The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 27, 1996 · Page 18
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 18

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 27, 1996
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BB SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1996 LIFE THE SALINA JOURNAL T AGING Sisters, 106 and 107, still obey mother Women share a room in nursing home, look after one another By THERESA TIGHE St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS — A wood-and-gold rosary big enough for the legendary Irish giant, Finn MacCool, and a kelly green, map-size family tree dominate the nursing home room Nellie Cantillon and Hanna Dwyer share. Faith and family. These are the lights that have sustained these sisters on a journey that began more than 100 years ago on a farm called Shrone, outside a town named Listowel in County Kerry Ireland, and continues at the Alexian Brothers Lansdowne Village in St. Louis. On a recent Wednesday, Nellie — a pink rose and carnation highlighting her translucent pink-and- white skin, a dozen balloons floating above her wheelchair — celebrated her 106th birthday. Her sister, Hanna, 107, sat in a wheelchair at her side. About 125 residents, aides, nurses and therapists clapped for Nellie. Thirty-one third-graders from St. Paul Elementary School in Des Peres sang "Happy Birthday." And " Jammin" Jimmy Balch sang "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." Reporters, photographers and a camera crew recorded the event. But the glow came into Nellie's eyes at the sight of her family. Nellie's three children, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild turned out. So did three cousins. Her children, six of her nine grandchildren and all of her 18 great-grandchildren — even the two from California — showed up at a special family party that week. Nellie, who always had a kind word and a bowl of gelatin with T SENIORS Scripps Howard News Service Two Irish-born sisters, Nellie Cantillon, 106 (left), and Hanna Dwyer, 107, enjoy life and family as they celebrate Nellie's birthday In St. Louis. They never saw their parents or birthplace again after coming to the United States as young women. peaches on hand for her grandchildren, can't give much but her presence these days. Hanna, who always took a cake to the children she visited and made sure people knew their manners, doesn't hear much. Yet, despite the din, Hanna grabbed a reporter's wrist and pointed to Nellie to make sure the guest of honor got the attention she deserved. Hanna came to St. Louis in 1916. Her mother sent Nellie here in 1917, "so the girls could look after each other." Their family believes the sisters are both alive because they are still obeying their mother and still caring for each other. Nellie's children, John Cantillon, 78, Norien Dohle, 75, and Mary Spencer, 67, sat at a table piled high with family albums and reminisced. All live in south St. Louis within 10 minutes of the nursing home. Left home at 18 As they looked at a picture of the whitewashed stone cottage where their mother was born, they recalled that Nellie left home at 18 and never saw her mother again. Looking at a picture of Nellie and Hanna dressed in black with feathered hats, Nellie's children said their mother had sewn everything to make ends meet. She had also handled all the family finances. Nellie still carries a purse to bed. Looking at a picture of their mother and their late father, Thomas Cantillon, another Irish immigrant from County Kerry, they said another brother, Patrick, had died at age 14. While neither parent ever completely recovered from Patrick's death, neither did they lose their faith. The family continued saying the rosary daily. "We were poor but happy. She would do anything for us," Nellie's children agreed. So one of them goes to the home for every meal to feed their mother and check on their Aunt Hanna. John Cantillon said, "Aunt Hanna's family, too." Travel enhances life for senior citizens It ranks as one of top leisure activities for people 50 and older By JANICE ROSENBERG Los Angeles Times CHICAGO — Travel ranks as one of the top leisure activities for men and women 50 and older, according to a report compiled by Modern Maturity magazine and the Roper Organization. Travel will do more than show you the world. Whether you choose a day trip to Lake Geneva, Wise., a 15-day tour of Eastern Europe or an 80-day trip around the world, travel is the key to understanding other cultures, making new friends and learning about yourself. It's never too late to get started. "A change of scene gives you a new perspective and a sense of the progress of life," according to Chicago therapist Diane C. Dean. "Travel gets you out of your old routines and helps you find new interests. Visiting a place that's very different from home gives you a better sense of who you are." For many older adults, traveling alone or with a spouse or friend is the perfect way to go. But if you find the prospect of choosing hotels and carrying your own suitcases daunting, the answer is simple: sign up for a tour. Tours specially designed for older adults abound. But don't feel you must restrict yourself to a group of people your own age. Given the appropriate itinerary, you can fit in nicely with travelers of all ages. Group tours take the hassle out of crossing oceans and provide experienced guides to ease your introduction to exotic destinations. Meals are arranged and hotel rooms readied in advance. Buses carry you from one magnificent site to the next. "When you travel with a group of people you share each other's experiences," says Dorothy Roder, travel manager at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. "You feel more excited and thrilled by the trip, and you make good friends, too." Tours are particularly welcoming to single travelers. If you plan to travel alone, you can avoid single surcharges by sharing your ac- "Travel gets you out of your old routines and helps you find new interests." Diane C. Dean Chicago therapist commodations with another single traveler. Many tour organizers are willing to help with arrangements. . On a recent Field Museum trip, Doris Devine, a 60-something traveler from Chicago, shared a room with a woman in her 80s. "The travel office arranged this for me and it worked out very well," Devine says. Finding a tour in many parts of the United States is about as simple as picking up the telephone. Community centers, museums, universities, community colleges, travel agencies and senior citizens' organizations will send you brochures describing upcoming events in mouth-watering detail. Cruises are perhaps the most obvious kind of group travel. "A cruise affords a relaxing way to see different destinations without flying from one place to another and checking in and out of hotels," says Pat Sands, manager of the Cruise Center in Vernon Hills, 111. "That's especially appealing when one's energy level is a little lower." Sands recommends cruises for older singles. Some cruise lines hire a number of gentleman whose job descriptions include dancing with older women, accompanying groups of two or three on-shore excursions, playing bridge and socializing. The point is companionship, not matchmaking. "The hosts that dance with sin-' gle ladies add so much enjoyment to your trip," says Evanston, 111., resident Darlene Ahrendt, 76. Last spring she ventured by sea through the Panama Canal. "Travel is keeping me happy, healthy and young at heart." Specials on all Hair & Nail Services ,5. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday I Gift Certificates Available 825-8155 Academy of Hair Hours Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30 closed Sat. 1115 S. 5th • Sallnal Salina Journal A Super Source Of Information JIMCO CHARTERS and SHARLAR TOURS 800-536-1185 or 913-488-2185 Day trips: HARRAH's Casino in Kansas City Wednesday 11-06, Monday 11-18, and Thursday 11-21 $15.00 per person Games and treats on the bus, two casinos, one location, 3 gaming sessions (12-6). Call for reservations today. Our day trips nil Cast. SUNDAY DECEMBER 1 Kansas City's New Theater presents "Never Too Late" Dinner and a show plus tour Crown Center's sparkling holiday lights. Sign up by 11-02 and receive special price qf $45 p.p. Country Christmas Branson Tour SaOO.ppdbl.i 'Troaoportotiun, 3 niglito lodging) 7 ohowo, 7 mcolo, pluo Prooiouo Momenta This Holiday Tour is Sold-Out!!! Interested in upcoming tours? Call the staff at Jiimo to get cm our mailing list. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE!!!! Call or write P.O.Box 158 Bennington, KS 67422-0158 800-536-2185 Las Vegas February 6-9 Package includes •Round trip air from Salina •3 Nights/Hotel •Transfers Starting At $299 Per Person Dbl. Occupancy Hurry! Space Limited! il:hili»n ( < till I 'I • \itfiint X25-1155 or 1-800-747-12X7 Your Total News Source PRUDENT TOURS 10% oH for new reservations to persons under 65 who have not travelled with us. Applies to all motorcoach lours o( 9 days or less. Offer ends Dec. 31,1996. December 5-7 Kansas City Christmas 5-10 Christmas in Kentucky 27-1/9 Tournament of Roses January 29-2/4 Yellowstone In Winter February 4-14 Can. Winter Carnivals 22-3/10 Florida Coastlines 27-3/9 Caribbean Cruise March 18-20 18-24 18-25 20-25 22-25 April 1-12 5-13 11--26 $209 $479 $1,119 $619 $779 $1,189 $1,319 Sandhill Cranes/Platte River $189 House Boat Holiday $599 Texas Wildflowers $549 Iceland Interlude $999 Glory of Easter/Crystal Cathedral $619 14-30 21-27 24-27 24-27 26-5/8 May 6-10 8-10 15-21 June 2-17 Southern Gardens $879 Cajun Country/New Orleans $629 Washington, DC/ NY City/Boston in Spring $1,139 Paraguay Adventure $1,959 Springtime In Kentucky $499 Spring Mystery Tour $329 Branson Music Extravaganza $369 Carolina Coastlines $979 Pella Tulips & more Pella Tulips Spring in the Smokies $349 $189 $529 $1,219 Oregon/Calif. Coastlines Call for New Free Full Color Catalog 1-800-658-1734 108 N. Main, Hlllaboro, KS 316-947-2353 Events of the Day tbe Salina Journal GO BATTY Over our up coming ^SSi&DLli^tf^rDWy™ savings on FUN...FUN...FUN..."Get-IIWtlYS"nt *ir.\ % St. Jo Frontier Kansas "Golden Eagle" NOV. l8..Just $15/ea. 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