The Mathilda and Joseph Birzer 36th family reunion was held on Aug. 3 at the Kinsley 4-H building in Kinsley, KS with a pot luck dinner. Host family was Albert Birzer’s daughters, Janey Clark, Betty Peterson, Becky Hornung, and Ella Haskell, and spouses and family members. Family from eight different states was represented.
Those in attendance were: Milton and Bertha Achatz, Jerry and Judy Komarek, Mike Birzer, Marcella Birzer, all of Ellinwood; Lester and Kimm Achatz, Charles Achatz, Renee Suppes, Mindy and Brooks Hickel, Gerald and Glenna Achatz, all from Great Bend; Dan and Darlene Demel, Bob and Alvita Cates, Trevor and Megan Cates, Emma and Hadley, all of Claflin; Dick and Mary Jane Reichuber, Margaret Reichuber, Ervin and Pat McConnell all of Hoisington; Debbie Steinert, Inez Giessel, Tom and Sheryl Giessel all of Larned; Norbert and Becky Hornung, Travis and Nelda, and Olivia Castillo and Jadianna Hornung, all of Offerle; Kenneth Reichuber of Burton; Julie Schinck and Kyra Hall, Preston Reichuber, Gary Reichuber, and Joseph Schartz, all of Wichita; Eleanor Penka of Healy; Vicki Menzer of Breckenridge, Colo.; David and Janey Clark, Greg and Traci Clark, Jocelyn, Adelynn, and Jackson Clark, all of Norman, Okla.; Jennifer, Chris and Leah Schuele, of Liberty, Mo.; Sheila Haskell, Joseph Hurst and daughter Isabella, Mattie Bowman, Edd and Aileen Reichuber, all of Hutchinson; John and Betty Peterson, Jon and Adam Peterson, all of Hugoton; W.W. and Joann Penka of Dighton; Barbara Burleson of Olathe; Doug and Arlene Friedly of Bonner Springs, KS. Jacquelyn Alber, and Nathaniel of Rosemont, Pa.; Madaline Miller of Nacodoches, Texas; Gene and Mary Jo Maneth of Olmitz; David and Traci, Andrew, Michael, and Grace Streit of Edwardsville; Joe and Marilyn Birzer of Pratt; Norm Birzer of Frederick, Md.; Kathleen and Jared Helfrich of Dodge City; Dan Denning of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Dori Denning of Salida, Colo.; Doug Denning of Manhattan; Rita Bahr of Jones, Okla.; Sandra and Jon Choitz of Derby; LeRoy, Shirley, Nicole, and Rachel Maneth of Andover; Ryan and Tonya Helsel of Newton; Hannah and Jacob Achatz of Fairway; Mike and Ella Haskell of Kinsley.
The next reunion will be held in 2016 in Claflin, hosted by the family of Cecilia Denning and Helen Schartz.