Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati’

Dr. Henry Heimlich – Deupree House resident & inventor of the Heimlich manuever

January 30, 2013

Deupree House resident Dr. Henry Heimlich recently made news by speaking out against the American Red Cross. Dr. Heimlich stated that the Red Cross’ recommendations of five back slaps and then five abdominal thrusts for someone who’s choking “horrify” him.

Follow the link below to read the article from the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Dr. Heimlich graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. and received his M.D. from the Cornell Medical Collage. Dr. Heimlich is best known for his invention of the Heimlich maneuver in 1974 with a team of Jewish Hospital researchers, but that is only one of his many lifesaving discoveries. Dr. Heimlich moved to Deupree House in 2010 and is currently working on a book of his memoirs, titled Heimlich’s Maneuvers.


June wedding memories blossom for residents at Deupree House

June 21, 2012

June Sciarra stands next to her wedding photo, part of a resident wedding photo display now hanging at Deupree House.

I couldn’t help noticing the smile that swept across June Sciarra’s face as she gazed upon her wedding photo among the many resident wedding photos now being displayed at Deupree House.

“Not a hard one to pick out,” Mrs. Sciarra said. “I’m the only one not wearing a wedding dress.”

Not that Mrs. Sciarra never had designs on wearing a beautiful dress. It was just that her then h

usband-to-be, Ivo, had joined the military during World War II and was shipping out to Europe within days of their decision to marry. There was no time for planning the whole kit and caboodle. She smiled again.

“So much to do, so little time,” she said.

So after a quick round of the required blood tests and her parents signing to allow the marriage (she was just 18 years old at the time), Mrs. Sciarra said they went to a pastor’s home for a short ceremony. Within three days, Ivo was off to war.

He didn’t return for two years.

“He was part of the Battle of the Bulge,” Mrs. Sciarra noted as she recalled the American offensive against Hitler in December 1944. “The whole war experience definitely left him with some very vivid memories, but this was especially moving for him.”

Mrs. Sciarra had known Ivo for awhile. She had met him at a party. She was in high school and he was in college at the time. “Probably not a big thing now, but then … oh, yes!” she said smiling.

After the war ended in Europe, Mrs. Sciarra said Ivo stayed to do war crimes work, helping to identifying the bodies of Jewish prisoners who had died in work camps. He went into the jewelry business when he came home.

“I went alone to the train station that day (that he came home,” Mrs. Sciarra said. “I worried I wouldn’t recognize him. He hadn’t sent any pictures while he was over there. But I knew him instantly when he got off the train.”

Looking over the photo array, Mrs. Sciarra said there is one thing that unites them all. “Such joy on our faces!” she said. “You can’t mistake that at all!”

What memories do your parents share that bring the same kind of joy?

Celebrating a new beginning at St. Paul Village

May 4, 2012


I found myself shaking my head in agreement with one of St. Paul Village‘s residents this week. Following the grand re-opening ceremony at St. Paul, Marjorie Moseley commented to a TV reporter, “It’s hard when you’re in your 80s to get used to change, but change is good.”

That may well be good for Mrs. Moseley – and truly great for St. Paul Village. The change there truly is good. Coming in the form of a $13 million renovation that spanned more than 14 months, apartments at St. Paul are now heated and cooled using geothermal technology. They are larger with more open kitchens that allow residents to visit moreeasily with their guests. And residents can enjoy new gardens a walking paths, plus much more.

Stop by and take a look around. I’m sure you find it worth the visit!

Marjorie P. Lee resident volunteers as science fair judge for local middle schools

March 20, 2012

The Council for Life Long Engagement (CLLE) recently took on a new, unique engagement. Dr. Corning Benton, a resident at Marjorie P. Lee in Hyde Park and a member of CLLE, was presented with an opportunity to be a science fair judge for 7th and 8th grade projects at St. Andrews in Milford and at Nativity in Pleasant Ridge. He couldn’t have been more excited for the challenging experience!

During his time at the schools, Dr. Benton judged over ten different projects, ranging from activity pulse rates and music affecting heart rates to wind turbine blade aerodynamics. He was amazed by the hard work each student put in to their projects, from their display boards to their science fair reports.

Spending time at the science fair was by no means time wasted for Dr. Benton. “I enjoyed every minute of the experience. The displays, presentations and knowledge of the students spoke marvelously of the skill of the science faculties.”

Dr. Benton hopes to participate as a judge in future science fairs.  He is also excited to partner with schools this fall with the start of a new school year to help prepare students for their science fairs. Dr. Benton will share some personal insight on what students can expect at the science fair and tips for what judges look for in projects.

For more information, visit the Council for Life Long Engagement’s website at

If you are interested in starting a CLLE program in your community, contact Laura Lamb at or 513.272.5555 ext. 6606.

Gary Saves the Day for Marjorie P. Lee Residents!

January 31, 2012

Our Wonderful Driver Gary!

At ERH, one thing we are very proud of is the dedication of our staff, and their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.  Driver Gary Morgenroth is the perfect example of this enthusiasm and devotion. Recently, he took a busload of Marjorie P. Lee residents to Union Terminal to see the OmniMax film Rocky Mountain Express. Although the tickets had been reserved in advance, they were mistakenly sold before the residents arrived.  Gary found himself with a busload of disappointed residents.  Since Gary is a current volunteer docent for the Historical Society Museum and has worked previously as a city surveyor, he used his knowledge to take the residents on an extensive tour of the city.  The residents were thrilled and commented that Gary’s Cincinnati tour was so interesting and informative that they would recommend everyone receive one!  Great job Gary, thanks for saving the day!

If you are interested in brightening the lives of older adults, visit our Volunteer Page, Deupree House Meals on Wheels Page, or the ERH Home Page.

Giving thanks … every day

November 23, 2011

Submitted by John Cummings, ERH Marketing Manager

Deupree Meals on Wheels, Cincinnati, senior services

Delivering a hot meal to Cincinnati area seniors takes as little as an hour a week - but it can leave you feeling good for days!

I didn’t even have to ring her doorbell once.

Every time I’ve delivered for Deupree Meals on Wheels since our ERH office staff adopted a route, it never failed that Mrs. Smith (not her real name) would not answer her door before the second push of the doorbell. But that particular morning, she was at the door waiting.

And smiling broadly.

“You’re a familiar face!” she said as she opened to door to me that morning. “I just love seeing you folks. It makes my heart sing.”

That was it – a few very simple words describing what I felt delivering a meal to Mrs. Smith and the others on our route.

I had never had any trouble talking my own reason for delivering meals. I love the interaction and enjoy meeting the people we serve. For me, just this one simple act brings our ERH mission to life: “We enrich the lives of older adults in a person-centered, innovative and spiritually based way.”

But here was a woman who was giving thanks not just for a meal, but for the people she’s meeting. In those simple words that Mrs. Smith  articulated everything I felt. I couldn’t help but feel good. It’s what I think every person who delivers for Deupree Meals on Wheels – not to mention any other ERH volunteer –  believes every time they finish their route. Their heart is singing.

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the people like Mrs. Smith who cross my path wherever it leads. They are just one of the many blessings that we encounter in these topsy-turvy times.

I can’t wait to see if I’ll have to ring the doorbell next time I’m delivering to her door.

It takes as little as one hour a week to deliver for Deupree Meals on Wheels. For more information about this and other volunteer opportunities, call Sierra Sherman at (513) 533-5003 or visit

“Blanketed with Love” at Deupree House

November 14, 2011

Deupree House residents ensure local homeless & homebound will stay warm throughout the winter

A rainbow of color covered the Deupree House event center in October as residents showed off their handiwork – over 70 hand-crafted fleece blankets – destined for the shoulders of some of Cincinnati’s less fortunate to help them stay warm this winter.

Members of Deupree House’s Outreach Committee – a group of residents organized this past summer to do charitable work – created the blankets for “Blanketed with Love”, a local group that distributes donated blankets to people who are homeless, homebound, poor, ill or disadvantaged. They fashioned the blankets using instructions from the organization, tying together two pieces  of fleece to create a layer of warmth during the cold winter months, or even just when someone feels the need to wrap them- selves up for a little while.

“The committee’s goal when they started was 50 blankets,” said Rochelle Dietz, Life Enrichment Director at Deupree House. “They wound up finishing 75 by the middle of October – a real testament to their concern and determination to help other people.”

The blankets will be distributed throughout churches and faith organizations that are part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network to offer meals and overnight accommodations to people in need.

To find out more about Deupree House, call Gini Tarr at (513) 561-4200 or visit

The Garden that Jack Built

October 10, 2011

I’m often amazed and awed by the talents of residents living in ERH communities. A great case in point: Jack Fix, resident at Deupree House.

Since he and his wife Helen moved in several years ago, Jack has showcased his many artistic talents in a variety of ways. His art – a wonderful handmade collection of sculpted wood and other media – have been placed on display at Deupree House. He has also offered his expertise to the Council on Lifelong Engagement as a speaker to students at various schools.

But Jack is also an avid gardener. He worked with us on a video showcasing the work he’s done on a garden located near the Deupree House kitchen. Once a desolate spot, Jack has worked with the helping hands of other Deupree House residents to develop the plot into a sanctuary for relaxation and reflection, all the while taking in beauty that Mother Nature has bestowed. Take a look for yourself and enjoy!