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After the last few mornings of mid-40 degree weather I am totally convinced fall has arrived. Thankfully it does reach the low 70’s by afternoon. The trees on the bluffs to Hardin, as well as the Great River Road, are beginning to show gorgeous fall colors and make for a beautiful drive.
Congratulations to Clayton and Megan Murphy of Brussels on the birth of a baby girl. The infant was born on Oct. 8, weighing 7 lbs. 13 ounces and has been given the name Remmy Lynn. Grandparents are Mary (and the late Dwight) Murphy of Golden Eagle and Randi and Terri Taake of Jerseyville. Great grandma is Virginia Murphy of Golden Eagle. Elder sons Cole and Barrett.
Congratulations to Aaron Kiel and Allison Schobernd who were wed on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Holy Ghost Church in Jerseyville. A reception and dance was held later in the day at the Brussels American Legion Hall. Parents of the groom are Carl and JoAnn Kiel of Meppen and father of the bride is Jeff Schobernd. Grandparents are Royce (and the late Floyd) Schobernd and Norman “Sonny” and Alice Snyders, all of Hardin.
Brent Hendricks from the Kansas City area was visiting his mother Melba Hendricks in Wood River the past week. On Thursday they were visitors and luncheon guests of Melba’s sister Virginia Murphy.
On Friday evening Dennis and Shelly Scherer of Wright City, MO, along with their grandkids Noah and Addy Keppler and Sam Holdinghausen and Cyndi Axford of Chesterfield attended the visitation of Liz Toppmeyer at the Gress, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Brussels. Cyndi remained overnight and accompanied me to the funeral on Saturday.
Chelsie Kiel, Stevie, Charlie and Tobias of Brussels and her mom Pat Tepen of Hardin enjoyed spending Sunday afternoon at the Green Fields Farm in Greenfield, IL. Such a great place to visit with so much to see and do. Farm animals, u-pick pumpkin patch, swing rides, all kinds of activities for the children to enjoy. Sounds like they all had a great time together.
The family of Teresa Haug of Golden Eagle helped her celebrate her 93rd Birthday on Sunday. Lots of delicious food and a wonderful day together.
My Saturday night overnight guest was my son John Carnes. On Sunday we attended church together and were pleasantly surprised when Dennis and Shelly Scherer of Wright City and Cyndi Axford of Chesterfield joined us. Sunday was the 160th Anniversary of the founding of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. After service a buffet chicken dinner followed in the church hall and was enjoyed by many. A beautifully decorated open Bible design cake was made by Judy Zahrli and donated for the occasion by her and her husband Jerry Zahrli. Thank you again, it was beautiful as well as delicious.
Our county has been saddened lately by several residents that have passed away. Charlotte Jacobs, Letha Simon and Liz Toppmeyer. Thoughts and prayers are with all the families.
Keith and Becky Baecht, Matthew and Samuel of Jerseyville attended Sunday morning worship with his parents George and Yvonne Baecht. They also attended the dinner afterwards celebrating the church’s 160th Anniversary.
On Monday, Oct. 11, Liz Toppmeyer passed away suddenly at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton. Her visitation was held on Friday evening and funeral on Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Church. Liz is survived by her husband Francis, and children Lisa (Ed) Heffington of Godfrey, Julie (John) Carnes of Edwardsville, Jane (Todd) Mandernach of Marthasville, MO and Mark (Mary) Toppmeyer and their families. Also sisters Agnes Friedel, Bernie Curry, Marge Lohmar, Joan (Bill) Held and a sister-in-law Colleen Bussen. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Letha Simon who passed away on Oct. 10. Her visitation was on Thursday evening and funeral on Friday at St. Norbert’s Church in Hardin. She is survived by her four children, Denis (Merrill) Simon, Bill and (Jacquie) Simon, Joyce (Leonard) Fortschneider and Bob (Debbie) Simon and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Simon.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Charlotte Jacobs who passed away on Sept. 22. According to her wishes she was cremated. Visitation will be held Friday evening, Oct. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Brussels and again on Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a celebration of her life at 10 a.m.
Birthday Blessings this week to Phil Seiferman, Judy Klemme, Delores “Dee” Wieneke, Charles Burch, Carol Weishaar, Jane Pohlman, Yvonne Nolte, Jena Kronable-Isacson, Ryan Hagen, Angie Klaas, Ervin Nolte, Caroline Burch-Stegman, Bill Heffington, Dalene Clendenny, Logan Jacobs, Maggie Toppmeyer, Jed Struse, Joyce Maag, Reese Kiel and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to Paul and Jeanette Droege, John and Angie Willman, Dan and Marla Snyders, Evan and Emily Kane, Larry and Julie Bimslager, Dave and Peggy Wiener, Ed and Lisa Heffington and all other couples celebrating their wedding anniversary this week.
Prayer for blessings received: Jesus, we come before You as grateful servants, Thank You for loving us enough to pay the ultimate price with Your life. We magnify You Lord and exalt Your name for choosing us as Your children. We appreciate the many ways You show You love us and bless us. We thank You for our family, friends, faith and freedom. Amen