Remembering Rita Miltner 

Many of you already heard this news at our Christmas celebration.  Rita Miltner passed away on Thursday, November 29.  She died just before her 84th birthday.  Rita was still living in her family home, and her sons Kevin and Mark were helping her stay as independent as possible.  Rita's husband, Art, died in January 2011.  Rita was not at the club too much after that, but we did get cards from her on occasion. Rita and Art both joined Edelweiss in 1995 and were great friends of our club, participating, dancing, and working at events and behind the scenes. Mostly they'll be remembered for their kindness and pleasant natures.  Son Kevin said that they loved being members.  Ruhe in Frieden - Rest in Peace.

There will be a memorial service for Rita on Saturday, January 12, with a luncheon afterwards.  Her sons contacted us to invite her Edelweiss friends to attend.  If you are able to pay tribute to Rita, please do so. Here are the details:

Sat., Jan. 12, 11 am -- Memorial at Troy Christian Chapel, 400 East Long Lake Road (near Livernois), Troy.  Luncheon immediately following at Kim's Restaurant, 102 East Long Lake Road, Troy.

The Website is Up and Running Again! 

You may have noticed we had a few issues with the website the last 6 weeks.  But we're up and running again!  The calendar of events that was there during those six weeks was accurate but incomplete.  Committee meetings & some out of town events have been added.  There's also a "fridge edition" of the 2019 calendar of events that you can download or view (it was handed out at the December meeting and has not changed).  The Wegweiser for September went missing but is back and the November Wegweiser has been added.    Look under "Newsletters" in the right hand column for Wegweiser issues & one-page calendar).

Unfortunately, all the news posts that were on the website since August 1 disappeared and cannot be restored easily (but I'm still working on it!).  These included:

  • Gedächtnismesse information (posted 11/4)
  • Funeral information for Bev Knofski, Fred Walker's sister (posted 10/24)
  • Funeral information for Edelgard Dziersk, Rita's mom (posted 9/24)
  • Funeral information for Ken Baker (posted 9/5) -- a remembrance is in the September Wegweiser
  • German-American Festival, Toledo, info (posted 8/14)

Wishing all of you a very Happy, Healthy 2019!  Euch allen einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

--Karin

2019 Gaufest: Hotel Reservations Open Aug. 1 

Can you believe it's less than a year away to the 2019 Gaufest in Washington, DC, hosted by Alt-Washingtonia?  As of 12:01 am on August 1, you can reserve your room at the Hilton Hotel in DC either online or by phone.  You'll have to pay a non-refundable one night deposit per room that will be booked to your credit card right away.  Go to the Gauverband website (THIS LINK) for much more detailed information.

Edelweiss Members Picnic -- July 22  

Every year we have a great time together at our annual Edelweiss members picnic. This year’s picnic will again be in lovely Spindler Park in Eastpointe. We enjoyed the large pavilion, close and clean restrooms, and easy parking last year.

We start the fun at 2 pm. Bratwurst and rolls are being provided by our own Hubert Turner. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share with others. The amount and quality of good food on our table is pretty amazing! If you go away hungry…. well, it’s your own fault!

Beer, wine, water, and soft drinks are provided by the Verein. It’s a bargain at $10 per person donation for such a feast with friends. Please let Annette Edelhauser (248.840.1953) know how many of you and your friends are coming. Let your friends know that a dish to share is highly recommended so that there’s enough food to go around.

We’re always fortunate that our musicians bring along their instruments to play some music for us. Always a treat. See you there!

 

Remembering Albert Buechel 

Our long-time member, Albert Buechel, passed away on June 23 at the age of 87. Even though he was more closely associated with the Swiss Club, he and his wife Dorothy were at nearly all of our events. His always smiling face, friendly and warm demeanor, and fun loving personality made him a pleasure to know.  Albert joined Edelweiss in 1973 and was awarded the Goldenes Edelweiss in 1991.  His presence will be sorely missed by his fellow Edelweiss members and by his many friends in the German-Austrian-Swiss community.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, their seven children, eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three siblings; ten siblings pre-deceased him. 

Visitation at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home 13650 E. Fifteen Mile Road, (@ Schoenherr) Friday, June 29, 2 pm until time of evening service at 7 pm.  Click this link to see his obituary.

 

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