Donna Ebeling

A Pillar of Perham Community Finds Peace with Hospice Care

Gerald (Gary) and Donna Ebeling built a lifetime of memories in 53 years of marriage. Opposites attract, they say. For Gary and Donna this adage rings true. He enjoyed traveling and she is more of a homebody. Gary had a more serious disposition, while Donna is light-hearted. But they shared a fondness and respect for …

A Love Like No Other: Parents Care for Infant Son with Help of Hospice

Gauge Niemeier had soft, wispy red hair—a trait his father Trent beams about because every generation of the Niemeiers has just one boy with red hair. His beautiful blue eyes were just like his mom, Brandi’s. Gauge’s spirit shined, exemplifying hope, light and unwavering resilience. He was the apple of his parents’ eyes. Gauge was …

Angie Judd

Hospice CNA Discovers Full-circle Connection with Patient

Angie Milner has cared for hundreds of patients in her four-plus years as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) with Hospice of the Red River Valley. In early February, a chance encounter with a patient revealed an unexpected connection. The experience reaffirmed for Angie why she loves her job. As a “float” CNA, Angie travels wherever …

Albert Shirek

Getting Things Right in the Final Season of Life

Albert Shirek remembers everything in life from age five on. As a life-long farmer, many of his memories stem from 33,000 hours on a tractor, combing the fields. He and his wife, Stephany, spent their lives on a farmstead, from birth through retirement. They understood firsthand the lesson imparted by famed businessman and philanthropist Howard …

Paul Fellbaum

Lidgerwood Community Celebrates Hospice Patient’s Passion for Photography

Paul Fellbaum spent his childhood years on the family’s New Effington, S.D., farm, surrounded by nature—a landscape in which he found much inspiration. At age eight, Paul’s Aunt Sharon gave him a camera for Christmas, setting in motion his lifelong passion for photography. “That summer, my baby brother was born, and I took all of …

Lynn and Judy

Don’t Wait to Find a Place of Refuge with Hospice Care

Special thanks to Judy Peterson for contributing her and her husband Lynn’s experience with Hospice of the Red River Valley. This post was published with permission from Judy. In Webster’s dictionary, the definition under ‘hospice’ states that it stands for hospitality, a place of refuge for a traveler. Now, I do not know the Hospice …

Laurie Meyer-Olson

Using Her Voice: Detroit Lakes Teacher Gains Gifts of Time, Joy on Hospice Care

A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. Laurie Meyer-Olson is a teacher. Her mannerisms, eye contact and authoritative yet comforting voice commands attention in the way one would expect from someone who has spent a lifetime instructing others. It’s a voice whose carefully measured responses shaped the futures of …