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April 2013 • Issue 537

DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS “The question is not ‘What can I get?’ but ‘What can I give?’ in life.” -Robert Baden-Powell

Volunteers are giving people! They live by the motto “What can I give?”. They are persons that live with

Paul Nussbaum enjoys volunteering to fill the bird feeder.

Daryl L. Martin, Executive Director

their eyes and hearts wide open, engaging t h e i r w o r l d meaningfully. Seeing a need, they give of themselves to make a difference. Instead of waiting for someone else to do it, they just do it. As a not-for-profit organization, volunteers add extra hands and voices of support to the services Swiss Village provides. In many ways volunteers are unsung partners in Swiss Village’s goal to fulfill our mission to

enhance the lives of those we serve. They quietly and unselfishly give time to do obscure tasks that are vital to everyday life at Swiss Village. There is nothing glamorous about sorting mail, being a front desk greeter, helping to feed a resident, pushing a wheelchair bound resident. N e v e r t h el e s s the worth of the human interaction that is provided by their presence is beyond valuing.

Daryl L. Martin Executive Director Linda Arnold Director of Healthcare Services

Board of Directors: Kent Liechty, President Tom Muselman, Vice-President Linda Eicher, Secretary

Derick Bailey Director of Resident Services

Ted Lautzenheiser, Treasurer

Joe Burkhead Director of Information Services

Andrew Briggs

Margie Dougherty Director of Human Resources

New Residents


Swiss Village 5k Run/Walk & 1 Mile Senior Walk


Tacos & Tours 4-6 pm


Residential & Healthcare 5 Activities South Campus Wellness & Wellness Pavilion


Kinder Haus


Staff News


Swiss Village


Inside this issue:

Paul Zuercher, Immediate Past President Mark Settlemyre

Michelle McIntosh Director of Marketing

Sharon Sprunger Wulliman

Roger Young Controller

Greg Meyer Nancy Subler

Providing Compassion. Promoting Wellness. Achieving Excellence.

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 Virginia Lehmann is a new resident to Swiss Village since March 2. She has been a Berne resident and is a member of the New Corydon Methodist Church. Treva Lehman is a new resident to Swiss Village since March 11. She has been a Berne resident and is a member of the Decatur Church of Christ. Marilyn Litwiller is a new resident to Swiss Village since March 15. She is a Berne resident and is a member of the Berne Evangelical Church.

RESIDENTIAL Swiss Village Staff and Residents welcomed Mary Lou Campbell on March 11, 2013. Mary worked at Good Year for 19 years in St. Mary's Ohio. In her spare time she likes to do ceramics and is looking forward to participating in the ceramic classes at Swiss Village. "I find working on ceramics to be relaxing," said Mary Mary Lou Campbell Lou. "I also like to quilt and sew." Geneva, Indiana

Bette Bailey was welcomed by Swiss Village Residents and Staff on February 23, 2013. Betty is from Berne and retired from CTS. She attends Bethel Brethren Church. "I am enjoying the activities at Swiss Village," said Bette.


Bette Bailey

Swiss Village experienced the loss of a couple residents who called Swiss Village home. Condolences go out to the family and friends of Anna Gilliom who passed away March 9 at the age of 88. Anna came to Swiss Village in October 2010. Betty Mayer was at the age of 87 when she passed away on March 25. Betty came to Swiss Village in June 2008. We express our sympathy to the family and friends of Betty.

Berne, Indiana


Merlin & Harriet Habegger (44 Years)


William & Agnes Habegger (72 Years)


Roger & Nancy Roth (18 Years)

12 George & Rose Buhler (66 Years) 22 Clifton & Betty Habegger (68 Years)

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Michelle McIntosh

Swiss Village Retirement Community is excited to celebrate 45 years of service. To mark this special occasion, Swiss Village has designated the weekend of May 18 & 19 to celebrate this anniversary. As a gift to the community, Swiss Village would like to invite the public to attend a free concert given by the Bernished Brass, Ryan Hirschy, and Brad Byerly, on Saturday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the South Adams High School Burkhalter Auditorium. Sunday, May 19, Swiss Village has planned an ice-cream social and open house from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy special music in the main lounge, and ice-cream sundaes will be served with lots of toppings. Guided tours will be provided through Westenfeld, Swiss Village’s short-term rehabilitation wing and Zurich and Lucerne Haus featuring the newly remodeled independent living apartments. Join us as we celebrate the past 45 years of Providing Compassion, Promoting Wellness, and Achieving Excellence. For more information on these events, please contact Michelle McIntosh, Director of Marketing at 260.589.3173.

April 2013

CONTRIBUTIONS Bruce & Galen Sprunger. Anna Gilliom Memorials: Romaine Lehman, Luster & Elaine Rich, Merlin K. & Alice Sprunger, Gertrude Kropa, Thomas & Martha Gilliom, James & Roberta Lehman, Richard & Mary Gilliom, Millard & Mary Schwartz, Coleen Allmandinger, Robert & Miriam Liechty, Ted & Lana Schwartz, Allen Lehman, James & Jocelyn Blum, Betty Lehman, Roger & Mary Flueckiger, Pat Rich, Greg & Joan Gerber, Suzanne & Julian Gersham, Melissa Schwartz Klaassen. Willard Sanders Memorials: Amy Houser, Marilyn Duryea, Cynthia Duryea Konn, Daryl & Linda Morrical, Keith & Wilma Morrical, William & Coleen Allmandinger, Loren & Grace Moser, Senior Stewards Sunday School Class, Paulette & Brad Jennings Family, Joyce Metro Family, Gena James, Imogene Cotner, Paul Nussbaum, Ned & Jean Stucky. **All memorials and/or gifts given in honor of an individual(s) will go towards the Samaritan’s Endowment Fund unless otherwise designated.

SWISS VILLAGE 5K RUN/WALK & SENIOR 1 MILE WALK In celebration of Swiss Village’s 45th Anniversary, Swiss Village will be hosting a 5k Run/Walk & Senior 1 mile walk on Saturday, April 13 at 9:00 a.m. Please visit Swiss Village’s website at for more details, registration materials, and course map. The first 100 registrations will receive a drawstring backpack. This race is part of the Adams County 5k Run/Walk Challenge. Please join us at the Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion for a fun race with unique awards for the top three finishers per age group, gender, and overall female and male winners. The race will take place at the Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion located at 1201 Emmental Drive in Berne. Registration materials may also be picked up at the Museleman Wellness Pavilion Front Desk or Swiss Village Front Desk. For more information please contact Sarah Conrad, Wellness Pavilion Director at 260.589.4496.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY RESIDENTS 3 3 4 5 5 7 10 13 13 15 16 16 19 20 20 20 20 21 24 24 25 25 26 28 28 29

April Devona Amstutz Edna Gillespie Millard Schwartz Anna Haecker Eva Pannabecker Eva Houser Maurice Miller Helen Augsburger Helen Buckingham Keith Class Rose Matthew Betta Murdick Loretta Brooks Reba Eckrote Laverne Gilliom John Kirchhofer Howard Luginbill Jaculin Torkelson Nancy Hampson Gladys Strong Gerald Gerig Omar Reusser Jerry Flueckiger Edith Augsburger Edna Stout Louis Dubach

April 2013

SATURDAY AT THE VILLAGE Join us for Saturday Night at the Village, Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Work In Progress will be here to share the Love of Jesus Christ through Gospel Music.



Michelle McIntosh

Join us for Tacos and Tours at Swiss Village on Tuesday, April 16, from 4-6 p.m. Tacos, with all of the fixings, will be served and group tours will be given in Zurich Haus. Check out our beautifully remodeled independent living apartments starting as low as $8,034, 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 Tacos and Tours night on Tuesday, April 16 from 4-6 p.m. and find out how you can make a move into one of these newly remodeled apartments. Zurich Haus is located on Swiss Village’s Main Campus off of Forest Park Drive in Berne. For more information please contact Michelle McIntosh, Director of Marketing at 260.589.3173 or visit

Tara Farlow

Occupational therapy is the holistic intervention in many areas of occupation such as: activities of daily living (ADLs) including: bathing, dressing, grooming; instrumental activities of living, such as: home and financial management, rest and sleep, education, work, play, leisure and social participation. With a thorough evaluation, occupational therapists develop collaborative goals to identify strengths and deficits and address barriers that hinder performance in multiple areas. Occupational therapy interventions include helping people learn how to compensate and/or regain skills in order to lead

APRIL SHOWERS mud season puddle jumper spring fever Page 4

April 2013


Jamie Kittle


Cole Rupp

My name is Jamie Kittle and I am the new Activity Director. We started off the month with a music program from Noteworthy. We had fun filling out NCAA brackets. Cooking With Esther Ray was another hit with Shamrock Spirals. We enjoyed many Easter activities. We look forward to many signs of spring so we can get back outside and do many more fun, new, and exciting things! Be sure to check out information about our Fort Wayne Philharmonic Concert trip on Friday, April 26 and our Tin Caps Game outing on Wednesday, May 22!

What would St. Patrick's day be without a little luck from the Irish? Several residents joined in making shamrock milkshakes to share with the other residents. They were delicious, refreshing and enjo yed by m any. We are hoping with a little more luck from the Irish that spring will soon arrive . We are all getting tired of being inside so much, and look forward to the green grass and flowers!



The blustery month of March had us “hopping” with all sorts of activities and cel eb r at io n s. Our residents e n j o y e d coloring Easter eggs one afternoon … eggs we needed for egg races when the children from the Berne Preschool, as well some of the Kinder Haus children, came to visit on two separate days. We also put together cute little Easter treat bags for all of the kids. Paul White came to entertain us with a musical program of “green” songs, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of spring (although apparently no one thought to inform the weather of the change in seasons!). And, the Sonship Quartet gave us an afternoon of Gospel music, leading up to Good Friday and Easter.

Bring on Spring!!! Even though we are so ready for spring, we had lots of fun in March. The residents went to a m u s i c program in the auditorium to hear Paul White. He sang lots of songs that had to do with green. The residents enjoy hearing him sing. In the middle of the month we had a St. Patrick’s celebration. We had green cupcakes with green icing. When you first looked at them, you might have thought they were made with spinach. The later part of March, we had a special visit from the Berne Nursery School kids. They performed a little concert for us. The joy that children bring to us!

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Donna Stout

April 2013


Emily Arnold & Rachel Rosswurm

Spring is a busy time at the South Campus Wellness Center. We have had several new residents join us and we are glad to have them! We finished up our Winter Wellness Journey and the study of Indiana at the end of March. In April, those who completed the Winter Wellness Journey will be invited to take a trip to Bluffton, IN to

Oubache State Park and the Snug Cafe. We will have an Earth Day Education Session for all residents and staff on Earth Day. Mark your calendars... On Tuesday, May 14th all residents and staff are invited to the Wellness Fair and on May 20 and 21st we will be offering the annual fitness assessments on residents and senior class participants.

Art & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion —

Kinder Haus —

Andrea Miller T h e Arthur & Gloria Muselman W el l n e s s Pavilion would like to invite any senior 55+ to a Spring Brunch Carryin. Join us as we enjoy a wonderful brunch on Friday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion. Please bring a covered dish to share. Members and Non-Members are welcome to attend this event. For more information call the Wellness Pavilion at 589-4496 or visit

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Res idents exercis ing strengthen their mobility.


Heidi Schoeneman

The month of March has marched on very fast for everyone at Kinder Haus. The infants have been exploring and playing with plastic Easter Eggs. It is so much fun to watch them explore new things. The 3 year olds have been learning about different occupations. The teacher asked the 3 year olds a question about doctors. She asked them when I go to the doctor…. She got several interesting answers such as, “I get fixed”, “They look at your teeth and your tongue”, They help people if they are sick and they put band-aids on my ouchies.” You never know what kind of Blakeley Pyle stirs the an answer you will get when you ask a 3 batter to make rainbow year old! Making rainbow colored cupcakes. cupcakes was also a highlight of the month for the 3 year olds. The 4 & 5 year olds have been learning about St. Patrick’s Day and Shamrocks. Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday was enjoyed by all. Did you know that Dr. Seuss authored more than 60 children’s books? His most famous book “The Cat In the Hat” was written to fulfill a challenge from a publisher who asked Dr. Seuss to incorporate 220 vocabulary words into a children’s book. Wow! What a challenge!

April 2013

FROM THE DESK OF MARGIE — Margie Dougherty



When we celebrated our anniversary, I did some comparisons of Swiss Village from the early years to 2008. We are now at the 45th anniversary year and I thought I would update that information. The human capital (residents and employees) of Swiss Village are our most important capital. Without residents, the employees have no job. Without the employees, the residents wouldn’t have care. Some history of that human capital: • In 1968 Swiss Village opened with 10 residents; today we have about 275 residents. • In the early years we had a total of about 50 employees. Today we employ 370 people (about 200 full-time equivalents). • Through the years we have employed approximately 2800 employees. Swiss Village has become home to a number of people who used to be employed here or served on our Board of Directors. Currently, we have 11 residents who have served as employees and we currently have 5 residents who have served as members of the Board of Directors. And where else but in Berne could you employ 17 Habeggers, 32 Lehmans, 14 Liechtys, 21 Neuenschwanders, 28 Schwartzs, 47 Sprungers, and only 6 Jones and 18 Smiths in a period of 45 years?

NEW EMPLOYEES Swiss Village welcomes several new staff members this month. Jamie Kittle, Residential Activities, Aubree Davidson, Healthcare Activities, John Kaeser, Muselman Wellness Center.

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2 Franklin S. Shaffer

19 Heidi J. Geisel

3 Karen S. Poling

19 Tiffany Y. Moser

4 Annie M. Tankersley

20 Sarah E. Muselman

7 Craig R. Bailey

22 Ellen N. Stauffer

8 Erin E. Zimmerman

22 Scott S. Hoeppner

8 Carson P. Tumbleson

23 Dona Renee Mishleau

10 Jessica D. Sharp

23 Lindsay R. Batt

14 Taylor B. Miller

24 Jody L. Neuenschwander

15 Michelle L. McIntosh

26 Nakoah Puterbaugh

15 Susan A. Rogers

27 Lynsey A. Schwartz

16 Kayla E. Cline

28 Kate S. Lairson

17 Pamela L. Molthan

28 Geraldine M. Morrical 28 Aaron J. Lehman

Senior Breakfast —

Michelle McIntosh

In recognition of May as National Older Americans Month, Swiss Village and the Berne Rotary Club will be cosponsoring their 23rd annual Senior Breakfast on Friday, May 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Last year, over 300 area seniors attended the free breakfast at Swiss Village, located at 1350 West Main Street in Berne. The hardy breakfast will consist of scrambled eggs, biscuits, pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. All seniors are welcome, so please plan to join us as we celebrate Swiss Village’s 45th anniversary and enjoy a time of good food and fellowship. Plus, sign up for door prize drawings and take advantage of health screenings that will be provided from 6 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Parking will be available at the main circle drive entrance or in the north parking lot by the Social Corner. For more information, please contact Michelle McIntosh, Swiss Village Marketing Director, at (260) 589-3173. Village News compiled by: Tammy Seffernick

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From the very beginning volunteering has been Apr. Event important to Swiss Village. Swiss Village 5k Run/Walk Recently one of the first Swiss 13 Village promotional brochures & Senior 1 mile Walk - 9 am was given to us. In the Saturday at the Village brochure there was a dedicated 13 Work in Progress 7 pm section about volunteering 16 Tacos & Tours 4-6 pm which said: “An important part of the care given residents is Spring Brunch19 done by volunteer workers who Wellness Pavilion 10 am freely give of their time and effort to make life more comfortable and pleasant for those who need help. These Be sure to check the Swiss Village w o r k er s m ak e a v it al Website at contribution and give Swiss for the complete listing of this Village the ‘plus factor’ which months Residential and Healthcare Activities. makes life more enjoyable for the residents.” Our volunteers still help us offer the “extras” to our residents, children, and community members throughout our organization. Through their efforts they help

make us exceptional. National Volunteer Week will be April 21-27 this year. It is a time to cel eb r at e peo pl e do in g extraordinary things through service. We want to say thank you to our many volunteers year round; but this month we want to especially acknowledge all of the time and energy our volunteers give every day. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers at Swiss Village, Kinder Haus, Muselman Wellness Pavilion, and all other organizations. Thank you to the many volunteers who make lives richer, communities draw closer, and organizations stronger.

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