian Ellie (AH Resident Counselor), Randy Fox (AH
Social Worker), Caroyl Hart (MH Social Worker), Mike Phelan (SH Social Worker), Sandra Satterfield (AH
Social Worker), (middle row) Penny Cain (OH Social Worker), Mary Jo Wanty (OH Resident Counselor),
Anne Bonde (OH Social Worker), Shereen LeRoy (Student Intern), Jamie Johnson-Petersen (MH Social Worker),
Angie Reetz (SH Social Worker), Leah Zeamer (SH Social Worker), (front) Sherry Kelley (Director of Social
Services), Mary Giese (SH Resident Counselor), Charlotte Schultz (Social Services Secretary), Sandy
Bodenheimer (Social Services Secretary), Beth Gasper (MH Resident Counselor). Not pictured: Bill Buss
(LTE Social Worker) and Beth Swanson (LTE Resident Counselor).
Students from Laura’s
School of Dance of
Waupaca performed for
King members at AH.
The school teaches dance to
students preschool thru
high school in
tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop.
(Due to the Federal HIPAA Privacy Act only those members
who have releases on file are listed.)
Leonard E. Kluge, a WWII veteran from Baraboo, joined us on February 1. He is living
at MH 360B.
Kenneth G. Patton, a Korean War veteran from Stevens Point, arrived on February 2 and
is living at SH 249B.
Betty L. Utter, wife of Vietnam War veteran Thomas Utter, moved in to MH 357A on
Bryanne D. Peters, a Korean War Navy veteran from Wilson, North Carolina, joined us
on February 5 and is residing at MH 216A.
Gailene Hyland, a Vietnam War widow from Iola, arrived on February 7. She is living at
Robert C. Ginke, a WWII Navy veteran from Oshkosh, joined us on February 7. He is
living at OH 516A.
Donald F. Kruschke, a Korean War Navy veteran from Winneconne, moved in to
OH 246B on February 8.
Francis D. Cookle, a Korean War Army veteran from Marion, arrived on February 9 and
is living at SH 376A.
Ruggles J. Doudt, a WWII and Korean War Air Force and Navy veteran from Troy,
Missouri, joined us on February 12. He is living at MH 332B.
Edward J. Hassmer, a Vietnam War Army veteran from Milwaukee, moved in to
OH 416A on February 12.
Nathan G. Gorr, a WWII Army veteran from Oshkosh, joined us on February 14 and is
living at SH 579A.
George Clark, Sr., a WWII and Korean War Air Force and Navy veteran joined us on
February 14. He is residing at SH 216.
Alfred H. Edwall, a Korean War Marine Corps veteran from Spooner, arrived on
February 15 and is living at OH 519B.
Robert T. Schuman, a Vietnam War Army veteran from Lac du Flambeau, moved in to
SH 202 on February 20.
Richard J. Wanserski, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran from Appleton, joined us on
February 27. He is living at SH 516B.
Richard L. Higby, a WWII Army veteran from Friendship, arrived on February 27 and is
residing at OH 549A.
Calvin Malach, a WWII Navy veteran from Phillips, Wisconsin, joined us on
February 28 and is living at AH 252A.
“Heaven is my throne and
In Memory Of the earth is my footstool.” Isaiah 42:10
Rose F. Conradt Howard E. Becker Donald H. Graeber
William L. Maynard Phyllis M. Price Gerald Lyman
Lorraine L. Alderton Kenneth E. Eckstein John E. Seminaris
William C. Sullivan Adeline Klein Stephen Pocernich
John L. Lemirande
St. Patrick’s Day and
submitted by member Howard Becker
1. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish - True or False
2. St. Patrick changed Ireland’s nation color to green - True or False
3. A leprechaun is really an Irish:
4. According to Irish legends, where do the fairies who kidnap brides and
babies take them?
(a) In the forests
(b) In fairy mounds
(c) In caves in the mountains
(d) Under bridges
5. Kissing the Blarney Stone is supposed to give you what?
(a) Moist lips from the dew on the rock
(b) Good luck in love
(c) Removes shyness
(d) Heal you of warts
6. The color of green for Ireland stands for:
1. True - His father was Italian; his mother was Scottish. He was born in
2. False - During St. Patrick’s times, the color was blue. Green wasn’t popular
until the 19th Century.
3. A - He’s a little shoemaker with a reputation for being rich, but mean.
4. B - They are said to be put in fairy mounds for up to 100 years. Farmers
today will not disturb some small lumpy hills on their land because they
feel spirits are in them.
5. C - It removes shyness and suddenly gives you the “gift of gab.”
6. A & B are correct, some say it means nature, others say it means hope.
On behalf of the members, we sincerely thank the following for their generous monetary donation.
Charles & Jean Cooney Fisher’s Westward HO LLC MOPH - Dept. of
of Franklin of Oshkosh Wisconsin
Bohlman Grimes VFW #1904 Diane Walker of Hartford Gerald & Elaine
of Malone in memory of Edgar Selke Washkovick of Princeton
in memory of Melvin
The American Legion George & Cheri Selke Washkovick
Auxiliary #150 of Rochester in memory
of Athelstane in of Edgar Selke Frank & Lois Tessmer
memory of Daniel Britts of Wauwatosa in honor
Pamela Selke of Milwaukee of Ken Jacobi
VFW #8642 of Appleton in memory of Edgar Selke
The American Legion #26
The American Legion #250 Kristin Lucas of Hartford of Baraboo
of Adams in memory of Edgar Selke
PLAV #177 of Green Bay
Coulee Region Chapter Evidence Based Research Inc
American Ex-POW of Vienna, Virginia James & Mary Zeller of
in memory of Edgar Selke Hartford in memory of
Marjorie Zdun of Pittsville Edgar Selke
John E. Kuenzl Foundation Inc
Dept. of Wisconsin of Oshkosh International Business
American Ex-POW Machines, Corp.
MOPH #162 Winnebagoland of Rochester, Minnesota in
Member Michael Beck memory of Edgar Selke
VFW Auxiliary #8733
Sharon Wenzel of Oak Creek of Mosinee
in memory of Arnold Wenzel Policy on Donations
VFWA #7534 Duck Creek It is our policy to send a thank
VFW #10662 of Red Granite you letter to the person making
the donation for an organization.
American Legion #215 At times that person’s address
AMVETS Auxiliary #13 of Pardeeville may not reflect the address of
of Red Granite the organization. We apologize
for any discrepancies this
The American Legion #263 may cause.
VFWA #635 of Stratford of New London
State of Wisconsin
Department of Veterans Affairs
Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
N2665 County Rd QQ
King, WI 54946-0600
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