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Beloved window replaced at GRMC Hospice Home

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:59 a.m. CDT
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Don Friesen, left, and Larry Richardson stand next to the stained glass window after it was installed at Greater Regional Hospice Home April 13, 2013 — almost one year after the original window was destroyed during the tornado that decimated much of northwest Creston.

It’s another shining example of Creston’s recovery from last year’s tornado.

A stained glass window located above the south entrance of Greater Regional (GRMC) Hospice Home — like much of northwest Creston — was damaged beyond repair by a strong EF2 tornado April 14, 2012.

The vibrant 60- by 72-inch stained glass window — first installed in mid-2000s in memory of Del and Pat Richardson — was near and dear to many staff and residents at the hospice home.

“The window was a memorial gift from the Richardson family,” said LouAnn Snodgrass, GRMC executive director, continuum of care. “It’s a beautiful piece that helped provide a calm, peaceful, comfortable environment for the families we take care of at the hospice home.”

“That window had so much color,” said Danielle Pearce, registered nurse at GRMC Hospice Home. “It just added something special to the house and without it something was missing.”

So, GRMC CEO Monte Neitzel asked GRMC Pharmacy Director Larry Richardson — son of Del and Pat Richardson — to begin coordinating plans to replace the stained glass window.

Richardson contacted John Larsen of Clear Lake — the man who designed the original window — and Larsen still had the original plans for the window.

Larsen completed the window in March. It was installed at its former location by Larry Richardson, Don Friesen and his wife Bobbie Jo and Aaron Richardson shortly before the one-year anniversary of the tornado. Friesen donated his time and talents to build the frame for the window.

“It didn’t look right (not having that window),” said Larry Richardson. “Something was missing. We’re all glad to have the new window in and it looks as beautiful as ever.”

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