At 91 years old, Bob Sieglaff said he's finally finished a work that's been years in the making. Sieglaff recently published his book titled, "Prose and Poems from the Penthouse."
Sieglaff said his project started on yellow legal pads; he began writing down his thoughts and writing poems, with some dating back as far as May 1993.Years later, he realized he had a collection of notepads, filled with life memories and stories.
Sieglaff has lived at Friendship Village in Waterloo for 15 years. Over those years, he said his neighbors became like his family.
"We live together, eat together, we play games together and so on," Sieglaff said.
He said the people in his life are a main reason as to why he continued writing, and saving all of his work. The book includes nearly 150 poems and short stories, including childhood memories on his family farm, trips to the dentist and laughs shared with close friends. Sieglaff also finds himself admiring the world's natural beauty, and much of that admiration has turned into words on paper.
"I sit in my office and look out at the campus, and something you see excited something in your mind that you can write about."
Betty Brandhorst, now a dear friend of Bob's, helped edit the book; she also did all the typing for him.
"The stories he has to tell, most of us can relate to. Either living on a farm, having grandparents with a farm, World War II, the depression. It was a labor of love," Brandhorst said.
There is no monetary value on Sieglaff's book; he isn't charging readers anything to receive a copy. Sieglaff's only wish is for people to give contributions to, and support, the Immanuel Lutheran Church and Valley Lutheran School in Cedar Falls.
For those interested in receiving a copy of "Poems and Prose from the Penthouse," orders can be placed by writing to:
3720 Village Place Apt. 5505
Waterloo, IA 50702