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25th Annual Hospice at Home Holiday Homes Tour - Archived
(South Haven, Michigan) – The Annual Hospice at Home Holiday Homes Tour is on Sunday, December 2, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. All proceeds are used by Hospice at Home, a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate, to provide hospice services to individuals coping with a serious illness and provide relief for their families.

“This will be the 25th year that this event has been held in the South Haven community. It’s a holiday tradition,” said Stephanie Timmer, Hospice at Home volunteer and Chairperson for this year’s Holiday Homes Tour. “Hospice at Home has provided care in our community for over 30 years. The funds from this event make a difference in the lives of our neighbors, friends, and families.”

Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased in advance in South Haven at Hospice at Home, the South Haven Visitor’s Bureau, MacDonald Drug Store, Wolverine Hardware; in Bangor at Swanstra Drug Store; online at; or by phone at (269) 637-3825. Tickets are also available at the homes, on the day of the tour ONLY, for $20 per person.

During the event, the public will have the opportunity to tour the following premier homes:

Hansen: 533 Quaker Street, Apartment 204

You’ll love stopping by this cozy apartment dressed up for the holidays! The residences at Dockside Apartments enjoy unique waterfront living. Residing in a luxury apartment above the Lake, one becomes attuned to its beauty and many moods - the nonstop nautical activity outside Esther Hansen’s front windows is always compelling entertainment. Her well-maintained, three-bedroom apartment is perfect for seasonal decorating. From the kitchen to the living room and bedrooms, this home is full of inspiring ways to add glamour to any space by using the bright colors of summer, fall, and Christmas.

Lamb: 740 North Shore Drive

This brand new home has six bedrooms, four and a half baths, and an oversized three-car garage. An outdoor pool and patio area serves as an extra dining space. Arching fountains transform the pool into a dazzling display of streaming water. A fire pit for evening marshmallow roasting creates the perfect ambiance for an enchanted evening of fun. In the front, three porches provide breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, and in the back, overlook the gorgeous outdoor pool area. The home is decorated in neutral tones with old and new furnishings; many are from local antique vendors.

Dibble: 71022 6th Avenue

Gather beautiful holiday decorating ideas sure to last your family a lifetime! Every year Nick and Aubrey Dibble transform their home into a magical Winter Wonderland, complete with a live, natural-grown, 18-foot Christmas tree. Their home features an open floor plan, a large salt water aquarium, cathedral ceilings, a finished garage, and a basement. Nestled in the woods, this custom-built home has become the perfect place for their growing family.

Sappanos: 433 Blue Star Highway

This stunning home rests on two acres of native woods with a ravine along its borders. An elevated view of a golf course makes this stop on the home tour unique. Without dividing walls, this home exhibits a bright and airy open floor plan complete with volume ceilings. Two fireplaces, three bedrooms, three full baths, a designer kitchen, and hardwood floors throughout all contribute to the character of this home. It’s great for entertaining and family get-togethers.

Werkema: 7256 Lakeview Avenue

Bright and full of charm, this Carolina-style home captures the ambiance of the Outer Banks with its elevated, lakefront design and huge exterior staircase. The inverted floor plan allows the homeowners to take full advantage of their breezy, beautiful Lake Michigan view. Built for entertaining, there are numerous indoor and outdoor seating areas, screened porches, and a dining room table that seats 10. With three bedrooms plus an office, this home has an open floor plan with lots of space for decorating and ringing in the New Year.

Refreshment Site: 404 Broadway

During the tour visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments with Whiteford Tax & Financial Services, Ltd. Started by Kevin and Mary Whiteford 15 years ago in Frankfort, Illinois, the company provides tax and financial consulting for individuals and businesses with an emphasis on wealth management services. In 2008 Kevin and Mary built a home in South Haven and soon decided to relocate their business to the area as well. They opened their current location on Broadway in 2010, which appropriately resembles a lighthouse on the lake. Kevin and Mary take pride in serving their community and love sharing their lighthouse-themed building with guests.

For more information about the Hospice at Home Holiday Homes Tour or Hospice at Home call (269) 637-3825 or (800) 637-3820; or go to

About Hospice at Home
Hospice at Home, a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate, provides quality care to people adjusting to living with a serious illness, as well as to people facing death, anticipating the death of a loved one, or healing their grief after the death of a loved one. Services are provided to patients and their families regardless of the patients' diagnosis, treatment choices, or ability to pay. Hospice at Home places an emphasis on the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of those who need care and those receiving support services in Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, and Allegan counties. Extending this care, Lory’s Place, a bereavement and education center that builds hope and strength for every grieving family, is available to anyone in southwest Michigan or northern Indiana.

Renderings of the homes by South Haven artist Joan Bonnette included.

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