There’s a Little Viking in Everyone

There’s a Little Viking in Everyone

Happy Syttende Mai!

“There’s a little Viking in everyone,” says, part jokingly.Through their Ancestry DNA testing, they find a large number of people have a percentage of Scandinavian roots, some of which can be further narrowed to the Vikings.

Eastcastle Place residents, some of who may or may not boast Viking blood, have been pleasantly surprised to discover that a number of them are of Scandinavian heritage, many with roots in Norway. Always happy for an excuse to celebrate, they honored Norway Independence Day in the best way possible….through pastries.

Laura Wengler, director of community life, explained, “My background is Norwegian as are some of our residents. One of our residents told us she has a great recipe for making beautiful rosettes, which are Norwegian cookies. Another, had rosette irons passed down through his family.” As a result of the happy discovery, they baked rosettes and prepared lefse, a Norwegian flatbread. They also ordered other baked goods from Fosdahl’s Bakery in Stoughton, WI.

The goodies were offered to the entire senior living community. As residents enjoyed the treats, they discussed Norse traditions and ancestry, while wishing each other, “Happy Syttende Mai! Glad Independence Day!”

Eastcastle Place is a Life Plan Community located on Milwaukee’s vibrant East Side. Eastcastle Place offers independent living, promoting an active and engaging lifestyle for seniors. The Health Center at Eastcastle Place offers assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services, thus providing complete continuing care for seniors. Eastcastle Place is managed by Life Care Services®. For additional information call 414-219-1398 or visit