Meet Residents Duane and Clara Nelson

A shared love of mountains becomes a shared love for each other. By Pat King, Wesley Des Moines resident It was May 1959 when Clara’s love of mountains brought her from Colorado to Longmire in the southwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park. She was hired as a secretary for the park. That summer a   Read more…


Meet Lea Hill Resident Gene Barker

Gene, like many of our residents, is a man with many talents. He’s a retired technical engineer, but he is also an experienced costumier. Recently retired from being chair of the Wesley Lea Hill Resident Council, Gene Barker has been an integral part of Lea Hill’s emergency response team. He was approached a couple of   Read more…


Making a Full Recovery with Wesley Health & Home Care

Wesley Des Moines resident Ronnie Bialik talks about what helped her most during her recovery from a serious neck injury. Ronnie Bialik has been a resident of Wesley Des Moines for three years. She enjoys spending time with friends, participating in fitness classes and painting with oil and pastels. That is until recently, when she   Read more…


Meet Margaret Squires

Margaret is a fearless champion of life-long learning. Meet Margaret Squires, a longtime resident of Wesley Des Moines for nearly 20 years. Margaret was born on June 27, 1926, in Spokane, WA. She moved to the Philippines with her family when she was 11 years old where she enjoyed her childhood there, making many friends   Read more…


Helms’ Legacy Honors Both Departed Husbands

Wesley Homes Des Moines resident Gloria Helms pays tribute to her late husbands through a chapel designation. Gloria Helms, born Gloria Traynor, grew up in North Dakota. She moved to Washington State in 1951 with her soon-to-be husband, John White, where she worked as a secretarial assistant at General Electric for 58 years. John passed   Read more…


Resident Helped Develop Stealth Bomber

Fred Gangl, a five-year resident of Wesley Homes Lea Hill and a WWII veteran, is credited with helping to develop the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Born in Cincinnati Ohio, Fred Gangl went into the service at 18 years old. He was in the Navy during WWII from February 1943 to February 1946. He spent two and   Read more…


Fremont Artist Joins the Wesley Family

By Diana Rawls, Des Moines Health Center Activities Assistant The Des Moines Health & Rehabilitation Center welcomes an acclaimed Fremont artist and mask-maker. Roger Robert Wheeler is a Fremont artist who is best known for his paintings and mask sculptures. His artwork has been seen in international exhibitions, Northwest galleries and festival events for the last   Read more…


Tell Us What You Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate today, we’re sharing a short video with you. See why Wesley Homes is for people who love life™ as our residents share their passions and creative interests. Tell us what you love!


The Tradition of Making: Transcending Generations

Building model trains may seem like just a hobby, but it’s also a part of a larger movement among millennials. Depending on which generation is asked, model train building might be dismissed as an eccentric middle aged man’s hobby, but this form of building dates back to the mid-1800s and is making a comeback in   Read more…


Crocheting for Charity

One Wesley Homes Des Moines resident has crocheted and donated over 1,000 blankets to nearby hospitals. Since the 1930s, Louise Fox has lovingly donated each crocheted piece she’s created to nearby hospitals. At age 98, she is still at it. During her five years as a resident of Wesley Homes, Louise has crocheted over 1,000 blankets   Read more…