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                                       We're Pleased To Announce The Bell Tower Winners of the                                     


                              McKenna Bessert and Logan Humphrey                                                                                       

 Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing Inc. (WISH) has announced the winners of its inaugural scholarship program called                   Wish Rising Stars.  


The scholarship was open to WISH employees and all Wisconsin and Illinois high school students. Priority was given to those exhibiting an interest in pursuing an education in health care, enhancing their health care skills and/or starting or furthering a career in health care.  Eighteen scholarships were awarded in various amounts totaling $34,000 in disbursements.

WISH is pleased to announce these local recipients, both of whom work at Bell Tower Residence (BTR) in Merrill:


Logan Humphrey is a CNA and has worked at BTR since May of 2018. His future goals include completing his Clinical Laboratory Science degree at Univ of WI/Stevens Point and continue into medical school or a physician’s assistant program.  


McKenna Bessert: McKenna is currently an LPN at Bell Tower and has worked there since May of 2015. She is in her 4th semester of an Associate Nursing Degree and plans to start her Bachelors of Science in Nursing through Purdue University in January 2021. McKenna wants to become a nurse practitioner in family medicine.


Logan and McKenna will be presented with their awards in person on Oct 19th at Bell Tower Residence at 12:30pm.


Bob Siebel, President & CEO of Carriage Healthcare Companies, the management company for WISH, will present the awards personally to each recipient. 

“We were thrilled to have received so many worthy applications which included a personal essay, applicant background information and reference letters,” said Siebel.  “While there were more applicants than we could fund in the first round, we are excited to announce that additional funds will be available for future scholarship awards.  The next application deadline will be in the spring of 2021.”


The hope of WISH and its board of directors is that the Rising Stars scholarship program will bring some positivity during COVID, as well as shine recognition on some of the many dedicated people who work in health care and within WISH facilities & agencies to ensure seniors and others receive quality and compassionate care.

Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing is a 501c3 nor-for-profit that owns and operates seven skilled nursing facilities, 10 assisted living communities, one residential care apartment complex, and three home health agencies throughout Wisconsin as well as one skilled nursing facility in northern Illinois. 

For more information on WISH or the WISH Rising Stars Scholarship program, visit

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 Memory Support for Caregivers

S. Mary Anne and S. Peggy with caregiver

Do you have a member of your family who has been diagnosed with memory loss?  Are you aware that Bell Tower Residence has a Memory Support Group for Caregivers?  This group was initiated by Marsha Bloechl and S. Peggy Jackelen around 2013.  Both women had mothers who died from this disease.  Support is a wonderful thing.  Sharing with others who have or had similar experiences provides a safe place to share concerns and receive helpful hints from others. 

Please join us if you are a caregiver of a person with memory loss.  We meet for approximately one hour at 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in Bell Tower’s 2nd floor coffee room. Meetings have been canceled until further notice.  Please keep checking as to when our next meeting will take place.  If you have questions or desire more information, contact S. Peggy Jackelen at 715-536-5425.