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Stephanie Bondy

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Activity director provides loyal service to Walbridge Wing

Rudie Sersch said she heard a rumor that “Meekers were going to inherit the earth, so I decided to stay a while.”

Sersch has served as activity director on the long-term care Walbridge Wing for the past 3 1/2 years. She discovered Meeker while on her honeymoon with her husband, Steve.

Beginning in the hospital’s housekeeping department, she moved to become a certified nursing assistant, and then to her current position.

“It’s like a family,” she said of her co-workers and beloved residents.

Sersch said she could not do her job without the abundance of community volunteers. She hesitates to point out just one, but said a favorite volunteer is her father-in-law, Don Rowe, who regularly calls bingo for residents.

Local organizations and businesses, as well as individuals, assist her in her job tasks. Sersch said merchants have helped stock the “general store” that provides a place residents can shop for items free of charge. She said the VFW and chamber of commerce are always responsive to any requests from Walbridge Wing.

“The wing” is the hot spot in Meeker each Halloween, according to Sersch. Last year, residents distributed 350 pounds of candy to local children.

“It’s a wonderful thing to see,” she said.

Registered nurse and Resident Care Director Mary Jayne Kitchens said that activity is important for long-term residents because it keeps them engaged with life.

“Rudie does it superbly,” Kitchens said.

Sersch grew up in northwestern Illinois, and moved to Meeker 13 years ago. She is the mother of three grown children, and the grandmother to two.

She said that all Walbridge Wing staff really “care for and comfort the whole person.”

“We get back tenfold compared to what we give,” she said.

For more information about Walbridge Wing, contact Pioneers Hospital at 878-5047, Ext. 161.