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Care partners at Hospice of Dayton and Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties go above and beyond to invest in each patient and consider his or her time with us to be a celebration of life. It’s our goal to help you cement your loved one’s legacy by embracing his or her life story and presenting it to others. Please, share your loved one’s life story with us today. We believe that illustrating life’s stories provides peace of mind for families while strengthening our community.  Contact 937-256-4490 ext. 4409 or fill out the form below to share your story today.

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My Wonderful Life

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Paul Minter

By Paul M. Minter

In 1937 I was ten years old, Mother and Father decided they would separate and by doing so they would leave me with my Great-Grandmother who lived in the hills of Kentucky.  Moving from the city to the hills of Kentucky was like being in a time capsule, traveling back to the frontier days.

My Great-Grandmother’s old farmhouse had no water, electric or plumbing.  Her farm was located as far back in the hills as you could possibly go, at the head of a hollow with 10-foot cliffs surrounding the entire valley.  The farm had 80 acres of steep hillside land with about 10 acres of bottomland.  The creek that flowed through this valley was a gift from God and gave us many hours of catching fish that my Great-Grandmother, Molly Harvey, would cook for me. My Great-Grandfather, Isaac Harvey, built the old farmhouse.  It had six rooms with three open fireplaces and an old wood cook stove in the kitchen.  The house had three large porches.  In the winter we spent most of our time in the bedroom because it was the only room heated by an open fireplace.  Sleeping in the bedroom was like sleeping in an indoor jungle.  My Great-Grandmother had many beautiful flowers hanging in this bedroom so they wouldn’t freeze.  She also was an herbalist who spent most of her life collecting and growing herbs.  She had remedies for most all sickness.  Doctoring yourself was common practice and she knew the proper home remedy to give you.

My Great-Grandmother cooked, dressed and lived like she was living in the early 1800s.  She always wore the long dress and a colorful bonnet.  A sidesaddle and a horse were her only way of traveling.

I was fascinated with the primitive way of life, and soon learned how to ride a horse, milk a cow by hand and plow the fields with a team of mules.  My Great-Grandmother’s requirement was that everybody had to work, regardless of age.  Working in the garden, cutting firewood, gathering eggs, feeding the livestock and chickens was a daily requirement.

The school I attended was a one-room school with 8 grades and a potbelly stove in the middle of the room. There was no such thing as a school bus.  When you graduated from the 8th grade you had to travel many miles to go to a high school.  A big percentage of the young people could not go because of the long trip.  I was lucky, as I was able to enroll in Berea College where you worked and lived on campus.  They required you to work four hours a day to pay for your way through school.  I was assigned to work in the paint shop.  In 1944, at the age of 17, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and when the war was over I received an honorable discharge. I was lucky to get employment at the General Motor plant in Dayton, Ohio. After 30 years of dedicated service I retired at the age of 50 and launched an exciting new career. I decided to take ballroom dancing lessons.

I always loved to watch other people dance and was always taken by music. After competing in three dance competitions and receiving a trophy for each one I started a new life as a fulltime professional dance instructor. I met Sharon when we were both taking dancing lessons in 1967.   A wonderful romance followed and we fell in love and were married in 1970.   I organized an independent dance club and for the next 33-years I was a successful ballroom dance instructor.  I received awards from numerous YMCA’s locally where I helped promote and achieve dance class success, including the Kettering, Xenia, Northwest, New Carlisle, Oakwood and Eaton YMCAs. We offered classes for the adult night school programs at Fairborn and Kettering High Schools and Dayton classes at South Elementary School.  We offered classes for the Kettering Recreation Center at Polen Barn, the Rose Art Center and Kettering Rec Center.  Without my wife, Sharon, I would not have been such a great success.  She helped me and encouraged me to practice and develop new ideas so our students would always be excited and want to learn more about dancing.





Dr. Cleanne Cass Honored

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CassDr. Cleanne Cass was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (Ohio ACOFP).  This award is the highest honor given to an osteopathic physician, who has shown outstanding accomplishments in personal, scientific, and professional affairs, especially in service to the osteopathic profession in Ohio. Dr. Cass serves as Director of Community Care and continues to actively serve our patients and support the clinical staff. She began her career as a family physician and has been a leader in the development of hospice and palliative services in Ohio since the hospice movement began in the 1970’s. She was one of the first physicians to achieve hospice and palliative care certification in the country. Please join in congratulating her for this well-deserved honor.

Hospice of Dayton Foundation “Beer Tasting Pairing”

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Poelking Lanes South-VIP Room
8871 Kingsridge Dr.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Presenting Sponsor:

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Thank you to our Sponsors:

  • Patti & Greg Atkinson
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Cavalier Distributing
    1-CW Seal

Presenting Sponsor – $2,500.00

  • 10 admission tickets
  • 4 raffle tickets
  • Name on napkins
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Company logo on big screen
  • Prominent recognition throughout the tasting
  • Recognition on Hospice of Dayton website with your logo
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Room Sponsor – $1,000.00

  • 6 admission tickets
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Signage on the lanes
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Table Sponsor – $450.00

  • 2 raffle tickets
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Beer Sponsor – $250

  • Company name prominently displayed in front of craft beer
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Attendee Fee – $25.00

  • 9 samples of craft beer
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers

Designated driver/non-drinker $15.00

  • Complimentary appetizers, soda and bottled water.

Must be 21 years of age to attend. Please sample responsibly.

Participants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Hospice of Dayton, sponsors and vendors, its officers, directors, partners, agents, members, and employees from and against any and all demands, claims, damages to persons or property, losses and liabilities, including reasonable attorney’s fees arising out of or caused by injuries, damages or other claims caused by or connected to attendance of this event.

Contact Marsha Bernard at 937-258-5537 for more info.

Hospice of Dayton Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami Valley

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Hospice_2_27_13-60Two major non-profit Dayton organizations have created a new partnership to advance the mission of both.

Hospice of Dayton and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley have created a program that applies the art therapy resources of Pathways of Hope, the grief support program of Hospice of Dayton, to support young people mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters who may experience an extended grieving period due to death of a loved one or lack of involvement from someone they love.  The program is designed to help the youngsters mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters advance toward emotional health through artistic expression.

According to Joseph Radelet, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley, the partnership is a natural for the two organizations.  “Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hospice of Dayton are both involved in providing support to those in need.  This partnership between our organizations will deepen the care we will provide to young people experiencing loss through the death or absence of a loved one. “

Hospice of Dayton will provide training for Big Brothers Big Sisters staff on the grieving process and how art can help with the stages of grief, and will involve Big Brothers Big Sisters participants in Art Forever After, an art program that assists in the expression of grief.  Those invited will be those who have experienced the death of someone close to them either recently or in recent years, as well as those experiencing loss because one or both of their parents have not been involved in their lives.  The option of attending the full 12-week Art Forever After program or Camp Pathways for children will also be extended to members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization who fall into this category of loss.

“One aspect of our mission is to reduce unnecessary suffering in our community,” explains Hospice of Dayton President/CEO Kent Anderson.   “We have children who are suffering with grief and loss, so our partnership with Big Brother Big Sisters helps us to fulfill this part of our mission. Our partnership is focused on making our community better and working together allows us to do this by maximizing our collective resources.”

Both organizations invite other youth-serving agencies with interest to also be involved.  Additional information is available by contacting Pathways of Hope at Hospice of Dayton at 937-258-4991, or Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley at 937-220-6860.

ADOPT-A-GARDEN at Hospice of Dayton

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2011-12-06-06.10.59Hospice of Dayton invites you to be part of the ADOPT-A-GARDEN program at our beautiful campus on Wilmington Avenue.  You will experience the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of others by enhancing the gardens of our Hospice House for patients and their families. Volunteer as an individual, with an organization or as a family volunteer project by adopting a garden or small bed in our gardens to care for and maintain.  All gardens will include signage listing those who have been a part of this inspirational project on a plaque giving credit to your group or organization.

As a volunteer for the Hospice of Dayton  gardens, you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with other volunteers. You will enjoy sharing your knowledge and gardening skills and you will meet others who share your love of the outdoors.  Exciting volunteer opportunities exist in virtually every area of the Hospice of Dayton  landscape.


Examples of volunteer opportunities include:

Hospice House Gardens

  • Care and maintenance of assigned gardens by weeding, mulching, dividing and plant grooming.
  • Plant annuals, perennials and other plant material.
  • Create and plant garden design.

Specialty Gardens

  • Create and plant theme garden designs.
  • Assist in the care and maintenance of the gardens.

Freelance Gardening

  • Work with horticulture staff and volunteers to assist with gardens and ground maintenance including planting, plant grooming, dividing, weeding and mulching.

Volunteer Assistant

  • Share knowledge and gardening skill with volunteers.
  • Assist volunteers with tasks when needed.

Forest Management

  • Implement a program to manage our woodland areas by providing:
  • Removal of Invasive plants
  • Restore forest native habitat
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Assist in the selection and care of hardy trees and shrubs.

Water Features

  • Maintenance of water features includes checking water levels, filling and cleaning
  • Debris management.

Pond Maintenance

  • Maintenance of pond duties includes overseeing waterfall by checking pump house, cleaning waterfall and reservoir, and weed and debris management.

For additional information please contact Miriam Wolf or call 937-608-3456.  You can also contact Volunteer Services at 937-256-9507, ext. 1163.


April 16 Is National Healthcare Decisions Day

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Hospice of Dayton, along with other national, state and community organizations, is involved in leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Hospice of Dayton is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws.

“As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, we want to encourage many more people in our community to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Dr. Ruth Thomson, Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of Dayton. “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from their loved ones, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis, and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

Hospice of Dayton offers advance directive forms on this website at