Sharing the Journey 511 NE 10th Street • Abilene
OF DICKINSON COUNTY 100 E. Helen • Herington
QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER • SPRING 2008
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.
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
Carolyn Mikesell 7/17
Eunice Pryor 7/31
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
• New Staff
• 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
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
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
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
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calendar of events
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
JULY MONSTER COOKIES - 1/2 Recipe
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
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.
HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE OF DICKINSON COUNTY • Spring Newsletter • PAGE 4
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
Mr. & Mrs. John Vandame Maxine Biggs David Mahaffey
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Lon elin ess
MARY LOU GRENEMEYER Loneliness can seep into our spirit
and cause a vague sense of unease or even pure terror.
Loneliness and solitude are not the same.
Solitude can be chosen and need not be lonely.
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
It is internal, not situated in external connections.
Virgil & Carol Wenger When we are truly shaken by this sense of Essential Aloneness,
Douglas Joyce we experience It as a conviction, a Truth.
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.
Side by side, we can have the dual convictions that we are absolutely
Louise Garten for Joan Noland
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.
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.
HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE OF DICKINSON COUNTY • Spring Newsletter • PAGE 6
Saturday, June 21, 2008
8:00 am shot gun start
Great Life Golf and Fitness at Chisholm Trails
645 2400 Avenue • Abilene
$55 per person, $220 per team
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.
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
Jeanette Vahsoltz - Associates Degree in General
Studies from Cloud County Community College.
HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE OF DICKINSON COUNTY • Spring Newsletter • PAGE 7
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
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.
Class of 2008
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.
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-
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
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
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.
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
@ 5:30 pm Pizza Hut
511 NE 10th & HOSPICE
of Dickinson County
Abilene, KS 67410