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                   Sharing the Journey                          511 NE 10th Street • Abilene


HOSPICE
                                                                  (785) 263-6630
                                                                             Office
                                                                   Herington Office
OF DICKINSON COUNTY                                               100 E. Helen • Herington
                                                                   (785) 263-3611
                            QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER • SPRING 2008

 hospice
volunteer
birthdays
                                              Memorial Health System volunteers enjoyed a night of BINGO on April 29th in Abilene.
                                              Hospice was represented by 34 Volunteers, the Gray Ladies had 4 Volunteers attend
       MAY                                    and 35 Volunteers from the Health System (Memorial Hospital, Village Manor, Frontier
                                              Estates, Impact Sports and Fitness and Learn and Grow Depot) joined in the fun.
     Twila Engle 5/2
  Jeraldine Baldwin 5/11                      WOW! - 68 total volunteers from all over Dickinson County and 4 guests!
     Betty Noel 5/18                          The theme of this year’s event was “Keys to Our Success”, emphasizing that our
                                              Volunteers truly are one of the keys to the success of the health system. We commend
                                              you for your countless hours of donated time and appreciate all that you do.
                        JUNE
                      Wilma Kogler 6/1
                    Teresa Ottensmeir 6/7
                       June Nold 6/12
                       Jan Yocum 6/12
                    Diedra Dunham 6/14
                      Edna Pientka 6/19
                     Rosetta Creach 6/20
                     Velma Becker 6/23
                      Bonnie Frey 6/26

    JULY
Carolyn Mikesell 7/17
 Eunice Pryor 7/31

                        AUGUST
                       Eunice Gay 8/6
                     Darlene Sexton 8/6
                   Marla Jo Batchelder 8/17
                   Peggy McLaughlin 8/25
                      Millie Fink 8/26
                     Shiryl Pauley 8/27
                     Tammy Hand 8/28




What’s Inside?
• Recipes
• New Staff
• Memorials
• Upcoming Events
• Golf Tournament                              Above: Hospice Volunteer, Millie Fink and Village Manor Volunteer, Norma O’dell playing a game of
                                               BINGO at the Memorial Health System Volunteer Appreciation BINGO night.
          HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE OF DICKINSON COUNTY • Spring Newsletter • PAGE 2

                                                    Grandma’s Hands
                                                           AUTHOR UNKNOWN


                                                       back. As a child, my mother taught me
                                                       to fold them in prayer. They tied my
                                                       shoes and pulled on my boots. They
                                                       held my husband and wiped my tears
                                                       when he went off to war. They have been
                                                       dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent.
  Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat fee-      They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried
bly on the patio bench. She didn't move, just    to hold my newborn son. Decorated with my
sat with her head down staring at her hands.     wedding band they showed the world that I
When I sat down beside her she didn't ac-        was married and loved someone special.
knowledge my presence and the longer I sat       They wrote my letters to him and trembled
I wondered if she was OK. Finally, not really    and shook when I buried my parents and
                                                                                                     CARLA GONZALES
wanting to disturb her but wanting to check      spouse. They have held my children and
                                                                                                     Carla joined the Home Health & Hospice
on her at the same time, I asked her if she      grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and
                                                                                                     Team in December of 2007. She moved
was OK. She raised her head and looked at        shook in fists of anger when I didn't under-
                                                                                                     to this area after the tornado destroyed her
me and smiled, "Yes, I'm fine, thank you for     stand. They have covered my face, combed            home in Greensburg. Carla and her fiance
asking.” she said in a clear voice strong. "I    my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest           Troy enjoys fishing, riding Harley’s and are
didn't mean to disturb you, Grandma, but you     of my body. They have been sticky and wet,          part of the Patriot Guard. She has two teen-
were just sitting here staring at your hands     bent and broken, dried and raw. And to this         age sons; Timothy & Jacob. We welcome
and I wanted to make sure you were OK," I        day when not much of anything else of me            Carla, she is a joy to have in the office and
explained to her. "Have you ever looked at       works real well these hands hold me up, lay         a perfect match to our team.
your hands," she asked."I mean really looked     me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.
at your hands?"                                  These hands are the mark of where I've been
  I slowly opened my hands and stared down       and the ruggedness of life. But more impor-
at them. I turned them over, palms up and
then palms down. No, I guess I had never
                                                 tantly it will be these hands that God will reach
                                                 out and take when he leads me home. And
                                                                                                     The Flower Box
really looked at my hands as I tried to figure   with my hands He will lift me to His side and
                                                                                                                                   421 N. Spruce
out the point she was making. Grandma            there I will use these hands to touch the face                                      Abilene, KS
smiled and related this story: "Stop and think   of Christ. I will never look at my hands the
for a moment about the hands you have, how       same again.” But I remember God reached                                785-263-2828
they have served you well throughout your        out and took my grandma's hands and led
years. These hands, though wrinkled shriv-       her home. When my hands are hurt or sore
                                                                                                                      The Flower Box donates a rose
eled and weak have been the tools I have         or when I stroke the face of my children and
                                                                                                                            for the service of all
used all my life to reach out and grab and       husband I think of Grandma. I know she has                           Hospice patients in Abilene area.
embrace life.They braced and caught my fall      been stroked and caressed and held by the
when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.      hands of God. I, too, want to touch the face
They put food in my mouth and clothes on my      of God and feel His hands upon my face.                Flowers by Vikki donates a rose for the service
                                                                                                        of our Hospice patients in the Herington area.
            Community Wide Bereavement Support Group
                                            1st Monday of Every Month
                                                  Starting @ 7 pm                                    Fl o w ers by
                                                                                                                by
                                       at the Home Health & Hospice Office                                             Vikki
                                            in Abilene @ 515 NE 10th St

                                This session is free of charge and is facilitated by                    10 E. Main St
                                                  Chris McKee                                            Herington
                            Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice of Dickinson County

                                         For More Information: Call 263-6630                            785-258-3460
     HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE OF DICKINSON COUNTY • Spring Newsletter • PAGE 3




                                calendar of events

                                                                                                        RECIPE
            MAY                                                                                               corner
5 - Community Wide Grief Group (7pm) Abilene HH Office                       CHEESY CHICKEN & RICE BAKE
8 - Hospice Advisory Board Meeting @ Noon, Conference Room #4                1 can cream of chicken soup
20 - Abilene Hospice Volunteer Meeting (7pm) Conklin Room                    1 1/3 cup of water
27- Herington Hospice Volunteer Meeting (5:30 pm) Pizza Hut                  3/4 cup long grain white rice, uncooked
27 - Pizza Hut Fundraiser 5-9p.m. Herington & Abilene                        2 cups fresh or frozen vegetables
                                                                             1/2 tsp. onion powder
                                                                             4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
            JUNE                                                             1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
                                                                             Stir soup, water, rice, vegetables and onion
2 - Community Wide Grief Group (7pm) Abilene HH Office
                                                                             powder in 12 x 8 inch shallow baking dish.
12 - Hospice Advisory Board Meeting @ Noon, Conference Room #4
                                                                             Top with chicken. Season chicken if desired.
17- Abilene Hospice Volunteer Meeting (7pm) Conklin Room
                                                                             Cover. Bake at 375 degress for 45 minutes
21 - ED KUNZ MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
                                                                             or until done. Top with cheese. Makes 4 serv-
24 - Herington Hospice Volunteer Meeting (5:30pm) Herington Skilled Dining
                                                                             ings.

            JULY                                                             MONSTER COOKIES - 1/2 Recipe
                                                                             6 eggs
7 - Community Wide Grief Group (7pm) Abilene HH Office                       1 lb. brown sugar
10 - Hospice Advisory Board Meeting @ Noon, Conference Room #4               2 c. white sugar
15 - Abilene Hospice Volunteer Meeting (7pm) Conklin Room                    1 1/2 tsp vanilla
22- Herington Hospice Volunteer Meeting (5:30pm) Herington Skilled Dining    1 1/2 tsp white syrup
                                                                             1/2 lb. butter
         AUGUST                                                              1 1/2 lbs. peanut butter
                                                                             9 c. oatmeal
4 - Community Wide Grief Group (7pm) Abilene HH Office                       1/2 lb. m&m’s
14 - Hospice Advisory Board Meeting @ Noon, Conference Room #4               1/2 lb. chocolate chips
19 - Abilene Hospice Volunteer Meeting (7pm) Conklin Room                    Mix in order given. Bake 350 degrees for 10-
26- Herington Hospice Volunteer Meeting (5:30pm) Pizza Hut                   12 minutes.
26 - Pizza Hut Fundraiser 5-9p.m. Herington & Abilene

                                                                             CORN DIP
                                                                             2 cans Mexicorn, drained
                                                                             1 bunch green onions, chopped
                                                                             1 pinch sugar
                                                                             1 can Ro-Tel, drained
                                                                             1 cup Mayo
                                                                             1 cup Sour Cream
                                                                             Handful shredded cheese
                                                                             Mix all ingredients together and chill for
                                                                             several hours. Serve with Chips.
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                    Recent Memorials

  MURIEL CAIN                      ROBERT SMITH                        ANEDRA LAINSON
            Hank & Jo Royer                       Beverly Einhaus             Harold & Norma Perkins
               Norma Larson            Vernon & Cleta Schneider                Gerald & Becky Perkins
             Mildred Hanson                      George Goracke                  Verlyn & Kaye Perkins
              Patricia Philips                      Michelle Ford     UMB Bank Officers & Employees
                 Audry Clark             Randy & Tamara Shank                Thomas & Deanna Jones
                  Vicki Wade             Darrell & Dorcas Nelson              Lavern & Joyce Robbins
               Douglas Baier          Robert & Maureen Riodan            Dr. Steven & Toni Schwarting
    Melvin & Dolores Leckron             Ronald & Debra Nelson                     Ken & Ann Manning
              Helen Huffman              Kathy & Terry Kasparek             Verlyn & Marcheta Perkins
      Ardith & Floyd Duncan                  Dwight & Mary Fora                 Vernon & Bertha Hazel
         Judy & Gordon Long              Larry & Mary Jane Riffel                Virgil & Carol Wenger
    Victor & Frances George                      Mary Ruth Dieter                          Melva Rector
                                   Mr. & Mrs. WM. J. Debold, Jr.                        Julian Sundgren
   JUTTA TECH                           Brad and Brenda Bowers                           Betty Chandler
                                               Anita & Jeff Butler   Seniorcize Class @ Impact Sports
                Richard Tech               Francis & Marie Ryan                 Kelly & Marjorie Deeter
               Velma Becker        Henry & Ursula Van Decreek                Cecil & Jeannie Schrader
  Daniel & Delynne Whitehair                           Karen Cox                          Donn Lainson
 Raymond & Debbie Beckman                                                    Spence & Georgia Murray
           Mary Ann Wehling      ROBERT BACKHUS                                             Myrna Spicer
             Edna Whitehair                                                       E. Jeanne Strickland
     Robert & Rhoda Fraiser                     Holm Automotive                          Vera Riekeman
               David Riordan                        Linda Peters             Michael & Rachelle Breen
       Delbert & Twila Engle                 Larry & Ilene Lamer
      R.A. & Janet Deneault                          Esther Klein
      Chris & Tish Hutchison                      Marilyn Stroda
                                   Henry & Ursula Van Decreek           RICHARD VOPAT
                                         Adam & Jolie McDaniel
MAXINE HAYNES                      P.J. & Martha Sanders White                   Alfred & June Dolezal
                                             Verna Schultz Page             Leland & Nancee Richards
          Jeanne McLaughlin                                                     Steve & Christa Gfeller
                                           Glenn & Gwen Oleen
                                         Keith & Debra Johnson                    Vera & Shelly Pejsha
 SHIRLEY BEISEL                            Linda & Robert Duren            Kenneth & Dana Livingston
                                             Steve & Shirley Fiffe            Tammy & Cory Downing
  Dr. Richard & Norma Mosier                       Clark Gocken               Daniel & Tamara Rohrer
                                          David & Jennie Eagles                        Marjorie Reinert
                                                   Nancy Cowan             Dennis & Jeanne Livingston
RICHARD HOUSER                               Ken & Ann Manning              Lincoln Center Employees
                                       Hope/White City Schools                      Joe & Sheryl Vopat
            Patricia Sweeney                                                                Karl Lowry
                                                                                 John & Dawn Dolezal
                                 BETTY SUE REICHERT                                  Frances Claussen
 BETTY BAKER                              William & Candy Kline

          Tim & Debra Peters       PETE SCHMUTZ                         MEG MAHAFFEY
               Baccus Repair
    Mr. & Mrs. John Vandame                        Maxine Biggs                         David Mahaffey
    HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE OF DICKINSON COUNTY • Spring Newsletter • PAGE 5




                                                  Lon elin ess
    NINA EHRSAM
                      Betty Riffel

MARY LOU GRENEMEYER                                  Loneliness can seep into our spirit
                                            and cause a vague sense of unease or even pure terror.
             Margie Schlesener
                                                  Loneliness and solitude are not the same.
                                                Solitude can be chosen and need not be lonely.
  WARREN WEBER
                                         Sources of Loneliness include loss of a significant person,
   Norma Jean & Bryon Gravott                 loss of a job or money or living space, etc., and
           Margie Schlesener                   the realization each of us is essentially alone.


   WALTER J FINN                      The loss of a Loved One brings a Loss of part of our own identity.
                                      We can no longer see ourselves through the eyes of that loved-one.

            Brenda Finn Bowers          GEORGE WALKER
                                             And our relationship with the lost loved-one
                                           is changed and perhaps even heightened by death.
MARSHA BERGESON                         The Loss of a job or career can cause us to doubt ourselves,
                                                     to question our worth as a person.
     Fred & Dorothy Holmstrom        Doubting ourselves and withdrawing makes the loneliness even worse.

 GABRIEL ROSALEZ                          The humbling effect of losing a job can be a time of Grace.
                                         The loneliness that results from the loss of the daily routine
                                               can be a place of Silence where we meet the Divine.
   Michael & Kimberly Beckham        We may begin to realize that God Loves us apart from what work we do.

  GAYLE MUSTARD                           Culture may devalue us, but we may come to the realization
                                                         that God Loves us As We Are.
            Solomon State Bank        At some time in our lives, a profound sense of Essential Aloneness
                                                                  may break.
    DEAN DAVIS
                                            It is internal, not situated in external connections.
                   Maxine Biggs
          Virgil & Carol Wenger         When we are truly shaken by this sense of Essential Aloneness,
                  Douglas Joyce                   we experience It as a conviction, a Truth.
                  Janet Hottman
                                                Facing our own death is the ultimate challenge
         Tom & Sandra Canfield                             to our minds and hearts.
GENERAL DONATION                                  What loneliness deprives us of, is not God,
                Muriel Cain Family     but our illusions about God. The finite is taken from us, not the
      Jutta & Richard Tech Family                                  Infinite.
    First Southern Baptist Church
                                        The leap from the abyss of essential aloneness is one of Faith.
           Sam’s Club Foundation
                                                         It requires the utmost courage.
                   Wilma Pearson
                                     Side by side, we can have the dual convictions that we are absolutely
   Louise Garten for Joan Noland
                                                                      alone
             Brian’s Plumbing Inc.            and that we are connected to all of Creation by God.
      St. John’s Episcopal Church
  Solomon Housing - Diane Miller      Living through loneliness requires staying within the emptiness of
                     Marie Adams                                  loneliness.
                     Connie Cover             Emptiness is only a disguise for Intimacy with God.
                  Dorothy Bowells
                   Abilene Eagles               God is in the silence, loneliness, emptiness!
                    Mark Atkinson     Our challenge: be that we are connected to all of Creation by God.
   Blue Beacon International, Inc.
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                                                                               Saturday, June 21, 2008
                                                                                 turd     une
                                                                                         Jun
                                                                                8:00 am shot gun start

                                                                      Great Life Golf and Fitness at Chisholm Trails
                                                                               645 2400 Avenue • Abilene
                                                                                         (785) 263-3313
                                                                                         4-person scramble
                                                                                    $55 per person, $220 per team
                                                                                              Price includes:
                                                                          Green Fee, Meal, T-shirt, Registration Bag, & Prize Fund

                                                                              This tournament is in memory of
                                                                   longtime Abilene businessman and restaurateur Ed Kuntz.

                                                                            2008 CORPORATE SPONSORS:
                                                                      West’s Country Mart, Angel of Dickinson County,
                                                                       Holm Automotive Center, Brierton Engineering,
                                                                      Solomon State Bank, & Gibbs Retail Liquor Store




Marita Millner, RN and Tonya Thrush, LPN for
filling in. We love having both of you around
and appreciate the quality care you give to our
patients and families.


CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!
      TULATIONS GRADUATES!
CONGRATULA                                          MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM VOLUNTEER WEEK- Abilene Mayor Lynn Peterson read a
                                                    proclamation noting that National Volunteer Week is April 27 - May 3. Pictured are, from left,
                                                    (back row) volunteer Sue Murry, Home Health & Hospice Director, Carol Whitehair, volunteers
                                                    Elaine Walters and Phyllis Welton, Hospice volunteer coordinator, Becky Rathbun, Hospice
                                                    Volunteers Carol Wenger, Velma Becker and Marilyn Jordan; (front row) city commissioners
                                                    Brenda Finn Bowers, Nesha Bailey-Mason, Mayor Peterson, and the commissioners Diane
                                                    Miller, and Judy Leyerzapf.
 Tonya Thrush - from Brown Mackie with her
    LPN Certification.


 Jeanette Vahsoltz - Associates Degree in General
    Studies from Cloud County Community College.
       HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE OF DICKINSON COUNTY • Spring Newsletter • PAGE 7



                           DID
                           YOU
                          KNOW?
                                                                       LAND THAT I LOVE.....
                                            • Only in America...can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
                                            • Only in America...are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
         WEIRD FACTS                        • Only in America...do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a
                                            diet coke.
A shrimp's heart is in its head.            • Only in America...do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens
                                            to the counters.
Wearing headphones for just an hour         • Only in America...do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway
will increase the bacteria in your ear by   and put our useless junk in the garage.
700 times.                                  • Only in America...do we use answering machines to screen calls and then
                                            have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no
                                            to in the first place.
one knows why.
                                            • Only in America...do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages
23% of all photocopier faults world-        of eight.
wide are caused by people sitting on        • Only in America...do we use the word ‘politics’ to describe the process so
them and photocopying their butts.          well: ‘Poli’ in Latin meaning ‘many’ and ‘tics’ meaning ‘bloodsucking creatures’
                                            • Only in America...do they have drive-up ATM’s with Braille lettering.
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue
print is different.




      Hospice Volunteers
Class of 2008
          Cathi Smith
         Tammy Hand
           Janet Fink
       Peggy McLaughlin
 Special Thanks to Claudia
 Williams, Dollye Novak,
 Wilma Kogler, Jennifer
 Miller, Carol Whitehair,
                                            DICK AND MARITA MILLNER DONATE QUILT RACK TO HOSPICE OFFICE
 Chris McKee, Hank Royer,
                                            Pictured are Dick and Marita Miller. Marita retired from Home Health & Hospice
 Dr. Schwarting, & Beth                     as a RN recently. Dick handcrafted the quilt rack and donated it to the office.
 Schmitt for helping with                   The rack was crafted special to display a quilt made by an unknown quilter from
 volunteer training.                        Washington, KS in the 1940’s and donated by Ellouise Marshall.
     VOLUNTEER
  MEETING SCHEDULE
                  MAY
20 - Abilene Hospice Volunteer Meeting                                                    OUR SUPPORT GROUPS
     @ 7 pm Conklin Room
                                                                                            VOLUNTEER SUPPORT GROUP
27 - Herington Hospice Volunteer Meeting                                                       6:30 - 7:00 p.m. before the
     @ 5:30 pm Pizza Hut                                                                  monthly Hospice Volunteer Meetings
                                                                                       Lead by Chris McKee to help new and vet-
                  JUNE
17 - Abilene Hospice Volunteer Meeting
     @ 7 pm Conklin Room
                                                FUNDRAISER                             eran volunteers share stories, ask questions,
                                                                                       or get suggestions on how to help with their
                                                                                       volunteer experience.
24 - Herington Hospice Volunteer Meeting
     @ 5:30 pm Skilled Dining
                                                Tuesday May, 27th                           COMMUNITY WIDE GRIEF GROUP
                                                                                              7:00-9:00 p.m. the first Monday
                  JULY
15 - Abilene Hospice Volunteer Meeting                5-9 p.m.                                        of Every Month
                                                                                       Lead by Chris McKee to encourage those liv-
     @ 7 pm Conklin Room
22 - Herington Hospice Volunteer Meeting
                                                Abilene & Herington                    ing in Dickinson County who have experienced
                                                                                       a loss of any kind. Join this group who has
     @ 5:30 pm Skilled Dining                        Pizza Hut                         bonded and gained from sharing their experi-
                                                                                       ences with loss.
               AUGUST
19 - Abilene Hospice Volunteer Meeting           20% of your receipt will be donated      BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
     @ 7 pm Conklin Room                            to Home Health & Hospice of         This 8 week session will start again on
                                                  Dickinson County per your request      August 11. Call for more information:
26 - Herington Hospice Volunteer Meeting
                                                                                                    785-263-6630.
     @ 5:30 pm Pizza Hut




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