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After a hot weekend in the mid 90s, it was very pleasant out this Monday morning at 59 degrees with a predicted high of 88. We still need rain so badly for the crops, gardens, lawns and flowers. No rain is predicted until the weekend, but prayers continue just in case the weatherman is wrong.
The “Art in the Park” at Heritage Park in Brussels was on Saturday afternoon and was well attended. Over 30 vendors were located under the shade trees and thankfully there was a light breeze. The Village Hall was air conditioned and had on display the beautiful quilts of St. Barbara’s, St. Joseph’s and St. Matthew’s Church available for sale. Also the hall of St. Mary’s had quilts to sell and a few quilters on hand to demonstrate the art of quilting. Artwork of the local schools was on display in the hall as well. Delicious food from sandwiches and chips to strawberry shortcake, ice cream, various drinks and snow cones were also available for sale. Many thanks to the South County Library for hosting this annual event and to Chairman Joan Kiel and everyone on the South County Library Board, for all the work put into this event. Nancy Moennig is the librarian in Brussels. Also thanks to the Calhoun Appleseeds 4-H and Cloverbud, Brussels Girl Scouts and Calhoun Royalty for the opening ceremony.
Barb Hagen accompanied her daughter Elaine Mans last week to spend the day with Shirley (Klaas) Ewen at the home of her daughter Connie Klaas in Alton. It sounds like they had a most enjoyable visit and Shirley was so glad to see them. Barb and Shirley were former grade school and high school classmates.
Bill and Joan Held of Golden Eagle had given their three children last Christmas a family vacation in May to Cozumel, Mexico. Joining Bill and Joan on this wonderful trip was Erin Held of Chicago, Wes and Sarah Held and family of Maryland and Willie and Renee Rose and family from Golden Eagle. Needless to say, they all had a most enjoyable week together.
Congratulations to Cole Bick of O’Fallon, MO who graduated from Fort Zumwalt High School on May 27. Attending the event were his grandparents, Roy and Barb Hagen of Brussels; and Judy Bick of Batchtown. After the ceremony, Derrick, Jan and daughter Kaela hosted a party at their home in his honor. Among those attending were Dave and Kara Hagen and family of Meppen and Kenny and Judy Devening and family of St. Peters and Lee and Elaine Mans and family.
Memorial Day services were held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Meppen last Monday with Rev. Roberts officiating, followed by the 21 Gun Salute and playing of the Taps. Brussels American Legion Commander Bernard Snyders retired recently after 14 years of leading the organization. Congratulations to Elden Kinder, the newly installed Commander at Brussels American Legion.
Congratulations to Nolan Rowe who graduated from Edwardsville High School on Saturday. He is the son of Donnie and Lynette Rowe of Maryville and grandson of Larry and Julie Bimslager of Golden Eagle. Larry and Julie attended the ceremony and enjoyed celebrating with the family afterwards.
Descendents of the late Felix and Luvena (Weigel) Hagen gathered at the Brussels American Legion Hall on Saturday to enjoy a reunion that had been put on hold back when COVID hit. Lots of delicious food was enjoyed by the many in attendance. An afternoon of visiting, reminiscing and taking photos was enjoyed by those present.
A graveside service at the interment of ashes of Charles Fredrickson of Godfrey, who passed away on May 14 at Cedar Hurst of Godfrey, at the age of 93, was held on Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Brussels. Members of the Brussels American Legion provided the military rites. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine; son, Michael; sister, Dolores Marrow; and nephew, Barry Marrow. He was the son of the late George and Helen (Fortschneider) Fredrickson. Deepest sympathy to all his family.
A correction to my list last week of students graduating from Brussels High School. I used the names printed under the photos which listed Haley Krebs which instead have been Haylee Kress. My apologies.
Congratulations to the Calhoun Warrior Trap Team for winning the state title on Saturday at the Brittany Shooting Park in Shipman. Also congratulations to the individuals from the team that won awards. This was a great accomplishment and they would like to thank their coaches for their dedication, efforts and pep talks, as well as their parents.
A Memorial Mass celebrating the life of Clinton Osborne age 99 of Golden Eagle who passed away on May 25, 2023 will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Brussels on June 24, followed by a veteran’s honors ceremony and reception afterwards at the Brussels American Legion Hall. Clinton donated his body to Washington University School of Medicine. Deepest sympathy to his daughters Margaret Osborne, Catherine Roe, and Ann Osborne and sons Daniel (Martha Macartney) and James (Cathy) Osborne and their families.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Dan Rose who passed away on Friday at his home. Thoughts and prayers for his mother, Betty Rose of Golden Eagle, sisters and brothers and their families. No further details at this time.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Bill Hurley, age 90, who passed away on June 2, 2023 at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis. Thoughts and prayers for his wife Frances, who would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 18, sons Bob (Laura) Pat (Danielle) and Tim (Kristie) Hurley and daughter Julie (Rod) Brangenberg and their families. Visitation was on Tuesday evening and Christian burial on Wednesday morning, June 7, at St. Norbert Church in Hardin.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Larry Weigel who passed away at the Calhoun Care Center over the weekend. He is survived by his sister Yvonne Mossman and family of Alton. Funeral services are pending at this time.
Birthday Blessings this week to Kinsley Plummer, Mary Lee Rose, Bernell Weigel, Graceyn Heffington, Gerry Wilerman, Gloria Ohlendorf, Rose Brangenberg, Dan Pohlman, Broklyn Droege, Jeanette Droege, Debbie Halemeyer and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to my son and daughter-in-law John and Julie Carnes, also Marty and Mary Eilerman, Terry and Elaine Wieneke, Bob and Laura Kaibel, Glenn and Yvonne Campbell, Joe and Laura Navarre, Chad and Melissa Nolte, Don and Jessica Droege, Cody and Ashley Affholder, Phil and Linda Held, Mike and Kelly Lawrence, Travis and Janine Hagen and all other couples celebrating their wedding anniversary June 5-11, 2023.
A Prayer for Rain
Almighty God, we are in desperate need of rain. We realize now, looking up into the clear blue sky, what a marvel even the least drop of rain really is. To think that so much water can fall out of the sky, which now is empty and clear. We place our trust in You and are sure that You know our needs, but You want us to ask anyway, to show You that we are dependent on You. Dear God, look on our dry fields, gardens, etc. and bless them with a wonderful rain. We ask this in Your name, Amen