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osella (Faber) Schneider, fondly known by her relatives as “Aunt Rosie,” hosted her own 104th birthday party on Nov. 12, 2014, at her favorite restaurant Nardo’s Passport Inn in Germantown, where approximately 30 friends and family members joined her.

Former Fond du Lac resident Rosella (Faber) Schneider celebrates her 104th birthday on Nov. 12, 2014

Relatives included nieces, nephews and great-nieces and greatnephews, coming as far away as Florida. Born in 1910, Rosie spent her childhood growing up in Fond du Lac. She now calls The Gables assisted living facility in Germantown her home. Although Rosie never had any children of her own, her family remains very close, and she sees them several times a week. She attributes her good health to eating well, avoiding salt, exercising regularly (she still walks several times a day), jigsaw puzzles and a consistent schedule of socializing events. Rosie is also an avid Packers, Brewers and Bucks fan – and knows many of the players by name. Some of her favorite treats include pudding, Hughes candy and Cosmopolitan cocktails.

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Volunteer dog walker, retired, enjoys the exerci Story by Lois A. Pflum | Cover/centerspread photos by Doug Raflik/Action Reporter Media

Joel Drees has been volunteering at the Fond du Lac Humane Society for the past nine years.

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ond du Lac transplant, Joel Drees, 76, moved to Fond du Lac when he retired, so that he could be closer to his mother and sister. Even though his mother has since passed away, he now calls Fond du Lac his home. Joel was born in Milwaukee and grew up there. He graduated from West Milwaukee High School in 1957. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for one semester, and then transferred to Milwaukee Area Technical

College (MATC). It was there that he completed a two-year course and received an associate degree in telecasting in 1960. Joel started his working career at Channel 12 in Milwaukee, working part-time — which later turned into a full-time position. While he was working at the TV station, he decided to return to UW-Milwaukee and MATC, where he obtained additional credits. He spent 17 years at Channel 12 and eventually became a senior producer/director before he left in 1978. He noted, “I was doing what I wanted to do at the time.” Joel then embarked on his second career while living in the Milwaukee area. This time, his employment began at Wisconsin Memorial Park, in Brookfield. He said, “It is a very large cemetery where I had a very unusual job.” He did a multitude of different tasks. Sometimes he gave presentations on deceased presidents or conducted tours — or produced Christmas and Mother’s Day concerts. He also wrote and produced their newsletter, including the internal video newsletter for the employees. “I was sort of a curator,” he continued. “I gave tours — basically doing public relations.” He also noted, “I met many celebrities during that time. It was a fun job.” Joel put in 18 years there until he retired at the age of 62 in 2002. At that time, he moved to Fond du Lac. “I’m glad I did — I had always liked Fond du Lac.” He was familiar with the city from visiting his mother and sister. Joel has been volunteering at the Fond du Lac Humane Society for the past nine years. The question was asked of how he became involved with that organization. Joel said he was inspired

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I get my exercise and the dogs get theirs.” — Joel Drees

ise, quality time spent with shelter animals the dog walking at the shelter that he enjoys during his volunteer time. Twice a week, Joel shows up around 1 p.m. until about 3 p.m., every Wednesday and Friday. Sometimes he walks three-to-five dogs. “It depends on the type of dog and also the weather.” Sometimes he just plays with the dogs and brushes them. Over the course of his years of volunteering there, Joel has walked all kinds of dogs, even blind dogs, and three-legged dogs. “The threelegged dogs don’t even seem to know that they have just three legs. They are so much fun to walk.” Joel usually goes down the path near the shelter for about a 1.5- or 2-mile round trip — up to the Fleet Farm car wash. He joked, “The guy who works there usually has a treat for the dogs.” “I get my exercise and the dogs get theirs.” The dogs all have their names printed above their respective cages, so Joel (and other volunteers and staff) can call them by name. There was only one time he got bit by a dog there and it was his own fault. He picked her up around the tummy where her sutures were not quite healed, after she was spayed. Joel would be hard-pressed to say what would be his favorite

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breed of dog to walk. “They are all fun — they’re all fun in their own way.” Sometimes he will take a break from the outside dog-walking and will sit inside — between his walks. He joked, “I just sit and listen, and see what the staff sometimes has to put up with — with the public. I learn a lot that way. It can get pretty wild at times.” Joel has a good rapport with the staff and other volunteers, and really does enjoy spending his time there. Right before Halloween, you will find Joel out at the Little Farmer for the annual Wag and Walk event. He explained that it’s a fundraiser where the dogs are dressed in

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different types of costumes that are judged. There are raffles with baskets of doggie treats, goodies and pet items. This popular event draws a large crowd. You can also find Joel at the Forest Mall on the second Saturday of the month, where the shelter has a few kittens/ cats and sometimes puppies on display, to generate interest in future adoptions. He helps manage this event and also transports the animals back to the shelter. He enjoys the people who are passing by and stop to talk to him. For fun, Joel attends car shows in the summer. He is the owner of a 1953 and a 1965 Studebaker. He is also a member of the Fondy Vintage Club that meets once a month. In addition, he gets together with other local Studebaker owners four times a year. When asked if Joel, who just turned 76, has any future goals, he replied in a heartbeat, “I live every day and enjoy my retirement.” He added as one last thought. The Humane Shelter is always interested in donations, dog and cat food, bleach, blankets, toys for the animals and of course, financial donations. For further information on the Fond du Lac Humane Society, call (920) 9228873. They are located at 652 Triangle Road, Fond du Lac.

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he first two building blocks of a good estate plan are the General Durable Power of Attorney, also referred to as a financial power of attorney, and the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. Every adult should have both. As an adult, you are the only one who can make decisions with regard to your own finances and health care. There are only two means by which someone else could obtain the authority to make those decisions for you. The first is through the use of the two powers of attorney. With these documents, you yourself appoint “agents,” one for your finances and one for your health care. These individuals then have the legal authority to act on your behalf in the event of your incapacity. Having both of these documents is just as important if you are married as it is if you are single. In the State of Wisconsin, although your spouse may retain access to many of your jointly titled assets, he or she does not have the legal right to make decisions for you, regardless how long you have been married. The financial agent and the health care agent

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have completely separate roles. You can, however, appoint the same individual. The key is that you are the one choosing your agents. Moreover, the health care power of attorney allows you to provide a great deal of guidance to your agent. The document has a section in which you can detail your specific wishes regarding health care. For example, any religious preferences you may have, or your willingness to be an organ donor. Overall, the powers of attorney allow you to address the possibility of incapacity in an inexpensive but highly personalized manner. If you become incapacitated but have not previously signed both powers of attorney, a legal pro-

In the State of Wisconsin, although your spouse may retain access to many of your jointly titled assets, he or she does not have the legal right to make decisions for you, regardless how long you have been married.

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ceeding called a guardianship becomes necessary. Under a guardianship, a Court would declare you to be incompetent and would remove your legal rights to handle your own health care and financial decisions. The Court would then turn those rights over to another person, known as the guardian, to exercise on your behalf. The person who handles your finances is known as the “guardian of the estate,” and the one who handles your personal and health care decisions is known as the “guardian of the person.” These are again separate roles that may be occupied by the same individual. Once appointed, the guardian of the person will have to file an annual report regarding your personal welfare and the guardian of the estate will have to file a detailed annual account of how your assets have been spent throughout the year. Once a guardianship has been put into place, it is almost always permanent. The only way to reverse a guardianship would be to prove to the Court’s satisfaction that your mental competence has been restored. A guardianship is often a stressful, time-consuming and expensive legal proceeding which can generally be avoided if the proper powers of attorney are in place.

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‘FDL Children’s Home’ history program March 19

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ike many communities in the early 1900s, Fond du Lac struggled with how to care for orphaned or abandoned children. Fond du Lac decided that rather than send these children to big facilities in bigger towns and cities, they would care for them here in the Children’s Home. Active for more than 50 years, the Children’s Home was a sprawling complex located at 35 W. Follett St., Fond du Lac. Local historian Sally Powers-Albertz will present a program on the home, its story and history at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The free program is a part of the History at Home series. No registration required. Powers-Albertz, a genealogical researcher for 35 years, is author of “Fond du Lac’s Forgotten Pipeman,” featuring the Taylor family of Fond

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Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve By Valerie Graczyk, Someday Travel

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very long time ago I found myself with five girlfriends, driving to Florida for spring break. We drove to Daytona Beach for a week. We sat on the beach, bodysurfed on the waves, rode bikes and walked the beach. The sky was so blue and the ocean was salty and huge. It was my first time ever seeing an ocean! Each time I return to Florida I experience the same sensation, the thrill of seeing for the first time — lush green palm trees, green grass and the waves of the ocean — and blue, blue sky. It literally takes my breath away all over again, especially when it is below zero back in Fond du Lac. Recently I returned to Florida to visit family and friends. Of course a few things have changed since my spring break week. No driving straight

through for 22 hours. I fly now. I don’t body surf, nor wear a pink bikini — but the rest continues to delight me. We enjoyed the No. 1-ranked best attraction by Trip Advisor for the Fort Myers area, the Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. Joining me was Ginny Gilmore, a longtime friend, along with two of my sisters. The Slough is a natural drainage-way, collecting runoff water from a 33-square-mile watershed area, during periods of heavy rainfall. The Preserve provides education for its visitors, deters flooding and protects the health of the Gulf of Mexico. It is a perfect place for nature lovers. We saw native birds, alligators, foliage, decaying stumps and turtles. Throughout the entire time we were at the Preserve we were on a boardwalk safely above the swamp, and away from any danger of alligators.

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