October 2018 Newsletter

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Hello, October!

September was a busy month for us this year. Along with the beautiful weather we had, it was also filled with fun activities for everyone to enjoy. I’m looking forward to the fall season here at Grand Haven.

One of my favorite moments from last month was our annual Butterfly Release celebration. Thank you to everyone who helped make that event extra special. It was a beautiful evening to enjoy the company of those closest to us.

We are very lucky to be surrounded by such an amazing loving family here at Grand Haven. I love Grand Haven in the fall, when the weather is just chilly enough, that stepping inside fills your hearts with warmth and comfort.

Our 2 witches in the activity department have a bunch of tricks and also some treats in store for everyone this month so stay tuned to your calendar for all the ghoulish, spooky, and ghostly surprises that are in store.

Happy October, Grand Haven family!
Dan Collins

Let's Welcome to Grand Haven Retirement

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Milton & Dee Schatz

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Fun Activities

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The ladies playing BINGO at St. Ann’s

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Becca, our RN helping Louise Hamilton

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Barney whipping up some pudding

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Phyllis & Sue smiling for the camera

Spotlight on Senior: Donald & Connie Decker

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Donald Ambers and Constance (Connie) Ann Decker moved into Grand Haven February 2017. Donald lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father was a farmer in Kentucky during the depression. The family moved to Cincinnati, and his father was a Stationary Engineer for the Ford Motor transmission plant. Donald’s mother worked at the Proctor & Gamble Co. headquarters in the Marketing department. Connie lived in Cincinnati, Ohio as well. Her father was a tool die & gage maker at Ford Motor Co. He worked on the Manhattan project for WWII. Her mother was a homemaker. Connie had one younger sister Barbara (deceased). Connie attended McNicholas Catholic H.S. in Cincinnati. After graduating in 1958, she worked as an accountant for a bond company.

Donald is the oldest of 4 children. He has one sister (Linda) and two brothers (Larry & David). They all enjoyed living and playing in the big city. In 1957, Donald attended the University of Cincinnati and majored in accounting. Donald and Connie met on a blind date when they were both 17 years old. They dated for four and a half years and got married on April 15th, 1961. Over a 15-year period, they adopted five children (Keith, Kelli, Kerri, Katti, and Kip. Katti passed away in 2016). Connie has been a mother and housewife all their married life. Having five children, she has enjoyed a full family life moving around the country. She ran the
house while Donald made the money.

Once Donald graduated, he went to work for Ford Motor Co. in Lima, Ohio. After ten months in Texas with the National Guard, he went to Cincinnati and worked for an Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He eventually moved on to a career that lead him to the Champion Paper Co. in Hamilton, Ohio. Later, Donald and Connie moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where he was the Vice President of Taxes for a company called, “Kentucky Life Insurance.” Their next adventure was heading to Washington, D.C., as Donald became the 1st Director of Taxes for AMTRAK. After working for AMTRAK, they moved to the Quad Cities where Donald worked for a CPA firm.

He worked with this firm for 25 years and then retired at the age 55. Even though he was retired, he decided to work for a while longer as an Investment Advisor for 22 years and then finally retired at the age of 77. Donald & Connie have 16 grandchildren. They enjoy being with all the kids and grandkids on big family vacations in Panama City Beach, Florida, and Jamaica. Every July, they have a big Decker Family Reunion (for the last 47 years) at Falls of Rough, Kentucky. What they enjoy most
about living at Grand Haven are all the friendly nurses and aids. Their 2-bedroom apartment has become an excellent home for them.

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