Willig and Jaschen head into retirement
By Lindsey Corell

On December 31, Denver Sunset Home residents and staff members said goodbye to longtime employees Denise Willig and Carol Jaschen as they head into retirement.

For ten years, Willig worked in long-term care. She had hopes for working for a small, nonprofit nursing home and the Denver Sunset Home seemed to be exactly what she was looking for.

“I thought it was the perfect size facility to get my feet wet and learn the ropes as an administrator and I’ve been here ever since,” said Willig.

For close to 32 years, Willig has been the Denver Sunset Home administrator. During her years as the administrator, she was there to celebrate the 25th and 50th anniversary of the Denver Sunset Home.

Willig is most proud of knowing that the Denver Sunset Home is still serving the Denver community.

“There are only around 18 nonprofit nursing homes of our size that still exist in Iowa,” said Williig. “Three of them are in Bremer county. The Denver community has supported us to keep us going. Our primary focus has always been to serve the residents of our community. It’s a high honor to be a part of an organization like this.”

Jaschen has worked alongside Willig for almost 24 years. For 20 of those years, they have shared the same office.

Jaschen took the job as the administrative secretary after retiring from Maxfield Insurance.
“I retired and I was home from December to March and I was bored stiff,” said Jaschen. “I seen an ad that the Sunset Home was looking for somebody part-time so I came down and I have been here ever since.”

Her fondest memories will be helping the residents celebrate Thanksgiving. Each resident always got to invite two guests and were served a Thanksgiving meal.

“It was always a happy day to see all the residents,” said Jaschen.

Willig and Jaschen both agreed they will miss the great staff and residents the most.

“It’s just time to let the next generation take over,” said Willig.

Willig plans to spend her retirement volunteering, playing tennis again and possibly taking some photography and computer classes. Jaschen plans to continue to spend her time with her church and at the auxiliary. They plan to meet for lunch to visit as much as they can.

The Denver Sunset Home Board of Directors honored Willig and Jaschen with a retirement dinner at the Brown Bottle in Waterloo in early December. They were both presented with a clock for their years of service.
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