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Crowd gathers for early Thanksgiving feast in Brunswick

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    Willowood Care Center resident Anna Vanselow, 94, was surrounded by her family Tuesday afternoon during a Thanksgiving luncheon held at the center in Brunswick. Pictured left of Vanselow is her daughter, LaVerne Frohlich, and to her right is her son Ed Vanselow. Pictured in the back from left are Johnnie Frohlich, John Frohlich, Niki Frohlich with her fiance Joe Thompson, Lorraine Vanselow, Rachel Vanselow and her fiance Kyle Wilson.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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Willowood Care Center resident Henry Cunningham, 81, is served Thanksgiving sides by nurse Kris Varna on Tuesday afternoon during a holiday luncheon at the center in Brunswick. Cunningham was joined by his son, Henry L. Cunningham, and daughter-in-law, Barb. HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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BRUNSWICK — Willowood Care Center residents and their families enjoyed their Thanksgiving feast a few days early.

For the seventh year, the center at 1186 Hadcock Road hosted about 300 people Tuesday afternoon during at two-hour luncheon that offered turkey and all the fixings, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries and pumpkin pie.

“This is our big holiday,” Shannon Domanich, the center’s community liaison, said. “Some residents can’t leave or go out for Thanksgiving.”

The family of resident Anna Vanselow, 94, who is wheelchair-bound, always comes to share the meal with her and they sit in a conference room in the south wing of the facility.

“She doesn’t travel much, so we try to spend as much time as we can with her in the holidays,” son Ed Vanselow said. “They do a nice spread here for the holidays.”

“Everything is home-cooked,” daughter-in-law Lorraine Vanselow said. “It’s wonderful. They’re very accommodating.”

Anna Vanselow has four children (two deceased), 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Joining Vanselow for lunch Tuesday were daughter LaVerne Frohlich with husband John, son Johnnie, and daughter Niki and fianc← Joe Thompson; and son Ed Vanselow with wife Lorraine and daughter Rachel and fianc← Kyle Wilson.

Each resident was given a corsage or boutonniere to wear, made by Willetts Middle School students in the afterschool girls club.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.

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