The Twenhafel Family Reunion was held August 6, 2017 at the Trinity Lutheran School Activity Center in Hoyleton, with a catered meal by Gerri Schnitker at 12:30 p.m.
Larry Unverfehrt welcomed the group and led them in table prayer.
After dinner, prizes were given to those who had a colored circle under their plate; the oldest person; Alvira Redeker, 95; the youngest person; Abram Wilson, 9 months; and who came furthest which was awarded to Kathy (Twenhafel) Woodward who came from Wichita, Kan.
Larry introduced members of the Committee, Larry and Kathy Unverfehrt, Robert Twenhafel, Ray and Eunice Hausler, Kurt Brink, Ray and Janet Borrenpohl (not present), and Geraldine Twenhafel. He thanked them for all their work and desserts.
The group observed a moment of silence in memory of all those who has passed on since we met two years ago:
Carl Bretscher, Orville Dickhaut, LaVerne Neuhaus, Stanley Jones, Luther Redeker, Ralph W. Twenhafel, Dolores Unverfehrt, Lynette Sprehe Koelmel, Diane Unverfehrt Speare and Charles Simpson
Families were introduced from the descendants of Gus, Louis, and William Twenhafel whose Father and Mother were Henry and Marie Eckert Twenhafel. Henry came from Bramsche, Germany when he was 19 years old and so the Twenhafel’s have been here 175 years.
Everyone was in favor of having a reunion in August 2019 at the same place. Table decorations of fresh flowers were given by Gerri Twenhafel. Pictures were taken and everyone enjoyed the day. Those attending from Illinois include:
Martin Twenhafel, Glenn and Mary Jo Twenhafel, Alan and Rhonda Neuhaus, all of Gorham. Wayne and Cathy Twenhafel, Jason, Christy, Tripp and Case Gardener of Jacob. Mike, Angie, Blake and Brady Twenhafel of New Baden. Bob Twenhafel of Mascoutah. Robert Maxwell of Belleville. Verdell Unverfehrt, Danelle and Abram Wilson of Okawville. James and Dinah Pflasterer of Valmeyer. Larry and Grace Hoffman of Sparta. Alvera Redeker, Mary, Joshua and Brittany Jones, Cliff, Doris and Danielle Meadows, Larry and Kathy Unverfehrt, Kevin and Janet Unverfehrt, Gary and Linda Unverfehrt, all of Centralia. Matthew, Katie, Amelia, Grant, and Hazel Unverfehrt of Breese. Gene Twenhafel, Norma Rommelmann, Connie Schilling, Steve and Sandy Haun, Rose Hanke, Doris Brammeier, David, Angie and Luke Redeker, Jacob Twenhafel of Carlyle. Donna and Nicole Richard, Gus Unverferht, Wayne and Ruth Unverfehrt, Nathan, Jennifer, Dade Beckman, Charles and Eileen Twenhafel, Dustin Unverfehrt, Darrel and Lucy Maschoff, Leah and Kyle Kleiboeker, Rollan Schnitker, Ray and Eunice Hausler, all of Hoyleton. Bob and Eunice Brink, Kurt and Mason Brink, Lee, Aria and Holden Bowen, all of Richview. Pearl Twenhafel, Geraldine Twenhafel, Todd, Cheryl, Kirsten and Trent Twenhafel of New Minden.