Hospice Recognizes Volunteers for Service

Kathleen Depperschmidt (standing in center), was the guest speaker at the Hospice of Dickinson County annual volunteer banquet. She spoke on her experiences in living after loss.

  Hospice of Dickinson County recognized and thanked its volunteers during an annual banquet held recently as part of National Hospice Month.

Debbie Bielefeld, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, welcomed all in attendance and Reverend Lindsey Brummer gave the Invocation. Following the meal, prepared by Mr. K’s Farmhouse Restaurant, special guests were recognized. The End of the Trail Quilters Guild was recognized and thanked for providing a quilt for each Hospice of Dickinson County patient. They have provided 70 quilts this year through mid-November.

The speaker for the evening was Kathleen Depperschmidt. The title of her presentation, “Good Grief: Living After Loss,” focused mainly on how she dealt with the loss of her parents after a car accident, and how she and her siblings dealt with the loss differently. She talked on how she had good grief, and focused on the good memories.

Bielefeld recognized the Hospice volunteers for their years of service. A certificate of appreciation was presented to the volunteers. New volunteers recognized were: Tony Geiger, Gene Bielefeld, Bob Bow, Lenora Williams, Karen Lorson, and Lenora Fleck. Recognized for 10 years of volunteer service was Donna Lawson. Volunteers recognized with 15 years of service were Wanita Cartner and Carolyn Frey. The 20-year volunteer was June Nold.

Hospice of Dickinson County is a local non-profit Hospice serving all of Dickinson County and 20-mile radius from Herington. Hospice of Dickinson County currently has 65 volunteers but is always looking for more. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please call Debbie Bielefeld at 785-263-6630.

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