2022 Winter Live More

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INNOVATION at the breakfast table

“Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” William Cowper

”Dash” on over to Cedar Community’s independent living apartments and homes and assisted living apartments to see what’s been “heating” up. We have “spiced” up our amenities and continue to offer social opportunities, worry-free days, and peace of mind—knowing we are here for you if and when your needs ever change. No more home maintenance means you can “simmer” down to enjoy, explore, and embrace your best life. It’s definitely the “season” for considering a move while the temperatures are dropping and the snow is falling.

Join us for a personal tour and chili to go! Schedule your personal tour before another day goes by. After your tour, savor what life can be like with a quart of chili to go, compliments of Chef T and the Top of the Ridge Restaurant. Tour/chili special offer good January 10–28.

Independent living Call Cathy, 262.338.4615, or Abby, 262.338.4617 Assisted living Call Michelle, 262.306.4299

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Mission: Possible From our CEO | 4 Faith provides the way Message from our vice president of spiritual care and wellbeing | 5 Volunteer highlight Residents step up to help Afghan refugees | 6–7 Finding just the right fit One couple tells their story | 8–9 Rehabilitation stay—A five-star experience Providing high-quality care | 10–11

Enjoy, explore, and embrace your best life! Live More is published for the neighbors of Cedar Community. If you would like to add a neighbor’s name to our mailing list, please contact us at 262.338.2819. To view Live More online, visit cedarcommunity.org/ live-more-magazine/. EXECUTIVE EDITOR Sarah Malchow

Living well, being well Seven dimensions of wellbeing | 12


Physical wellbeing and you Explore one of the seven dimensions of wellbeing | 12–13


Cedar Lake Pharmacy Your prescription for good health | 14–15 Innovation at the breakfast table Rudy Scharschmidt in product development | 16–19 Resident profile Meet Wes and Bonnie Falk | 20–21 Celebrating outstanding team members Meet Deb Lord and Cheri Manthei | 22–23 Time, talents, and treasures Sisters enjoying life together | 24–25 Winter greetings from Cedar Valley—UCCI Learn to embrace the colder months | 26 Be a champion! Join our Cedar Community family | 27 2021 | A year in review Cedar Community champions | 28–31

ON THE COVER Rudy Scharschmidt enjoys life at Cedar Community after a rewarding career in product development.

OUR MISSION To model Christ’s love for humanity by creating life-enhancing relationships, services, and environments.

Happy New Year to all of our residents, team members, volunteers, donors, and our friends and neighbors in our greater community. We are on a mission in this new year, and it is Mission: Possible!

Mission : POSSIBLE As we welcome 2022, my mission is to continue renewing the strength of Cedar Community’s mission, vision, and values as an organization. Our mission, to model Christ’s love for humanity by creating lifeenhancing relationships, services, and environments, seems more important than ever. As we begin this new year, we are still facing the ongoing and very fluid challenges of the pandemic—closing in on two years of life-altering changes in our personal and professional worlds, and adapting to our new normal.

Nicole Pretre Chief Executive Officer

We must continue to rise up to the challenges of working through the regulations and protocols we face; we must continue to recruit, retain, and engage the amazing team members who serve all of our residents across all of our campuses; and we must continue to focus on our strategic growth as an organization. Most importantly, we must do all of these things through the lens of our mission as a faith-based, not-for-profit senior living organization. Historically, organizations that have weathered the most difficult times have survived because they remained laser-focused on their mission. This shared mission was the nexus for our founding nearly 70 years ago. It is the foundation of our existence today. And it is the foundation upon which we must continue to make our decisions in the days, weeks, and years to come. I have optimism that this new year will be one filled with joy and grace and perseverance—no matter our circumstances. I believe we will remain focused on living our mission. And I believe we will rise to the challenge—lifting one another in the process.


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Feeling the need to organize and regain some control in my life, I recently returned to the calendar system I set up for myself and then promptly abandoned in 2020. As I flipped through my notebook, removing and replacing old calendar pages with ones for the coming year, I came across notes taken in March of 2020 about the developing guidelines to address the surging virus known as COVID-19.

Julie Jennings Vice President of Spiritual Care and Wellbeing

In the wake of that initial surge, we have been through a sea of changing currents and riptides, with pressing needs to keep each other safe, engaged, and supported. As we looked for the end of our pandemic journey, we often found the distant destination changing and slipping further away from us. Often, the only thing getting me through each day was the next goal on the horizon—the next concrete, fixed point I was moving toward. And, just as often, the most demoralizing and paralyzing part of our pandemic experience was looking up from that fixed goal and not being able to see the rest of the way through. In A Voyage Long and Strange, author Tony Horwitz shares insights about the journey Christopher Columbus and crew took as they set sail for new lands. There were definite risks and challenges. But as the excursion grew longer than expected and the shores they were anticipating were nowhere to be seen, the crew members began turning on each other.

Faith provides the way

I know this impulse. Maybe you do too. Maybe, like me, you have seen this in our collective lives, have participated in it in some way, and have felt those seeds of animosity begin to grow inside your hearts. Despite all of our good intentions, we cannot organize our way out of spiritual distress. Instead, we must try and remember the source of the wind that fills our sails, the depth of the sea that carries us, and—when we feel the churning and changing and quite nearly drowning pull around us—the anchor that holds us steady. At Cedar Community, over the last two years—just as we have since opened our doors 69 years ago—we held on to our faith in the one beyond us all and yet with us all, our faith in ourselves, and our faith in each other. We leaned on that faith to inform and inspire the mission and ministry we have always maintained: to create hope-filled responses to the challenges before us; to relate to each other in love-filled ways in word and deed; and to serve the people who need us with grace-filled compassion and determination. May each of us resist the impulse to be pessimistic in the midst of our lingering spiritual distress and, instead, turn into the faith and hope that compels us to live in love and grace.


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Volunteer highlight: Residents step up to help Afghan refugees 06

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When a need arises, it’s no surprise that Cedar Community residents step up—living out our mission, “to model Christ’s love for humanity...” When Judy Koeppl’s daughter, Kelly Mack, reached out to her looking for assistance and support, Judy and her independent living neighbors stepped up without hesitation. Kelly is a resident legal officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development and was asking for help for the 13,000 Afghan refugees being housed at Fort McCoy. Many of the refugees left their country amidst recent chaos with only the clothes on their backs. Kelly told her mother that there was a critical need for shoes, shoes, and more shoes. With the help of fellow Cedar Community friends, Rich and Mary Miller, and with the blessing of Cedar Community leadership, they reached out to their neighbors in the Village Homes asking for monetary donations or shoes in good condition. Judy and Mary began shoe shopping at Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, and Walmart. They spent money they didn’t have, buying on faith. And their confidence was rewarded. Judy, Rich, and Mary received an overwhelming response, raising $3,565 from Cedar Community residents, plus another $2,435 from family, friends, and St. James Episcopal Church. These funds allowed them to purchase over 350 pairs of mostly used shoes and winter boots, and 209 new winter coats. The Village Knitters donated winter hats, mittens, and scarves, and teams of Village Homes neighbors cleaned and tagged each pair of shoes and boots. Over the course of six weeks, Judy, Rich, and Mary made four trips to Fort McCoy—delivering the compassionate care packages. On every jacket and pair of shoes or boots they attached a personal message from the residents of Cedar Community. “We hope these shoes will keep you warm this winter. We are sorry for all you are going through. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Best wishes...Your Friends at Cedar Community, West Bend, Wisconsin.” “It has been a wonderful opportunity for residents to come together and help others in need. Our residents were incredibly generous,” says Judy, Rich, and Mary.

To learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available at Cedar Community, contact Bonnie Amerling, volunteer coordinator, at 262.306.4218 or bamerling@cedarcommunity.org.

Finding just the right fit Wally and Wilma Narr were high school sweethearts and have been married for the past 63 years—raising four children, and enjoying 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. After all those years of raising a family, they are able to enjoy, explore, and embrace their best life at Cedar Community’s independent living apartments. They joined the Cedar Community family in October of 2020, moving from another retirement community in the Pewaukee area. “We were dissatisfied with the community we were living in and made a list of all the things we didn’t like. It was almost like an act of God when the very next day we received Cedar Community’s Live More magazine in the mail,” says Wally. One visit with Abby Jonasson, independent sales manager, and they were sold. Wally worked for Walgreens for 41 years, while Wilma made a warm and comfortable home in which to raise their children. After earning his pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota, practicing for two years, and then returning to school for a business degree, Wally served as a district manager for several Walgreens stores in Illinois, Madison, and New Hampshire. While living in Madison, they searched for a lake property in northern Wisconsin and found a six-acre lot on a lake near Hayward. They tore the house down and created their retirement dream home. The home was just what they wanted and fit all their needs including an indoor pool, and a pole shed for Wally to tinker with his woodworking—making toys, trains, and outdoor furniture. The space also doubled as an art studio for Wilma, who enjoys oil painting. “It was a big house and big yard,” says Wally. “We hired out some help but when you can’t do it yourself anymore, it’s no longer fun.” Wilma agreed, “I could see how much work it was getting to be for Wally.” That’s when a move to a retirement community became the topic of conversation. They decided to make the move to a community in Pewaukee, near two of their four children. “It just didn’t have the feel or culture we were looking for,” says Wally. That’s how they ended up at Cedar Community. At Cedar Community’s independent living, Wally and Wilma have access to the many amenities they enjoyed throughout their lives—an indoor pool and whirlpool, a 6,600-square-foot woodwork shop, art studio, and many other opportunities to stay active and engaged. “I really like having a beauty shop on-site and the conservatory where I house many of the plants I moved with me. The restaurant and market café are also wonderful since I have cooked my entire life,” says Wilma. Wally was impressed with the woodwork shop and has his own bench where he can store many of his own personal tools in a tool cabinet he brought from his Hayward home. He is also active in the train room, having had an HO set in Hayward as well as an outdoor G scale model that ran around their pond.


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“This is like no other place!”

Wherever Wally and Wilma have made their home over the years, they have been active in their church—so Cedar Community’s faith-based mission is a definite positive for the Narrs. While they continue to explore what’s available at Cedar Community’s independent living apartments, they also spend much of their time reading and appreciate the library located on the ground floor. “We are both glad we made the move. The culture and positivity of the staff is such a welcome change. Everyone is very helpful and friendly. That’s the kind of culture that starts from the top down,” says Wally. Wilma agrees, “This is like no other place!”


To learn more about Cedar Community’s independent living lifestyle where you too can enjoy, explore, and embrace your best life, contact Abby at 262.338.4617, or Cathy at 262.338.4615.

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When Ken Krause broke his hip earlier this year, going to the same rehabilitation facility he was in for COVID-19 was not an option. He did not feel well taken care of, nor did he feel the staff was very empathetic. That’s when his wife, Cookie, and his daughter researched other facilities in the area— learning about Cedar Community. Ken spent a week in the hospital after having a rod put into his hip, but he needed additional care. Following his hospital discharge, he was transported to Cedar Community’s short-term rehabilitation unit where he spent two more weeks recuperating. Ken and Cookie could not be more pleased with the care and compassion Cedar Community provided during his stay. Ken also received followup home health, physical therapy, and rehab services from our Home Health team. “The staff was amazing and I can’t praise them enough for their loyalty and smiling faces. The Lord dropped Kenny off by you and he couldn’t have chosen a better place. I can’t say enough to express how grateful I am to the whole team,” says Cookie. Ken couldn’t agree more, “It was like being in a five-star hotel.” During this challenging time, Ken was so glad to receive such high-quality care from Cedar Community—something neither he nor Cookie felt he received with his prior experience. “Nothing compares to Cedar Community,” says Cookie. “The financial services team also guided me through the insurance process.” Cookie worked in customer service for many years and appreciated the friendliness and warmth she felt from every Cedar Community team member. Ken is happy to be home and hopes he won’t be back, but if something happens in the future, he will definitely return to Cedar Community.


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“The staff was amazing...”



Post-acute admissions return home or to a lesser level of care

4.4 out of 5

Year-to-date satisfaction

Five-star rating

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Short-term rehabilitation

Cedar Community’s team of caring professionals and physical rehabilitation experts are dedicated to helping you recover from surgery, illness, or injury in a peaceful and supportive setting. You will have a private room with a private bathroom and easy access to activities and dining, as well as a state-of-the-art therapy gym. Shortterm therapy is usually covered by Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, or private health insurance. To learn more, call 262.306.4240.


Home health

Home health care provides nursing, therapy, and other specialized services in the privacy and comfort of your home to help you manage a chronic illness or recover from surgery or injury. The goal is to help you continually improve, manage your illness or recovery, and help you stay safely in your own home. For more information, call 262.306.2691.

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LIVING WELL, BEING WELL Cedar Community’s approach to wellbeing focuses on seven dimensions: emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational.


Recognizing, acknowledging, and expressing one’s feelings in healthy ways, and constructively managing conflict and solving problems.


Recognizing the dependence and impact one has on the natural world, caring for creation and stewarding environmental resources responsibly, and respecting one’s physical environment.


Continually learning and exploring different ideas and perspectives, applying critical thinking, challenging the mind, and embracing new experiences.


Engaging sound nutrition and regular physical activity to support cardiovascular health, flexibility, balance, and strength, and employing available resources to adapt to changing needs and live safely.


Developing healthy relationships and friendships with others through sharing experiences, activities, or events.


Seeking meaning and purpose in one’s life, making connections and exploring our interrelatedness, finding and appreciating beauty, and living with hope and grace.


Pursuing meaningful and purposeful endeavors that encourage personal fulfillment and contributing to the wider community.


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Physical wellbei When talking about wellbeing, there is more to the topic than just physical activity and healthy eating. At Cedar Community, we strive to support the seven core areas of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational. We will explore these seven areas through education, programs, and resources. At Cedar Community, we believe it’s important to be physically active. Watching what you put into your body, how much activity you get, and monitoring your weight are all important for keeping your body working properly. Positive physical health habits can help decrease your stress, lower your risk of disease, and increase your energy. Here are some tips provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for improving your physical wellbeing:

Get active

Sedentary behavior has been linked to many medical problems. Moving more and sitting less can have major health benefits. Experts recommend adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Every minute counts when it comes to movement. · Take the stairs instead of the elevator, if possible. · Set an alarm to go off every hour as a reminder to move around. · Try an online exercise class from the comfort of your home or one of Cedar Community’s in-person exercise classes.

Maintain your muscle

Building muscle helps you keep up the activities you enjoy. Some types of strength training keep your bones healthy too. Experts recommend doing strength training for all the major muscle groups two or more days a week for adults. · Start slowly. Pay attention to your body. Pain means you are overdoing it. · Use small amounts of weight to start. · Don’t hold your breath while exercising.

Mind your metabolism

Your metabolism changes as you get older. You burn fewer calories and break down foods differently. You also lose lean muscle. Unless you exercise more and adjust your diet, the pounds can add up. Carrying those extra pounds may be harming your health. · Limit snacking. · Drink lots of water throughout the day.


· Get a good night’s rest.

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Alyssa Sommerfeldt Wellbeing Specialist

Build healthy habits

We know that making healthy choices can help us feel better and live longer. Maybe you’ve already tried to eat better, get more exercise or sleep, quit smoking, or reduce stress. Research shows how you can boost your ability to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle. · Change your surroundings. Remove temptations. · Track your progress in a journal.

Eat a healthy diet

Keeping your body at a healthy weight may help you lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer that can result from being overweight or obese. Take charge of your weight and your health. · Eat smaller portions at meals. · Eat a rainbow of vegetables daily. · Be realistic and aim for sustainable habits.

· Be patient. Improvement takes time, and setbacks happen. Focus on progress, not perfection.

Cedar Community offers our residents many opportunities for healthy living, from outdoor hiking and biking to working out at one of our fitness centers or attending a fitness class—we have it all! For more information on what Cedar Community offers or to receive a personal tour of our fitness centers, please contact Alyssa Sommerfeldt, 262.282.2195 or asommerfeldt@cedarcommunity.org!

Wishing you physical wellbeing this winter! Source: nih.gov


CEDAR LAKE PHARMACY Your prescription for good health

Cedar Community offers many amenities, conveniences, and benefits for those who live and work here. Cedar Lake Pharmacy is available to residents and team members, and is located at Cedar Community’s Cedar Lake Campus.

The pharmacy offers: Competitive pricing · Our prescription prices are comparable to local pharmacies with similar insurance copays. · We accept most insurance plans—including Medicare Part D providers. Personalized service · Our friendly pharmacists are available for one-on-one consultations when you pick up your prescription or call with a question. · We also offer medication review for current pharmacy users. This service provides an in-depth review of your medication regimen with one of our pharmacists. Learn more about the medications you are taking, how they interact with other medications and over-the-counter items, and how you can save money just by switching to a comparable medication. Convenience · We can order medication not in our current stock and have it within 24 hours (excluding weekends). · We offer over-the-counter medications. · We offer home delivery to Cedar Community residents at our Elkhart and Cedar Ridge Campuses. · We can mail your prescriptions if you live in another state during the winter months. · We can assist you in transferring your prescriptions to Cedar Lake Pharmacy. · You can easily request refills by email (pscriprefills@cedarcommunity.org) or by phone (262.306.4251).


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Cedar Community employs two full-time pharmacists.

Sam Vang, PharmD Director of Pharmacy

David Grandinetti, PharmD Pharmacist

Safety and accuracy · Our team follows strict quality control protocols to make sure you are getting what your doctor ordered. · We make sure you understand how to properly take your medications and answer any questions you may have. We are here to help. Vaccinations · Our pharmacists can order and administer various vaccines. This is a great benefit for those who may be traveling and require additional vaccinations.

For more information about our pharmacy services or to transfer or fill a prescription, call 262.306.4251. The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Sam Vang, director of pharmacy, attended the University of WisconsinMadison, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. He then attended Drake University in Iowa for his PharmD degree. Sam has been practicing for over 20 years, six of those spent as a Cedar Community team member. “I enjoy the interaction I have with residents and fellow team members, providing health-related care including educating our customers about the medications they are taking, how to take them, and what possible side effects or interactions they could encounter,” says Sam. David Grandinetti, pharmacist, studied at Loyola University in Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He then went on to Concordia University and received his PharmD degree. David has worked as a pharmacist for six and a half years, and recently celebrated his first anniversary as a Cedar Community team member. He has a strong passion for the sciences and a desire to better the lives of others through healthcare. “I enjoy being a pharmacist because I know that I am having a positive impact on the patients and community I serve,” says David. Working at Cedar Community, David enjoys the strong sense of community and the great level of care not only for residents, but for each team member.

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INNOVATION at the breakfast table

A life of invention began with a challenging tour of duty. After graduating from high school in 1946, Rudy Scharschmidt enlisted in the Army and was informed that he would be sent to New York for training as a motion picture photographer. It was immediately following the end of WWII, and after his training was completed, he was deployed to various European countries, including France, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Sweden. His task would be to document the establishment of American military cemeteries overseas. Ultimately his work would support the honorable disposition and treatment of GI remains, but the difficult process involved digging up human remains and reviewing the bones for a proper burial. He served until an honorable discharge in 1947 brought him back to Wisconsin.


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Rudy in action—working in product development.

After returning home, Rudy attended college and earned an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison—majoring in food science. Degree in hand, Rudy landed in Battle Creek, Michigan, working for General Foods Corporation in food product development, with an emphasis on cereal. He was responsible for quality control on new and existing products, as well as the creation of new products. Some of the notable innovations Rudy is responsible for include: Fruity Pebbles; approval of the wheat used in Grape-Nuts and the raisins used in Raisin Bran; creation of the unique shape of Honeycomb cereal; Alpha-Bits; making Log Cabin syrup thicker; and creating a handheld breakfast pastry called Toast’em. “Oftentimes my dad came home with a briefcase of cereal in plain, unmarked bags. One would be the test cereal and the other two were actual brands. We were his unofficial test market back then,” says Cindy Morrison, Rudy’s daughter. Rudy added, “My children were sworn to secrecy when test marketing new products since Battle Creek, Michigan was full of food manufacturing companies and it was a very competitive market.” Rudy also worked closely with engineers and other product developers on the machinery used to create the proprietary products.


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As part of their commitment to social responsibility, General Foods decided to create a less expensive, highprotein product for underdeveloped countries. Rudy said this was a difficult project because adding protein to wheat-based macaroni is a challenge. Rudy’s team worked out a method to add soy protein to the macaroni, finding a way to heat the product while retaining its shape and consistency. Rudy worked at General Foods for 38 years before retiring. During his tenure, the company experienced several buyouts. He spent 25 years working in Michigan and then 13 in California after Philip Morris bought out General Foods and Rudy was transferred to run research in 1985. Rudy enjoyed his time developing new products and overcoming the challenges that went along with it. Cindy says, “My dad has always been a problem solver. He sees a problem and tries to come up with a solution.” Cindy also jokes about not being allowed to eat anything but cereal growing up, “It wasn’t until a few years ago, I ate nothing but cereal for breakfast.”


Patents Freeze-dried blueberries Those nifty little dehydrated blueberries in your muffin mix or cereal are prepared by freezing blueberries, puncturing them while in the frozen state, and freeze-drying the punctured berries. Berries readily rehydrate in milk.

Artificially sweetened and freeze-dried fruit Even with a demanding career, Rudy also made time for his hobbies. Having grown up on a farm with the ability to use his hands, he dabbled in woodworking. He created end tables, clocks, dollhouses, several Noah’s arks (with hand-carved animals), and a playhouse he built for his kids while they were growing up. The playhouse was 8'x16' and was fully wired with electricity and furnished with beds so his kids could sleep in it. “Even the dollhouses were not your ordinary dollhouses,” says Cindy. They included copper roofing, parquet flooring, and wainscoting. He even found time to put two additions on their childhood home. After Rudy retired, he and his wife, Virginia, spent time traveling—including six trips to Europe. When asked how old he was when he retired, he jokes, “Not as old as I am today!” Virginia was anxious to get back to the Midwest and since Rudy’s family was from Wisconsin, they moved back to the area and built a home near Jackson. In April of 2021, Virginia broke her hip and was in rehab at Cedar Community. Rudy also had pneumonia and spent some time in rehab as well. They realized at that time that owning a home was getting to be too much for both of them. “I was doing the cooking,” says Rudy. “Something neither one of us liked—me, because I didn’t enjoy it and Virginia, because she didn’t like my cooking.” While in rehab, both made the decision to move to an assisted living apartment at Cedar Community. Rudy and Virginia have been married for 65 years and both agree Cedar Community is a comfortable and safe place to live out their retirement years.

Fruit is impregnated with an artificial sweetener prior to freeze-drying. The fruit can be combined with a dried breakfast cereal—once rehydrated in the milk, the product will have the desirable texture of fresh fruit.

Toaster product and process Convenient and delicious! A toaster product, Toast’em, was made of a continuous dough crust containing a fruit filling. It became an easy-to-prepare toaster product that filled a need for convenience on the breakfast table.

Process for making a puffed, multiphase cereal product

Sounds suspicious but looks delicious. Extrude two dissimilar dough masses through an extrusion zone to create a novel cereal shape and then puff-dry the product. The shapes helped provide consumer appeal.

Puffed cereal configuration Created the shape for Honeycomb cereal.

Cooked snack product More extrusion, please. Rudy patented the process to create the shape of a round wheel-like macaroni by extruding dough through a die.

Flake cereal process and product Controlled application of certain oils and fats to cereal flakes to improve storage stability, enhance sweetness when sugar coated, and improve texture and flavor.

Nutribon macaroni Doing good with good food. Rudy helped address a worldwide need for a high-protein, low-cost food by providing protein at a cost much lower than the cost of traditional sources of protein including meat, poultry, cheese, fish, and eggs.


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Resident profile: Wes and Bonnie Falk BY: Gladys Sachse Resident, Cedar Community Independent Living

Wes and Bonnie Falk knew Cedar Community was where they wanted to live in retirement—a faith-based community providing a continuum of care and many opportunities to be active and engaged. The Falks were thankful for the excellent and responsive care Bonnie’s parents received when they lived at Cedar Community in the 1980s, with increasing levels of care available as their needs changed. After living for 23 years in Menomonee Falls, Wes and Bonnie moved to Cedar Community in March of 2021. They moved during the height of COVID-19, but have not wasted any time getting involved and meeting their neighbors.


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Wes was born in Zion, Illinois, the secondyoungest of three brothers and three sisters. When he was four years old the family moved to a dairy farm near Monroe, Wisconsin. Wes served in the U.S. Army for three years as an aviator (thank you, Wes!) then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and eventually a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Through the years he served as a pastor in Milwaukee, Racine, Stevens Point, Sheboygan, West Bend, and Menomonee Falls. Wes often visited Cedar Community while he was a visiting pastor for Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in West Bend, and heard residents speak highly of Cedar Community. Bonnie was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, growing up with two brothers. Her father was a cheese maker, but when she was five, the family moved to Lomira, where he started his own carpentry business. When her parents lived at Cedar Community, her dad helped design many of the metal sculptures on the campus. He loved the woodshop and created the totem pole on the east side of the building. Some of the shelves and cabinets he built are still being used at the independent living apartments. Her mother taught fifth grade for many years after she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the same year Bonnie’s brothers graduated from high school and college. Bonnie received her RN degree from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, later becoming certified in oncology nursing. She worked as a nurse for 55 years in general medical/ surgery, hospice home care, and as an oncology nurse clinician. Bonnie became a widow at age 26 with two young children. While working as a camp counselor for junior high school students, she met Wes, camp director and bachelor. Soon


after meeting, they began dating long distance from Fond du Lac to Racine, and were married nine months later on May 3, 1969. Wes adopted Bonnie’s two children and they had another daughter together. They have six grandchildren who are in high school and college. The Falks hosted three AFS exchange students from Argentina, South Africa, and Finland, who remain part of their “family.” Bonnie and Wes have traveled to their respective countries to visit them and to get to know their families as well. Wes and Bonnie clearly enjoy traveling and serving others. During his pastoral career, Wes did a three-month pastoral exchange near Manchester, England in 1991. He traveled to India in 1976 for a three-month sabbatical leave. Together, Wes and Bonnie served on two medical mission trips to Honduras, and then Bonnie also went on a service trip to Haiti. They celebrated their retirements by going on a skydiving excursion. The Falks have also traveled to all 50 states and most countries in Europe either by land, river boat, or cruises. They have also traveled to Canada, Nova Scotia, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Egypt, Tanzania, and South Africa. While in South America they traveled to Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and the Galapagos Islands, as well as Costa Rica, Honduras, and Mexico. At Cedar Community, Wes is a volunteer golf cart and pontoon boat driver for his assisted living neighbors. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Village Council. Bonnie volunteers at the Cedar Lake Pharmacy and plays chimes and handbells for Cedar Community’s Chorus. She will serve on the Village Social Activity Education (SAE) Committee next year. Bonnie enjoys amateur photography, decorating, and kayaking on Big Cedar Lake. Both Wes and Bonnie enjoy walking the trails and gardening. They are so glad to be part of Cedar Community, and consider it a great place to live.

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Celebrating outstanding team members

Every quarter, Cedar Community recognizes team members who go above and beyond their everyday tasks for our residents, families, volunteers, and their fellow team members. Cedar Community is proud to announce our Team Members of the Quarter award winners: Deb Lord, customer relations associate, and Cheri Manthei, facilities office manager

Deb Lord worked at Cedar Community for about four months as a part-time customer relations associate before her cousin offered her a job opportunity that included a car and full-time hours. Deb was devastated to leave Cedar Community, but couldn’t pass up the offer with full benefits. When her dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she reached out to her former supervisor at Cedar Community—hopeful that a full-time position had become available. She waited four years for that phone call. Eventually, a customer relations position opened up and Deb jumped at the chance to come back. She wanted a regular schedule so she could spend more time with her dad and help care for him. “I was ecstatic to be back at Cedar Community,” says Deb. Deb has a background in customer service, accounts payable, and hospitality—jobs she took on once her three boys were in school full time. If anyone has ever visited Cedar Community’s Cedar Lake Campus location, they know Deb. “Deb is a people person and just shines at the customer relations desk.” “No matter what is going on inside or outside of work, Deb continues to bring a huge smile, contagious laugh, and one heck of a sense of humor.” “Deb expresses empathy and compassion in times of need and has a very kind heart.” “Deb would give anyone the shirt off her back.” These are just a few of the comments colleagues use to describe the ray of sunshine Deb brings to Cedar Community. The holidays are a special time for Deb. She goes above and beyond decorating the reception desk for holidays. “My mother was a beautiful decorator and that just rubbed off on me. My friends often asked me to help them decorate their homes. I often thought I would be an interior designer, but my life took another path,” says Deb. Residents, visitors, and team members can’t wait to see what the next holiday décor will bring and are all grateful for the smiles Deb brings to their days. Deb enjoys her life at Cedar Community. Getting a little teary-eyed, Deb comments, “I love it here. I can’t complain at all. It’s not even like having a job to me. It’s my family—the team members, residents, and volunteers—and the hours are great for myself and family.” Deb’s supervisor Michelle Stehlik-Hurst appreciates her co-worker, “I couldn’t imagine a better person to spend my working hours with. Deb has taught me so much about taking the time to breathe, slow down, and appreciate every day. She provides kindness to all, even in the most difficult times.” When not at work, Deb enjoys spending time with family, especially her seven grandchildren—with one on the way. She also enjoys fishing, hiking, searching for morel mushrooms, and shopping at local resale stores looking for that unique find. “I am at retirement age, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon,” says Deb. We are glad to hear that, Deb!


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Cheri Manthei serves as the facilities office manager at Cedar Community—a job she applied for in 2021. However, her career at Cedar Community actually spans 26 years, starting when she was a junior at Campbellsport High School. She was hired into the nursing assistant training program. Upon completion of the course, she took the certification exam to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and worked nights and weekends during school. After graduation, Cheri worked as a CNA on the a.m. shift until a position became available in financial services working with accounts receivables. “I always liked numbers so I thought it would be a good move for me,” says Cheri. In 2001, Cheri wanted to return to a role with the nursing team where she started, so she transitioned to nurse scheduling. She spent 11 years as a scheduler before human resources offered her a position as a recruiter, a position she held until 2021. Cedar Community has afforded Cheri the opportunity to expand and grow, learning more about the organization and the functionality of various departments. “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had throughout my career at Cedar Community. I have always been challenged and continue to learn new things. There are many career choices available here with lots of growth potential,” says Cheri.

Cheri’s teammates appreciate the many roles she has played at Cedar Community, “Cheri’s role goes beyond facilities office manager. She is available to the human resources department whenever questions need answering.” “She always has a great attitude and is willing to help out in any area.” “She truly is a team player.” “We are lucky to have Cheri as part of our family.” Cheri also appreciates the team members she has met over the years, “Going to work is like seeing your extended family,” she says. “You can walk down the hallway and you know just about everyone here.” Over the years, Cheri has maintained her CNA license and has picked up shifts—helping out as needed—during these challenging times. She has even assisted residents who needed help as she was walking past their rooms on her way to another part of the building. “Cheri has been a great addition to the facilities services department, managing the workflow, keeping the department organized and efficient, and providing outstanding customer service to our team and vendors,” says Todd Miller, vice president of facilities management. Outside of work, Cheri enjoys family time with her husband and six-year-old son.

To learn more about the rewarding opportunities available at Cedar Community, visit our careers page at cedarcommunity.org.


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Residents at Cedar Community can enjoy, explore, and embrace their best life through many life-enriching opportunities. In addition to the many amenities we offer, there are also a variety of ways to use your time, talents, and treasures to help others and enrich your own life. We hope they inspire you to Live More!

Some bonds (and threads!) can never be broken Edna Schuster, 99; Anita Schaumburg, 91; and Esther Wasmund, 97, are all prime examples of living well (and helping others) in their senior years. Each one is so vibrant and active—living on their own, yet enjoying life together at Cedar Community’s independent living apartments. These three sisters come from a family of 18—two parents and 16 children! They grew up on a farm in Theresa, Wisconsin, and all appreciated being part of a big family.


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“Since I was the second oldest, I didn’t attend high school but helped my mom with my siblings. I was chief cook and bottle washer,” laughs Edna. Her sisters still call her “Mother Hen,” a term she appreciates, notes Anita. Living at Cedar Community is like still being a part of a big family. It was a place Edna was familiar with, having worked at the original nursing home during the times of Rev. Riesch, Cedar Community’s founder and first CEO. While raising her five children, Edna worked for two years at the Cedar Lake Campus then moved on to work at Amity for 23 years before retiring. Retirement didn’t last long, however, and she was talked into a job at Schwai’s helping with catering and cleaning. In 2011, Edna made the move to Cedar Community. “My family wanted me to live in a place with other people because I was a social person and enjoyed being around others,” says Edna. Even while raising eight children, Esther worked outside the home. During WWII, a young Esther and Edna both worked in Milwaukee as welders, a skill they learned on the job. You might consider them real-life “Rosie the Riveters.” Esther continued working in manufacturing at Mayville Metals for 21 years. From welding they moved her to the assembly line, taking large cabinets off the production line. “They told me if you can’t do it, there’s the door. So I did whatever they needed me to do,” says Esther. She was a hard worker and often came home from a full day of work to help on the farm she owned with her husband. After a short stay in rehab, Esther moved to Cedar Community in 2013. “Being in Cedar Community’s rehab helped me make the decision to move to independent living. I told my sister Edna to get me in as soon as she could. We wanted to be together,” says Esther. Anita followed suit, moving to Cedar Community in 2019. After raising five children, Anita went back to school to become a teacher, but never realized that dream. After her husband


fell ill, she found herself doing whatever it took to make ends meet, including helping out on the farm. “There wasn’t a piece of machinery I couldn’t operate,” says Anita. After her husband passed and the children were grown, Anita did a lot of volunteer work. Today, she can be found at Cedar Treasures, Cedar Community’s resale shop, pricing items. “I also help out whenever my neighbors need me,” says Anita. She continues to remain active as a member of the hiking club and walks every day. Moving to Cedar Community was an easy decision for Anita, “I didn’t want my daughter who lives closest to have to take care of me.” Together, the three sisters continue to stay busy—now making quilts instead of welding or repairing farm machinery. In 2020 they made over 100 quilts! Many of them are given to their family members, and many of them donated to Cedar Community neighbors and local churches. Edna cuts the fabric and sews the pieces together, Anita also does some of the fancier sewing and tying, and Esther helps with tying and threading the needles. The sisters learned the art of sewing from their mom and they also credit her with their longevity. She was a strong and hardworking woman, able to do just about anything. Clearly we could say that they have followed in her footsteps! Anita mentioned how others who grew up without siblings are often jealous of the bond they share. And today, Edna, Esther, and Anita are all thankful to be back under one roof at Cedar Ridge. “You appreciate life a little bit more than before because you want to help each other out and the need is greater more now than before,” says Anita. “I love being here with my sisters. The day may come when I may need them more,” says Edna. “There is nothing like having your own family together and it’s wonderful,” says Esther. When the days get long, especially on Sundays, the sisters get together to play dominoes or cards and enjoy a meal.

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Winter greetings from Cedar Valley—UCCI We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. As we turn the calendar page to a new year, Cedar Valley is looking forward to welcoming more guests, events, and classes to our beautiful campus. How do you feel about winter? At Cedar Valley, embracing opportunities to be outside and in motion makes the season more enjoyable. The trails at Cedar Valley are open for your enjoyment all year long. In winter, we have a few pairs of snowshoes available for you to use. The trails vary in length, with the longest loop covering 1.3 miles. The terrain is flat or gently rolling, and the scenery is stunning. Stop out any time during daylight hours and check in at the front desk. Or, call us for up-to-date trail conditions. Bring a camera, warm clothes, and your spirit of adventure! If you are looking for a gathering place to celebrate a special occasion, Cedar Valley may be exactly right for your group. We can help you plan a birthday, anniversary, or reunion this winter. Also, be sure to check out our upcoming art workshops in March! Cedar Valley is one of three United Church Camps, Inc. (UCCI) Outdoor Ministry locations. UCCI invites you to explore the offerings at Daycholah Center and Moon Beach online at ucci.org. These sacred places are for your enjoyment and spiritual renewal.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT CEDAR VALLEY Watercolor Excitement with Joyce Eesley March 4–6, 2022

Icon Painting Workshop with Katherine de Shazer March 18–20, 2022 Overnight and commuter options are available for both classes.

Register online at ucci.org. Click on Event Calendar in the main menu. You may also call 262.629.9202.

UCCI Mission Statement: We will love God, all others, and the Earth by providing sanctuary, practicing hospitality, and performing ministry. 26

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Our team members are the champions of our community.

Join our Cedar Community family! Our team members are the champions and heart of our community! We offer more than a paycheck, we offer opportunities for growth and development, while making a difference in someone’s life—every day!

Be a champion!

We offer excellent benefits including: · Competitive wages · Annual wage increases · Recognition and rewards programs

Contact Sossié Yorot, talent acquisition and retention specialist, to learn more or request a job shadow at 262.306.2123!

· Tuition reimbursement · Advancement opportunities · Team building, leadership, and training programs · Flexible schedules

To apply online, visit our careers page at cedarcommunity.org.

· Shift differentials · 401k plan/match · Referral bonuses · On-site clinic for team members · On-site pharmacy

Learn more about our career growth opportunities and discover your unlimited potential.

2021 | A YEAR IN REVIEW Cedar Community Champions: It’s who we are. It’s what we do. It is hard to believe it’s time to reflect on another year already...the days and weeks have flown by. Yet in many ways, it feels as if we are standing still. More than 24 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and we are still grappling with rules, regulations, testing, and outbreaks. We have been, and we remain, singularly focused on the health and safety of our residents, team members, and our families. And while we are privileged to continue this fight, we are also glad we are not in it alone. You continue to be right there beside us. Thank you! I’ve read that “Crisis doesn’t create character—it reveals it.” If this is the case, then I fervently believe that our Cedar Community team members, residents, friends, and neighbors have been revealed to be champions of and for others.

Sarah J Malchow, CFRE Vice President of Development

According to Merriam-Webster’s definition, a champion (noun) is “one who does battle for another’s rights.” We are committed to making sure each and every resident is treated with dignity, compassion, respect, and care. Twentyfour hours a day. Seven days a week. 365 days a year. It’s who we are.

The word is also defined as an act (verb), “to protect as a champion.” Yes. Absolutely. We couldn’t agree more. Our team members diligently guard against illness, injury, and infection on behalf of you and your loved ones. It’s what we do. As we look back on the year behind us and look ahead to what’s next, we are grateful for the perseverance of our team members, we are thankful for the residents and families we serve, and we are blessed by the generosity of others. We are truly a community of champions. Thank you for being on the team! We couldn’t do it without you. Take comfort, take care, and take courage in this New Year.

Ways to Help Partners In Caring™ For over 40 years, Cedar Community’s Partners In Caring annual campaign has helped us provide dignified and compassionate care for all of our residents—even if their financial resources dwindle. Americans are enjoying a level of vitality and longevity never seen before, yet more and more seniors are finding that the funds they set aside for retirement and long-term care are not enough. When residents must rely on Medicaid or other government supports for their care, these long-term and skilled nursing care costs are not fully covered. In fact, Medicaid payments leave more than $105 per patient, per day, unreimbursed. But we are committed to our goal of providing best-in-class care to every resident, every day—even when their resources run short. Your support of our annual Partners In Caring campaign makes this possible.

Leaving a Legacy Our roots have been planted deep in the generosity of our neighbors since our founding in 1953. Established with a single gift of land, thousands of volunteer hours, and an enduring vision to create “lifeenhancing relationships, services, and environments” for seniors—the legacy of Cedar Community continues to thrive today. Individuals who have chosen to support Cedar Community with a gift through their will or estate plan are committed to making sure this legacy continues for years to come and generations to follow. We invite you to join these visionary members of our Legacy League by designating a gift to Cedar Community through your will or estate plan. If you’ve already included Cedar Community in your will or estate plan—please let us know so we can thank you! If you haven’t included Cedar Community in your will or estate plan, please consider doing so. Your gift today helps us care for others, tomorrow.

Balance Sheet Assets

Cash and Investments Other Current Assets Limited Use Assets Property and Equipment

$48,319,169 $2,372,260 $4,351,329 $60,353,054

Total Assets


Liabilities and Net Assets Current Liabilities Entrance Fees Long-term Debt

$6,314,811 $31,953,648 $38,782,475

Total Liabilities


Total Net Assets


Total Liabilities and Net Assets


*Fiscal year ending 6.30.21


Assisted Living

4%we experienced during the early “Many of the financial challenges that Health and 15% Rehabilitation months of the COVID-19 pandemic continued throughout our most recent fiscal year. This included additional staff time devoted to testing for Living Independent 24% COVID-19 as well as9% the increased supply usage and prices for the masks, Income face shields, gowns, and gloves needed to keep our residentsInvestment and team members safe. At the same time, we continue to be tremendously grateful Grants and Other* 5% and humbled by the enduring generosity of our donors, whose contributions Ancillary and Other have truly helped us 6% weather these challenges. Their partnership allows Cedar Community to continue providing exceptional care toHome-based those we Services serve.”

Joe Pichler Vice President of Finance



Donations Entrance Fee Amortization

Statement of Operations Revenue: $46,862,165 1%

Assisted Living



Expenses: $38,913,775 3% 9%

Health and Rehabilitation

Reimbursed Program Expenses

Independent Living

24% 9%

Investment Income

General and 513 Administrative

17% Cedar Community

Grants and Other*


Ancillary and Other


Home-based Services



Depreciation Expenses


National Average


Unreimbursed Program Expenses


COVID-19 Specific600 400 500 Expenses**






Entrance Fee Amortization

* The grant revenue recognized includes the remaining $1.2M of the roughly $3.2M Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan that had not been recognized the year prior, as well as an additional $2.8M related to relief funds provided by the CARES Act. ** These expenses were incurred directly as a result of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Included are additional salary costs due to expanded staffing needs (meal delivery, screening, resident support), and salary premiums (including our front-line healthcare).

Days Cash on Hand

Debt Service Coverage Ratio



Reimbursed Program Expenses


Cedar Community

17% 341

National Average

57% 14%


Cedar Community

General and Administrative





Depreciation Expenses Unreimbursed Program Expenses 400 500 600


National Average








COVID-19 Specific Expenses** Days cash on hand measures the number of days cash expenses could be paid from current cash and investments, assuming no additional revenue. Debt service coverage ratio measures how many times annual principal and interest payments can be made with annual cash operating revenues and net entrance fees.



“Simply put, Cedar Community is in the business of enriching people’s lives. We exist to serve residents and their families by providing compassionate, dignified, and five-star quality care and services. We also strive to provide work that is meaningful and rewarding for our dedicated team members. These priorities are symbiotic—we cannot have one without the other. We need amazing people in order to serve amazing people. Like other employers across the country, we continue to face workforce challenges that are impacting both revenue and expenses. We have made significant investments to improve our recruitment and retention strategies through targeted wage and benefit increases, a comprehensive plan for team member engagement, and a refocus on our mission-driven culture. I am confident that together with our team members, residents, and donors, we will continue to move forward with strategic and thoughtful growth opportunities for our organization through courage and compassion.” Nicole Pretre Chief Executive Officer

Year in Review Highlights

2021 brought a great many changes to our campus family. So let’s do a quick recap of people, places, and performance. People The fourth chief executive officer in Cedar Community’s history is not only incredibly qualified, but is someone we already knew! After a comprehensive nine-month national search, the Cedar Community Board of Directors appointed Nicole Pretre as its new Chief Executive Officer.


Construction on the Cedar Ridge Homes continued through the year—welcoming its first residents in early 2021. To learn more, contact Cathy at 262.338.4615, or Abby at 262.338.4617. But don’t delay! Home priority is based on a first-come, firstserved basis, and all but six units have already been spoken for! Cedar Community’s Beach House will be getting a much deserved face-lift in 2022. Long-time friends of the community stepped forward to offer a generous challenge grant of $50,000—encouraging their friends and neighbors to join them! If you are interested in helping with a donation, contact Deb Meinert, philanthropy manager, at 262.338.2819.

Performance We are proud (and thankful) to report that Cedar Community’s clinical teams continue to shine—even in the midst of a pandemic. In June, Cedar Community completed their annual state recertification survey with ZERO deficiencies. The survey team had high praise for our leadership team including Kelli DeRuyter, RN, vice president of clinical services; Heather Suarez del Real, RN, director of nursing; and Kendra Riekkoff, RN, infection preventionist. Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center received a five-star rating recently from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Data is measured in three areas: Health Inspection, Staffing, and Quality of Care. We celebrate the commitment of our team members and clinical leadership in this achievement! Cedar Community also earned the Post-Acute Care Heart Failure Certification offered from the American Heart Association®. This first-of-its-kind certification acknowledges the efforts of skilled nursing facilities to consistently provide high-quality patient care, improve outcomes, and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Non-profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID West Bend, WI Permit No. 24 5595 County Road Z | West Bend, WI 53095

CEDAR COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTORY Independent Living West Bend · Cedar Ridge Apartments · Cedar Ridge Homes · Cedar Lake Village Homes 262.338.4615 or 262.338.4617 Elkhart Lake · Elkhart Lake Village Homes 920.876.4050 Assisted Living West Bend · Cedar Bay East · Cedar Bay West · The Cottages (memory care) 262.306.4299 Elkhart Lake · Cedar Bay Elkhart Lake 920.876.4050 Short-term Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing · Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center 262.306.4240

Outpatient Rehabilitation 262.306.2150 Home Health & Hospice 262.306.2691

Cedar Community Salon & Spa Services · Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center 262.306.4281

Restaurant and Catering · Top of the Ridge Restaurant and Catering 262.338.2812

· Cedar Ridge Apartments 262.338.2813

Cafés · Market Café (Cedar Ridge Campus) 262.338.4614

· The Cottages 262.365.6500, ext. 5405

· Cedar Bay West 262.306.2130, ext. 4429

· Cedar Lake Café (Cedar Lake Campus) 262.306.2100, ext. 4128

Cedar Community Main Number 262.306.2100

Resale Shops · Cedar Treasures (Cedar Ridge Campus) 262.338.8377

Cedar Lake Pharmacy 262.306.4289

· Cedar Closet (Cedar Lake Campus) 262.306.2100, ext. 4119

Philanthropy 262.338.2819

Volunteers 262.306.4218

Careers cedarcommunity.org

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