Thursday, July 29, 2010

Circle of Life


(Chuck) Life is a wonderful circle that begins in our mother’s womb and ends with our opportunity to go home to our Lord in Heaven. Our family has again experienced this cycle. Josh, Isaac, Julianna, Alison and LexiJan’s father Herb passed away last Sunday and our newest grandchild was born only two days before that on Friday. Joyful, Tears and Joyful has been our experience. Our youngest son Josh and his wife Sarah live in Lynnwood which is in the Seattle, Washington area. They have welcomed their newest child Julianna Kate Moore into the world. Julianna has joined her siblings Alison Charlene, Isaac Charles and new family member Lexi in a loving home. We look forward to the journey to Seattle this fall to be with them.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Dad

(Jan) My dad passed away last Saturday. He had been in failing health for some time and died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. Chuck and I had the privilege of being with he and mom on his last two days helping care for him. We enjoyed being here this summer visiting and spending time with he and mom. The following is his obituary.

1916-2010 Herbert Riesselman, 94, of Carroll, Iowa, and formerly of Halbur, Iowa, died early Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Swan House Assisted Living in Carroll.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 30, 2010, at St. Augustine Church in Halbur. The Celebrant will be Father Dale Reiff. Lectors will be Janice Moore and Tracey Wagner. Gift Bearers will be Janae Carlson and Jessica Riesselman. Mass Servers will be Stephen Moore, Nick Wagner, and Ryan Carlson. Eucharistic Ministers will be Mary Ann Riesselman, Linda Gilliland, and Susan Riesselman. Casket Bearers will be Andy Riesselman, John Riesselman, Tom Brown, Brent Moore, Eric Moore, Josh Moore, Chad Gilliland, Jeff Wagner, Mark Carlson, and Weston Hulst. Burial will be at St. Augustine Cemetery in Halbur with military honors conducted by the Arcadia American Legion.
Friends may call at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 2:30 p.m. Thursday.  A rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m. Thursday by the Templeton Knights of Columbus.  There will be a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. Thursday by St. Augustine Parish.
Herbert Riesselman was born on April 8, 1916, at Halbur, Iowa, the son of Henry and Catharina (Muhlbauer) Riesselmann.  He attended St. Augustine School and then worked as a farm hand.  He entered the U.S. Army in September 1942 and served during World War II.  He received five Bronze Battle Stars for battles at Rhineland, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, and Central Europe.  He was honorably discharged in September 1945.  Herb and Dolores Ocken were united in marriage on August 27, 1946, at St. John Church in Arcadia and the couple made their home in Halbur.  Herb was a salesman for the J.R. Watkins Company for twenty-one years and from 1968 to 1978 the family operated Herb’s Grocery Store in Halbur and he also worked for the Halbur Water Department.
He was a member of St. Augustine Parish, Templeton Knights of Columbus, Arcadia American Legion serving as Post Commander in 1969, was a 30-year member of the Halbur Fire Department serving as its Fire Chief, and was a member of the Polka Club of America.  Herb had a passion for music and in the 1960’s and 1970’s played with his “Herb’s Polka Dots” band and later played with “Esther’s Accordian Band”.  Herb played his music for family gatherings, retirement centers, nursing homes, and Polka Masses.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores Riesselman of Carroll; his children, Linda Gilliland and husband Richard of Leavenworth, Kansas, Janice Moore and husband Charles of Manning, Glen Riesselman and wife Mary Ann of Templeton, and Ron Riesselman and special friend Scarlett Murphy of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; ten grandchildren; Tracey (Jeff) Wagner,  Janae (Mark) Carlson, Tom (Janel) Brown, Chad (Megan) Gilliland, Brent (Donna) Moore, Eric (Cheri) Moore, Josh (Sarah) Moore, Andrew (Jessica) Riesselman, Susan Riesselman and fiancĂ© Weston Hulst and John Riesselman, twenty-one great grandchildren; his sisters, Marie Wernimont of Sioux City, Regina Frischmeyer of Glidden, Alice Christiansen of Denison, and Kathryn Curnyn and husband Bob of Denison; brothers, Lawrence Riesselman and wife Ada of Carroll, Walter Riesselman and wife Lucille of Vail, Andrew Riesselman and wife JoAnn of Carroll, Leonard Riesselman and wife Donna of Halbur, and Vernon Riesselman and wife Betty of Halbur; sisters-in-law, Edith Riesselman of Kansas City, Linda Riesselman of Omaha, Nebraska Agatha Sailer and husband Paul of Bagley and Charlotte Ocken of Omaha and brothers-in-law Wilfred Ocken and wife Rose of Carroll, Francis Ocken and wife Ann of Omaha. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law a great granddaughter, Megan Lynn Carlson; brothers, Vincent Riesselman and Henry Riesselman, brothers-in-law Wilbur Wernimont, Leonard Frischmeyer, Tom Christiansen, Gordon Podey, Norbert Ocken and sister-in-law Reinildis Venner and husband Andrew.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jersey Boys

099 (Jan) Last week Wednesday my local girlfriends and I headed down to Des Moines to see the Broadway production ‘Jersey Boys’ at the Civic. We enjoyed dinner together at Spaghetti Works for Becki’s birthday and then headed over to the auditorium. Wow! Nancy said that she had gotten really good tickets for us but double WOW! Row C! Three rows from the front and on the right hand side of the stage. We could see every expression, hear every word. The music and singing were incredible with just enough humor thrown in to make us laugh. 087The audience was very responsive and gave the cast several well deserved standing ovations which greatly added to the enjoyment of our evening. We’ll be singing Four Seasons music for many days to come. Bravo!

So what did Chuck do while I was off playing with the girls? Snapped some awesome photos of yet another m092idwest thunderstorm rolling through our area of Iowa. It started before 091dark with the steady approach of a massive wall cloud and then as the sun set, the clouds ‘fired’ with an angry look. After another 2 inches of rain, we settled in for more hot, humid weather.

Monday, July 12, 2010

COE’s Saylorville

Chuck sitting in the shade of a white oak tree- site 106 Saylorville(Jan) Another July Hot-in-Iowa week has gone by and we spent most of it enjoying a wonderful Corps of Engineer’s campsite at Saylorville Lake near Ankeny. ChuckBecause of the recent heavy rains, the water level under the reservoir’s mile long bridge was quite high and we could see the tops of trees a quarter of a mile from the shore line. Saylorville opened the spill way crest gates on July 2nd and the lake reached a level of 887 ft; 5 ft. shy of the record crest in 1993. By the end of the week the crisis had past and boats resumed sailing & skiing; we had a beautiful view from our site above the lake. Local friends were also camping there so we had a fun time.

  • On Monday we drove to Ames to have lunch with Brent, Donna & family
  • Went to Prairie Meadows for Breakfast w/Ron & Edna and Gary & Karen on TuesdayJan is 60!! 
  • Grilled steaks for dinner & had a campfire w/Jim & Jerri and Ron & Edna
  • Hosted Brent, Donna & family for lunch on Friday
  • Played bocci ball with the grandkids
  • Enjoyed campfires and drives around the lake w/Muhlbauers
  • Headed back to the farm on Saturday
  • Turned 60 on the 11th & received many, many good wishes
  • Went to see M&D at the Swan House on Sunday
  • Ate at Pizza Ranch for my birthday and stopped to see Glen & MA and got to see their new landscaping. garden phlox

Today was mowing and string trimming day at the farm. Despite another 1 1/2 inches of rain this morning we got the yard work done this afternoon, as well as a trip to town for the mail. The July rain has been good for the tiger lilies and garden phlox which are in glorious bloom. Also, the corn crop is evening out and tasseling after a very soggy start. The corn plants are beginning to set ears. Rain and Sunshine; a dynamic duo!

tiger lilies

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Good Friends

Dad helping Mom get back to their apartment; nearly 64 years together. (Jan) Two weeks have flown by here at Swan Lake!! We are spending lots of time visiting with my parents as mom mends from her broken leg and dad receives excellent care from his Hospice caregivers and the Swan House staff.  During this time we have also been blessed with some wonderful friends who have visited and stayed here with us at the campground. Local friends Ron and Edna Odendahl were here with us 6/23-26 and Boomer friends Gregg and Sally Schindel joined us 6/27 through 7/1. Our brother-in-law Butch came for a couple of visits, too. We’re already missing all of them but have enjoyed campfires with Lynn and Mary Phillips, who are here the the campground also, and Jim and Jerri Muhlbauer who joined us Thurs night.

Chuck, Ron and Edna The Moore and Odendahl rigs w/ Chuck, Ron and Edna getting ready for a grilled feast. So fun! Chuck and RonChuck and Ron – the rib masters – waiting for their masterpiece to be grilled just right!
sally & Gregg Schindel, Chuck and Butch Spieker Sally and Gregg Schindel, our friends from AZ, Chuck and our brother-in-law Butch from Seattle, who was in our area visiting family. We enjoyed every minute with each of them.  014The Moore and Schindel rigs at Happy Hour time.
 Sally & GreggTuesday was touring day for the Moores and Schindels.  Here’s Gregg and Sally in front of one of the Horizon Equipment mosaic murals in Manning. We traveled through Roselle, Halbur, our farm, Templeton, Dedham and Willey with a couple of interesting stops along the way.  Our lunch stop was at Deb’s Corner Cafe for a fabulous Pork Tenderloin sandwich and rhubarb pie for dessert. salmon!Greg grilled some exceptional salmon for us one evening.  It went well with the grilled cabbage and onions and the wine Butch brought along. Sally Sally on a freshly carved tree trunk chair.

Becki, Edna, Karen, Jan, Nancy and Betty Rancho Grande chairs Last Wednesday night I joined my long time girlfriends at Rancho Grande for margaritas and some excellent Mexican food.  Becki, Edna, Karen, Nancy, Betty and I have been celebrating birthdays, babies, weddings, graduations and Rancho Grande chairsupporting each other for 35 years. The occasion on Wednesday was Nancy’s birthday. We’re looking forward to going to the Broadway play ‘Jersey Boys’ at the Civic in Des Moines next month for Becki’s.R

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