United Presbyterian Home News

UP Home resident donates daughter-in-law's memoir to local library

Esther Bordwell and her daughter, Lynda, spent five days last week in Minneapolis, Minn., visiting Esther’s son, John, and his wife, Martha. The highlight of their trip was a book launching party for Martha, who has published a book, “Missing Mothers,” a memoir of her life. Martha, a retired psychologist, read several selections from her book during the evening. More than 50 people attended the event. A number of books were sold. Refreshments were served to all. John and Martha’s children, Lucas Bordwell and Clara Bordwell assisted with preparations for the party. Lynda and Esther returned home on Friday with two extra books for the UP Home Library and the Washington Public Library.

Bonnie Richardson shared treats with friends and family members in the Town Center on Friday Morning in celebration of her birthday.

A festive gathering of well-wishers filled the Moore Family Dining Room on Saturday to celebrate the 90th birthday of Roberta Lampkin. All four of Bert’s children, Larry, Rick, Jeff and Ann, along with their spouses and family members shared in the planning, organizing and hosting duties to create a special day for Bert, which will long be remembered with many photos to document the occasion. Sharing in the celebration were many teachers who worked with Roberta through the years along with community friends and UP Home friends. Wednesday morning Bert shared homemade cinnamon rolls baked by Virginia Tschantz to friends and staff members.

It was a full dining room with a buzz of conversation as residents and their guests celebrated Mother’s Day with an Italian style dinner on Sunday. Carol Ray and Sue Kretzschmar remembered their moms by wearing vintage hats, gloves and handbag accessories as their mothers would have worn. Sue wore a hat that belonged to her mother and Carol made a fascinator that looked as if it may have been from Fran’s closet. Many people complimented the meal with a special nod to the three Italian desserts of Tiramisu, Pana Cotta and Cannolis with several diners reporting how delicious all three tasted.

Third floor residents of Kerr Hall displayed photos of the mothers in their lives on the shelves outside their doors in honor of Mother’s Day. It made for some interesting strolls up and down the hallway. Betty Gipple displayed a multigenerational photo to include several moms in her family. This same group plans to display graduation pictures of themselves or family members next week. Watch for them.

Lucy Landon hosted an extended family gathering over the weekend to introduce new family members when her son Christopher Landon and his wife Mary of the Kansas City area came to visit with four recently adopted children all under the age of 10. Lucy’s son Timothy and his family from Cedar Rapids, were also present. They enjoyed one big weekend slumber party at the Shepherds Inn of the Crooked Creek Christian Camp and Grandma Lucy took the kids to the Children’s Museum in Coralville.

National Nursing Home Week kicked off at the UPH on Friday with staff members enjoying lunch from the Brick Oven Food Truck on Friday before gathering for a group picture in matching T-shirts. A week of activities followed beginning with a reception Monday afternoon in which the ladies of our community were treated to ice cream sundaes while listening to the piano music of Susan See. Fruit and yogurt parfaits were delivered to residents on Tuesday and on Wednesday UPH Staff from all departments plus some special guests lined up to accompany residents of the Health Center outside on what was finally a beautiful afternoon. Many toured the campus to look for green grass and flowers in bloom. Thursday UPH staff provided salads, desserts and side dishes for a potluck that they shared with residents in the Health Center at noon.

Violin students recently serenaded residents of the Garrett Center as they enjoyed their evening meal. Benise Yudeomo and her children, Ymbrace and Celine Yudeomo along with Rita Du performed musical selections they are familiar with to the enjoyment of those in attendance. All are violin students of Gwen Ying and we appreciate them sharing their talents with us.

Classics Et Cetera for May 16, 2019, included the overture to “The Nuremberg Doll” by Adolphe Adam; “If I Could Tell You” by Idabelle Firestone; “Praeludium” by Armas Järnefelt; “The Dipsy Doodle” by Larry Clinton, played by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Edythe Wright, vocal; 1st Movement of Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Sussex by the Sea,” march by William Ward-Higgs.

“The Voice of Firestone,” sponsored by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, was a weekly radio show from 1928 until 1957, the first to feature classical music — mainly from operas and operettas — performed by the finest guest singers of the day. It was also on television from 1949 until 1963, simulcast for several years on radio. The opening theme, “If I Could Tell You,” and the closing theme, “In My Garden,” were both composed by Idabelle Firestone, the wife of the company’s president. Harvey Firestone. Tenor Richard Crooks and soprano Eleanor Steber were frequent hosts of the program, along with announcer Hugh James, and both recorded Mrs. Firestone’s songs.