June 2017

Dear Families & Friends,

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


Employee Service Awards                            
O n June 7th, LOHV held its third annual Employee Service Recognition Awards. The following employees were recognized for their years of service to the Villa's mission: Peggy Barton, Tom Butkovic, Karen Byars, Robert Evans, Calvin Kindell, and Amanda Miko (5 years); Maria Isvanca (10 years); Jo Anne Kowalski and Diann Kubinski (20 years). Volunteer Anne Wade received a special honor for 25 years greeting residents and visitors with a friendly smile at the front desk.


Congratulations and Best Wishes, Fr. Schwet!

We would like to congratulate Fr. Ed Schwet as he celebrates the 35th Anniversary of his Ordination. We also want to express our gratitude for the compassion and commitment he has shown our residents through his years of priestly service here, and wish him many blessings as he retires from his ministry at Light of Hearts Villa.


Cleveland Clinic Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand
A group of volunteers from the Cleveland Clinic Business Operations Center in Independence offered up some of their precious time to the Villa this month.(left photo from left to right: Zak Kusek, Nathaniel Furukawal, Dan Smith and Scott Efferth), (right photo from left to right: Ronda Piper, Justin Howell, Joe Staviscak, Sam Smyth and Emily Day). They spent several hours hard at work, helping our Maintenance staff with garden prep, planting flowers with one of our residents and yard cleanup. They helped to keep the Villa beautiful. We are deeply grateful for their generosity of time and talent.


LOHV Resident Honored
LOHV resident Adeline was recently recognized for a remarkable achievement--45 years of service as a volunteer at Marymount Hospital. Adeline, a busy mother of three when she began volunteering, felt she was being called to "do something extra." Encouraged by friends, she joined the Marymount Hospital Guild and later became its Vice President. She also spent many years volunteering in the Marymount gift shop, where she priced merchandise, stocked shelves, created floral arrangements for sale, and made welcome bouquets for incoming patients. Adeline's dedication to others even inspired her to work from home, making thousands of bows for welcome bouquets. Adeline shared some wise advice from her years as a volunteer: "Keep your eyes open and your ears open, and always do your best to help others."

Volunteer Appreciation

The many volunteers who share their time and talents with the residents, families and staff of the Villa enjoyed a special Volunteer Appreciation Celebration with a sundae bar and cake! To top it off, the Volunteers were surprised when they visited the Patio to see the Volunteer Garden. Tracy and the Maintenance team along with Sr. Regina Kusnir set up the area that will be a dedicated garden for Volunteers with a special garden plaque and two beautiful trees. Stay tuned as the garden becomes filled with beautiful garden plants and flowers. When you add up the number of volunteers who have graced our community since 1989, you get more than 370 years. Thank you and sweet blessings to our wonderful volunteers for their years of dedication and love for the Villa.

"Bedford Room" Honors Vincentian Sisters' History
Furniture from what was once the Vincentian Sisters of Charity Villa San Bernardo Motherhouse (on the historic property behind LOHV) has recently found a new home at the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in Cincinnati. The furniture set, given to the Vincentian Sisters by an unknown donor in the 1930's, is made up of many ornately carved, cathedral-style pieces. The furniture once occupied the Clergy Dining Room in the Vincentian Sisters' Motherhouse here, and it was used for special occasions, especially when large numbers of priests and religious made pilgrimages to the Shrine of Our Lady of Levocha. When the Vincentians closed Lumen Cordium High School and established Light of Hearts Villa in its place, the furniture went into storage, and was even put up for sale. Now, this unique dining room set beautifies the "Bedford Room" at the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Motherhouse-a room set aside to honor the history of the founders of Light of Hearts Villa, the Vincentian Sisters of Charity of Bedford.

Tea with Betty
Tea with our residents was especially enjoyable on a warm summer's day this month. 


Sister Margaret Mach, SC

Sr. Margaret Mach, SC, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, is a spiritual director and retreat guide at River's Edge in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to this ministry she served eleven years as Director of the Office of Evangelization for the Diocese of Cleveland. She holds a Master in Theology from the University of Dayton, a Master in Education from St. John College of Cleveland and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Vincentian Studies Institute. Her previous ministries include 16 years in congregational leadership, and elementary and secondary teaching and administration. Over some 40 years, she has offered retreats, parish missions and workshops on various topics of spirituality. Sister Margaret's ministries over the years have been blessed with a rich experience of working with people. She spends her leisure time creating at the potter's wheel, reading, listening to music, cooking and enjoying nature.  Sr. Margaret currently serves as the Vice President of the Board and has been a Board Member for more than ten years.

All Aboard the Nautica Queen!
 Updated Information: If you plan on attending the boat ride in September, you can purchase your tickets at this website: www.eventbrite.com or by searching @chanellumenallclassreunion. Get the word out. Don't miss the boat !! 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.org
Wishing you good health and happiness.

In peace and light,


Elizabeth J. Hickle, MPA, LNHA, CDP

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