January 2020 Newsletter
My Happy New Year wish for you
Is for your best year yet,
A year where life is peaceful,
And what you want, you get.
A year in which you cherish
The past year’s memories,
And live your life each new day,
Full of bright expectancies.
I wish for you a holiday
With happiness galore;
And when it’s done,
I wish you
Happy New Year,
and many more.
By Joanna Fuchs
Let's Welcome to Grand Haven Retirement
Ann & Terry Petersen!
Spotlight on Senior: Rosalyn “Rose” Teidje
This month’s Spotlight on Senior is Rosalyn “Rose” Teidje. Rose was born on
herself a “jack of all trades,” having grown up on a farm, and continuing farming throughout
most of her life before working at a Super 8 Hotel for fourteen years! During her farming days,
she has cared for chickens, pigs, and young stock. When she talks of her farming days a wide
smile stretches across her kind face, as she recalls being responsible for milking the cows.
Her smile only got wider when asked about her family. Rose married her husband Ralph
in 1953, and they spent sixty-three wonderful years together. They originally met at a dance
and Ralph mustered up the courage to ask Rose to dance. The following week they began dating
even though Rose lived all the way in Louisburg, Wisconsin and Ralph was from Davenport. Still, he would often make the treck all the way to her home to see her. Over the years they would parent three wonderful children; two girls, Cindy and Nancy, and their son Randy (who has taken over the family farm.) They also have two granddaughters, Brittany and Cara.
In July of 2018, she sold her home and joined the Grand Haven community. You’ll often find her enjoying our activities, although she gets an extra glint of joy in her eye when talking about playing euchre. She also says she enjoys coloring, stitching, and just visiting with a lot of her friends out in the dining hall and common space. While it took some getting used to, she’s really come to enjoy living at Grand Haven- making it her “home,” as is very evident with the wonderful holiday decorations adorning her apartment.
She admits that life has plenty of ups and downs that can really take a toll, but she has words of advice. “You have to keep going. Life is really hard sometimes, but people make it worth it. You just have to keep on going week by week, day by day.”
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