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Quilters sew up comfort for hospice patients

Some of the Zion Lutheran Church on Franklin Lake ladies quilted blankets for hospice. Those involved include, from left, Joy Crouch, Eileen Robley, Pearl Uhlir, Sally Reff, Adele Olson, Lois Carlson, Jo Anderson and Cheryl Horland.

Zion Lutheran Church on Franklin Lake, Pelican Rapids, has a group of ladies that could write the book on quilting. But they're not just content to sew quilts for themselves and their families. They've taken the hobby that each has loved for years and put their skills into making cherished keepsakes for others...quilts for baptisms, weddings, and mission endeavors.

This summer, one of their "snowbird" stitchers, Pat Herrmann, suggested that they take some of the quilts to Hospice of the Red River Valley for hospice patients, where she also served as a volunteer. She loaded up her car with 10 and delivered them to the great glee of hospice staff.

Not long afterward, another one of the group, Pearl Uhlir, personally experienced hospice care with her beloved husband, LeRoy. Pearl took it upon herself to become the quilt mediator, delivering more quilts for hospice...and more...and more.

Hospice patients are the thrilled beneficiaries of these wonderful quilts -- just the right size and weight, and in one case, even matching a brand new pair of pajamas. The quilters are receiving notes back from those who receive the quilts. One particularly touching note came from a sixteen-year-old girl whose mother recently died.

Adele Olson, chief quilter, states that the group averages making around 180 quilts each year, not counting the ones they make for special occasions. A quilt shop in Blackduck has learned they are now sewing for hospice and has donated bins full of gorgeous fabrics for their use.

For more information on Hospice of the Red River Valley, visit online at, call 800-237-4629, or visit the Detroit Lakes office at 1102 W River Road.