It's time to check in on Marv and Ruth Lorang's granddaughter, Phoebe Vargas. As you may remember, Phoebe (daughter of Jean & Ivan of Dell Rapids, SD) was born with a congenital heart defect-a version of Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome. She had three staged open-heart surgeries in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first was when she was one week old, then again at four months of age and the third when she was eighteen months old. This adorable little gal is scheduled for another procedure on Thursday, November 8th at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.
You can follow Phoebe's journey and keep updated on her progress through her Caringbridge website: www.caringbridge.org/visit/phoebevargas. Phoebe will be celebrating her third birthday on November 10th. Keep this sweet girl and her family in your prayers!
We extend our sympathy to the family of Aletha Schnieder whose funeral was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church last week. She was 84. After living on the family farm for 40+ years, Aletha and her husband, Raphael, recently built a new home in Lismore. Aletha was active in Catholic Daughters and CCW at St. Anthony. She could always be counted on when help was needed. Blessed be her memory.
Jill Diekmann made a long trip to Rochester Hills, MI (north of Detroit) this weekend to pick up their new addition, a female black lab puppy. The pup's name is Jinger. Traveling with Jill was Elaine Tohal of LeSeuer, MN who picked up her new black lab puppy. If two new pups weren’t enough, the ladies also brought two yellow labs back to Minnesota. According to Jill, the two yellow labs were making a “career change”. The Diekmanns will begin training Jinger as part of the leader dog program. Jinger will be taught good manners, basic obedience commands, and socialization through exposure to different situations in the community. Good luck Jeff & Jill and Jinger!
Deb Lutmer and her sisters, Vicki Dew of Willmar and Carol Giroux of Wheaton, met their other sister, Rita Drew of Charlevoix, MI in Green Bay, WI over the MEA break. Their friend, Karen Wenz of Hector joined them for a fun weekend. The ladies enjoyed their time together by shopping and attending a musical show at the restored Meyer Theater. They also had breakfast with Nicole (Warner) Marchand of Green Bay. Nicole was a neighbor to the “Dew Girls”. They all had their turn at babysitting her as a child.
In less than a week, you will be called upon to do your civic duty and vote. Tuesday, November 6th, the polls are open between 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Residents of Lismore Township as well as the City of Lismore will all vote at the Fire Hall located in Lismore at 249 E. 2nd Street.
Darleen Lutmer received word last week that her brother, William (Bill) Knips has passed away. Bill was 78 years old and a resident of Tucson, Arizona. Visitation will be held on Friday evening, November 16th and a celebration of his life is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday November 17th at the First Presbyterian Church in Lismore. Local survivors include his brother, Donald (Janice) Knips, Worthington; Dorothy (Bob) Munns, Winnebago; and Darleen Lutmer. He is father and father-in-law to Cyan & Tom Loonan of Littleton, MA; Cindy Voss of Clanton, AL; Monte & Peggy Knips of Houston, TX; and Apryl & Ken Scrivner of Beaverton, OR.
The American Legion will have their monthly meeting on November 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Weekend guests in the Jeff & Jill Diekmann home were Mike Diekmann and his sons, Mike Jr. and Colter, all of the Walker area. The guys enjoyed some pheasant hunting and an Adrian High School football game on Saturday.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Nobles County Annual Veteran’s Day Supper on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 at the Legion Hall in Brewster. Social Hour begins at 5:30 with supper being served at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited on this day to honor and thank a veteran.
Enjoying the annual Hospice Tour Of Tables Saturday at the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne were: Jeannette Lynn, Bette LeBrun, Mary Ann Loosbrock, Margie Wieneke, Shirley Vaselaar and Joyce Erdman. There were twenty-six decorated tables—each unique in their own way. Jeannette Lynn was the hostess with a theme of "Christmas Is A Time Of Love And Giving”. The table was decorated with her Christmas dishes, sterling silver and red goblets. Joyce and Jeannette are both Hospice volunteers so the theme was fitting to them as they give the gift of themselves not only at Christmas but also throughout the whole year.