In the spring of 2017, through the generosity of Nilsson Landscaping, the courtyard of Pathways Memory Care at Browning Masonic Community (BMC) underwent an amazing transformation. Nilsson Landscaping President, Craig, and Vice President, Susan, made thoughtful selections of plants and visual features ensuring the enriched courtyard is a peaceful space for visitors and residents. This restoration was done in loving memory of Craig’s mother, Virginia Nilsson, and Susan’s mother, Jane Muenzer, both of whom were residents of Browning Masonic Community. Selections for the courtyard renovation included lilac and lavender, as well as bright colors and existing plants evoking a sense of tranquility and home. This renewal was in special consideration of the residents of the Browning Masonic Community, requiring easy maintenance and without disruption of noisy equipment.
Nilsson Landscaping has taken special care of the grounds at Browning Masonic Community for the past 20 years, providing snow removal and landscaping preservation since 2016. Browning Masonic Community is truly appreciative for the kindness of Nilsson Landscaping and looks forward to sharing this gift with the residents and visitors for generations to come.
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Interested in moving to a senior living community, Shirley and Ken Paison visited many in Northwest Ohio. But after their first visit to Browning Masonic Community, Ken was comfortable and said, “I could live there.”
In the fall of 2015, with the support of their children Portia, Ken, Janet and Michele, they moved to Browning Masonic Community from their family home because of Ken’s failing health. It was quite a transition as they were deeply engrained in their community of Fayette, Ohio. A 50-year Mason, Ken was Past Master of Fayette Lodge and had built his career in the town. And Shirley, a 65-year Eastern Star, had been a dual member of Chapters in Fayette and nearby Morenci, MI.
Shortly after their arrival at Browning, Ken passed away. Since that time, Browning has become Shirley’s home. She stays extremely active and gets plenty of exercise working in the gardens and walking the grounds every day. Working on picture puzzles, something she did at home, has now become a popular pastime with other residents in one of Browning’s lounges.
“I take advantage of Browning’s bus going on the outings as well as to the restaurants when we go,” says Shirley.
She even helped raise funds for some of The Ohio Masonic Home Foundation’s events by working with some of the residents to bake pies to auction at meetings and events.
“People here have been wonderful,” Shirley says of the residents. And she’s comfortable knowing that, no matter what happens, because of The Ohio Masonic Home Foundation, she’ll have someplace to stay the rest of her life.
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The Silver Songbirds Chorus has filled the halls of Western Reserve Masonic Community with the sounds of Christmas, singing carols with residents, friends, and family, since the Holiday Season of 2017.
The Silver Songbird Chorus was the creation of Alex Melchiorre granddaughter of resident Sam Lambert, to create positive memories with her grandfather. Led by choir director Alexandra Horwitz, the Chorus provides a fun opportunity for caregivers and their loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s, dementias, and brain injuries to sing together for a special Christmas performance. Rehearsals provide residents with a greater sense of community, encourage socialization and cultivate friendships, making the Silver Songbirds Chorus much more than a singing group.
In their inaugural year, after only 11 weeks of rehearsal, and with 125 in attendance, the Silver Songbirds gave a performance that will be remembered for lifetimes to come. Those in attendance were delighted with the sounds, the laughter, and were excited to receive sweet treats provided by, Santa and Mrs. Claus!!
Now a holiday tradition, the Silver Songbirds is truly the meaning of Christmas, spreading love and happiness to the residents, family, and friends of the Western Reserve Masonic Community.
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