The annual Wilhelm and Johann Heinrich Geistweidt family reunion was held Saturday evening, June 9, at the home of Jan Appleby in the Hilda community, between Mason and Doss.
This year’s event was hosted by Mrs. Appleby’s family, descendants of Christian and Marie Geistweidt Loeffler. Mrs. Loeffler was the first of 10 children born to Wilhelm and Anna Geistweidt.Everyone brought side dishes and desserts to go along with the barbecue prepared for supper by Dennis Crenwelge.
During the business meeting, Rylie Ottmers, 3½-year-old daughter of Leah and Michael Ottmers, was recognized as the youngest in attendance, while Gordon Geistweidt, 87, was the oldest at the reunion.
Newlyweds married one year were Corey and Melissa Arhelger Atwood of Graham who also traveled the farthest to attend.Presley and Vernell Arhelger who recently marked their 61st wedding anniversary were recognized as the couple married the longest length of time.
Next year’s reunion will be held Saturday, June 8, at a location to be announced.Officers re-elected for the coming year include Sherrie Geistweidt, president; Gary Geistweidt, vice president, and Cindy Schmidtzinsky, secretary-treasurer.