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Congratulations to Drake Pohlman and Elani Godar who were wed on Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. Norbert’s Church in Hardin. Drake is the son of Brett and Sue Pohlman and grandson of Dr. Bernard and Joan Baalman of Jerseyville and Larry and Barb Pohlman of Brussels. Elani is the daughter of Frank and Peggy Godar of Hardin and granddaughter of Paul Dean and Susie Sibley of Kampsville. A reception followed and that evening a dance for family and friends at the K. C. Hall. Organist Sarah Kinder of Brussels had the honor of playing for the third generation bride of this family.
Congratulations to Jason Baalman and Morgan Landon who were wed at St. Mary’s Church in Brussels on Saturday, Sept. 25. The reception and dance was held at the Brussels American Legion Hall. Jason is the son of Mark and Robin Baalman and grandson of Judy Baalman (and the late Ronnie) Baalman, all of Meppen.
Sharon Held McLeod of Billings, Montana has been spending the past two weeks with her mother, Marie Held in Brussels. Last week they spent an enjoyable 3 days in Taylorville as guest of Barb Ward, Marie’s other daughter. This past weekend Barb drove down and visited with them. I know it’s going to be quite lonesome for Marie once everyone is gone, after having someone with her 24 hours a day for two weeks. Stop by to visit or give her a call to let her know you are thinking of her.
What a pleasant surprise last Monday evening when I watched Channel 5 News at 5 p.m. They interviewed a COVID patient at SSM St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Charles and I recognized his nurse was my granddaughter Ashley Kirn of Wentzville. Afterwards Ashley, who is a charge nurse of this unit, was also interviewed. If you know of a healthcare worker, please pray for them daily. They are working 12 or more stressful hours a day, most days skipping lunch or even a potty break. They have compassion, empathy and being there in life’s toughest moments, they certainly need all the prayers they can get.
Frank and George Baecht of Golden Eagle attended the funeral of their Aunt Alice (Schulze) Polston on Wednesday morning at the Alternative Funeral Home in St. Peters. Visitation was held that morning followed by funeral service and afterwards burial in Warrenton.
Claire Rose, celebrated her 6th Birthday over the weekend. She enjoyed a Kindergarten play date with her classmates at the Brussels Heritage Park and also a family dinner at her home hosted by her parents Ben and Jill Rose and sister Lila that evening.
The Brussels High School Homecoming began on Friday night with a parade through the village of Brussels. Lots of beautifully decorated floats and even Miss Calhoun Co., Junior Miss and Little Miss and Mister riding in one of them. Then on Saturday evening Royalty was crowned with Hope Odelehr, daughter of Jim and Kathy Odelehr of Golden Eagle and Emma Hagen, daughter of Dave and Kara Hagen of Meppen being crowned. After the coronation a dance followed. Congratulations to both of them!
Descendants of the late Robert and Dena Nolte of Brussels held a family reunion on Sunday at the home of David Nolte and family in Brighton. Attending from this area were George and Yvonne Baecht and Robert and Anita Nolte. A wonderful afternoon of visiting, lots of delicious food, photo taking, etc.
Congratulations to Max Toppmeyer and the Missouri Gators team. They went 7-0 and won the 13th USSSA Major Evolution Tournament in Kansas City over the weekend. Max pitched the championship game and was presented MVP by his coach. Max is the son of Mark and Mary Toppmeyer and grandson of Francis and Liz Toppmeyer of Golden Eagle and Joan Bonner (and the late Francis) of Meppen.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Charlotte Jacobs who passed away in late September. Charlotte resided at the Morningside Living Facility in Godfrey. According to her wishes she has been cremated. A visitation and memorial service will follow the weekend of Oct. 22-23. Her children are Tom Jacobs, Sally Hawthorne, Gary Jacobs, Carol Pohlman and David Jacobs.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Brussels will be observing their 160th Anniversary with a special Sunday morning service on Oct. 17. A chicken dinner will follow in the church hall.
Michelle Bell and Lea Miller of Brussels are joining the Batchtown and South Calhoun Yard Sales taking place Oct. 8 and 9. Also on Friday the Calhoun Ambulance group is serving a chili luncheon in the Batchtown Town Hall. Mark this on your calendar. Michelle and Lea will also be open on Sunday until noon. All their items are brand new (toys, clothes, kitchen items, etc.) but at a greatly reduced price.
The Brussels Woman’s Club will meet this Thursday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m. Lots of business to discuss with this being the start of the new club year. Hostesses are Dana Kirkpatrick and myself.
Birthday Blessings this week to my granddaughter Hannah Carnes, my sister-in-law Margaret Carnes, also Cheryl Greaves, Ava Hurley, Lucas Tepen, Susan Meyer, Patty Friedel, Natalie Wiener, Sandy Harris, Pat Jacobs, Tyler Baalman, Melissa Nolte, Regina Rose and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to Dave and Kara Hagen, Loren and Julie Kulp, Willie and Renee Rose, Wayne and Colleen Baaalman, Larry and Nancy Kulp, Jim and Mary K. Hughart, Mark and Glenda Stucker and all other couples celebrating a wedding anniversary this week.
Prayer for Columbus Day
Dear Lord, On this day in 1492 the first European mariners discovered the Americas. Hear our prayer this day as we observe Columbus Day. Help us to have a greater awareness of your magnificent gifts to us, the riches of our land and diverse people who form our country. Let us have good health, mentally and physically to solve problems and accomplish something for future generations. Keep us close to you in prayer and help us to be thankful for all you have given us. Amen