This steadfast 1963 Colonial home on Jefferson is elegantly decorated for the Christmas season inside and out.
Mary Ann Dillenburg and her family have spent many years celebrating together in this home. With six children, 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, it gets harder each year to get everyone together in one living room to enjoy the season.
Dillenburg’s Christmas tree is beautifully decorated and placed by the warmth of the fireplace. The mantel displays her nutcracker collection. The end table shows off her handmade colored glass nativity. The two chairs in front of the fireplace are a perfect place to warm up with hot tea. She has once again set the scene for a Colonial Christmas.
The Dillenburg family moved here from Minnesota and purchased this home in 1965. It was just two years old at the time and surrounded by corn fields and Walnut Creek — places where her children played, hunted and explored.
A perfect new home for a large family then, Dillenburg still loves the practicality of her home. She remodeled the kitchen 14 years ago and made the back porch a three-season porch, which is her favorite place in the home to relax and watch sporadic wildlife.
“It’s been very interesting watching Windsor Heights change over the years,” says Dillenburg.
She has an appreciation for the containment of the city. She enjoys going to the grocery store and always running into people she knows. She likes that Colby Park puts on entertainment for the city. Added to her long list of gratitude for Windsor Heights is the mere fact that the ambulance is quick, fire department is dependable, police are accountable and the city council is full of good people.
“It’s nice to have the neighborhood plowed of snow before you even wake up,” she says.
The neighborhood Dillenburg lives in is also full of good people. Most neighbors have lived in their homes as long as she has.
“People are neighborly and respectful,” she smiles.
When not at home, Dillenburg still loves to travel to visit family. And not long ago, she still had it in her to cast a fishing pole. She spent her 80th birthday fishing off Padre Island. Although you couldn’t tell it by looking at her delicate demeanor, Dillenburg has taught most of her granddaughters how to hook a worm.