By Donna Erdman
In December, the St. Johns students, teachers and Marva Lee presented Christmas songs at the Spring Valley Care Center in the dining room area for all of the residents. Christmas ornaments made by the students were also hand delivered to the residents. The weather was ideal for the special event.
James Bradley flew recently to visit his dad and sister in Orlando, Fla. Josh and Alex Bradley were home from college for the holidays.
John Peterson and family recently visited Marquerite Peterson. Stephanie Snow and three grandchildren, Brando, Jacob and James also came for a visit on Christmas day.
Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley hosted the community Christmas dinner, where there may have been 70 takeouts and probably 200 that attended. It was a good time to meet new friend and see old friends from he surrounding area.
Lynn Kidd and family were together at Christmas Eve at the Grace Evangelical Church in Stewartville and later went to the home of Russell Kidd’s home.
There were 220 attending the Christmas Eve service at St. Johns Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. There were 110 attending Christmas Day services.
The Bernau families had their get-together at St. Johns Lutheran Church. Those attending came from the Twin Cities, Preston, Courtland, Fountain, Pine Island, Rochester, Kasson, Oronoco, Faribault, and Westby and La Crosse, Wis. They have it always on the 25th at St. Johns Church.
Al and Betty Schmidt guests on Christmas Eve were Kellie and Dave Halvorson of Galesville, Corey, Vivian and Karla Kampschroer and Kaitlyn Hicks of Spring Grove.
Christmas Day guests at Al and Betty’s were Ernie and Debbie Moeller of Rochester, Chad, Jill and four children of Rosemont; Renee and Morgan Maile of Florida, Duane Schmidt, Mark and Kami, Brady and Connor and Ashley Schmidt, and Luke McCabe and Myron Schmidt.
Sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Magdelene Baker-Jeske, 100, who passed away on Friday, December 23 at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester. The funeral was Friday, December 30 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.
Steve and Diane Bicknese were invited to the home of Lynn and Sarah Cummings in Spring Valley and John and Kat Bicknese and their two children. There were 13 at the sit down meal.
John and JoAnn Glady hosted Christmas dinner at their house for their family: Janelle, Karl, Julia, and Jacques; Mark, Hilary, Raegyn, Bentley, and Beckett; Margaret, Nick, and Rachel; and Anna Chop. That evening Sister Mary Elisha call ed from Lake Charles, La., to wish them a Merry Christmas.