“Some dream and wish, you imagined and built”
I remember it well – The year was 1979
You made this bold statement – And your eyes had a shine
I’m building a nursing home – And it will be in Northeast
Maybe it’ll be at St.Anthony – Up there I know the priest!!
I need a hard working nun – But I think I’ve got a good name
Sister Ruth lives in St. Paul– She’s really hard working and knows the game
You met with Sister Ruth – And immediately saw eye to eye
Now you needed a money man – And Mike Shasky was your guy!!
You pulled in Glodek and Hannah – Two friends always at your side
They’ve never told you “NO” – Always helping you with pride
Probably your biggest talent – Is knowing who is good at what
Which person knows which person – And your rolodex holds a lot!!
Well Catholic Eldercare became reality – You were smart and grew it slow
With a strong financial base – Getting direction from many a pro
You started building your board – For you wanted it to be run right
Bringing in Chuck Sullivan – Your board members were pretty bright!!
You added Carolyn Olson – And your brother Tony joined the group
You sat at the head of the table – Directing your talented troupe
There were times you struggled – But the funds always seemed to appear
Just in time when needed – You kept your faith, year after year!!
Sister Ruth had to slow down a bit – A spring chicken she was not
But she’s still around to help – Her friend Albert, with all she’s got
You were smart about transition – Knowing when and whom to call
You brought in Mary Broderick – Who was ready to give her all!!
You got Joe Strauss involved – As well as John, Dick and Lou
That’s Derus, Miller and DeMars – You five have always had a global view
Old friends kept reappearing – Alice Rainville and Walt Dziedzic to name just two
And the Rainville Family trust – Will help accomplish what there is yet to do!!
Albert, you saw a need – And didn’t hesitate to answer the call
You founding members should be proud – But metaphorically, it’s time to pass the ball
You’ve even done that well – With thought, preparation and foresight
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you – For fighting the good, good fight!!
Written by Erv Dauphin for his friend Abert at the Founders Dinner at Catholic
Eldercare on November 18th, 2004.