Remembering Carl Fina 

Carl John Fina, September 11, 1932 - May 20, 2024

Carl Fina, age 91 passed away on May 20, 2024.  He was the beloved husband of Katharina.  Both Carl and Katie have been long-time members of the Edelweiss club.  He was a loving father of Christine Holmes and John and Eric Fina.  He was a proud grandfather of Tyler Fina.

He joined Edelweiss in April 1973.  He received a Goldenes Edelweiss in 1990.  Throughout his years as a member, Carl was always willing to pitch in and help.  He readily assisted his wife Katie in the kitchen, and cooked in the sausage booth.  He participated in the Volkstanz Group and was a flag carrier for Edelweiss and the Austrian Society.  He was also a member of the GACC.

A Memorial Visitation will take place Thursday, June 6, 2024, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Kieran Catholic Church, 53600 Mound Road (between 24-mile road and 26-mile road) until time of his Memorial Mass at 10:00 am.  Donations are welcome to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Wishing strength, comfort and peace to the Fina Family and loving memories to hold in their hearts.



Remembering Hilda Langegger 

Hilda Langegger, January 1936-March 2024

We are sad to announce the death of Hilda Langegger, who passed away during the month of March 2024.  Private memorial/funeral services will be arranged for her immediate family.

Hilda was the daughter of George and Frieda Reidt, long-time members of Edelweiss.  She was a member of Edelweiss since May 1954.  Hilda was awarded the Edelweiss Ehrenmitglied award in 1993.  In 1999 she became the GACC German American of the Year.

Our deepest condolences to Hilda’s family and friends.

2024 Committee Members Sworn In 

Our February meeting is always the one at which we swear in the committee members who were elected in January. This month the meeting was followed by sharing all the excellent treats that members brought to eat. Who doesn't like that?!  The first photo is our "new" committee. Yes, it looks much like the 2023 committee, with one change! We will miss Michael Campbell as 2nd secretary, a job he did very well for many years. But it's just a little hard to do from his new home in Florida, so we reluctantly let him step aside. Chrissy Walker was elected to do the 2nd secretary job. Welcome, Chrissy, who has done a wonderful job with any position she's been elected to!

The second photo shows all the members who attended the February meeting. We're a great looking bunch, aren't we?


Sun., Feb. 11 -- Meeting, Practice, Picture Day 

Sunday, February 11, is our "swearing in" meeting.  All the officers elected in January will be sworn in to their new or re-elected positions. We'll be taking our annual group photo, too. Our committee will be wearing Boarisch Gwand; non-committee members are encouraged to as well, since we'll also be taking a picture of everyone in attendance.  

As always, bring some treats to share if you can. 

Note about dance practice -- it will be held from 1-2 pm from now on. Membership meeting is still from 2-4 pm.

Remembering Tom Priemer 

J. Thomas PriemerJ. Thomas Priemer
June 13, 1936 – January 19, 2024 

GTEV Edelweiss would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of J. Thomas Priemer.  He passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024, at the age of 87.  He is survived by Erika, his loving wife of 61 years; daughter Kristine Huebner, son Gregory Priemer, and his grandchildren.  He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and Opa. 

Tom grew up on a farm in Monroe, MI, graduated from St. John Grade School, Monroe Catholic Central High School (“54”), received his BA from Heidelberg University, and MBA from Indiana Northern University. Tom played on the 1955 Heidelberg undefeated team and in 2005 he was inducted into the University’s Football Hall of Fame. 

After college, Tom joined the US Army, trained as a cryptographer, assigned to the CIC and stationed in Germany where he met his true love Erika. Tom worked in Human Resources/Labor Relations at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.  He enjoyed farming, boating, metal detecting, U of M sports, running, traveling, writing family history, photography, and playing with his grandchildren.  As a member of the Motor City Striders, he ran in the Free Press Marathon.   

Tom originally joined Edelweiss in the 1970s.  After a brief hiatus he returned to Edelweiss in 2005.  He will be remembered most for his years of dancing in the Schuhplattler group.  Tom and Erika danced in several cities in the US and Canada. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, from 3-8 pm at Wujek Calcaterra & Sons in Shelby Township, 54880 VanDyke Ave.  Please join Edelweiss to conduct our dedication for Tom at 6 pm.  There will be a scripture Service following at 7 pm. 

He will be in state on Thursday from 9:30 am to 10:00 am at St. John Vianney Church at 54045 Schoenherr Rd. in Shelby Twp., MI.  The funeral mass will begin at 10 a.m. 

May his family have peace and comfort in their hearts during this difficult time. 

Ruhe in Frieden 




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