The last Wednesday of May, being the fifth Wednesday, meant it was time to honor the veterans from Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home and have them join us for dinner at the Ralston American Legion.

This time, they got to choose a hamburger, cheeseburger or pork tenderloin with the trimmings. Thanks to the volunteers and caregivers who assisted and provided transportation, a nice group was able to attend and enjoy their meal out. Due to delays they were not able to stay for bingo.

The usual group was back for food and bingo last Wednesday. I tried the hamburger because it looked so good and it was. Now I will have to decide to have it again or stick with my favorite, the chicken Philly. We had table 15 and the Fouts’ cleaned up. Once again, they needed a sack to take home their winnings. Scott won first, Jerry won three times and Margaret won the blackout. Verne Mecseji won twice and Annie won also. Even Cora, our bingo caller, noticed that I seem to have hit a dry spell, having not won for three weeks. Good thing I really enjoy the food and companionship.

May 29 was Donna Trask’s 80th birthday. She celebrated by taking a day off from her senior center volunteer duties and had a birthday party at her new home. Friends and family attended and she said it was so good to see her brothers that she had not seen in a long time. She enjoyed talking and visiting with all the guests and found her voice was hoarse the next day after all the talking.

Jan Gorman enjoyed time spent with family in Indiana. Her brother has a buffalo farm and they gathered there. They had a chance to take wagon rides and feed the buffalo. Jan said the best part was getting together with family.

Mary Perry recently enjoyed a mystery trip bus trip with Metro Community College. Their destination turned out to be York and Hastings, Neb. Lunch at the Chances R restaurant is a real treat as well as a visit to the museum.

Last month, Bev Sadler and a friend enjoyed a Metro Community College bus trip to the Amana Colonies. They were celebrating May Festival at the colonies and had a variety of food trucks where people could choose what they wanted for lunch. There was a tour of each of the colonies to see the various shops and trades. Dinner was at the Machine Shed in Des Moines.

Dean Betzer has returned from his family trip to the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit to celebrate his 95th birthday. Dean really enjoyed it. “There is so much to see, so many cars,” he said. They went back to the museum three times and still did not see it all.

Saint Gerald Friends on Q senior group made an excursion to the Cloisters on the Platte as their May event. Twenty-one people attended, enjoying the beautiful day and site. Rita Guenette said the Stations of the Cross are so well done and much larger than she’d expected. A shuttle bus was right on time at every stop. On the way back, they stopped at Gambinos Pizza in Louisville for Italian food. Their June event will be movie night on June 26 at St Gerald Fellowship Hall, 96th and Q streets.

We started the month of June at the senior center with a new nurse. The nurse will be there at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month to take blood pressures and trim toenails. Diane Walters reported that we collected $78.50 for the Stephen Center last month, making our year to date total $297.10.

Diane West reported that senior centers in the Omaha area are all experiencing a decrease in attendance. We have lunch every Wednesday, great entertainment every month plus bingo and cards and companionship. If you’ve been thinking about it, come give it a try. Next week we will have ham and potato casserole and it is birthday cake day so we will have birthday cakes and ice cream. Our entertainment will be Billy Troy on June 26 and our meal that day will be a fish sandwich, coleslaw and pudding. Call Diane at 402-885-8895 to make your reservation.

On June 8, the senior center was festively decorated with colored tablecloths, balloons and flowers.

This was for June Anderson’s 95th birthday. Daughter Gloria planned and organized the lovely party. June’s grandson Nick, grand daughter Amelia and extended family were there as well as many friends. The week before, June’s family from Colorado came to visit and spend time with her but were unable to be here for this party. June greeted her guests wearing a lovely “Birthday Girl” tiara. There was a display of pictures and a guest book for us to sign and write in good wishes. The unique beautifully decorated carrot birthday cake featured a picture of June at 15 months of age.

After a delicious lunch of chicken (fried and baked), macaroni and white cheese, cole slaw, veggie tray, fruit pizza and rolls, we enjoyed the cake, cookies, nuts and mints. Gloria told us that June was born in the small town of Canby, Iowa. She grew up with her brothers on a farm doing the usual chores before going to school.

At age 15, June decided it was time for a change. She and a girlfriend moved to Omaha and got an apartment. One day walking in the rain she was splashed by a driver who noticed her and remarked to his friend “that is the girl I am going to marry.” And he did. June and her husband had two children and lived is Des Moines. After being widowed, June moved to Omaha to be nearer to family. She made many friends at Ralston House and is very happy surrounded by family, and friends.

Thank you for all your comments and input. You know how to reach me.

— Janet Rentko is a member of the

Ralston Senior Center

Email: eric.taylor@papilliontimes.com Phone: 402-505-3613

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