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November 2013 • Issue 543


Daryl L. Martin, Executive Director

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope." ~Thomas Merton

On October 31, I shared with the S w i s s Village Family my plans to retire on or a b o u t October 1, 2014. Via this newsletter I now extend that news to our wider Swiss Village Family and the broader community. Over the past 36 years, my love for the Swiss Village Family has grown deep. Swiss Village is an exceptional organization. The residents and the families that I have been privileged to meet have provided me an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference; not only in their lives, but also in my own personal growth. Additionally, I have been fortunate to have worked with a visionary Board that has always been committed to doing what is right for the residents and employees. Their dedication was matched by the competent and compassionate staff that I have been blessed to work with day-in and day-out. Without question Swiss

Village’s staff is tops. And for sure, the generosity of the supportive donors and volunteers that have unselfishly given to help expand and enhance the facilities, programs and services of Swiss Village has been a humbling blessing and encouragement. My years at Swiss Village have been enriched by many and I shall always be indebted! Swiss Village is in good hands! The Board of Directors is blessed with persons who have outstanding vision and wisdom. I can assure you that the Search Committee and the Board will keep the best interests of the residents and employees at the center of their concern as they process and select a successor. At the same time I pledge to do everything within my capabilities to help the transition to go well. The Search Committee will be Chaired by Ted Lautzenheiser and comprised of Greg Meyer, Tom Muselman, Mark Settlemyre, Nancy Subler, and Paul Zuercher. Kent Liechty continues as Board President. The Committee will be working with a national consulting firm to help guide the process. Change is a part of life’s journey. With transitions come uncertainties and unknowns. That is a given. What is not a given, is how we choose to navigate through the uncharted future. Thomas Merton provides wise counsel. As persons of faith we can embrace the change with courage, faith, and hope. Let us trust God to guide us as we move into the future.

Inside this issue: New Residents


Suites N Treats Basel Open House


Holiday Bazaar & Book Fair


Residential & Healthcare 5 Activities South Campus Wellness & Wellness Pavilion


Kinder Haus


Staff News


Swiss Village Mission Statement: Swiss Village Retirement Community is a not-for-profit corporation, committed to providing quality and affordable retirement living facilities and services in a Christian environment that enhances life with dignity, meaning and appropriate care for the senior adults from the surrounding community without regard to race, religion, sex, or handicaps that can be accommodated within our delivery system.

WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS HEALTHCARE Alvin Miller is a new resident to Swiss Village since October 4. He has been a Geneva resident. Vera Archer is a new resident to Swiss Village since October 10. She has been a Bluffton resident. Maynard Lehman is a new resident to Swiss Village since October 15. He has been a Berne resident and is a member of the First Mennonite Church. Shirley Armstrong is a new resident to Swiss Village since October 20. She has been a Geneva resident. Robert Nussbaum is a new resident to Swiss Village since October 24. He has been a Berne resident and is a member of the Pleasant Dale Church of God.


Jerry & Sue Sprunger Berne, Indiana

Ked & Margo Graber Berne, Indiana

IN MEMORY Swiss Village experienced the loss of a couple residents who called Swiss Village home. Condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerry Dubach who passed away October 4 at the age of 82. Jerry came to Swiss Village in May 2012. Fern Daniel was at the age of 95 when she passed away on October 12. November 2004 was when she came to Swiss Village. We express our sympathy to the family and friends of Fern. On October 23 Dorothy Steiner passed away at the age of 91. Dorothy had been at Swiss Village since June 2012. Our condolences are with Dorothy’s friends and family.

Carol Sprunger Monroe, Indiana

Helen Mazlin Berne, Indiana

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Jerry and Sue Sprunger were welcomed by Swiss Village staff and residents on August 15, 2013. The Sprunger's are eagerly awaiting their move to their Basel Haus apartment suite. Sue enjoys visiting with friends and family, traveling, and decorating. Jerry enjoys antiques, socializing with others, and watching sports. "I really enjoy the ice cream in the cafe," said Jerry. Sue said she is looking forward to becoming involved at Swiss Village, and would like to help with Christmas decorating. Swiss Village staff and residents welcomed Ked and Margo Graber to Swiss Village on August 15, 2013. The Graber's are looking forward to moving into their Basel Haus apartment suite upon completion. Margo enjoys playing the piano, reading, cooking, and working with flowers. Ked has always had a woodworking or design project in the works. He also likes to read, travel, and watch NASCAR on television. "We enjoy the friendships, here at Swiss Village," said the Grabers. "The accommodations here are just tops!" Swiss Village Staff and Residents welcomed Carol Sprunger on October 5, 2013. In Carol's spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, sewing, and reading. She also likes to be outdoors where she can enjoy the fresh air. Carol worked for several years in retail. When asked what she likes most about Swiss Village, Carol stated, "I like that I don't have to worry about the outside yard work anymore. It is nice to know that Swiss Village will take care of it for me." Helen Mazlin was welcomed by Swiss Village Residents and Staff on October 24, 2013. Helen is from Berne, and attends First Mennonite Church. She retired from CTS in Berne. Over the years, Helen has enjoyed gardening and spending time outdoors, and likes to grow concord grapes. We are excited to have Helen join the Swiss Village community.

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CONTRIBUTIONS Stanley & Nancy Augsburger, Rev. David & Karen Thomas. John Zehr Memorial: John & Susan Buckingham. Lorena Wachtel Memorial: Ruth Wachtel. Roger Miller Memorials: David & Lynn Beer, Maurice Miller, Ken & Judy Kipfer, Doris Liechty, Richard Beitler, Susan Carlson, Paul Nussbaum, Edward & Rita Hirschy, Terry & Margie Dougherty, Barbara McDonald, Helen Habegger, Langfeld Residents, James & Jocelyn Blum. Marjorie Stucky Memorials: Arvilla Martin, Dick Clark, Ned & Jean Stucky, Lynn & Helen Ratcliff, Scott & Patti Schwartz, Gloria Sprunger, Steve & Carol Stucky. 45 Years… 45 Dollars: Weldon & Arminda Steiner. Tree Fund Donations: Doris Cheeseman, Millard & Mary Schwartz, Kenneth Wanner, Lillian Glendening, David & Janice McKee, Van & Sharon Wulliman in hornor of their Parents, Evelyn Beitler in honor of Jim Beitler, Sr., Don & Kay Gerber in honor of Curt Claassen, Imogene Moser in honor of Edna Schindler, Phoebe Boze in honor of Robert Boze. **All memorials and/or gifts given in honor of an individual(s) will go towards the Samaritan’s Endowment Fund unless otherwise designated.

SUITES N TREATS Join us for Suites and Treats at Swiss Village on Tuesday, November 12, from 4-6 p.m. Lots of treats will be served, including 16 different flavors of cupcakes, and group tours will be given in Basel Haus. Check out our beautifully remodeled independent living apartments starting as low as $8,606, and hear about all of the exciting amenities that Swiss Village has to offer. Our independent living apartments feature, one and two bedrooms, a full size kitchen with new kitchen cabinets, living and dining room with new indirect lighting, new bathroom fixtures, new flooring and window treatments throughout, private patio with new patio door and built in blinds. Let Swiss Village take care of all of your lawn care and snow removal needs. Enjoy our bundled services packages including discounts on meals, housekeeping, and garage. Residents of Swiss Village receive free membership to the Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion. Come take a tour during our Suites and Treats night on Tuesday, November 12 from 4-6 p.m. and find out how you can make a move into one of these newly remodeled apartments. Basel Haus is located on Swiss Village’s Main Campus off of West Main Street in Berne. For more information please contact Michelle McIntosh, Director of Marketing at 260.589.3173 or visit Page 3


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Phyllis Habegger Mary Gray Rose Buhler Clarence Torkelson Walter Hofstetter Ruth Miller Wilma Smith & Clyde Wulliman Paul Nussbaum Betty Habegger William Habegger & Anna V. Liechty Millard Moser Raymond Franz Helen Beer Marilyn Spurgeon Mary Bauman


Vaughn & Arlene Sprunger (63 Years)

27 Millard & Mary Schwartz (70 Years) 29 Clyde & Marjorie Wulliman (40 Years) 30 Kenneth & Jeannette Yoder (61 Years)

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Swiss Village celebrated 36 years of baby day. This year we had two families who attended with four generations. The first picture is Swiss Village Resident Bernita Lehman holding her Great Grandson Malachi, two and half weeks, with daughter Sue Harness, and granddaughter Olivia Harness. The second picture is Swiss Village Resident Ruth Steury holding her great granddaughter Sophie Cramer, 13 months, with daughter-in-law Linda Steury, and granddaughter Alexis Cramer.

Saturday Night at The Village Swiss Village presents Saturday Night at the Village. Fun free entertainment will be provided the second Saturday of every month from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. November 9, 2013 residents and guests will enjoy entertainment by The Christianaires Quartet. Enjoy a night filled with worship and fellowship as this gospel quartet shares God’s word through song. Saturday Night at the Village is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information about Saturday Night at the Village contact Michelle McIntosh, Marketing Director at 260.589.3173 or visit See you at Saturday Night at the Village, November 9 in Swiss Village’s Auditorium.

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The staff and residents of Swiss Village Retirement Community have been busy preparing for their annual Holiday Bazaar. The public is invited to attend this event on Friday, November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A variety of handcrafted items including: baskets, candles, woodcrafts, jewelry, ceramics, holiday décor, greeting cards, doll clothing, baby quilts, wreaths, floral arrangements, and bottle art. Along with items made by Swiss Village Residents, several craft vendors from the local community will also be attending the Holiday Bazaar in the Swiss Village Auditorium. For a nominal fee, a light lunch and supper will be served in the Café Suisse. Swiss Village will also host a Holiday Book Fair by Books Are Fun, Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Books Are Fun’s product selection includes New York Times bestsellers; children’s storybooks, classics, and educational books; stationery and gift items; and general interest books such as cooking, sports, gardening, reference, and multicultural titles. Books Are Fun partners with more than 400 leading publishers and vendors to bring you the newest, most relevant product assortments available in the industry. Purchases made at the Fair will allow Books Are Fun to donate books to the Kinder Haus Day Care Library. Ample parking will be available in the circle drive at the main entrance. Swiss Village is located at 1350 West Main Street in Berne. If you have any questions about the Bazaar or Book Fair, contact Michelle McIntosh at (260) 589-3173.

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Cole Rupp

What autumn brings to Blumengarten is the last afternoons sitting out on the porch swing in the courtyard for the freshness in the air enjoying pumpkin cookies. With the garden coming to an end, the corn husk gave perfect opportunity to decorate the courtyard. Crafts with Sharon, brought back canning day memories as we used the canning lids that were painted and formed into an old fashion jack o lantern This brought back a lot of childhood memories and laughter about the fall season and harvest.


Donna Stout

Jo Rupp, daughter of Helen L. came and played hymns for us. A small group from the Kinder Haus came up and did a craft with some residents. Rose R. and Ken Y. helped the children with the spider hats, which were cute. I n the middle of the month, we had a fall carnival, which the public was invited to. The children played games on the units. A few more golf cart rides where taken. Betty Z and GreatGrandson, Kley Beer, from the day care, enjoy a ride together.

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HEALTHCARE HAPPENINGS — Karen Rowell Here in healthcare we are in the full swing of autumn! We have enjoyed our final lovely bus rides through the fall countryside, and said “farewell” to the ash trees that had to be taken down in our courtyards, knowing we’ll not get to see their leaves turn again. But, we’ve also welcomed pumpkin season, by both eating them and decorating them! Our residents spent a fun afternoon painting pumpkins. We shared much laughter (and a few minor messes), creating our own personality-plus pumpkin characters. Later in the month we welcomed cute, costumed youngsters to our annual Fall Carnival. Our residents passed out treats and enjoyed watching the kids participate in games and contests.


Jamie Kittle

This month we enjoyed a Skype interview with missionary Elizabeth Smith in Vietnam and heard a little bit about her work there. We also enjoyed hosting Josephine, a missions speaker from "The Fortress" in Uganda, a safe home for pregnant teens. Josephine especially enjoyed meeting resident Naomi Wiederkehr who often sends children's dresses, bibs, hats, and booties to The Fortress. The residents welcomed 13 children at the 36th Annual Baby Day. The residents also enjoyed many fun fall activities including decorating pumpkins, making fall door decorations, baking pumpkin pie cupcakes, visiting Menchhoffer's Pumpkin Farm, and scenic drives as the leaves changed.

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Emily Arnold & Rachel Rosswurm

One of the areas we enjoy traveling to is Blumengarten. We hold our sit and be fit, seated exercise class there on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00. We enjoy our group and the social time. This exercise time is open to any resident who wishes to remain seated during class. We work on range of motion, flexibility

and strength. A Blumengarten resident, Bonnie Habegger had the following to say about class. “The exercise class helps keep me in shape. It may even help keep a little weight off. I also enjoy the people in class and the instructors. The conversations are interesting and help me think.”

Art & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion — The Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion will be hosting a eating healthy for the holidays healthy cooking demonstration for any senior 55+ on Friday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wellness Pavilion. The cooking demonstration will be provided by Esther Ray, Swiss Village Cooking

Kinder Haus —

Andrea Miller

Expert and meal planning tips provided by Sarah Conrad Wellness Pavilion Director. Members and Non-Members are welcome to attend this free event. For more information contact Sarah Conrad, Wellness Pavilion Director at 260.589.4496 or visit

Heidi Schoeneman

The infants have been busy painting. They enjoyed playing with small pumpkins and gourds. The toddlers have noticed the leaves changing colors as they have been playing outside. The cooler weather has had them reaching for their coats too! In the classroom, they made fall crafts, scarecrows, pumpkins and owls. They also decorated using apples at they have been learning about the different colors of red, green, and yellow. Washing a big orange

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Emily Arnold works with Marge DeArmond & Willie Luginbill during an exercise class.

pumpkin has also been so much fun! The 2 year olds have been leaning about pumpkins. The children enjoyed opening and feeling the inside of a pumpkin. One little girl said the inside of a pumpkin felt like cheese! The 3 year olds are learning about spiders. They enjoyed making spider hats with Alpenrose residents and wearing them through the halls. Learning about patterns by placing orange, and black spiders in an “AB” pattern. The 4 & 5 year olds have had so

much fun learning about fire safety and practicing stop, drop, and roll! They had fun carving a pumpkin King and getting J a n e s s a enjoys cleaning to feel all the out the pumpkin. gooey stuff inside.

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Swiss Village welcomes several new staff members this month. Shannon Barger, Amber Isch, Carol Isch, Madison Kloepper, Megan McDaniel, Jessica Mouser, Jennifer Wellman, & Michelle West are all new CNAs in Healthcare. Karla Reed is a new employee in Healthcare Activities. Beth Miller is a new employee in Housekeeping.


1 Alysa Fiechter, Michael Terrell, Jill Elzey, & 1 Kristi Zurcher 2 Emily Arnold, McKenna Murphy, & 2 Gregory Fosnaugh 3 Brandi Berkshire & Jessica Ault 4 Heather Boone


5 Jack Freeman

Tara Farlow

6 Linda Arnold

The end of the year is approaching, and we all know what that means: holiday fun and food galore! From the preparation of the meal(s) until the leftovers have diminished, every dish appears irresistible. Our taste buds are more than pleased while eating our way through the holiday season, but our overall health is usually left unsatisfied. Substituting ingredients, gaining awareness and acknowledging your food intake during this eventful time of year are some ways to protect your overall health.

7 Jessica Grandlinard 8 Conner Brigner 13 Jo Stauffer 14 Derek Schwartz, Eric Emerson, & Alisa Miller 16 Emily Kaeser, Mark McIntosh, & Kristin Myers 17 Kimela Young, Mary Christner, & Jennifer Kahlert 21 Brenda Nichols & Karen Robinson 22 Samantha A. Sprunger 30 Debra C. Hignite

Swiss Village Resident Richard Beitler was able to attend the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with his Daughter Carol Hoffman on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The flight left out of Fort Wayne early in the morning and the group returned later that evening. Richard took this trip at the age of 96. We thank Richard for his service to our country.

Village News compiled by: Tammy Seffernick

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UPCOMING EVENTS Nov.Event 8 9 12 15

Book Fair9:00 am-4:30 pm Holiday Bazaar9 am– 7 pm Saturday Night at the Village-Christianaires 7pm Suites N Treats Open Haus-4-6 pm Healthy Cooking Demonstration-2pm

Be sure to check the Swiss Village Website at for the complete listing of this months Residential and Healthcare Activities.

CHARITABLE GIVING NEWS — Jennifer Lehman At Swiss Village we can tell that the holiday season is just around the corner. Pumpkins, mums, and Indian corn are out in full force. Christmas crafts are being made in all areas of the building. The spirit of the holidays seems to fill us to our fullest. With the holiday season upon us we want to take time to say thank you and express our appreciation for all of those who have been so generous to Swiss Village this past year. Here at Swiss Village we’ve had much to be thankful for. So far this year we have had over 190 individuals, businesses, and churches help to support us financially. We’ve also had 118 regular volunteers put in many hours helping the residents of Swiss Village, the children of Kinder Haus, and the community at the Wellness Pavilion. Because of the generosity of everyone who

has helped support Swiss Village we are able to continue to offer exceptional care and services. We can’t thank you enough for your support of Swiss Village. Even though we have been very blessed by all of our donors and volunteers we are still in need of your support. As you start to think about your year-end giving we hope that you will remember S w i s s Village t h i s holiday season. Thank you again for all of the support that you help to provide.

November 2013 Village News