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Lifestyle

New health center addition named for generous couple; dedication is next Sunday

Howard and Mildred Eychaner
Howard and Mildred Eychaner

DeKALB - Howard and Mildred Eychaner and their family have long been supportive of the mission and service that Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center has provided for the aging people of the community. The generosity of the Eychaner family has made possible the latest addition that will serve residents in need of health care service. The Eychaners are known to many for their lifelong community involvement and specifically their dedication to Oak Crest over the past two decades. Howard served as the first president of the Oak Crest Board of Trustees, and the Eychaners have called Oak Crest their home since February 1997. Their son, Fred, summed up his parents' dedication when he spoke at the Howard and Mildred Eychaner Health Center's groundbreaking in the fall of 2003. "My parents came to DeKalb with nothing in the way of money," he said. "But they came with faith, values and convictions that have sustained them throughout all their years. DeKalb became their home. They worked hard, raised a family, built a business, served many outstanding organizations in the community - most especially Oak Crest as a place to surround the elderly with care and honor in their later years. "The things they did were good, and they will be remembered. But it is the spirit in which (the things) were done that really matters. My parents may have never heard the quote of Mother Theresa - 'We can do no great things, only small things with great love' - but they have walked it step by step throughout their lives." In conclusion, the son remarked, "My hope is that having this building named in their honor will be both a reminder of their love and a challenge for each of us to carry out all of our daily tasks with great love as well. In so doing, we too might be blessed as they are to reach the ends of our lives surrounded by those who love and honor us." Oak Crest is grateful for the generosity of Howard and Mildred Eychaner and their family.

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