Denver Nursing Home mural brightens dad's days
BY DONNA WETHERHOLD, Correspondent
Even on a dreary, rainy March day, Dale Reinecker's room at the Denver Nursing Home is full of sunshine and flowers, courtesy of his daughter, Roslyn Bansner.
Bansner recently painted three of the walls in her father's room with a cheery yellow faux finish. The fourth wall is a farm scene, complete with a barn, a pond and a multitude of flowers, that takes Reinecker back to his childhood days, growing up on a farm near York Springs.
Estimating her time spent on the faux painting at about eight hours plus another 12 hours for the mural, Bansner said the best part of the project was the time she was able to spend with her father.
An art major in college, Bansner worked as a dental hygienist for 20 years. About 17 years ago, the Adamstown resident began painting again. Her hobby gradually evolved into a business; she does various kinds of faux painting as well as decorative painting. She had a display at the Home & Garden show, which was held March 15-17 at the Greater Reading Expo Center, Berks County.
Bansner described her father as a "farm boy" who loved the country life. Reinecker served in the U.S. Air Force before he began teaching. He served as superintendent of schools at Scotland School near Chambersburg Red Lion School District in York County and Exeter School District in Berks County.
After retiring from Exeter, Reinecker and his wife, Joan, moved to a small farm along Route 897 in West Cocalico Township. The couple later downsized several years before Dale moved into the nursing home for health reasons. Joan Reinecker said her husband loves his new room. "He tells me 'it's like being in the outdoors,' " she said.
While Bansner was transforming Reinecker's room into a bucolic scene, staff members were checking on her progress on a regular basis, often offering suggestions, such as an addition of farm animals or birds.
Listening in on the conversation, Reinecker said, with a twinkle in his eye, "I vote for the horse."
Bansner agreed there would be room for a horse, as well as a bird or two.
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