King and Queen of Hearts crowned at Park River

Selected by popular vote of residents and staff, Walter Harmasz and Ellie Munzel were crowned 2013 King and Queen of Hearts at Park River Estates Care Center in Coon Rapids Feb. 15.

Ellie Munzel glows as she is named Park River Estates’ Queen of Hearts. Photo by Sue Austreng

Ellie Munzel glows as she is named Park River Estates’ Queen of Hearts. Photo by Sue Austreng

Runners-up were John Wilkey and Mary Millette.

“This is really a big thing. They all get so excited about this,” said Vicki Petersen, activities director at Park River as residents and family gathered in the dining room for the coronation ceremony.

Suspense escalated as Petersen strolled among those gathered, music softly playing the background, as she pinned a boutonniere on John, presented Mary with a bouquet and then placed crowns on King Walter and Queen Ellie.

Snapshots were taken and applause filled the air as the royal court took their places before those gathered.

A cupcake and coffee reception was celebrated following the coronation cermony.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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