John Klimesh has found his way to give back to WMC Home Health and Hospice

Released: 06/23/16

John Klimesh and his wife, Mary, with Winneshiek Medical Center Home Health and Hospice staff, Nancy Haberichter, director, and Lynnette Kruse, RN. John is currently creating flower pots, stepping stones, and bowls out of concrete. His unique creations are available for purchase with all proceeds being donated to WMC Home Health and Hospice.

John “Java John” Klimesh, of Decorah looked for an outlet to express his feelings of grief following the loss of his brother. He found relief in attending the grief support sessions offered by Winneshiek Medical Center Home Health and Hospice. “I found comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone,” said John.

After picking up a new hobby, John felt inspired to give back to the program that he found so helpful during his time of need. “It’s my way of giving back,” says John. His creativity led him to making and selling concrete flower pots, stepping stones and bowls- with all proceeds being donated to WMC Home Health and Hospice. He makes two to four pots a week, selling for $40, drapery pots for $30, bowl and tray set for $25 and stepping stones and smaller bowls priced at $10.

“John is a gifted artist,” says Nancy Haberichter, WMC director of Home Health and Hospice. “It’s donations such as John’s that ensure the programs we offer can remain available to those in the community during their time of loss.” WMC Home Health and Hospice offers grief support groups to give individuals a safe and confidential environment to express their feelings. WMC also offers monthly newly bereaved support group for those who have experienced a recent loss.

To purchase a uniquely designed piece, contact John by phone at 563-419-7410 or visit his home, 1793 Old Stage Road, Decorah (located across from Wal Mart), on Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday between 1:00-5:00pm. To learn more about the programs offered at WMC Home Health and Hospice contact 563-387-3024.

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