Community Involvement

Donations of

Time, Talents, & Treasures.

Thank You !!

With great pride and honor, we salute our heroes of the past and present – the Veterans!    Best wishes to them on Veterans Day & May God Bless!  Many thanks to the volunteers of the Bellevue American Legion Post #273 Revere Color Guard Larry Lampe, Jim Kilburg, Dick Zeimet, Mark Cloos, Rob Roben, Chuck Kueter, Maury Anderson, Roger Michels, and Dale Ernst and the American Legion Auxiliary Ladies Vivian Pitlo, Linda Strickler, Daphne Richie and Jean Kilburg for presenting their Veteran’s Program with singing and meeting with our  own veterans Allen Kilburg, Raymond Lawson, Louis Bernhard, Eldon W., James Cloos, John “Ben” Klein, Richard Helbing, Robert Flemming, and Lloyd Kilburg from the Mill Valley Care Center and the Sunrise Villa Assisted Living during the morning on Tuesday.  Thanks to the volunteers and Vivian Pitlo from the American Legion Auxiliary Ladies for their assistance during this event. 

In Honor of our Veterans, with Respect, Honor and Gratitude, we thank you and all the veterans, service men and women for their and your service in preserving our freedoms 24/7.  May God Bless you & May Bless God America.  Thanks to Benita Dobson (resident, volunteer) for presenting to the Color Guard and resident/tenant veterans a token of appreciation prepared by the residents at Mill Valley Care Center on Tuesday.  Thanks for allowing Benita & us to “thank you” with a token of appreciation to you for your service.  Thanks for allowing us this opportunity to “feel good” and to “feel tied” to this community.  Thanks again to volunteers Larry (Maryetta) Lampe and Vivian (John) Pitlo for their assistance during this event.  Thanks to Amy Neblung-Roth (staff) and all involved staff for their assistance in Activities during this event on Tuesday.

Thanks to everyone who generously gave of their time, talent and treasure in making our Annual Craft & Bake Sale on Saturday (10/19/2019) possible.  Thanks to our Bellevue Community & surrounding areas, all residents, tenants, families, friends, volunteers, staff, and anonymous.  Thanks to volunteers Sandra & Robert Hayward, Erica Hayward, John Rubel (staff), Brandi Veach (staff), Chef Chad (Culinary Manager) and the Dietary staff, and all staff for assisting Activities during the morning and afternoon on Saturday.

Thanks to the following contributors for their donations for/to the Craft & Bake Sale (10/19/2019); listed in no particular order:  Sandra Hayward for assisting many hours, time, and design in Activities throughout this week and for her countless donation of items.  Robert Hayward for assisting Activities.  Erica Hayward for her assistance in Activities.  Sharen Fultner for her donations of crochet lap robes.  Laurie Anderson for her donation of 3 packages of cookies and 3 packages of bars.  Mary Paul for her donation of crochet items, stuffed puppy animals, crochet dish towels, and crochet baby and adult stocking hats.  Sharon Konrardy for her donation of handsewn 6 walker bags.  Gina Hingtgen for her donations of 2 LED lighted pictures,  Ann Hoff for her donation.  Marian Stecklein for her donation.  Joan McKim for her donations of assorted items and cork artwork items.  The Millie Hoff Family, Joan Parker (Millie’s daughter) donated 10 Hanging Towels, 5 small breads, and a centerpiece.  Joanne Watters (Millie’s daughter, twin to Joan) donated 24 Brownies (individually wrapped) and 1 Christmas Centerpiece.  Theresa Schwager for her donation of 2 games.  Joy Marchiando for her donations of items.  Brandi Veach for her donation of items.  Anonymous  for their donations of Peach Pie, Hickory Nut Pie, Scotcharoos Bars, 2 Lemon Zucchini Breads, 2 Banana Breads, Oster Crackers Snack Mix.  Cheryl Horan for her donation of 8 loaves of breads and cookies.  Bea Hansen for her donation of Creamed Filled Cupcakes and craft items.  Dianne Finzel for her donation of Baked Apple and Pumpkin Pies.  R. S. for her donation of 2 pies.  Cleta Deppe for her donation of Cherry Pie.  Jr. Steines for his donations of 2 buckets of Red Delicious Apples. Laura Steines for her donation of 2 baked loaves of Pumpkin Bread and a Baked Apple Pie.  Mary Puls for her donation of 2 Baked Peach Pies.  Linda Kueter for her donation of a plate of Baked Peanut Butter Cookies.  Donna Medinger for her assistance in Activities.  Averle & Sue Bevan for their donation of Baked and packaged of (many) Assorted Cookies and Homemade Caramels Candies.  Laura Heinken and Anonymous for their donations of items.  Mary Ann Woyke (staff), April Minear (staff), and Amy Waller (DON) for their assistance in Activities.  James Harkness (Administrator) for his assistance to Activities.  Theresa Schwager for her assistance.  Joy Marchiando for her assistance.  Brandi Veach & Jeny Ostern for their assistance in Activities and joining us (with their table).  John Rubel for his assistance in Activities before & after the Craft & Bake Sale.  Residents, tenants, families, volunteers, and staff for their assistance and support in Activities.  Bellevue Herald-Leader, Preston Times, KMAQ, Bellevue Cable, all area Churches, and to all their/our loyal readers/listeners for all their assistance.  [We hope we didn’t forget anyone; but if we did, we deeply apologize.  We are most grateful & appreciate all your support and kindnesses.  (Theresa & Joy)]  Congratulations to all the winners at our Craft & Bake Raffle:  Shirley Black, Bev Sullivan, Cleta Deppe, Sharon Zeimet, Cheryl Hellstrom, Sharon Kueter, Joan Hingtgen, and Sherry Pakeme.

Thanks to The Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce, Bellevue Board of Directors, Carrie Weaver (Executive Director, Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce), and the Bellevue Chamber members, for their donations toward candy for the residents and tenants to handout during the “Halloween Trick or Treat & Party” on Sunday, October 27th.  Thanks to all the participating families and staff for donating Halloween candy and joining in this Halloween event for the residents and tenants.  Thanks again to all the residents, tenants, families, staff, Chef Chad Myers (Culinary Manager), Dietary, Nursing, Housekeeping, and all involved staff with Theresa & Joy (Activities) during the afternoon on Sunday.  Thanks to Sandra Hayward (volunteer) for her assistance with Activities throughout this event of “Halloween Trick or Treat” event during the afternoon on Sunday.

Marquette Catholic High School for their “Make A Difference Day” visit with students:  Sara Christiansen, Jori Heinrich, Nolan Tracy, Joe Hager, and Randy Koos (MHS Director of Business and Finance) assisting with washing window, assisting with some housekeeping tasks, etc., all which were greatly appreciated during the day of Monday.  Thanks again for remembering us and “making a difference” at the Mill Valley Care Center and Sunrise Villa Assisted Living.

Sandra Hayward, Laurie Anderson, and Sharon Konrardy (volunteers) for hosting Manicures for the residents at Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and for the tenants at Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) during the morning on four Fridays.

Sandra Hayward and Sharon Konrardy (volunteers) for hosting Manicures for the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the morning on Friday.

Chef Chad (Culinary Manager) and the Dietary staff for providing and hosting “Community Outreach to/for the Bellevue Police Department” with the residents/tenants during the afternoon on Friday.  Special Thanks to Bellevue Police Chief Lynn Schwager for his assistance in Activities.

Chef Chad (Culinary Manager) and the Dietary staff for providing and hosting “Community Outreach to/for the Bellevue Senior Center” with the residents/tenants during the afternoon on Friday.  Special Thanks to Karen Osar (Director, Bellevue Senior Meal Site) for her assistance and volunteerism in Activities.

Chef Chad (Culinary Manager) for providing “Popcorn” in celebrating “National Popcorn Month” for the residents during the afternoon on two Mondays.  Chef Chad for bringing in his special popcorn popper for these events.

Chef Chad (Culinary Manager) and the Dietary staff for providing and hosting “Happy Hour with Chef Chad” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the afternoon on Friday.

Chef Chad (Culinary Manager) and the Dietary staff for providing and hosting “National Cappuccino Day with Chef Chad” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Friday.

Chef Chad (Culinary Manager) and the Dietary staff for providing a breakfast at the SVAL for the meeting of the Jackson County Round Table members during the morning on Thursday.

Louis Bernhard (resident) & Family for sharing his birthday cake and ice cream with us.

Richard Osar (resident) & Family for sharing his birthday cake with us.

James Cloos (resident) & Family for sharing his birthday cake with us.

Marie Berthel (tenant) and Family for sharing her birthday cake and ice  cream with us.

Amy Neblung-Roth (staff) for sharing her birthday Chocolate Chip bars with the staff.

Cindy Schlecht for her donation of assorted  Christmas cards.

Steve Nemmers for his assistance.

Marie Ambrosy (resident) and Family for her donation of homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for staff.

Virginia Valant (staff) for her donation of books.

Sandra Hayward for her donations of items.

Family of Leo Johnson for their donations of items.

Benita Dobson (resident) for her donations of items.

Anonymous for their donations of items.

Sandra & Robert Hayward (volunteers) for their assistance in Activities.

Thelma Nissen and Arlene Till (volunteers) (from the Jackson County Court House) for assisting the residents and tenants with voting “Absentee Ballot” during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Marian Vaughn (volunteer) for bringing in 18 handsewn quilting identification card holders for the residents to use on Wednesday.

Jill Nolting (volunteer) for allowing us to use her bread maker for the “Homemade Bread” activity held for/with the residents/tenants during the afternoon on Monday.  Karen Osar (volunteer) for assisting Activities during this event on Monday.

Kenneth Kilburg (volunteer) for hosting “Kenny’s Visits”, visiting the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the morning on five Tuesdays; and for hosting Men’s Club at MVCC for/with the men on five Fridays.

Dave Eischeid and Sue & Earl Sawvel (volunteers) for hosting “Artwork with Dave, Sue and Earl” (artwork class) at MVCC during the morning on five Thursdays and helping our resident/tenant students unlock their art talents.  The Bellevue Arts Council for sponsoring these Painting Classes.

Laura McCool (volunteer) for hosting and making available “Knitting with Laura” & “Crocheting” and sharing  “Local Chatter” / “The Good Old Days” / “Reminiscing” / “Memories” (fond memories) with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on five Tuesdays.

Terry Mertens (volunteer) for hosting “Pet Therapy”, sharing her pet dog and parrots for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the mid-morning on five Wednesdays.

Jason & Carrie Rowan (volunteers) for hosting “Pet Therapy with K-9 Comfort”, sharing a very obedient and friendly female dog named Ally with the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the afternoon on Wednesday.  [Ally is the “Therapy Dog” for/from Carson’s Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Jason Rowan is an Animal Behavior College (ABC) certified dog trainer with K-9 Comfort in Bellevue, Iowa.]

Gene Bryson (volunteer) for his assistance and for providing and driving the van for our “Van Outing – RTA Leaf Tour” for/with the tenants at SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesday and Thursday.

Bea Hansen, Dula Tebbe, Lorraine Ruff, Betty Michels, and Meg Baugh (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Crafts with Bea” at MVCC during the afternoon on Tuesday, where the residents/tenants made a “Thanksgiving Turkey” and a “Crystal Christmas Angel”.  Bea Hansen (volunteer) for providing all the craft ideas and supplies for the residents/tenants for this activity on Tuesday.

Bea Hansen, Lorraine Ruff, Betty Michels, and Meg Baugh (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Crafts with Bea” at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesday, where the tenants made a “Thanksgiving Turkey” and a “Crystal Christmas Angel”.  Bea Hansen (volunteer) for providing all the craft ideas and supplies for the tenants for this activity on Tuesday.

A “Where in the World” education project featuring the country of Germany was presented on Monday.  A German meal consisting of Pork Schnitzel, Sweet & Sour Cabbage, German Potato Salad, and German Chocolate Cake was served to the residents/tenants during the noontime.  A talk on Germany was presented by Theresa (staff) to the residents/tenants during the afternoon.  To further enhance the “Where in the World” travelogue to Germany experience, audience participation was encouraged during the talk, allowing questions and answers, and/or sharing/reminiscing about their German heritage.

Joe & Kelly O’Donnell and Ian O’Donnell (volunteers) for hosting “Ireland with The O’Donnells with their Irish Wolfhounds (McKellen and Mahoney)”, presenting and celebrating a “Where in the World” travelogue to Ireland and sharing educational ancestral history with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Thursday.  Thanks again to the O’Donnells for sharing their Irish Wolfhounds (McKellen and Mahoney) with the residents and tenants, a nice form of therapeutic pet therapy.  Thanks also to Chef Chad (Culinary Manager) and the Dietary staff for providing Mini Irish Reuben Sandwiches with an Irish beverage for the residents and tenants during this Irish themed event on Thursday.

Jr. Steines (volunteer) for hosting “Euchre Club” with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on five Mondays.

Karen Osar and Dianne Finzel (volunteers) for hosting bingo games for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Monday.

Marlene and Mark Cloos (volunteers) for hosting bingo games for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on two Mondays.

Karen Osar and Alice Kilburg (volunteers) for hosting bingo games for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Monday.

Dianne Finzel and Alice Kilburg (volunteers) for hosting bingo games for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Monday.

Gloria Petesch, Mary Thielen, Rosie Williams, Eunice Schladetzky, Lucy Zeimet, Patti Eggers, and Beth Rogge with Joyce Till (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Lutherans” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Bea Hansen, Judy Graham, Arlene Keil, Phyllis Reistroffer, Diane Dempewolf, and Karen Osar with Joyce Till (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Lutherans” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Eunice Schladetzky, Gloria Medinger, Linda Ries, with Joyce Till, Sandra Kempter, and Janet Capesius (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Lutherans” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Maryetta Lampe, Karen Osar, Pat Roling, Judy Moran, and Clara Ernst, with Joyce Till (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Rosary Society” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Dianne Finzel, Joyce Till, Sandra Kempter, and Pam Gendreu (volunteers) with Joy for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Rosary Society” during the afternoon on Wednesday.  Dianne, Joyce, Sandra, and Pam for their assistance; it is appreciated.

Joan Jess, Jane Ernst, and Linda Schleker with Joyce Till (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the American Legion Auxiliary Ladies” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Saturday.

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment (music & memories) for/with the residents at MVCC and tenants at SVAL during noontime on five Fridays.

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment (music & memories) for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the evening on two Sundays and on three Mondays.

Erica Hayward (volunteer) for singing songs to/for the residents’ enjoyment and visiting “one on one” with the residents in their rooms during the mid-morning on Saturday.

Scott Kaczinski for hosting “Music with Scott”, providing guitar music entertainment for the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the mid-morning on Monday.

Randy Rodgers (volunteer) for hosting “Music with Randy”, providing guitar musical entertainment for/with the residents during mid-morning on Sunday.

Liz Barry (volunteer) for hosting “Music with Liz”, providing musical entertainment (music & memories) for/with the tenants/residents at MVCC during the evening time on Monday.

Teresa Jacobsen for providing musical entertainment (music & memories) during our “Halloween Party” for/with the tenants and residents during the afternoon on Thursday.

Judy Ganzer (volunteer) for hosting “Music with Judy”, providing piano musical entertainment for/with the tenants at SVAL and the residents at MVCC during the noontime on Tuesday.

Halle Heim (volunteer) for providing Dinner Musical entertainment for/with the tenants at SVAL during the evening-time on Wednesday.

Gloria Petesch (volunteer) for providing Patriotic Musical entertainment for/with the residents at MVCC during the evening on Wednesday.

The Mennonite Choir (volunteers) for visiting and singing in the Dining area for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the evening on Sunday.  Benita Dobson (resident, volunteer) for being the hostess and assisting this event.  Sandra & Robert Hayward (volunteers) for assisting Activities.

Gene and Joann Gerardy (volunteers) for leading the Rosary prayers for the Catholics on Sunday.

Marlyce Tebbe (tenant, volunteer) for leading the Rosary prayers for the Catholics on Sunday.

Eugene “Gene” and Dianne Finzel (volunteers) for leading the Rosary prayers for the Catholics on three Sundays.

Pastor Dennis Miller (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting a Catholic Church Service during the morning on Sundays (via cable TV); and hosting a Catholic Rosary, Mass, and Communion Service for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the morning on two Wednesdays.

Deacon Robert Wood (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting a Catholic Rosary and Communion Service for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the morning on three Wednesdays.

Volunteers (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa):  Ron Koos, Dula Tebbe, Kenneth Kilburg, Lloyd Kilburg, Maryetta & Larry Lampe, Laura & Jr. Steines, Marilyn & Merle Kilburg, Dale Banowetz, Alice Kilburg, and Judy Moran for assisting the Catholic Church Service and the residents/tenants at MVCC during the morning on Wednesdays.

Pastor Paul Gammelin (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting a Lutheran Church Service for the residents/tenants during the morning on Sundays (via cable TV).

Karen Osar (volunteer) for hosting the Lutheran Church Service (cable and at the Sunporch) for the Lutherans on five Sundays.

Pastor Shannon Witt (First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting a Presbyterian Church Service and visiting “one on one” with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Thursday.

Pastor Shannon Witt (First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for officiating at our Annual Memorial Remembrance Service and to Mary Reed (volunteer) for providing beautiful piano music during the afternoon on Saturday at MVCC and SVAL.  Thanks to all those involved (volunteers and staff) with making this event a memorable one.  Thanks to volunteers Sandra Hayward and Max Reed, Erma Naeve (Dietary), Dietary, Nursing, and all who were involved for their assistance.

Pastor Paul Gammelin (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer), and Pastor Shannon Witt (Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) with Janell Daugherty (volunteer) for hosting a joint Church Service, where the Lutherans and the Presbyterians joined together with volunteers from the Lutheran Church and volunteers from the Presbyterian Church, and with the residents/tenants during the afternoon on Thursday.

Thanks to all our volunteers for being awesome.

Thanks to all the unnamed individuals who visited one-on-one with the residents / tenants to help uplift their days.  Thanks to all the residents, tenants, families, friends, visiting school children and teachers, volunteers, staff (Administrative, Nursing, Dietary, Housekeeping, Laundry, Maintenance, and Activity-Recreation Departments), local area (Bellevue, Maquoketa, Preston, Andrew, St. Donatus, Springbrook) businesses, churches, and organizations, and other unnamed individuals for their assistance and support with all our activities / events / donations of the past month.