November 2018 Newsletter
As November approaches us with leaves still changing colors and an amazing Thanksgiving feast, it becomes one of my favorite months of the year.
I am so thankful for our amazing staff & for you, my Grand Haven family. Thank you for your positivity, flexibility, & generosity. I am constantly inspired by the moments of kindness I see each day. We are looking forward to spending the holidays with all of you and want to impress you again this year with all of the decorations going up soon! I’d like to share this sweet poem with you all to start off this month of thankfulness:
Give thanks for each new morning with its light For rest and shelter of the night For health and food, for friends and love For everything thy goodness sends.
Happy November, Grand Haven family!
Let's Welcome to Grand Haven Retirement
Donald & Sandra Frericks
Spotlight on Senior: Myra Arlene Baustian Lantau Tunwall
Myra Arlene Baustian Lantau Tunwall moved into Grand Haven in February of 2013. Myra originally lived in Luverne, Minnesota, but then moved to Davenport, Iowa, at the age of 4. Growing up, her family did truck farming for a living. Her step-father would do most of the planting while the siblings handled the rest of the work.
Myra has 2 brothers and 1 sister. Throughout her childhood memories with her siblings, she enjoyed playing and going roller–skating in Davenport. They would go whenever they could, whether it was during the week or on the weekend. Myra attended and graduated from Central High school in Davenport, IA. Myra met her first husband Earl on a blind date. After being together for quite some time, they decided to tie the knot and were married on September 20, 1942. Earl was a business manager for 109 IBEW for many years while Myra oversaw the hot lunch program for the North Scott school district for 18 years. They had one daughter together, Trudy.
Myra had a blast doing this with her even though it took her 3 days how to waterski versus 1 day for Trudy. Myra and Earl did a lot of fishing and trapshooting together. They were married for 48 years until 1991 when Earl passed away. She met her second husband John at the Cardiac Rehab Group. After being together for quite some time, they decided to get married on May 20, 1995. They enjoyed spending their time with one another by taking hikes and walks and riding their bicycles. John worked at the Arsenal as a teacher and then later retired. They were married for 7 years until 2002 when John passed away.
Myra has 4 step-children, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed going to numerous baseball games, fishing trips, and swimming meets. She also enjoyed playing different types of games with all her grandkids. Not only is Myra a huge Cub’s fan but, throughout her life, she has accomplished many achievements; hiking the Grand Canyon, kayaking in Alaska and Lake Tahoe, and being apart of the Hall of Fame for the Senior Olympics in the years 2000 and 2011. Her favorite sport she enjoyed the most during the Olympics was biking.
Myra has been at Grand Haven for 5 years now and is very happy here. She likes the staff, nurses, and kitchen. What she enjoys the most is all the different types of activities we do and the trips we take. In her own words, “They are very good to me and provide transportation.