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2019 Homemaker of the Year – Tammy Sutch

August 28, 2019

Tammy Sutch has been a part of the Columbia Cottage team for just over a year. She has wonderful spirit and truly enjoys caring for others.  Tammy enjoys spending time with her son and her three dogs. Her favorite hobby is making crafts. We are especially grateful for her talents which include a special touch with persons living with dementia. Tammy is compassionate and caring, engaging with residents in whatever task she is at hand.

Christmas Party Fun

December 27, 2018

A special thank you to family, friends, residents and staff for coming out to celebrate our Christmas Parties. It was great to see all the families spending time together. We had a delicious buffet served by Sharon, Steph and Brenda. Sandra and Les were making festive Poinsettia drinks and Erich Chawalla and Chip entertained us with their music, sing along and his wonderful Saxophone playing.

The doors in the hallways reflected the holiday spirit. The door decorating contest winners were announced at the Christmas party. Thank you to all that participated.

Our winners of the first Christmas Party, Apartments 1-27 are as follows:
1st place: Harry Lauzon
2nd place: Aurora Cicconi
3rd place: Grace Minnex

Winners from the second Christmas Party, Apartments 28-53 are as follows:
1st place: Mildred Fair
2nd place: Audrey Brady
3rd place: Anna Lehman

Resident of the Month – Eva Lang

December 27, 2018

Eva was born in 1927 in a small village called Liebling in Romania. Although being born in Romania, her family were Danube-Schwab, which are German descendants that migrated down the Danube River looking for farmlands to settle. Her father was a carpenter and they had a small farm. As a young child Eva and her sister worked on the farm growing vegetables and tending to the animals. Then the World War II broke out and Romania was taken over by Germany.

In 1943 Russia started to push back against the German Army and started to conquer Romania. As the Russians came into her village, Eva witnessed some terrible atrocities as a teen girl. Her family decided to flee the Russians’, so they packed up their belongings and loaded them onto a horse pulled wagon and left. Their journey took them by foot from Romania to Austria.

In Austria, Eva worked as a cook for a well to do Austrian family. While in Austria, she met Hans Lang who had recently from duty in the German Army and was searching for his family who also had fled Romania. They fell in love and dated for a few years. Then Eva’s family decided to move to America because their father had a sister in Harrisburg, PA.

Eva’s family came to the USA in 1951. Unfortunately, Hans could not get a visa because of his duty in the German Army. But, Hans and Eva had a plan. Thus, their only child, Hans Jr., was born in late 1951 and because of that Hans Sr. could come to the USA. In 1952 Hans Sr. came over and Eva and Hans were married a month later.

During the day Eva worked as a seamstress and in the evening, they cleaned an office building until midnight. Eventually they saved enough money to buy a house. They became naturalized citizens in 1959 and were so very proud. In 1972 her husband started an automotive repair garage and Eva quit her job to run and manage the office. They also owned a few apartment buildings, so when the garage closed for the day there was always more work to do somewhere.

Eva worked hard her whole life but found one pleasure she enjoyed. Going to the casinos. She also loved to bake and cook. And no one could make a better strudel than Eva!

Cottage Star – Maria Smith

December 27, 2018

Hello Everyone! My name is Maria Smith. I’ve been working at Columbia Cottage for about 2 ½ years and what a journey it has been! During my free time I like to visit with my friends and family. I also like to take time and enjoy the simple things, like relaxing with a good movie. Through my work at the Cottage, I have met so many wonderful and inspiring people. We have an awesome team of staff members and our residents are the heart of the community. I am grateful to be a part of it all.

Celebrating Our Veterans

October 30, 2018

On November 9th we will be Celebrating Our Veterans. Representative Frank Ryan and Commissioner Robert Phillips will be here to recognize and honor our veterans.

Elizabeth Houser – US Army Nurse
William Price – US Air Force World War II
Orville Hetrick – US Army World War II
Richard Tayvinsky – US Navy Reserves
Carl Gacono – Lt. Colonel US Army Korean War
Marcus Gainer – US Marines Korean War
Walter Hauser – US Navy World War II
John Lylo – US Army
Les Knecht – Army National Guard

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

October 30, 2018

We raised $590 of the total $5,537 raised by the Horst Group for the Alzheimer’s Association! Every dollar raided benefits those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in our community.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a global organization, working to advance care, support and research across the world. From face-to-face support to online education programs and promising worldwide research initiatives, the money you raise makes a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s.

Thank you for your contributions!

Resident of the Month – Natalie Shovlin

October 30, 2018

Natalie Shovlin never tells her age but mostly identifies herself as a retired Navy wife. Natalie was a Dental Assistant until she met her husband Daniel, which she met at a dance that her friends talked her into going to. It was love at first sight. In fact, he told her that first day that he was going to marry her! She spent 27 years by her husband’s side in the military, although he was out to sea nine months out of the year. She smiles when she says she followed him with kids in tow, moving every two years throughout the country. They were married 50 years before he passed away 20 years ago.

She has spent the last 20 years seeing her family grow. Her one son is an engineer in New Jersey with a wife and two of her grandchildren, a girl in high school and boy in his first year of college. She also has a son in Germany who is a web designer and has lived there for over 20 years. Her daughter, who lives in Hershey, is a retired corporate communicator and interior designer. She raised Natalie’s first granddaughter who is named after her grandmother and is in her second year of medical school in Chicago, studying to be a doctor. She’s undecided as to what type of doctor.

Natalie’s life has always revolved around her family. She loves to face-time with her grandchildren when her daughter comes to visit.

Natalie’s hobbies are going out to lunch, watching Wheel of Fortune and golf. She is a devout Catholic and is looking forward to a trip to visit St. Joan of Arc Church where she was a parishioner for over 45 years.

She really likes the staff here. “Everyone, here at Columbia Cottage has been so nice to me. Thank you, so much!”

November Cottage Star – Lynne Long

October 30, 2018

Meet Lynne Long. Lynn has worked at the cottage for five years and enjoys working with residents and getting to know each of them. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, Erica, and Lynn is very excited about becoming a first-time grandmother to Erica’s expected baby boy in December! Lynn enjoys football (go Eagles!), and golf, her favorite drink is a Madori Sour, and she loves hiking in the mountains where she finds peace and beauty in the surroundings. Among her many talents, Lynn loves to clean and organize.

Lynn, thank you for being one of the sweetest, most patient caregivers, and for the very clean and organized closets and attic!

Christmas Party Thanks

December 28, 2017

We want to thank everyone for the wonderful Christmas celebrations this year. On December 6th and December 13th we enjoyed seeing residents and families spending time together, enjoying a great meal, and having fun together. We are especially thankful for Eric Cawalla and Clifford from the Uptown Band for entertaining us at both Christmas Parties. Their music encouraged lots of dancing and singing.

The spirit of Christmas is reflected throughout the Cottage. Congratulations to the first, second, and third place winners of the Door Decoration Contest! Thank you to our staff for decorating some doors, too. This holiday season was a success, and we are thankful to the full Cottage Family for being a part of it.

Promotion Announcement – Christine Horn

November 1, 2017

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Christine Horn to Vice President, Operations at Horst SeniorCare. (Horst SeniorCare provides the facility and operations management for Columbia Cottage.)

Christine “Chris” Horn has worked with Columbia Cottage for eleven years as this Cottage’s Managing Director. Chris has over 25 years of experience in Helathcare and Senior Care services. She is actively involved in the Lebanon County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as advocating for seniors in various capacities. Chris received the 2016 ATHENA award from the Lebanon Valley Chamber in recognition of her professional excellence, community service, and leadership.

Chris has lived in Palmyra for over 30 years with her husband John. They have two adult children: Emily, who currently works in healthcare while applying to nursing school, and Jack, a senior at Kutztown University.

Chris earned her Bachelor of Arts from Shippensburg University, and her Master of Social Work from Temple University.

Chris is looking forward to the continued promotion of the “Cottage Way” with her colleagues, and advocating for seniors in her new capacity. She is focused on optimal health and welfare of the Columbia Cottage residents and ensuring the Cottages are a great place to live and work.

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