Residents Share Wedding Dresses and Memories

IMG_1465White lace and silk dresses. Beautifully decorated cakes. Bubbles floating through the air. A punch bowl and pastel mints.

Sounds like a day of love and wedded bliss, doesn’t it? It was, but it wasn’t an actual wedding.

Residents of Sheyenne Crossings gathered the afternoon of June 22 to share wedding dresses, photos and memories of their special days. It was a joyful celebration for everyone present, many of those thinking their days of showing off their wedding attire were a thing of the past. (See photos below.)

The event was called “Say Yes to the Dress,” complete with a showcase of wedding dresses that the women not only said yes to, but wore down the aisle many years ago.

“They absolutely loved it,” said Becky Butenhoff, life enrichment coordinator and organizer of the event. “Residents and their children came. There were laughter and tears. They really had a great time reliving those memories.”

The afternoon was rich with love and stories that were shared.

Nadine Wigtil told of her double wedding with her sister. Her sister lived in Washington and came home for their wedding. When the sisters opened their garment bags to show one another their wedding dresses, they discovered they had each purchased the same dress!

Gladys Rust’s story involves her passion for softball. She was playing for the Twinette’s team and about to head off to the national tournament when her future husband decided he better ask Gladys to marry him before she went to Texas for the tournament and found someone else. Not only did they get married, but Gladys’ team won the national championship!

Vera Kummer shared that she eloped with her husband because her family didn’t like him. The couple enjoyed a long, happy marriage.

Eleanore “Ellie” Radtke’s story is nothing short of interesting. Her fiancé George came home from Japan during World War II with the thought that he would be home and start a life with his new wife. Unfortunately, he was called back to military service and had only two weeks before he would have to leave. George proposed to Ellie and they had to plan the wedding quickly. During WWII, it was very hard to find white satin material. Ellie and her sister made her wedding dress out of “heavenly blue material.”

The couple’s wedding cake also posed a challenge. During the war sugar was not easy to find. In order to make a wedding cake, George and Ellie and all the neighbors rationed all their sugar so they could have a cake for their wedding day.

These stories and others were shared the afternoon of the event and each memory brought joy to all those in attendance. This was the first time Sheyenne Crossings hosted the event, but it was so popular, Becky assures they will do it again.


Music & Memory Program Brings Joy to Eventide

shuffle 1We all know what it feels like when an old, favorite song comes on the radio. Feelings of elation and excitement take over as we’re transported to a special place in our memory; we’re comforted by the nostalgia of a time in our life that has passed, but is still treasured. Now that you’ve evoked the feelings that come with hearing your favorite tunes, imagine what a playlist of beloved songs can offer memory care and nursing home residents.
It’s for this very reason that Eventide Senior Living has become certified in the Music & Memory program. The idea behind the program is to renew lives lost to dementia. Care professionals are trained to set up personalized music playlists on iPods and other digital devices for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can allow participants to feel like themselves again. Read more.

Eventide Fargo Now Open!

Eventide Fargo offers spacious senior living apartments that will suit any taste and lifestyle, with elegant, modern common areas and customized services to assure comfort, security, and satisfaction. Our new location also has skilled nursing care and short term transitional care, delivering nursing and rehabilitation services in a high quality, compassionate environment.

Our new community offers close proximity to shopping, recreation, and healthcare in a rapidly developing sector of the city. We’re excited to expand our services to the south Fargo area and provide the high-quality accessible care that Eventide Senior Living Communities are known for.

Call for a tour of our senior living apartments today at 701.478.1745.

It’s Never Too Late to go High Tech!

IN2LEngagement, interaction, recognition, positive feedback. The same elements that drive Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are ramping up the quality of life for many of today’s elders. Eventide has introduced a new computer system designed specifically for seniors with the belief that it’s never too late to join the digital revolution.

The It’s Never 2 Late system is currently being used at Eventide Jamestown and additional systems have been purchased, thanks to donations received, for Eventide’s Fargo-Moorhead locations. A simple press of a button launches hundreds of applications – including music, games, travel, exercise and more. From using e-mail to connect with family and friends, to enjoying mind stimulating activities and entertainment, to improving hand-eye coordination as part of a rehabilitation program, seniors with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities, are now enjoying technology using systems adapted especially for them.

“Many of our residents said, ‘I’m too old for a computer’,” says Nancy Steckler, Life Enrichment Manager at Eventide Jamestown. “I just tell them, ‘This is different.’ And they enjoy it … they really do. It has everything to make it easy for seniors to use.”

The technology was developed by Colorado-based It’s Never 2 Late (IN2L), a company founded in 1999 that specializes in connecting older adults and their caregivers to the benefits of computers and the internet. IN2L’s picture-based, touch screen platform enables almost anyone to use a personal computer, even those with dementia.

A profile for each resident saves the activities they enjoy most.  As a result, no two residents will have the same “portfolio” of activities.  The system is a huge asset to our Life Enrichment programming.  The mobile unit offers endless possibilities for group and one-on-one activities, and provides a fun, easy way for residents to connect, engage and live life to the fullest.

Eventide is committed to ensuring the highest levels of resident care possible. Blending technology, therapy and activities together to holistically care for our residents fits perfectly with our mission- caring for the whole person and enhancing the lives of those we serve.

Chaplain Steve Streed Honored

Chaplain Streed Honored

Chaplain Streed Honored

We are very excited to announce that Chaplain Stephen Streed, of Eventide Senior Living Communities in Moorhead, was recently honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the District C Caregiver of the Year Award.

The District Caregiver of the Year Award honors individuals in older adult services who demonstrate exceptional commitment to older adults, and enhance and enrich the quality of life of those in their care. Stephen was one of six caregivers selected for the regional award out of a field of 50,000 professional caregivers throughout the state.

“Chaplain Streed’s influence is not impacted by the walls of our Eventide campus or by our organization at all,” says Mark Bertilrud, executive director at Eventide on Eighth. “His approach is so very personal and so geared at serving others, wherever and whenever their need may be. He serves resident, family, visitor, guest, team member and stranger with equal devotion. Simply, the world is a better place because he is here.”

Chaplain Streed accepted the award at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute, the state’s largest and most comprehensive aging services conference. Nearly 4,000 professionals in all aspects of older adult services attend the annual three-day event to learn about new and innovative programs, share best practices and network with their peers.

Chaplain Streed is an important presence at Eventide. He serves with grace, charisma and dedication. He’s a pleasant man, who always wears a bright, unique tie and a welcoming smile. Chaplain Streed has impacted many of Eventide’s residents and served as a resource, comfort and guide to many of their families.

An Eventide team member of over 14 years said: “He has a gift that goes beyond hearing, he listens with his heart. Beyond the interactions we have at work, Chaplain Streed has been there for me in so many personal ways. Recently, Chaplain Streed was a major part of me being able to say goodbye to my wife of 41 years. He was there through the struggles and was there at the very end.”  

A family member of a resident said: “For my mother-in-law, she loved his ties, and that was just one of the many conversations they had throughout the years. She wanted to see what tie he was wearing and he wanted to know what book she was reading. My mother-in-law told me a few years back that when she died she wanted her funeral to be at Eventide and Chaplain Streed to perform the service. When I asked if she was sure as she had always wanted to have it held in Enderlin, where she spent most of her adult life, her response was, ‘I want it here with Chaplain Streed, this is my home, these are my friends, the people that know me, and Chaplain Streed not only knows who I am, but cares for not only me, but so many others … Plus, he makes me laugh.’”

These stories are just a glimpse of how Chaplain Streed has touched the lives of others –there are so many stories and so many lives he’s been involved in and we at Eventide Senior Living are so fortunate to have him on our team.

Jamestown Benefit Auction

Please join us for a fun evening of music and entertainment, benefiting the residents of Eventide.

Held on: Friday, April 8 at the Quality Inn and Suites, Jamestown.  The fun starts at 6 pm!

Appetizers, silent auction, piano music by Teree Rittenbach and students.

Entertainment by Mylo Hatzenbuhler (the Original Rock and Roll Farmboy)

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Fargo campus nears completion

Eventide Fargo will welcome its first residents in April 2016! In just a few short weeks, Eventide’s new location will open its doors, offering senior living apartments and skilled nursing care. Construction continues in the common areas, with finishing touches being completed in the resident rooms and apartments.

We have a fantastic team of compassionate, dedicated employees to serve our residents, and we continue to add new team members each week.

Apartment tours will begin mid-March. Please call Alicia at 218-291-2223 to schedule an appointment.

The gallery below provides a glimpse inside the senior living apartments:


Assisted Living at Eventide Jamestown


Groundbreaking held on November 20, 2015

Dec 3, 2015
Groundbreaking was celebrated recently on a new assisted living community at Eventide Jamestown. The new assisted living will complement the existing senior living campus and provide a continuum of high quality care and service options. The two-story assisted living project has 43 units and is slated for completion in late Fall 2016.

Living choices include one and two-bedroom apartment residences with fully-equipped kitchens, washer/dryer, and generous storage. The community will feature a host of amenities and services, including restaurant-style dining, underground parking, a fitness center, recreation and social spaces, guest suite, media room, and more.

Assisted Living at Eventide Jamestown

Assisted Living at Eventide Jamestown

“We’re proud to expand our mission to provide compassionate, leading-edge care and services,” says Doug Panchot, Executive Director of Eventide Jamestown. “Our assisted living will offer spacious apartments and personalized care in a warm, welcoming environment – maximizing the resident and family experience.”

Residents who are generally able to live independently, but benefit from help for certain activities of daily living, may find the assisted living residences at Eventide Jamestown to be the perfect housing choice.

Eventide Jamestown also offers health care for those in need of post-surgical treatment, rehabilitation, or long-term skilled nursing care. Future plans include connecting the assisted living to the skilled nursing care as part of a phased repositioning of the senior living campus. The assisted living will also allow Eventide Jamestown to add approximately 10-15 new employees.

6th Annual “Capturing the Moments” 5K a success!


Runners gather at the start of the race

Thank you! It was another successful year! Final numbers are in and Eventide Heartland brought in almost $3,600 at our 6th Annual “Capturing the Moments” 5K in September. We had an amazing turnout and a gorgeous fall day.  Thanks to everyone who participated;  your support in raising awareness for those living with Alzheimer’s in our community is appreciated by so many! See you next year!





Perfect day!