May 2018 Newsletter

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Welcome, May! The gardens are starting to green & the blooms just beginning to open. I’m so excited to see our beautiful Grand Haven courtyards in full bloom soon! May brings along more sunshine & warmer weather — perfect for BBQ’s! Thank you to everyone who brought a friend to our “Spring Cookout” last month. It was wonderful to share a meal with old & new friends. I’d also like to thank our staff for going above & beyond to take care of all of our guests during the event. I hope that you’ll invite someone special to our Garden Tea Party on the 22nd of this month. It’s a great opportunity to share the beauty of our gardens & enjoy an afternoon in the Spring sunshine & friendship. Happy Spring, Grand Haven! Dan Collins

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Spotlight on Senior: Bessie (Anderson) Swanson

May 2018

This month’s Spotlight on Senior is Bessie (Anderson), Swanson. Bessie grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. Her Father was a mechanic and her mother was a homemaker. Bessie has three sisters and one brother. Bessie remembers all the fun family gatherings, playing ball, and roller skating.

Bessie met her husband (Walter) at the roller skating rink in Omaha. Walter was a steamfitter in the Union for over 50 years while Bessie was an alterations specialist, quilter and homemaker. They had three children: Elizabeth in Los Angeles, CA., Lynette in Long Grove and Walter who died at age 59.

Bessie fondly remembers fishing vacations with the family to Minnesota and Canada, as well as attending horse shows and sporting events with the kids and grandkids. Bessie has five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and another expected in May. Bessie really enjoys when they come and visits and loves all the hugs and kisses.

Bessie moved to Grand Haven in January of 2017. Bessie says that Grand Haven is a friendly place to live, has good accommodations and is very clean. Bessie especially enjoys the social bus trips and participating in craft days.

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