Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Staeheli Family Dinner

J'Nene Staeheli-Boland is sponsoring a Staeheli dinner in Everett, WA from 6 PM until 9 PM on Saturday, July 11.

Details here -


Hannah Jaeger Wedding in Australia

Recently I received photos from Ian and Catherine Jaeger of their daughter, Hannah's, wedding to Jordan, from New Zealand, on March 15.  They were married in Australia.

Photos may be seen here -



Friday, January 23, 2015

Den Dempsey Continues to Improve

January 16, 2015
Den began work at Provail this week. It is an organization that helps people with disabilities. He has computer classes - his teacher said he was excellent !   And he is experimenting with communication devices that will help him. He is really working hard. Irene bought a recumbent cross trainer for him and he is enjoying a new workout on it every day.

Irene has been trying to find a diet that is fat free, calorie intensive and blendable. Not easy to find !  It turns out that Den has GERD and needs a fat free diet.  The blended food is working much better than the canned formula but now weight is a problem.

Den's court date is Jan. 30th when his petition to end the guardianship will be decided. Keep you fingers crossed for him. He really wants to be his own boss. The physical limitations are hard enough for him to accept - he wants at least to control the material things he has worked so hard for all these years.

Irene is looking forward to spring because she has ordered roses to make a rose garden. She is a great lover of roses. The deck is a project for spring as well.

Sam continues to be the best aide ever ! he is Den's best pal and workout trainer. Such a wonderful companion and friend.

Please do come to see us when you can. We love company.
Irene and Den

Friday, October 24, 2014

Den and Irene Dempsey Move to Everett

This report about Den Dempsey is dated October 22.

Den and I are settled into our new home. The address is 4111 Federal Ave. Everett 98203. The phone is the same, 425-353-5905.  Please feel free to come and see us any time.
In early December we will have a little open house to welcome you, but we are happy to see you before then if you have time.
Den is doing really well. We have been going every week to Harborview to the eye specialist there and Den will have a cornea transplant on his right eye in a couple of months. His physical therapy continues to bring strength and agility and he talks a lot and more clearly all the time despite the paralysis on the right side of his mouth.
My blended food for the tube feeding is going very well. It seems to agree far better with his system than the canned formula did.
We plan a little trip to a cabin at Wallace Falls this weekend with my daughter and her husband. Den's big news is that we discovered VELOCITY, a TV channel devoted strictly to cars, their restoration, and value, and car auctions. He watches it whenever possible, and loves it, of course.
Do keep in touch. We send love to you all. Irene 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kathy and I Visit Daphne, Den and Irene

Sunday, September 28, Kathy and I met with Daphne Dempsey at her new residence in Bothell.  She is safe and comfortable in her apartment where breakfast is served in her room and she is surrounded by her artifacts and memorabilia collected over a lifetime.  Daphne treated Kathy and me to lunch in the dining room then we returned to her apartment to meet Den and Irene Dempsey and Den’s care giver, Sam.

Den has been challenged this past year with an aneurism followed by a stroke which has not affected his memory, cognition, reasoning or ability to read, but has affected his motor skills.  He can stand but requires a wheel chair to get around.  He has limited use of his left arm and hand.  He is able to speak, however, the stroke has immobilized the right side of his face which makes forming words difficult. 

Kathy was able to understand much of Den’s conversation and Sam is able to express clearly Den’s meaning.  Irene is arranging for a speech assist device to enable Den to communicate clearly on his own.

Irene explained the medical procedures Den has experienced and their anticipated move to a small home in Everett.  Daphne shared news about herself and told several jokes which caused bursts of laughter.  Den spoke about his experiences and got a few laughs, too.  He asked about my health issues and expressed concern for my well being.  Kathy related news about her quilt making and showed photos on her phone.  Sam good naturedly listened to all the conversation and clarified when needed.

After Den’s visit to the Tri-Cities last year he and I felt not only a kinship but a brotherly affection as we share common values and interests.  Daphne, Bob and Burt have been very generous sharing photos and family history with me.  I will make a priority to visit Den, Irene and Daphne when in Western Washington.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Den Dempsey Update

I have received several updates about Den Dempsey from Irene Dempsey and this is the most recent -

It has taken a while and two court petitions, but it looks as if we may move to Den's house on Federal Ave. The first petition was granted in August, but the guardian countered and said we could not move. Den petitioned again and it was granted pending fiscal study. Yesterday, I think, the court said we can move. This legal language is confusing to me.

Anyway, I will keep you posted. If I read the order correctly, we may move at the end of the month. I'll send photos after the move, but on this message I will attach a photo of Den on the deck of that house with his aide.

Den is on the waiting list for a ACD, augmented communication device. That will interpret his speech so everyone can understand him. It will be  great boon to him. He loves to visit and talk and right now it is difficult. We attended his high school (Blanchet) reunion this month and he loved seeing old friends and talked a lot to them. Though most had trouble understanding him, everyone was patient and friendly and he loved it. His only regret was that he still cannot swallow so could not share all the good food.

He is still on the feeding tube, but I have foregone the prepared formula cans and have started blending "real" food for him. It is a challenge for me that I really enjoy. I'm learning lots about nutrition and foods. I bought a good quality blender and I'm having fun making up each day's menu for him.

We went up to Camano Island and had a lovely afternoon playing cards with very dear friends there - and Den won the game with five of us playing and trying to win.  He's a shrewd card player.
His therapy is going well and he is regaining the use of his left leg and arm. The progress is not a fast as he would like but it is in the right direction.

Please keep us in your "friends" list and let us hear from you.
​If and when we are in the new abode we will invite you all to a house warming.
Love to all, Irene and Den

Gladys Staeheli Passes

Stacey Pettitt has informed me of her grandmother's death in Colville on July 1, 2014.  Gladys Staeheli was married to Lester Staeheli, a son of Robert Hermann Staeheli.  Her obituary from the Colville Statesman Examiner newspaper -

Gladys Staeheli
By editor
Created 07/17/2014 - 12:58pm

Gladys Delene Staeheli, a lifelong resident of Colville, passed away on July 1, 2014. She was born the daughter of Henry and Azalea (Loiselle) Holst on Dec. 11, 1924 in Colville. Gladys attended school in Colville and graduated from Colville High School in 1941. She met Lester Staeheli, “Babe” in 1942 after he was discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces and the couple married in April 1945.
Gladys worked in Colville at Seattle-First National Bank as a Loan Officer, and also volunteered her time working for the Historical Society in Colville.
Gladys loved to watch Gonzaga University basketball and would never miss a game. She would keep track of their stats, and always talked about the happenings on the team. She was also an avid Seattle Mariners fan, and enjoyed listening to music. Most importantly, Gladys truly loved spending time with her family. Having family close to her and watching her grandchildren play always brought a smile to her face.
Gladys was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lester “Babe” Staeheli in 1975; by her parents, Henry Holst and Azalea Carter; her brothers, Ernest and Calvin Holst.
She is survived by her daughter, Claudia Scott and husband Randy, Colbert; granddaughters, Stacy Pettitt and husband, Steve; Rayna Larson and husband, David; grandson, William Scott and wife Fawn; great-grandchildren, Riley Pettitt, Reece Pettitt, Alayna Scott, and AvarLee Larson; niece, Sharon Thompson and husband, Travis; nephew, Paul Staeheli and a cousin, Helen Hytein.
A private family graveside service for Gladys was held at Mountain View Park Cemetery on July 11.
If one so wishes, memorial contributions can be made in Gladys’ name to the Dollars for Scholars or Historical Society in Colville.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com [1].
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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