May, 2017

Dear Families & Friends,

Welcome to our email update highlighting the happenings at Light of Hearts Villa (LOHV).


Join Hands Day 2017                             
The weather cooperated nicely for Join Hands Day 2017, blessing our volunteer gardeners with a pleasant Spring day just perfect for gardening!
We are grateful to the kind volunteers from the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association who beautified the Villa grounds with colorful geraniums, begonias, and petunias. Members of Girl Scout Troops #70131 and #70424, guided by troop leaders Sue Ann Sich and Sandra Orland, transformed our Lumen Lane garden into a butterfly and hummingbird haven.
We send a heartfelt thank-you to all for making Join Hands Day 2017 such a blessing for the Villa and our residents.
LOHV Honors Donors on Appreciation Night
The Villa held its second annual Donor Appreciation Mass and Reception on the evening of May 25th. The centerpiece of the evening was Mass celebrated by Bishop Roger Gries in our Chapel.  The Villa is grateful to our donors, who enrich our residents' lives each year with their unfailing compassion and kindness.


Meet Our New Therapy Pets!
This month our residents spent quality time with Vanellope the bunny rabbit and Lucky the cat. Vanellope, a Lionhead rabbit, and Lucky, a Maine Coon cat, specialize in snuggling with our residents and spreading love, happiness, and fluffiness.

Many Happy May Happenings
This month was full of celebration and special events for our residents. They participated in the May Crowning Mass on May 3rd, enjoyed ice cream and a scenic drive through the Bedford Metro parks on May 17th, and performed a beautiful Bell Choir Spring Concert on May 19th.

Honoring Our Service Members
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. The wearing of poppies is traditionally done on Memorial Day, symbolizing the heroic sacrifices made by our service members. 
Celebrate this Memorial Day with a prayer for peace and a spirit of gratitude for all who serve and have served in the military forces.

Tea with Betty
I enjoyed a wonderful springtime Tea with our residents as we shared stories, laughed, and reminisced.

Robert Smolko, CPA, Treasurer of the Board

This month we are pleased to highlight Mr. Robert Smolko, CPA, Treasurer of the Board.  Robert has been on the Board of Directors since 2013 and was elected to the position of Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee in 2014.  He is a 1970 graduate of St. Peter Chanel High School, where he played baseball and is a proud member of the alumni Hall of Fame.  Bob attended John Carroll University, graduated in 1974.  He earned his CPA in 1977; joined the CPA firm of Ciuni & Panichi, Inc. and became a partner in 1990.  Married to Jean for more than 40 years, they have one son, Michael.  He is a member of the Church of the Resurrection.  Bob is also a member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and the United States Trotting Association; and a racehorse owner.  Bob feels a special connection to Light of Hearts Villa, as his parents, Tom and Rose lived at the Villa for several years.

All Aboard the Nautica Queen!
St. Peter Chanel/Lumen Cordium Alumni All Class Reunion. Calling all Chanel Firebirds and Lumen Lancers! Come out and enjoy a fantastic voyage at the first "ALL" class reunion on Saturday, September 9, 2017! The cruise on the Nautica Queen will begin boarding at 2:00 PM, will depart at 2:30 PM, and will return back to the dock by 5:00 PM. We will have exclusive use of the boat, a DJ, and an unlimited buffet. The first 50 registrants will be entered into a drawing to receive a three-day, two-night Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas for two! Contact Angela Kane at (216) 744-8687 for more details.

Please reply or call me at 440.232.1991 if you have anything you would like to discuss or stop by my office the next time you're here. You can also see more pictures and updates on our Facebook page as well as our website Light of Hearts Villa .

Wishing you good health and happiness.

In peace and light,


Elizabeth J. Hickle, MPA, LNHA, CDP

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