March 2018 Newsletter
Happy March, Grand Haven family! Spring is just around the corner & I cannot wait to see our beautiful gardens in bloom again. As we wait for the flowers to appear, we have so much to look forward to for the month of March. This March we kick off a brand new event for North Scott community seniors. March 22nd we’re thrilled to host the first ever free senior lunch. Seniors from around the area are invited to enjoy a free meal with us here at Grand Haven & stay to enjoy a few rounds of BINGO. This is a fantastic opportunity to invite a friend who’s beginning to consider what a home like Grand Haven has to offer. We’re hoping for a full house & cannot wait to meet some new faces. I am looking forward to a month of new adventures here at Grand Haven & am always glad to share those adventures with you. I celebrated 10 years last month — something that wouldn't have been possible without the love I have for my Grand Haven family. Thank you for making this job worthwhile. Dan Collins
Spotlight on Senior: Dona Cawiezell
This month’s Senior Spotlight is on Dona Marlene Litscher Cawiezell. Dona moved into Grand Haven in 2015. Dona grew up on a farm in Scott County. On the farm, they had cattle, hogs, horses, chickens and ducks. She also had a dog and a BUNCH of cats. Dona had an older brother Duane, who also was a resident at Grand Haven.
She remembers winters ice skating on the creek, delivering breakfast and dinner to all the farm hands, driving of 4H with all the other farm girls.
Dona attended school at Lincoln #6 about a quarter mile from the family home.
After her younger years, she attended school at JB Young and then graduated from Davenport High School.
Dona met her husband Tom at the Eldridge Corners Shell Station and Grocery Store, which was owned by Tom’s parents. Tom was a Plumber, and Dona worked at Davenport Bank & Trust. She started working at the Bank in High School and worked until she was pregnant. When Baby Joe started Kindergarten, Dona started working for the Eldridge Post Office. Dona was a member of the American Legion and one of her fondest memories was always carrying the American Flag in all the parades from Eldridge to Long Grove to Donahue, etc.
Tom and Dona have 5 children together; Scott, Rita, Jennifer (Hen), Jake and Joe. Dona has 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dona got “bleacher butt” while watching all the sporting activities for her grandchildren. A couple of family traditions are: At Easter time Dona sent all the grandchildren on a scavenger hunt around the town of Eldridge to locate their Easter baskets, and all her kids and grandkids have to act out the twelve days of Christmas before they can get their presents.
Dona loves living at Grand Haven. She says she doesn’t have to do a thing. The people are nice and the food is good. Dona loves to sit outside the front door when the weather is nice serving as Grand Haven’s personal greeter.
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