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Congratulations to Patrick and Rachel Ward of Mount Zion, IL on the birth of a daughter, born on Monday, Oct 25. The infant, weighed 6 lbs. 6 ozs, has been given the name Lucy Catherine. She has an older brother named Henry and he is two years old. Lucy Catherine’s Grandparents are: James and Catherine Sapp of Tuscola, Ill.; Barbara Ward and Kerry Ward, both of Taylorville, Ill.; and Great Grandmother, Marie Held, of Brussels.
At noon on Friday, the Brussels High School Class of 1954, gathered at the Wittmond Hotel/Restaurant for lunch and an afternoon of visiting. Everyone who came to visit were John (and Florence) Horman of Quincy; Dale Hagen, Mary Lee Rose and Carol Sue Carnes of Brussels; Rose Schnettgoecke of Carrollton; and Irene Wallendorf and Elsie Kirn, both of Batchtown. Absent were Dorothy (Behrens) Ott, Pat (Kirn) Bruce, both of the St. Louis area; Carolyn (Dixon) Reeser and Angela (Kiel) Willoughby both of CA.
A bridal shower was held on Saturday, for Allison Vollmer at St. Matthew Church Hall in Brussels. She will become the bride of Mitchell Devine on Dec. 4 in St. Peters, MO. A delicious brunch was enjoyed and, afterwards, the bride-to-be opened her gifts. Many family members and friends were in attendance. Mitchell is the son of Gary and Kim Devine of Fieldon. The shower was co-hosted by Kim Devine, the bride’s mother; and his Aunt Judy Peer, Godmother of Mitchell.
A belated wedding reception and one year anniversary of Ryan and Brittney (Tepen) Ferguson was held on Saturday evening at the Brussels American Legion Hall. Family and friends that attended were in Halloween costumes and enjoyed the delicious food and liquid refreshments that were served. Brittney is the daughter of Joe and Angie Tepen, and granddaughter of Carol (and the late Joe) Stepanek, all of Brussels. Many more Happy anniversaries Ryan and Brittney!
The Halloween Trunk or Treat that was held at the Brussels Heritage Park on Saturday evening was well-attended. The event was co-hosted by Angie Willman and Kim Vogel. Games were played, lots of food available for purchase, costume judging, etc. and was enjoyed by all.
Gary Fortschneider hosted his annual Halloween Party on Saturday evening at his home in the Deer Plain area. Former classmates, family members and friends were in attendance. As usual, Chef Gary had prepared lots of wonderful food for his guests to enjoy. Everyone reports a great evening together and wishes to thank Gary for his hospitality.
John and Kelley Heffington and Brantley and Graceyn returned recently from a vacation to Florida. Their first stop was Orlando, Sea World, etc. for a couple days, then on to Bradenton Beach and later Longboat Key, FL. where they rented a condo right on the beach. There they met up with friends Jessica Putz-Williams, Sharon Brock Putz and Mike Putz and cousin, Diego Reyes (son of Vera Droege). They report wonderful weather for time on the beach, and at night the kids got to go crab hunting, delicious seafood wherever they went, as well as a wonderful visit with friends and family.
Dave and Kara Hagen of Meppen returned Sunday evening from a week in Tampa, FL. They, along with Kevin Hagen of Godfrey, spent the week in FL as guests of Dave Gilliand and wife. They all enjoyed a wonderful week of sightseeing, dining out and, most of all, catching up since they were last together. Ryan Hagen, Alessa and their puppy spent the week with grandparents Roy and Barb Hagen.
John and Julie Carnes and Caleb drove up Friday evening to pick up Francis Toppmeyer. They all enjoyed dinner in Godfrey and then Francis stayed overnight with the Carnes family in Edwardsville. Saturday he visited with Lisa & Ed Heffington and on Sunday Julie drove him home
JoAnn Kirn celebrated her 89th Birthday last Sunday evening with dinner at The Ole Fill Inn Restaurant in Batchtown. Present were her husband, Jack; daughters, Debbie Weinman, Susan Rose, Cindy Kuhn; and son, Terry Kirn and their families. Many more happy and healthy ones, JoAnn!
Deepest sympathy to the family of Jane Herter of Golden Eagle who passed away Tuesday night after a long illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Fred, and other family members. According to her wishes, she was cremated and there are no services planned.
Deepest Sympathy to the family of Doris Tepen of Brussels who passed away on Friday afternoon. Visitation was on Sunday evening at Gress, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Brussels and funeral mass on Monday morning at St. Mary’s Church. Thoughts and prayers are with her daughter, Nancy Kulp; and son, Dan Tepen; and their families. Also a brother, Leland (Betty) Mossman of NE; and a sister, Jean Rowling of Grafton.
Birthday Blessings this week to Debbie Weinman, Kelly Lawrence, John Brangenberg, Kyle Snyders, Becky Baecht, Terri Knight, Laura Hazelwonder, Eddie Kinder, Lisa Engle, Angie LaMarsh, Tammi Snyders, Chloe White, Norma Fiedler, Bernie Mager, Orville Fiedler and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to Dennis and Ann (Eberlin) Patton, Ed and Donna Adams, Bill and Gloria Ohlendorf (60 yrs), Marty and Kelsey Meyer and all other couples celebrating their wedding anniversary this week.
Don’t forget to change your clocks back this weekend and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!
PRAYER FOR ALL SAINTS’ DAY
Dear heavenly Father, We thank You for the great multitudes of witnesses who have gone before, whose lives shine with the brilliance of Your Son. Through their faithfulness, they pointed us to Christ. Through their lives filled with love, they reflected Your love. We pray that we might now be inspired to live our lives to the glory of Your holy name, that we might join them in time to come in everlasting praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen