500 Sixth Street
Mendota, IL 61342
“AN EVENING IN PARADISE”
Queen Eileen Full and King Vade Wehmeyer
Evening in Paradise was the theme for the dance with a French décor carried out.
PRAYER FOR THE AGED
LORD GOD, LOOK WITH MERCY ON ALL WHOSE
INCREASING YEARS BRING THEM
ISOLATION, DISTRESS,OR WEAKNESS.
PROVIDE FOR THEM HOMES OF DIGNITY AND PEACE;
GIVE THEM UNDERSTANDING CAREGIVERS
AND THE WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT HELP;
AND, AS THEIR STRENGTH DIMINISHES, INCREASE
THEIR FAITH AND THEIR ASSURANCE OF YOUR LOVE.
WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
From our Administrator:
Summer is upon us at Mendota Lutheran Home; it has been a season of much rain! But for anything to grow, there must be rain. So true in our daily lives here at Mendota Lutheran Home. Sometimes we need to endure some hardships to see the goodness given to us.
This past Father's Day, I received a journal from my family. Journaling requires discipline, but the rewards are endless. Thankfulness and God’s goodness keep showing up in my writing. Are you seeing the same pattern?
We have a lot to be thankful for at Mendota Lutheran Home: the State payments are catching up, timely gifts keep coming in, a steady census and passionate employees, to name just a few. Here are a few more praises in detail:
Hosea 14:5 God says, “I will be like the dew to Israel”
Israel is an arid country. The dew quenched the parched land and vegetation. Dew doesn't come down from the sky and it doesn't exactly rise up from the land. For dew to form, the air, land, temperature all have to coordinate for dew to materialize. In Hosea, God was explaining that He will materialize: take care, comfort, supply, protect, sustain, Israel when they needed Him too! How comforting to know that He will sustain us even today!
God is very good (all the time)!!!
Thanks and have an amazing summer - Jon Ragsdale, Administrator
MEMORIALS SAY I REMEMBER WITH LOVE
The residents, staff and Board of Directors of Mendota Lutheran Home are grateful that the remembrance of your loved one has inspired you to do an act of love by giving a memorial to Mendota Lutheran Home. The following names reflect memorials received during the period MARCH, APRIL, MAY and JUNE amounting to $2,050.00. If we omitted, misspelled or listed a name incorrectly, please let us know.
Janet Stuepfert, Mendota
Arleen Keen, Mendota
Jack Tidd, OH
Marge Kreiter, Rock Falls
John Bortak, Princeton
Barbara Atherton, Mendota
Elaine Kutter, Princeton – designated clothing labeling machine
Lois Jones, Mendota
Lois Borelli Stamberger, Mendota – designated Art Without Boundaries, dining services, physical therapy, activities, Chapel and any need
Clayton Buettner, Mendota
Harold Kutter, Princeton
The residents, staff and Board of Directors of Mendota Lutheran Home gratefully acknowledge the thoughtful and loving support of our many donors. The following names reflect gifts received during MARCH, APRIL, MAY and JUNE amounting to $8,688.74. If we omitted, misspelled, or listed your name incorrectly, please let us know.
Donald Schlund, Princeton – Thrivent Choice Program
Charlene Stamberger, Mendota – Thrivent Choice Program
Sr. John’s Lutheran, Mendota – benevolence
Immanuel Lutheran, Compton – 4 crocheted shawls & handiwork
Charles & Marilyn Botts, Earlville - designated therapy dept.
Shirley Coats, Princeton – 2 large print calendars
Betty Worple, Mendota – Piano for Barth Lounge in memory of Pastor Susan Eckhoff and piano tuning for 2 pianos
Zion Lutheran Church Women, LaMoille – 71 clothing protectors
Rev. Earnest and Beverly Serr, TX
Rebecca Schlund, Princeton – Thrivent Choice Program
Kim Cabodi, CA - Thrivent Choice Program
Betty Worple, Mendota - Thrivent Choice Program
Marian Lovgren, Princeton - Thrivent Choice Program
Joan DeWeerth, Mendota - Thrivent Choice Program
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Women’s Guild, Princeton – birthday cake for April
St. John’s Lutheran, Mendota – benevolence
Marge Fassig’s family
Bethany Lutheran, Leland – March benevolence
Georgia Mathesius, Mendota – word find books
Helen Hoover, Freeport – postage for newsletter
Zion Lutheran, LaMoille – designated reclining shower chair
Donald Schlund, Princeton – Thrivent Choice Program
Maurice Faber, Mendota - Thrivent Choice Program
Doris Miller, Mendota - Thrivent Choice Program
Myrna Simon, Mendota - Thrivent Choice Program
St. John’s Lutheran, Mendota - benevolence
Bethany Lutheran, Leland – April benevolence
Betty J. Worple, Mendota – Mother’s Day flowers
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Compton – benevolence
Eileen Klotz – 2 walkers
Family of Clint Sondgeroth – wheelchair
St. John’s Lutheran Church Women, Peru – birthday cake & corsages for June
Bethany Lutheran Church, Leland – May benevolence
Greta Bates, LaMoille
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Princeton
Thrivent Financials for Lutherans LaSalle Co. Chapter #31095 “Care Abounds in Community Program” (Pork Chop BBQ Fundraiser) – therapy appliances
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota – benevolence
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota – designated courtyard landscaping project
Mr & Mrs. William Bentley, Mendota - Personal Care Supplies
ESTATES & TRUSTS
Laura H. Crowe
Ken Kurth, President - Holy Cross Catholic, Mendota Rev. Kevin Weeks - Zion Lutheran, LaMoille
Joanne Miller, Vice President - St. John's Lutheran, Mendota Ginny Becker - Community United Methodist, LaMoille
Greta Bates, Secretary - Immanuel Lutheran, Compton Dr. Rev. Dale Peterson - St. John's Lutheran, Mendota
John Nielsen, Treasurer - Immanuel Lutheran, Earlville Gloria Cogdal - Zion Lutheran, Mendota
Rev. Michael Morrell - First United Methodist, Mendota
SCHEDULE FOR AUXILIARY VOLUNTEER WORKERS
August 14 - St. John’s Lutheran, Mendota
Birthday Cake & Corsages - 15 - Immanuel Lutheran, Rock Falls
September 11 - Immanuel Lutheran, Compton
September 25 - Immanuel Lutheran, Rock Falls
Bithday Cake & Corsages - 16 Immanuel Lutheran, Compton
October 9 - Immanuel Lutheran, Earlville
October 23 - St. Matthew’s Lutheran, Princeton
Birthday Cake - 15 - Immanuel Lutheran, Amboy
Corsages - St. Paul’s Lutheran, Franklin Grove
NOVEMBER 13 - Zion Lutheran, LaMoille
Birthday Cake & Corsages - 15 - Immanuel Lutheran, Earlville
VOLUNTEERS = PRICELESS!
Thank you for helping us keep our mailing list current by informing us when you have a change of address or no longer wish to receive the Mendota Lutheran Home Newsletter. By doing so, you will be helping us save on postage.
All residents’ rooms will have folding chairs in their closet for guests & visiting pastors
Resident bed safety monitors - $90 each (any donation appreciated)
Slings for mechanical lifts - $220 each (any donation appreciated)
Oxygen concentrator - $550 (any donation appreciated)
Electric recliner w/ incontinence protector for lounge - $1,000 each (any donation appreciated)
Alternating pressure mattresses - $600 each (any donation appreciated)
Wheelchairs - $200 - $300 each
Pressure relieving chair pads - $80 each (any donation appreciated)
Safety chair monitor - $90 each (any donation appreciated)
New televisions for residents -$150 each
Broda chairs $1800-$3200 each (any donation appreciated)
Reclining shower chair - $1,435 still needed
Vacuum air pot - $60
Insulated coffee carafe - $25
Recliner chair pads - $70 dozen
Dustbuster hand vacuum - $60
Storage tubs/32 qt. & 17 qt. - $40
Shelving unit for storage - $100
Cash donation for ice cream on van rides during summer months - $100
Royan Mr. Wrister - $50
Cando Hand Exerciser Web - $50
Airex Balance Pad - $47
EZ Exer-Board - $160
Yes-U-Can Fine Motor Exercise Kit - $44
Incline Board - $300
PVC Pipe Tree - $80
Body Blade - $140
Batca Flat Incline-Decline Bench - $900
Items for busy box – hand grippers, wind up toys, etc.(any donation appreciated)
OPEN ADMISSION POLICY
It is the policy of Mendota Lutheran Home, 500 Sixth St., Mendota, IL, to admit and treat all residents without regard to race, color or natural origin. The same requirements for admission are applied to all, and residents are assigned within the nursing home without regard to race, color, or natural origin. There is no distinction in eligibility for in-residents service provided by or through the nursing home. All facilities of the nursing home are available without distinction to all residents and visitors regardless of race, color or natural origin. All persons and organizations that have occasion either to refer residents for admission or recommend Mendota Lutheran Home are advised to do so without regard to residents’ race, color or natural origin.
To The Mendota Lutheran Home Staff,
Thank you for the loving care you gave to my grandmother, Lois Jones. I can’t begin to let you know how much it means to me that she was taken care of by people who truly cared for her and loved her. God has given you truly special gifts.
The family of Lois Borelli Stamberger would like to say how much we appreciate everything that you have done for our mom over the last 3 ½ years. You have made her last years feel like her home. Everyone has been so loving and caring to mom, and to all of us. The Lutheran Home has become a part of our family. We will miss our mom and all of the staff and residents that we have come to love. God Bless each and every one of you.
Ken & Pat Becker, Jim & Karn Borelli, Don & Kathy Borelli, Mark & Robin Borelli, Rick & Connie Borelli, Garry & Rita Borelli, Larry & Kerri Borelli
Administrator & Staff:
Thank you for the arrangement sent to Dad’s service. Also thank you for the wonderful care you provided him during the last few months of his life. His being at the home with our mother provided her with a sense of peace during this time. We are extremely blessed to know he was in good hands.
Our Sincere Thanks,
Von Biers, Deanna Baker & Lori Losey
Thanks for your care and concern for our father. It meant a lot to us that you took such good care of him. He was ready to go Home. Thanks too for the memorial service. It meant a lot to us.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
The family of John Mahaffey
NEW OFFICE HOURS - Effective March 2, 2013, office hours on:
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays will be from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Weekday hours will remain the same, 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH APRIL - Katie Brown, LPN
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH MAY - Linda Lysland Due, Dining Services
(pictured with Karen Wold, Director of Dining Services)
Couples enjoying the Valentine luncheon
Left: Art & Esther Washkowiak, Right: George & Maribelle Fitch.
** M/M Washkowiak’s name was listed incorrectly in the Spring Newsletter.
Sheri Bowne, ADON, paying tribute to Dr. Vercimak at a luncheon held to honor him for his 15 years of dedicated service as
Medical Director at MLH. Dr. enjoying his rocking chair, gift from the Home.
Dr. Vercimak and his wife Penny
Ready to cut the cake at the reception held at the Home in his honor.
Several ladies from St. John’s Lutheran Church have been working in the courtyards cleaning and planting. How very much their work has been appreciated. Pictured L to R: Joanne Miller, Greta Bates, Ellen Olson and Norma Peasley - not pictured Rita Randecker and Joanne Kidd. Others who helped with the project are Marcia Engels and Deb Rose.
Residents enjoying an outdoor social time in the newly freshened Courtyard.
NATIONAL NURSING HOME WEEK
May 12 – May 18
“IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME”
Convertible Rides with Nancy Jackson, Marketing Director. Courtesy of Schimmer's.
Ruth Musser, Alma Schuetz, Frances Ege
The Petting Zoo is always a big hit with our Residents and employees!
Pictured above are Jim Zinke holding a white skunk and Mary Hild holding a chinchilla.
SINCERE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE NURSING HOME WEEK A GREAT SUCCESS!!!
500 Sixth Street
Mendota, IL 61342