Seniors gather for Leipsic craft group


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



From left are Mary Balbaugh, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, Nancy Gerding, Balbaugh’s daughter, Shirley Russell, Meadows resident, Karen Doll, volunteer and Julie Binkley, resident care associate.

From left are Mary Balbaugh, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, Nancy Gerding, Balbaugh’s daughter, Shirley Russell, Meadows resident, Karen Doll, volunteer and Julie Binkley, resident care associate.


From left are Elisa Cerda, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, presenting a patriotic bracelet to World War II veteran and D-Day veteran Ray Woods.

From left are Elisa Cerda, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, presenting a patriotic bracelet to World War II veteran and D-Day veteran Ray Woods.


From left are Nancy Kline, The Meadows of Leipsic Friday craft event founder, and Margie Steschulte, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, working on making patriotic bracelets.


LEIPSIC — Laughter can be heard every Friday and tables filled with craft supplies can be seen while senior citizens participate in the weekly Fun Friday Ladies at The Meadows of Leipsic.

Nancy Kline, program organizer, started the group three years ago when she and her friend Karen Doll started doing crafts with Doll’s mother and her friend Yvette Haviv in the dining hall. Their friends started joining the group and it grew from two to 16 members.

Craft projects have ranged from making bracelets and rings, painting pictures, making fairy gardens and mini vases with flowers to give to other residents. They also have done stained glass ornaments to hang in their windows and for others. The residents last December made ornaments to go on a Christmas tree that was on display at the Putnam County Library.

“They like to reach out to make others happy and like to be creative,” Kline said. She said she likes to hear them tell stories while they work on their craft projects.

“I want the residents to feel that they still have an important purpose of sharing their creative skills with others.”

Friday’s project was celebrating Memorial Day by making patriotic bracelets to give to veterans who live at the retirement community. They plan in the near future making cards to give to an organization that will send them to veterans and soldiers in nursing homes, hospitals and overseas.

Resident Juanita Escamilla, 64, who is a resident at the Meadows, said her son retired from the Navy after serving 20 years and her father served in World War II.

“I have liked making pictures, painting rocks and look forward to being a part of this group every week,” Escamilla said.

Julie Binkley, assisted living resident care associate, said the residents look forward to attending the club each week.

“It’s socialization and awakening their minds so they can get together and learn and new skill that helps with dexterity,” Binkley said. They like to display their artwork on the walls and in their rooms.

From left are Mary Balbaugh, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, Nancy Gerding, Balbaugh’s daughter, Shirley Russell, Meadows resident, Karen Doll, volunteer and Julie Binkley, resident care associate.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Leipsic1.jpgFrom left are Mary Balbaugh, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, Nancy Gerding, Balbaugh’s daughter, Shirley Russell, Meadows resident, Karen Doll, volunteer and Julie Binkley, resident care associate.
From left are Elisa Cerda, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, presenting a patriotic bracelet to World War II veteran and D-Day veteran Ray Woods.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Leipsic2.jpgFrom left are Elisa Cerda, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, presenting a patriotic bracelet to World War II veteran and D-Day veteran Ray Woods.
From left are Nancy Kline, The Meadows of Leipsic Friday craft event founder, and Margie Steschulte, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, working on making patriotic bracelets.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Leipsic3.jpgFrom left are Nancy Kline, The Meadows of Leipsic Friday craft event founder, and Margie Steschulte, The Meadows of Leipsic resident, working on making patriotic bracelets.

By Jennifer Peryam

jperyam@limanews.com

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

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