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Ida Schepel was Bethany Home’s first resident

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Ida Schepel was Bethany Home’s first resident

First Bethany Resident Ida Schepel

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POSTED September 30, 2013 10:28 p.m.

As with any new business venture, there inevitably is somebody who has the distinct honor of being the “first.”  Whether it is the first customer, or the first client, or the first consumer, there is usually somebody who is going to be the first one to be served. 

In the case of Bethany Home, Mrs. Ida Schepel became its first resident in 1963 when the construction was completed, and the doors were opened for the first time to serving the needs of area seniors.

Mrs. Schepel was born in Holland and came to the states with her husband and nine children.  She had fallen in her old age and was suffering from a broken hip.  While a patient at San Joaquin County Hospital, she prayed that Bethany Home construction would be finished in time for her to live there. 

She realized her dream on Sept, 13, 1963; the day she became the first resident to move into the newly completed convalescent home in Ripon!

Since Ida’s husband and nine children had all preceded her, Mrs. Schepel often relied on the kindness and support from community residents Harry and Jessie Deurloo.  In fact, it was Mr. Deurloo who drove Ida to her new abode at Bethany Home, presenting her with an orchid corsage and pausing for pictures at the entrance to the facility.

More than four years later, on Jan. 21, 1968, Ida Schepel went to her family and Lord in heaven.  She will always be remembered as a person of inspiration, sharing her faith and positive spirit with all around her.  She was truly a delightful “first” in the life and times of Bethany Home.

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