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Hospice works on personalized ornaments; Memorial service set for Dec. 10

(Left) Syringa Hospice employees and volunteers got together recently to work on ornaments for the 2017 Hospice Tree of Lights event set for Dec. 10. Pictured are (front, L-R) LSW Tara Duclos, Marilyn Forsmann, Annette Lindsey, Rose Mangini, volunteers, and (back, L-R) LSW Cindy Higgins and volunteers Jerry Wren, and  Eileen Uhlenkott; and (right) 2017 ornaments.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
(Left) Syringa Hospice employees and volunteers got together recently to work on ornaments for the 2017 Hospice Tree of Lights event set for Dec. 10. Pictured are (front, L-R) LSW Tara Duclos, Marilyn Forsmann, Annette Lindsey, Rose Mangini, volunteers, and (back, L-R) LSW Cindy Higgins and volunteers Jerry Wren, and Eileen Uhlenkott; and (right) 2017 ornaments.



— Syringa Hospital Hospice volunteers are again preparing for the annual memorial commemoration by crafting handmade ornaments.

The annual Syringa Hospital Tree of Lights Memorial Service is set for Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center.

“We have been kind of following a natural theme, and we like the idea of angels,” said volunteer Eileen Uhlenkott.

“Not all of them have faces yet, but they’re getting there,” smiled volunteer Rose Mangini.

This year’s ornaments are angels with pinecone bodies and wings made of bows. Names will be added as they come in.

“I scoured Pinterest and there’s just so much out there,” Uhlenkott said.

She picked up pinecones from her own yard, soaked them in a vinegar solution (“to get out any little bugs,” she said) then dried them in the oven.

“They actually still have a good smell,” she laughed.

Those wishing to donate toward a handmade ornament in memory of a loved one can pick up a form at Syringa Hospital and at various businesses throughout town or download the form at www.syringahospital.org. Memorial donations and names can also be listed on a piece of paper and mailed to Syringa Hospital and Clinics Hospice, 607 West Main Street, Grangeville, ID 83530.

Names are collected, placed on ornaments and a list to be read at the Dec. 10 event. A candlelight service will be held and also included will be music and poems.

Ornaments will be hanged on a tree at the senior center and can either be collected that day or mailed to a recipient of choice.

To allow time for personalization on the handmade ornaments, donations should be received no later than Thursday, Dec. 7.



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