Member Doris Boyden celebrated her 101st birthday August 14, 2010.
Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
“Caring for America’s Heroes”
WDVA Secretary’s Column
by Kenneth B. Black
Secretary of the Wisconsin
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Day: Honoring the
Throughout Wisconsin’s proud traditions and generations of service, from World War
II through the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and including our current
conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American Dream has provided inspiration and
In all the places around the world where American service men and women have
sacrificed in the name of freedom – regardless of when and where these service members
toiled – their hopes and dreams held much in common.
Imagine a World War II infantryman, spending a long, cold night in a foxhole somewhere
in France. What does he hold dear? Now imagine a solider in Afghanistan, hunkered
down on a mountainside, wondering when the next mortar round is coming. What
are his dreams?
The hearts of our service members have not changed much over the generations.
For Wisconsin service members, the American Dream is likely to be a dream of returning
home. It’s a simple dream of a good, honest life. It is a dream about a steady job, an
education, a house, a family.
Today’s veterans are not returning home to an economy that is kind to the American
Dream. Instead, they face joblessness and home foreclosures. They’re struggling
with the same challenges as all Wisconsin residents, but often with added stressors
like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, multiple deployments, or disabilities.
These are not easy times for America, or for Wisconsin. These are not easy times
for our veterans.
• The suicide rate among returning veterans is shocking, and we may be seeing
just the tip of the iceberg.
• The veterans’ population is shifting demographically, and services and programs are
struggling to keep up with changing needs.
• Homelessness among veterans continues to be a shameful reality, with
growing unemployment a new factor.
We must provide a strong network to support service members as they reintegrate back
into society and build successful, healthy, strong lives. They are our future leaders.
We must continue to honor our seasoned veterans by staying true to the promises of
care and support that have been made by the people of Wisconsin.
As we observe this Veterans Day, let us be clear about our priorities and vocal about
our needs as a veterans’ community.
If we are to meet the challenges facing today’s veterans, the State of Wisconsin must
restore full funding to the Veterans Trust Fund.
We must create a Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs that is once again the envy
of the nation. I am working to create an agency that is efficient, forward-thinking,
and devoted to providing the highest level of service to the veterans of our state. We
will not succeed overnight, but each day we are making progress.
It is a wonderful thing to see how the citizens of our state show strong support for
our troops. It makes me proud. But the troops – our veterans – need and deserve
our support just as much once they have returned home.
In these tough times, we must not forget about the sacrifices that our veterans have
made to preserve the American Dream for the citizens of our state and nation. And
we must ensure that the promises made to our veterans are honored.
Veterans Lifetime Achievement
John F. Weindorfer Sr., of Fifield, received the
Veterans Lifetime Achievement Award at the
October WDVA Board meeting. Mr. Weindorfer,
a World War II veteran, was on the USS Cassin
during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Board members (left to right) Dan Naylor, Peter
Moran and Dave Boetcher presented the award.
The Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs is seeking nominations for their December Veterans
Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the meeting in Union Grove on
December 10, 2010.
This award recognizes living Wisconsin veterans who are state residents and who have
compiled a record of exemplary service as a military service member, veteran and citizen.
The nominee for the December award must reside in southeastern Wisconsin. Nominations
must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 15, 2010.
For a nomination form or more information, visit www.WisVets.com/BoardAward or call
Celebrate your freedom...thank a veteran!
For additional information, call (608) 267-1799 or
visit their website at www.museum.dva.state.wi.us
Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record, 1961–2008
3–Day Symposium — November 18–20, 2010
In summer 2010, Bear Family Records released “…Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record,
1961–2008,” a 13 disc, 300+ song collection of music about the Vietnam War. Including songs
from all genres and political viewpoints, this set is the definitive audio document of the Vietnam
War. A review by ccmusic.com calls it, “An entire college course masquerading as a boxed set…
that look[s] at the Vietnam conflict’s impact on American society.”
In honor of this landmark achievement, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and other community
partners will host a 3–day symposium November 18–20 to focus on the critical role that music
played during the Vietnam era. All of the events are FREE and open to the public.
Presented in partnership by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Integrated Liberal Studies Program, the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and Museum, Wisconsin Public Television,
and the Monona Terrace and Convention Center, this
event is part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Hours
Department of Afro-American Studies at the University
of Wisconsin–Madison. Monday - Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Interested in purchasing “…Next Stop Vietnam: Sundays
The War on Record, 1961–2008"? The Bear Family Closed
Records boxed set, “…Next Stop Vietnam: The War on (October - March)
Record, 1961–2008,” is available for pre-order from the
Wisconsin Veterans Museum gift store at a discounted Closed State Holidays
price of $250 (retail: $289). If you are interested in Free Admission
purchasing a copy of this limited-edition set, please
contact store manager Greg Lawson at (608) 261-0535
by Acting Commandant Jackie Moore
Honoring All Who Served –
Traditions of Service
The theme for Veterans Day 2010 is “Honoring All Who Served – Traditions
At the Wisconsin Veterans Homes, “Honoring All Who Served” is the theme
every day. Veterans are recognized and honored each and every day by
staff, volunteers, families, friends, and each other in everything we do at
the Homes. It is our sole reason for existence.
In addition to our members, many of our staff and volunteers are veterans.
The respect and honor shown in “veterans serving veterans” is humbling.
It is a bond that non-veterans will never experience. I cannot even begin
to imagine how strong of a connection is forged between those who have
shared in the pain and loss of war.
Although I am not a veteran and do not have that special connection, my
understanding and respect for veterans grows on a daily basis. I learn
about honor and service to others from the members at the Home. I learn
about devotion from the veterans service organizations who provide so
many good things through their visits and donations. I learn about sharing
from the many volunteers who have given thousands of hours of their time
here at the Home. I learn about dedication from the many staff who serve
veterans at work while serving their country through weekend and annual
training, as well as in active duty deployment.
Since serving as Acting Commandant, I have had the privilege to meet
many more veterans at the Board meetings and I have learned so much from
those attending the meetings. I have learned about the passion veterans
feel for their county and their freedoms. I have learned about the toll war
has taken on many, leaving veterans’ lives changed forever due to physical
disabilities and the mental strain. I have learned life with PTSD is a daily
battle. I have learned women veterans have a special bond of their own,
yet their feelings and reasons for enlisting are very similar to the men. I
have learned about the need for support and advocacy.
From my step-dad as well as those who taught me these other lessons, I
have also learned that a veteran is an ordinary person—a father or mother, a
brother or sister, a spouse—who has done extraordinary things. An ordinary
person who left their family, took on challenges, risked or lost their life for
something they believed in. Yes, a veteran is an ordinary person just like
you and me—but when they are united they become so much more.
THANK YOU, VETERANS!
Veterans’ Day Program at WVH-King
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Marden Multi-purpose Room
submitted by Chaplain Wayne Schwanke
A Reason to Give Thanks!
The world watched in suspense after more than 700,000 tons of
rock sealed 33 men for 69 days almost 2,300 feet below the ground
at the San Jose copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert of Chile.
For 17 days these men endured with no outside contact while their
families and the world wondered if they were alive. When the miners
were discovered on August 22, they would still have to wait another 2 months to be rescued
from their underground prison.
Although the men had plenty of room to move around in the mine, they faced extreme
physical, psychological and spiritual challenges. Separated from family, facing a very difficult
rescue and an uncertain future, these 33 men survived more time trapped underground than
anyone on record. The miners’ survival in a lightless, lifeless place is certainly an amazing
story of human perseverance, but it is also a remarkable story about faith.
In the face of so many potential dangers, even after they were discovered, the miners were
comforted and strengthened by their faith in God. While waiting for their rescue the men
requested Bibles, statues and religious pictures, and they constructed a makeshift chapel
where they could pray and worship. Meanwhile, on the surface, families gathered around
the mine in an area that would be named “Camp Hope.” Fearing the worst, the faith of the
family members also allowed them to persevere and hope for the best. Camp Hope became
a place of fellowship, encouragement and prayer. Even before the rescue began, Chile’s
President Sebastian Pinera said, “We hope that with the help of God this epic will end in
a happy way,” and it did.
On October 23, after 69 days underground, the miners were brought to the surface among
the cheers of exuberant Chileans and before the eyes of a transfixed world. For the men
and their families, this was truly an amazing miracle, not only of human skill and ingenuity
but also of God’s presence, mercy, help, and strength. I remember watching the rescue
unfold, seeing miner after miner emerge from that narrow shaft thanking God, some drop-
ping to their knees in prayer, and then joyfully being reunited with their family and friends.
Along with physicians and psychologists, I was amazed by the condition of the men as they
emerged from the mine. They appeared relatively healthy, strong and in good spirits. The
miners attributed their wellbeing to their faith. It is reported that when the men were first
discovered and a note was sent to the surface telling the rescuers that all 33 miners were
safe, one of the miners, Jimmy Sanchez, sent a note from the mine with a correction which
read, “There are actually 34 of us, because God has never left us down here.” Mr. Sanchez
understood the key to faith.
God is always with us. The miners understood that and so did David, who wrote in Psalm
139, “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand
will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Among the many wonderful promises
of God’s presence given to us in the Bible, we find these words of Jesus, “I am with you
always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV) God’s promise to be with us is the basis for our
faith. He gives us strength, peace, joy and hope even when, and especially when, we face
extreme physical, psychological and spiritual challenges.
In our lives you and I might not find ourselves literally trapped under 700,000 tons of rock,
but at some point each of us feels trapped by something. The burdens we carry may appear
to be overwhelming; the circumstances we face may sometimes make this world seem like a
very lightless and lifeless place. Yet, knowing that we are never alone, but that God is always
with us, can make our lives amazing stories of human perseverance and remarkable stories
of faith. Our lives also have a happy ending, because the God who is with us to strengthen
us under our burdens has also rescued us from death through Jesus the Resurrection and the
Recognizing the amazing miracle that took place, after the rescue, United Press International
reported that thousands of Chileans went to church to give thanks for the safe return of the
33 men. In my chapel services here at the Wisconsin Veterans Home many of the members
also recognized the presence and hand of God in the rescue, and requested special prayers
of thanks and praise as well.
This month as we celebrate our national day of Thanksgiving, I pray that all of us will
recognize the miracle of God’s presence in our lives, in the lives of those whom we love,
and in the life of our country as well. Like the miners, we need to look to God, forever
rejoicing in His promise of protection, care and life for those who put their faith in Him.
Knowing that God is with us is the greatest reason for thanksgiving. This faith as St. Paul
says, makes it possible for us to, “be joyful always, pray continually, [and] give thanks in all
circumstances” (I Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). God is with us. For this we give Him thanks!
Meet the WVH-King Nursing
Bobbi Jo Pethke Donna Warzynski Kate Pieper
Program Assistant Nursing Administrator Inservice Supervisor
Ainsworth Hall Director of Nursing
Sally Herek retired after 35 years. Best
Linda Eskritt Wendy Buck
Director Assistant Director
Lee Ann Turzinski Bev Przybylski
Assistant Director Director
Louise Lehrer Patricia Brown
Assistant Director Director
Toni Stemwedel Shannon Hardel
Assistant Director Director
by Jennifer Hanlon, Dietary Services Director
Dietary Services staff celebrated National Healthcare Food Service Week October 4 - 9th. Thanks
to their hard work, the following are some of the daily tasks that are accomplished:
Prepare, cook and serve up to 2,700 meals for King and Union Grove.
Wash 19,440 utensils.
Wash more than 40,000 member dishes.
Bake a minimum of 130 loaves of fresh bread.
Butter and bag about 1,000 slices of bread.
Pour 2,200 cups of coffee.
Wash and sanitize 700 bananas.
Transport meal carts up to 200 times via the tunnel.
Use 150 pounds of flour.
Answer an average of 50 phone calls.
Utilize more than 20 reports to keep the daily operations running.
So, how many staff does it take to accomplish all this?
62 Food Service Workers
3 Production Managers
4 Food Service Supervisors
4 Registered Dietitians
3 Operations Program Associates
1 Information Services Staff
1 Food Service Administrator
That’s a total of 90 team members.
Dietary staff realizes that to accomplish all this, support is necessary from other bureaus and
therefore, they would like to thank the following:
Laundry Staff for supplying clean towels and aprons.
Housekeeping Staff for supplying paper towels and for doing the “high up” cleaning.
Maintenance Staff (HVAC, electrical, plumbers, etc.) for keeping everything running.
Nursing Staff for helping pass meals, coffee, bananas and nourishments.
Toast volunteers for assisting with passing toast.
Materials Management Staff for delivering supplies and putting stock away.
A New Feature
As a new monthly article called “What’s Cooking,” the WVH-King daily lunch menu will be posted in The Courier.
If you have any comments or suggestions on this or any Courier articles, please contact the Courier Editor, Laura
Mays at (715) 258-4247.
Menus are subject to change. Please speak to dining room staff or your dietitian to request alternate choices which
are indicated on the menu in parentheses.
LUNCH MENUS FOR NOVEMBER 7 - December 4, 2010
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
BBQ Pork Ribs Swiss Steak Italian Meat Sauce Sliced Turkey with VETERANS’ DAY Grilled Haddock Chicken Dijon
(Meatloaf) Jardiniere (Turkey Loaf Cranberry Sauce with Tartar Sauce (Tator Tot Hot Dish)
French Baked (Turkey Tetrazzini) Over Mostaccioli (Pork Roast Rosemary Garlic (Hot Sliced Turkey) Wild Rice Blend
Potatoes Whipped Potatoes (Whipped Potato) Sage Dressing Pork Chop Garlic Mashed (Whipped Potato)
(Whipped Potato) with Beef Gravy Tossed Salad with Gravy (Meatloaf) Potatoes Braised Red
Sugar Snap Peas Whole Kernel (Carrot Salad) (Whipped Potatoes) Roasted Red Fresh Spinach Cabbage
(Diced Carrots) Corn With Ranch Sliced Carrots Potatoes Salad (Squash)
Banana Cream Pie (Green Beans) Dressing (Peas) (Whipped Potatoes) (Pea Salad) Lemon Cream
Iced Apple Bar (Diet French Spice Cake Pickled Beets With Warm Bacon Cheese Bar
Dressing) (2 Bean Salad) Vinaigrette
Warm Garlic Roll Warm Dinner Roll Dressing
Chocolate Ice Star Spangled (Diet French
Cream Poke Cake Dressing)
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Beef Roast Chicken Chopped Steak Pork Cutlet with Teriyaki Chicken Poor Man’s Savory Meatballs
(Pork Roast) Provolone w/Sauteed Onions Mushroom Gravy (Tater Tot Hot Dish) Lobster (Turkey Loaf)
Whipped Potatoes (Baked Haddock) (Macaroni and Cheese) (Scrambled Eggs) Steamed Rice (Chicken Breast in Whipped Potatoes
With Gravy Fettuccine Alfredo Creamed Potatoes Roasted Red (Whipped Potatoes) Supreme Sacue) with Gravy
Peas with (Whipped Potato) (Whipped Potato) Potatoes Vegetable Stir Fry Baked Potato Buttered Baby
Mushrooms and Broccoli Cuts Braised Brussels (Whipped Potato (Asparagus) With Butter Carrots
Onions (Diced Carrots) Sprouts w/gravy) Fresh Orange (Whipped Potato) (Diced Beets)
(Spinach) Chocolate (Green Beans) Fresh and Local Wedges Creamy Coleslaw Pumpkin Cookie
Coconut Cream Brownie with Mint Orange Sherbet Baked Squash (Pea Salad)
Pie Icing (Wax Beans) Onion Rye Bread
Apple Pie Raspberry Vanilla
21 22 23 24 THANKSGIVING 26 27
Oven Fried Build Your Own: Salisbury Steak Veal Parmesan Baked Haddock Country Style
Chicken Hamburger with a (Baked Haddock) over Roasted Turkey with Tartar Sauce RIbs
With Cranberry Bun Scalloped Buttered (Baked Ham) (Scrambled Eggs) (Meatloaf)
Sauce Garnish (Meatloaf) Potatoes Spaghetti Homemade Baked Potato Boiled Potatoes
(Beef Roast) Lettuce, Tomato, (Whipped Potato) (Macaroni and Cheese) Mashed Potatoes With Butter (Whipped Potato)
French Baked Onion, Pickles Sautéed Zucchini Cauliflower Salad Giblet Gravy (Whipped Potato) Sauerkraut
Potato (2 Bean Salad) (Diced Carrots) (Cucumber Salad) Sage Dressing Sliced Carrots (Wax Beans)
(Whipped Potato) French Fries Raspberry Warm Garlic Roll Fresh Squash (Diced Rutabagas) Egg Nog Cake
Whole Kernel (Whipped Potatoes) Sherbet Éclair Out-Of-The-Shell Rye Bread
Corn Creamy Fruit (Asparagus) Black Forest
(Green Beans) Salad Cranberry-Orange Mousse
Pineapple Upside- Relish
Down Cake Warm Dinner Roll
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
Southern Baked Italian Meatballs Hamloaf with Sweet and Sour Grilled Reuben Butterflied Shrimp Ham-Stuffed
Chicken over Spaghetti Mustard Sauce Pork over Sandwich with Cocktail Chicken
With Cranberry (Macaroni and Cheese) (Baked Haddock) Steamed Rice (Turkey Tettrazini) Sauce w/ Swiss Cheese
Sauce Garnish Tossed Salad Augratin Potatoes (Macaroni and Cheese) French Fries (Scrambled Eggs) Sauce
(Meat Loaf) (Pickled Beets) (Whipped Potato) Pea Pods (Whipped Potato) Cheesy (Meatloaf)
Whipped Potato with Blue Cheese Steamed Broccoli (Asparagus) Creamy Coleslaw Hashbrowns Noodles Romanov
Whole Kernel Dressing (Green Bean) Fortune Cookie (Carrot Salad) (Whipped Potato) (Whipped Potato)
Corn (Diet French Dressing) Blueberry Fruit Angel Food Cake Peanut Butter Pie Tomato-Zucchini California Blend
(Diced Carrots) Warm Breadstick Parfait with Strawberry Relish Vegetables
Peach Pie Strawberry Topping (Tossed Salad (Asparagus)
Sundae With French dressing) Black Forest Bar
(Chocolate Frozen Rye Bread
Safety Always First
You may have noticed many changes in the tunnel lately! For the past few months, we have been
involved in a project to enhance the safety of everyone using the tunnel. New signs and other safety
features, especially on the floor and some of the walls, have been added in an effort to improve the
traffic flow and to enhance the safety of both our members and the staff.
Recently, it has come to our attention there is some confusion about how staff and members using the
tunnel should react to the changes. As with any safety and traffic control signage on our streets and
the rest of the campus above ground, our intention with these changes is for all motorized traffic to
obey them. The real idea behind the project was to slow down the motorized traffic, thus enhancing
safety and helping to limit property damage and injuries. Ambulatory and non-motorized traffic
should be cautious about motorized vehicle movement, as you would on the streets above ground.
If you have any questions about this issue, don’t hesitate to call the Risk Management Office at
The family of Robert “Ole” Olson would like to express their deep appreciation and thanks
to the staff of the Wisconsin Veterans Home for the care given to their father while he
lived at the Veterans Home.
“Thank you for all your expressions of sympathy, caring thoughts and stories you have
shared with us since he passed away on September 9. He loved his friends and the staff
members that he met while he lived here for the last 10 years.
We would especially like to thank the administrative staff for all their help with dealing
with his legal affairs and for assisting us in planning his memorial service at the chapel.
Chaplain Rich Engle and his staff have been a wonderful source of support and caring for
our family. We would like to thank Rich for officiating at the burial and memorial service
when we celebrated our father’s life.
We will be forever grateful for all you did for Dad.”
The annual fish boil is a well attended event
which is sponsored by the State Elks and State
AMVETS organizations. Members of the
AMVETS Sturgeon Bay Post boiled the fish
in the park and served over 200 members and
volunteers in the Marden multi-purpose room.
DAV Wheelchair Repair Shop a Valued Service
A King tradition deserving of support and improvements
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) all-volunteer wheelchair repair shop was established in
1986 and has been an asset to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King (WVH-King) ever since.
WVH-King is interested in facilitating a discussion about improving the wheelchair repair shop
facilities in time for the shop’s 20-year anniversary. Administrators are open to different options,
including the possibility of working cooperatively on needed upgrades to the current location or
relocating the shop to a space with greater square footage and improved accessibility.
“The wheelchair shop and its volunteers deserve the best home we can provide here on the King
campus,” says Brian Marshall, Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
Division of Homes.
You’re invited to tour the DAV Wheelchair Shop and join the discussion!
Wednesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m.
A bus tour will leave from the Marden Memorial Center and be followed by an informal discussion
about ideas and options for improvements, which will be held in the Marden Theater immediately
following the tour.
Each year, we are blessed to have many veteran organizations and private citizens
donate to our “Holiday Cheer” for the members of the
Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
All donated funds are used to see that no one is forgotten around the holiday.
Every member receives a gift, free postage to mail cards
and lots of other holiday goodies.
If you wish to donate, checks should be made payable to
“Wisconsin Veterans Home at King Holiday Cheer” and mailed to:
Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
N2665 County Rd QQ
King, Wisconsin 54946-0600
Way to Go!
Carroll Boldt, Stordock Hall member had visitors
from Prairie Du Chien and they were impressed
with the wonderful facility we have at King along
with the way staff interacts with other members
and co-workers. “This is a GREAT place for our
veterans and we’re glad there is such a facility.”
Member Gary Mader was presented
an award as the North Central Division
Outstanding Veteran Volunteer. Daughters
of the American Revolution Stevens Point
Chapter Representative, Shirley Multhauf,
(center) nominated Gary. Nicole Altenburg
was presented an award for the Outstanding
Funeral Honor Guard and
WDVA Military Funeral
Honor Team Members
(left to right) Vietnam War veterans
Bob Nyiri, Gary Dumas, Gary
Mader; Chaplain Rich Engle,
WWII veteran Lloyd Mitchell,
Gulf War veteran Mark Edgren and
Korean War veteran Glen Collins.
MacArthur Hall members, family and staff
celebrated Oktoberfest which was sponsored
MacArthur Hall members and staff
made a scarecrow.
(left to right) Posing with the
scarecrow are members Anna
Grabarczyk, Bill Rosio, Mary Jane
Hynes, Jackie King and Beatrice
American Bikers Aimed
Over 100 ABATE members made a stop at the
Marden Center coffee shop and delighted King
members with their sparkling bikes.
for Veteran’s Day
submitted by staff Bob Telfer
As we walked the cemetery hill
A friend and I.
The wind was blowing, never still.
She said, “Listen, it fills the sky.”
As we stopped to listen with a great chill!
Surprised looks from hearing and tears in each eye.
Each flag was flapping as if each having their own will.
An audience? Hundreds and hundreds clapping.
Giving thanks and
Raising each of our veterans
Living and departed
The family of Willis Gessler wishes to thank Chaplain Rick Engle and
all the staff and residents who expressed their support and prayers
to the family in their time of sorrow. It was truly appreciated!
Member Gordy Falk is a master pumpkin
carver and over the years has creatively
carved thousands of pumpkins. The
Wisconsin State Fair even contracted
Gordy to carve pumpkins for their events
and to hold demonstrations. Great job,
Member Angelo Capizzi and
Activities Assistant Jenny Biesek
celebrate Angelo’s 300 game.
Stordock Hall members enjoyed a pizza
and ice cream tailgate party sponsored
by the MOPH.
2011 MAJOR FUNCTIONS AT WVH-KING
APRIL 20 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION BANQUET
Over 250 of the Home’s volunteers attend a banquet to recognize and thank the volunteers.
MAY 7 MAY L. LUCHSINGER MEMORIAL COMMITTEE MEETING
May Luchsinger Trust is allocated by the appointed committee.
MAY 15 OPEN HOUSE
Antique cars, military vehicles, boat rides, cookout, etc. A real family day 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
MAY 30 MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM
Lakeside services at 9:30 a.m. and Cemetery services at 10:00 a.m. Volunteers arrive at cemetery
at 6:00 a.m. to set flags on over 5,000 graves. Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club
sponsors a picnic and musical entertainment the park from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
JUNE 14 FLAG DAY
Avenue of Flags proudly displayed.
JUNE 19 AMERICAN LEGION & AUXILIARY KING DAY
Chicken dinner in the park, music, parade, and raffles for over 1,000 people.
JUNE 26 DAV & AUXILIARY KING DAY
Ham dinner, raffles and the Neenah Community Band highlight this great day in the park.
JULY 4 MEMBER COUNCIL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Parade in town and afternoon entertainment in the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King Park for
members and guests.
JULY 24 VFW & AUXILIARY SCHIEBE & MUNRO KING DAY
Entertainment, prizes, parade, and grilled food for over 500 VFW members and guests.
AUG. 1-5 BICYCLING VETERANS NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (BVNEW) AMVETS KING TOUR
This group runs a bicycle tour fundraiser for the Wisconsin Veterans Home in August.
SEPT. 10-11 AMVETS & AUXILIARY KING WEEKEND
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. mini-golf in Quadrangle Park, 1:30 p.m. Casino Day in Ainsworth Hall.
Sunday - Special music at church services, 1:00 p.m. gifts for members and music in all halls,
3:00 p.m. program in the Marden Multi-Purpose Room.
SEPT. 18 MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART & AUXILIARY KING DAY
Picnic lunch and bingo for all members sponsored by Wisconsin’s Combat Wounded Veterans.
NOV. 11 VETERANS DAY PROGRAM – Held in the Marden Multi-Purpose Room at 10:30 a.m.
Waupaca High School Choir performs.
DEC. 7 PEARL HARBOR DAY PROGRAM
Held in the Marden Multi-Purpose Room at 9:30 a.m. Waupaca High School Band performs.
If you have any questions, please call the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King Public Information Office at: (715) 258-4247.
submitted by librarian Linda Hagen and member Clifford Poppy
These books have been added to the WVH-King library’s permanent collection.
THE GHOST HUNTER’S FAVORITE CASES by Hans Holzer. This author,
investigator and parapsychologist is known throughout the world as “The Ghost
Hunter.” This compilation documents more than sixty of Dr. Holzer’s most
fascinating and uncanny true stories. These real-life tales of hauntings and ghostly
occurrences demonstrate that the Other World is always with us, and that psychic
phenomena can happen anywhere, at any time, even in the homes of the most
THE BATTLE FOR THE FALKLANDS by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins.
The Falkland Islands War was characterized as an extraordinary blend of drama and
tragic comedy. It began with an incident so bizarre that few could take it seriously
–Argentinean scrap merchants arriving on one of earth’s most godforsaken spots.
Two months later a thousand men had died and the Islands had seen the biggest
air/sea battle since World War II. Max Hastings covered this war from the Royal
Navy Task Force. He went with the Royal Marine commandos and watched the
battle develop from ships and helicopters. He watched the battles for Darwin and
Goose Green, the seizure of Mount Kent and the fight for Port Stanley. Meanwhile,
Simon Jenkins traces every political and diplomatic twist of the crisis from the
invasion to the cease fire.
YUM-O! THE FAMILY COOKBOOK by Rachael Ray. The author has put
together the ultimate family cookbook, which includes recipes that both kids and
their parents will love cooking – and eating - together. These fun and creative
recipes feature more whole grains, use less fat, and make the most of fresh fruits
THE GOOD GUY by Dean Koontz. Tim Carrier like to talk with the eccentric
customers at his friend’s tavern. But when he is mistaken for someone else, by a
jittery man who gives him an envelope full of cash, he is drawn into a mystery of
extraordinary proportions. He is the one man who can save an innocent life by
stopping a powerful killer, but only if he can discover within himself the selflessness,
endurance, and courage to become a hero.
Tom’s Picks submitted by member Tom Leas
These movies are available at the WVH-King library which is located on
the third floor of the Marden Memorial Center.
Out of Time - Denzel Washington - DVD - 1 hr. 45 min. - Rated PG-13
A real suspense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Being kind can hurt you if
you're kind to the wrong person. I loved the excitement.
E.T. - Drew Barrymore and Peter Coyote - DVD - 2 hr. 1 min. - Rated PG
A movie more suited for children. It was a good film showing that I am still a child at heart.
Panic Room - Jodie Foster - DVD - 1 hr. 51 min. - Rated R
If you're faced with real trouble, this is a room you'd love to have. A thriller showing a person’s
determination to protect her family. I liked this film.
Mystic River - Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon - DVD - 2 hr. 18 min. - Rated R
A look at friendship torn apart only to be brought back for a tragic event. Good story, but too long
in my opinion.
Cinderfella - Jerry Lewis - DVD - 1 hr. 27 min. - Not Rated
Not one of Jerry's better films. Very little humor and overacted. I did not enjoy watching this film.
The Great Escape - Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough - DVD -
2 hr. 32 min. - Not Rated
A very good film. One worth watching. I like films based on true events. They did an excellent job.
All movies are shown in the Marden Theater.
Tugger service and popcorn are available.
Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6:00 p.m. - The Hurt Locker starring Jeremy Renner,
rated R, 2 hr. 10 min.
Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. - Evel Knievel starring George Hamilton, not
rated, 1 hr. 29 min.
Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 1 :30 p.m. - Shalako starring Sean Connery and Brigitte
Bardot, rated PG, 1 hr. 53 min.
Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6:00 p.m. - Escape from New York starring Kurt Russell,
rated R, 1 hr. 39 min.
Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. - Stranger than Fiction starring Will Ferrell,
rated PG-13, 1 hr. 53 min.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m. - The Queen starring Helen Mirren, rated
PG-13, 1 hr. 43 min.
Thursday, Nov. 25 at 6:00 p.m. - No movie - Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 1:30 p.m. - Mail Order Bride starring Greg Evigan, not
rated, 1 hr. 28 min.
Daughters of the American Revolution
sponsored a bingo for WVH-King
3 Daniel Bintzler OH 208 17 Wayne Welch SH 212
Allen Bitler OH 422
19 Deloris Mier OH 366
4 Daniel Egan SH 571 Edward Russo OH 322
5 Sylvia Huber AH 355 23 Elizabeth Volmer MH 220
Maryann Lewandowski AH 333B
24 James Jeffery OH 369
6 Wayne Lohaus Sr SH 216B Robert Towns OH 320
7 Myrtis Gigstead OH 309 25 Clifford Johnson SH 525
Russell Ahlm MH 216B Robert Nehlsen AH 404
Martin Ciszewski SH 279B
Lois Moore AH 337 26 Napoleon Truckey MH 314
Ronald Johnson MH 363
8 Peter Petushek OH 353
27 Gregory Mack OH 466
9 Duane Davis SH 520
28 Edith Karcheski AH 442
10 Frank Francart OH 512 Joyce Whitney SH 379A
Kenneth Larson OH 439
Fred Bruechert OH 341 29 Ruggles Doudt MH 256
Alphonse Kamrowski SH 427
11 Leland Moore OH 283 Carl Pomplun AH 334
Roger Gajewski MH 311A
12 Donald Hibner SH 442
30 Russell Bressler AH 430
13 Jane Sanders OH 205
14 Gwendolyn Olson OH 203
Roger Holmstrom SH 565
Gaynell Brunette AH 429A
15 Alvin Krueger SH 362
George Lehmann SH 522
16 Royald Kielman AH 459B
Leonard King MH 282
1 Reynold Skiba SH 302 14 Charles Hillenbrand MH 318
William Konitzer OH 442
Clayton Seekins OH 506 15 John Minter AH 533
Charles Dewey MH 355 Anita Ursin-Towns OH 338
2 Gerald Tritt Sr. OH 508 16 Earl Wolfe MH 372
3 Alexander Grassmann SH 255 17 Donald Lemke OH 539
James McCormick OH 425 William Miller SH 280
William McKinney SH 420
18 Nicholas Alberti AH 127
4 Terrence Rice SH 209 Brian Garr SH 316B
Lloyd Mitchell MH 324
Dale Ehnert MH 317 19 Lester Schweiger OH 541
Junior Rastedt OH 285
5 Dennis Fry MH 375
Alice Levenhagen MH 329B 20 Gary Ostrander OH 436
6 Isabel Beach AH 328B 22 Angelo Capizzi AH 203
7 Dolores Wohlt AH 218 23 Jasper Deckman AH 408
Ladislav Strnad OH 238
Lowell Woldt OH 235 24 Marlin Knoepke OH 265
John Bayer SH 279A Paul Hofmann OH 520
8 Bernadine Verona OH 272 25 Bobby Schoenick AH 354
Douglas Davis SH 466
26 Earl Krause AH 166
9 Lloyd Courtney SH 412 Hugh Nigh AH 243
Matthew Mical OH 522
27 Hubert Knilans OH 423
10 William Baumann AH 236
28 John Schroder AH 437
12 William School SH 380
29 Laura Achten MH 211B
13 Kenneth Grave AH 109
Francis Beidle OH 449B 30 Richard Czech SH 506
November Anniversaries December Anniversaries
10 Royal and Joyce Kielman 10 Jim and Pearl O’Donahue
15 Robert and Anita Towns
26 Harold and Grace Kinziger
In Memory of “Heaven is my throne and
the earth is my footstool.” Isaiah 42:10
Howard Carmody Henry J. Banaszak
Richard Sargent Kenneth W. Winn
Edward Sonnleitner Lucille I. Wilson
Norman Prior Joyce F. Whitney
Stanley Knabe Orrin R. Kasten
(Due to the Federal HIPAA Privacy Act only those members
who have releases on file are listed.)
Gerald Van Der Putten, a Vietnam War Army veteran, moved into OH 516A on October 1 from
Walter Nummerdor, a Korean War Air Force veteran, joined us on October 4 from Ripon. He is
living at SH 446A.
Sylvester Pesl, a WWII Navy veteran, arrived from Antigo on October 5 and is residing at OH 349B.
Emil Zmek, a WWII Navy veteran, moved into MH 360B on October 5 from Eagle River.
Wayne Lohaus Sr., a Vietnam War Navy and Army veteran, arrived from Reeseville on
October 6. He is living at SH 216B.
Austin Staples, a Vietnam War Army veteran, moved into OH 416A on October 7 from
Gordon Doule, a WWII Army veteran, arrived from Oshkosh on October 11. He is residing at
John Bayer, a WWII Navy veteran, joined us on October 13 from Mauston and is living at SH 279A.
Elmer Martens, a Vietnam War Army Veteran from Marshfield, moved into AH 332A on
Robert Griffith, a Korean War Navy Veteran from Waupaca, arrived on October 19 and is residing at
Maryann Lewandowski, the wife of Army WWII veteran Raymond Lewandowski, joined us on
October 21 from Port Edwards. She is living at AH 333B.
Roman Leonard, a WWII Army veteran from Wausau, moved into SH 219A on October 27.
James Quinn, a WWII Marine Corps veteran, joined us on October 28 from Hales Corner. He is
living at OH 249A.
The KNX Party Band
entertained members thanks
to the sponsorship of the May
Staff planted a tree in memory of
co-worker Ben Eastling who passed
from cancer in April. Ben’s daughter
(second from right) attended the
Billie Jo Read, on behalf of the Angels of the
Battle Field, presented a donation of coupon
books for members to redeem in the gift shop,
King Cafe and Alley 5.
Alice Bentley, the American Legion Auxiliary
Hospital Representative, made a private donation
of a high quality exercise bike to the WVH-King
member exercise room.
Acting Commandant Jackie Moore accepts
a check from the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Auxiliary Department President
Sharon Oliver to purchase computer ink
for members and a composite bench for
the grounds. Fourteen Auxiliary members
also toured WVH-King on September 29.
Librarian Linda Hagen accepts a donation
from member Gary Schwersinske for the
library and computer center.
On behalf of the members, we sincerely thank the following for their generous donations.
VFW #9748 of Ogdensburg The American Legion Auxiliary of Marshfield
Member Robert Stockton Jefferson County Veterans Council of Fort Atkinson
VFW Auxiliary - Department of Wisconsin D & H Sealcoating, LLC of Waupaca
AMVETS #51 of Sturgeon Bay DAV Auxiliary of Waupaca
The American Legion #47 of Portage Grace Lutheran Church of Three Lakes
Member Faye Buehler in memory of Earl Buehler Donald and Mary Richgels of DeKalb, Illinois
in memory of Marion Komurka
Member Gary Schwersinske
Robert and Beverly Schmitz of Stevens Point
AMVETS #1887 of Waupaca in memory of Marion Komurka
Sterling and Barbara Strause of Wild Rose ELKS Lodge #675 of Portage
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of The American Legion #337 of Pulaski
La Crosse in memory of Robert Dunbar
VFW #7898 of Woodruff
Member Doris Boyden
MOPH - Department of Wisconsin
Roundy Memorial Baptist Church of Whitefish Bay
in memory of Jane Zuehlsdorf Member Jacqueline King
Company E - 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Phil Gohlke of Neshkoro
St. John’s Care and Share of Saxeville
Member Courtney Coffing
VFW Auxiliary of Appleton
Member Marjorie Gasper
The American Legion Auxiliary #351 of Montello
Member Paul Jacobs
Chad and Nancy Zinda of Plantation, Florida
Fleet Reserve Association #238 of Amherst in memory of Chester Zinda
Fleet Reserve Association #238 Auxiliary Frederick Heller of Gleason
of Amherst in memory of Bonita Heller
Estate of Jane Zuehlsdorf The American Legion Auxliary #161 of King
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