2013-03-07 / Top News

Snowbirds gather in Mesa, Ariz.


The Strasburg contingent at the Mesa, Ariz., event include, first row, left to right, Cheryl (Mattern) Hafner, Kathy VanFredenberg, MaryAnn Keller, Dorothy (Feist) Silbernagel, Albert Kramer, Marie (Feist) Cordova, Sally Patterson and Florence Hauer; second row, Adeline (Mattern) Pelster, Isabel Van Beek, Gladys Senger, Pat Gefre, Marlene (Bosch) Mastel, Johanna (Bosch Schwahn), Barbara (Bichler) Schwahn, Helen Senger, Irvin Senger, Cheryl Nieuwsma and Antonia (Schwab) Baumgartner; third row, Judy Dosch, Al Dosch, Roselyn (Mattern) Persons, Herman Welk, Lillian Schwahn, Alvin Fischer, Victor Schwahn, Bill Schwahn, Victor Kraft and Edward Roth; fourth row, Al Deringer, William Ternes, Art Schwahn, Donald Nicolay, Kenny Nieuwsma, Archie Van Beek, Elsie Senger and Chuck Senger. (Photos by Kara Hendricks, daughter of Deloris Welk Kline.) The Strasburg contingent at the Mesa, Ariz., event include, first row, left to right, Cheryl (Mattern) Hafner, Kathy VanFredenberg, MaryAnn Keller, Dorothy (Feist) Silbernagel, Albert Kramer, Marie (Feist) Cordova, Sally Patterson and Florence Hauer; second row, Adeline (Mattern) Pelster, Isabel Van Beek, Gladys Senger, Pat Gefre, Marlene (Bosch) Mastel, Johanna (Bosch Schwahn), Barbara (Bichler) Schwahn, Helen Senger, Irvin Senger, Cheryl Nieuwsma and Antonia (Schwab) Baumgartner; third row, Judy Dosch, Al Dosch, Roselyn (Mattern) Persons, Herman Welk, Lillian Schwahn, Alvin Fischer, Victor Schwahn, Bill Schwahn, Victor Kraft and Edward Roth; fourth row, Al Deringer, William Ternes, Art Schwahn, Donald Nicolay, Kenny Nieuwsma, Archie Van Beek, Elsie Senger and Chuck Senger. (Photos by Kara Hendricks, daughter of Deloris Welk Kline.) The annual Emmons County event was held at Fat Willy’s Restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., on Sat, Feb. 16, 2013.


Entertaining at the event are, left to right, Victor Schwahn, Antonia Baumgartner and Leroy Finck. Entertaining at the event are, left to right, Victor Schwahn, Antonia Baumgartner and Leroy Finck. It was a great success with 125 guests attending.

Coordinator Janice Schumacher Kabele said she would like to thank the Emmons County Record, Hague Quencher Bar, Floyd and Laurella Weninger, Victor and Joanne Schwahn and Delores Welk for their generous contributions.

A big thanks goes to Victor Schwahn, Antonia Baumgartner and Leroy Finck for the enjoyable entertainment.

A special thanks goes to the Record for advertising this event and to Kara Hendricks, daughter of Deloris Welk Kline, for taking the pictures.

Next year’s event will take place on Feb. 22, 2014, at Fat Willy’s/Viewpoint, 650 N. Hawes Rd., Mesa, Ariz.



The Westfield natives include, front row, left to right, Curt Vander Vorst and Vivian Vander Vorst; back, Arnie Huizenga, Dorothy Huizenga and Char Huizenga. The Westfield natives include, front row, left to right, Curt Vander Vorst and Vivian Vander Vorst; back, Arnie Huizenga, Dorothy Huizenga and Char Huizenga.

From Hazelton are, front row, left to right, Dorie (Deringer) Draeger, Carol Draeger, Doris (Schiermeister) Nicolay; back, Al Deringer, Alden Draeger and Donald Nicolay. From Hazelton are, front row, left to right, Dorie (Deringer) Draeger, Carol Draeger, Doris (Schiermeister) Nicolay; back, Al Deringer, Alden Draeger and Donald Nicolay.

Representing Hague are, first row, left to right, Patty Jurena, Annella (Gefre) Finck, Al Glatt, Lorraine Zucker, Clarence Heier, Dolores Welk and Robert Miller; second row, Joe Hauer, Yvonne Gefroh, Kathy (Welk) Schumacher, Melinda (Eberle) Robbins, James Kiefer, Laurella Weninger and Floyd Weninger; third row, Terry Weisbeck, Kathy Meier, Mary L. (Fischer) Barries, William Fischer, Herman Weigel and Bobby Gefre; fourth row, Aloys Kiefer, Eddie Miller, Gene Mastel, Conrad Miller and Willy Mastel. Representing Hague are, first row, left to right, Patty Jurena, Annella (Gefre) Finck, Al Glatt, Lorraine Zucker, Clarence Heier, Dolores Welk and Robert Miller; second row, Joe Hauer, Yvonne Gefroh, Kathy (Welk) Schumacher, Melinda (Eberle) Robbins, James Kiefer, Laurella Weninger and Floyd Weninger; third row, Terry Weisbeck, Kathy Meier, Mary L. (Fischer) Barries, William Fischer, Herman Weigel and Bobby Gefre; fourth row, Aloys Kiefer, Eddie Miller, Gene Mastel, Conrad Miller and Willy Mastel.

Linton Snowbirds include, front row, left to right, Paulette (Tracy) Vetter, Phil Schlosser, Fran Schlosser, Lucy Horner and Bill Horner; second row, Lawrence Malsom, Eileen Malsom, Lillian (Paul) Sullivan, Rosalie Glass and Philip J. Glass; third row, Ron Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan and Richard Goldade. Linton Snowbirds include, front row, left to right, Paulette (Tracy) Vetter, Phil Schlosser, Fran Schlosser, Lucy Horner and Bill Horner; second row, Lawrence Malsom, Eileen Malsom, Lillian (Paul) Sullivan, Rosalie Glass and Philip J. Glass; third row, Ron Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan and Richard Goldade.

Zeeland native Janice (Schumacher) Kabele and her husband, Bill Kabele, coordinated this year’s event. Zeeland native Janice (Schumacher) Kabele and her husband, Bill Kabele, coordinated this year’s event.

Representing Temvik are Dorie (Deringer) and Alden Draeger. Representing Temvik are Dorie (Deringer) and Alden Draeger.

Wishek and Napoleon natives include, first row, Carol (Schilling) Heiser and Ida (Piatz) Kuhn; second row, Joe Welder and Leo Kuhn. Wishek and Napoleon natives include, first row, Carol (Schilling) Heiser and Ida (Piatz) Kuhn; second row, Joe Welder and Leo Kuhn.

Zeeland natives are, front row, left to right, Dan Silbernagel, Maggie Kiefer, Cecilia Wanner and Frank Silbernagel; second row, Joyce Welder, Vern Welder, Janice (Schumacher) Kabele and Bernie (Schumacher) Wolff; third row, David Schumacher, John Meier, Jan Ziegler and Francis Ziegler. Zeeland natives are, front row, left to right, Dan Silbernagel, Maggie Kiefer, Cecilia Wanner and Frank Silbernagel; second row, Joyce Welder, Vern Welder, Janice (Schumacher) Kabele and Bernie (Schumacher) Wolff; third row, David Schumacher, John Meier, Jan Ziegler and Francis Ziegler.

Snowbird spouses include, front row, left to right, Helen Miller, Fidelis “Fiddie” Miller, Sheryl Heier and Charles Deiro; second row, Grace Glatt, Richard Wanner, Gordon Patterson and Virlene Kiefer; third row, Bill Kabele, Ron Sullivan and Marilyn Fischer. Snowbird spouses include, front row, left to right, Helen Miller, Fidelis “Fiddie” Miller, Sheryl Heier and Charles Deiro; second row, Grace Glatt, Richard Wanner, Gordon Patterson and Virlene Kiefer; third row, Bill Kabele, Ron Sullivan and Marilyn Fischer.

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