School: Colby H.S. Class of 1971 (5 Year Reunion - 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Baumgartner, Stoltz, , Becker, Schwiese, Bedroske, Behrens, Binnng, Miller, Boyer, Brandt, Brown, Bruesewitz, Dahlke, Decker, Dommer, Dums, Eggebrecht, Ellenbecker, Engel, Hedler, Firnstahl, Graf, Ayer, Gabriel, Winchell, Geiger, Gorke, Gumz, Haas, Halopka, Janenne, Kilty, Knoll, Kopecky, Kunick, Marcott, Meyers, Morrow, Mueller, Nikolai, Case, Pawlowicz, Peissig, Plockelman, Rickard, Romens, Koch, Rueden, Schaefer, Calmes, Schmidt, Schjoneman, Schmidt, Schorer, Schultz, Heindl, Schulz, Seefeldt, Skrczkoski, Steinmetz, Strathman, Tauchen, Untiedt, Van Hecker, Ross, Viets, Weis, Frahmann

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 01 Sep 1976

The 1971 graduating class of Colby High School held its five year class reunion Saturday at the VFW Hall in Colby.

Committee members for the reunion were, chairman, Mrs. Jerome (Sally Schultz) Heindl, Sandra Strathman, Mrs. Ken (Shirley Romens) Koch, Sheila Gorke, Debbie Rickard and Mrs. Dennis (Jan Hedler) Engel. Dennis Engel served as master of ceremonies.

Letters were acknowledged by those faculty administration and classmates who could not attend.

Prizes were given to Marsha (Van Hecker) Ross for being married the longest, the Dave Marcotts for the newest baby, Loran Schulz for sending in the first reservation, Dan Skrczkoski for coming the farthest distance, Duane Seefeldt for the most recently married, Robert Meyers for the longest hair, and Douglas Kunick for the least hair.

Classmates present for the reunion were: Mrs. Steven (Diane Baumgartner) Stoltz, Mrs. Bruce (Cathy Becker) Schwiese, David Bedroske, Phillip Behrens, Gary Binning, Mr. and Mrs. Norm Miller (Pam Boyer), Brenda Brandt, Larry Brown, Charles Bruesewitz, Dr. Wayne Dahlke, William Decker, Donald Dommer, Kenneth Dommer, Dan Dums, Jerry Eggebrecht, Emilie Ellenbecker, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Engel (Jan Hedler), Mr. and Mrs. Butch Firnstahl (Joanne Graf), Mrs. Warren (Debby Firnstahl) Ayer, Mrs. Alvin (Mary Gabriel) Winchell, Steve Geiger, Sheila Gorke, Carl Gumz, Ronald Haas, Dary Halopka, Julian Janenne, Jeff Kilty, Gene Knoll, Linda Kopecky, Douglas Kunick, Dave Marcott, Robert Meyers, Roger Morrow, Mrs. Dennis (Beverly Mueller) Case, Mark Nikolai, Chester Pawlowicz, Tom Peissig, James Plockelman, Debbie Ricard, Mrs. Ken (Shirley Romens) Koch, Gregory Rueden, Mrs. Roger (Joette Schaefer) Calmes, Mrs. Kirk (Marilyn Schmidt) Schjoneman, Mrs. Dale (Gloria Schmidt) Haas, Mrs. Robert (Jane Schorer) Geiger, Mrs. Jerome (Sally Schultz) Heindl, Loran Schulz, Duane Seefeldt, Daniel Skrczkoski, Brian Steinmetz, Sandra Strathman, Janice Tauchen, Lynn Untiedt, Mrs. Gary (Marsha Van Hecker) Ross, Debra Viets, Linda Weis, and special guest by the Class, Dennis Frahmann.

The class will have another reunion in five years.


Bio: Podevels, Chad Michael (Baptism – Aug 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Podevels, Fink, Viegut, Klempke, Ackey, Del Fatti, Nacker, Grasser

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 01 Sep 1976

Chad Michael, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Podevels, was held Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby, with Pastor Robin Fink officiating.

Sponsors were Kent and Dawn Podevels.

Dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Podevels Jr.

Guests included Pastor and Mrs. Robin Fink; great-grandparents, Albert Podevels, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Viegut, Mrs. Winifred Klempke, Greenwood; Mr. and Mrs. Jon Ackey, Abbotsford; Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Del Fatti, Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Nacker, Grace Viegut, Wausau, and Sandy Grasser.


BioA: Weix, Mr./Mrs. Albert (40th 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Weix, Rushman, Miller, Kipp, Lochnit, Wilben, Lueth, Francen, Gorski

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 01 Sep 1976

Weix, Mr./Mrs. Albert (40th – 24 Aug 1976)

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Weix, Colby, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday with a Thanksgiving mass at 9:30, with Father Rushman officiating. Mark and Darrel Miller, grandsons, were mass servers, Paul Kipp, their son-in-law, was soloist. The barbershop quartet of Wisconsin Rapids sang several selections.

The Weix’s were married at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Rozellville, with Rev. Lochnit officiating at the ceremony August 24, 1936.

Attendants from the original wedding mass were present and are Dr. Frank Weix, Marshfield, Barbara Weix, Colby, and Joe Wilben, Marshfield.

The Weix’s have 10 children. They are: Lynn (Mrs. Arnold Lueth), Sparta; Donna (Mrs. Duwayne Francen), Luanne (Mrs. Larry Weix), Barbara (Mrs. Paul Kipp), Diane (Mrs. David Weix), Joe at home; Julianne, Marshfield, (Judy) Mrs. Larry Gorski, Mosinee.

An open house was held at the Sword in Colby (for about 25 guests from Dickyville, Marshfield, Pittsville, Sparta, Mosinee, Wisconsin Rapids, Port Edwards, Colby, Unity and Abbotsford.


Bio: Frane, Dale Allen (Birth – 23 Aug 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Frane, Seaman, Michlig

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 01 Sep 1976

A son was born August 23, 1976 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Frane.

He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ½ ounces. They named him Dale Allen.

He joins two sisters, Tina, age 5, and Chris, age 6.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Frane, Colby, and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Seaman, Greenwood. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Michlig, Abbotsford.




Bio: Frane, Dale Allen (Baptism – Sep 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Frane, Diedrich, Jakel

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 22 Sep 1976

Dale Allen, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Frane was baptized Sunday at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Colby, with Father Louis Diedrich officiating. Sponsors were Charles Jakel and Julie Frane


Bio: Kaufman, Laura Kay (Birth – 13 Aug 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Kaufman, Anderson, Miller

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 01 Sep 1976

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kaufman are the parents of a daughter, born August 13, 1976 at Medford Memorial Hospital. She weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces.

She joins a brother Joh, 8, and a sister Paula, 6.

Grandparents are Mrs. John Anderson, Loyal, and Mrs. Mark Kaufman, Sheldon. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marten Miller, Goshen, Indiana.


Bio: Malchow – Family Reunion (1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Malchow, Werner, Oehler, Rau, Taylor, Marlow, Zenker

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 01 Sep 1976

Seventy-seven persons attended the sixth annual reunion of the Malchow family at Dorchester Park on August 21, 1976, which began with a potluck dinner at noon. Herbert Werner was the master of ceremonies of a short program before the noon meal.

Highlight of the event was the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Oehler, Abbotsford, as “King and Queen for the day.” They were presented a corsage and boutonniere by their grandson, and a plaque which was inscribed “Thank you for taking the place of our Mother. We love you, Jeff, Mike, Wes, and Rusty.”

Frederick Rau gave the meal prayer.

Mrs. Harold Taylor came dressed as Martha Washington, and several others wore patriotic colors, and decorations were all in the Bi-centennial theme.

A scrap book compiled by Mrs. Taylor, recording records and pictures of seven generations of the Malchow family was on display. Only two of the ten original Malchow children were present. They were: Mrs. Alvina Marlow, Dorchester, and Mrs. Hugo Zenker, Park Falls. Fred Malchow, the only other living member, is in Colonial House at Colby.

It was announced that a daughter of the late Walter Malchow, was seriously ill in a Milwaukee Hospital.

Plans were made to hold another reunion next year on the third Saturday in August at the Dorchester Park.

Games were played in the afternoon and prizes were awarded.


Bio: Stuttgen, Patty Anne/Paul Allan (Births – 27 Aug 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Stuttgen, Halopka

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 08 Sep 1976

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stuttgen, Route 2, Athens, are the parents of twins born August 27, 1976, at the Medford Memorial Hospital.

Patty Anne weighed 7 pounds, 1 ½ ounces and Paul Allan weighed six pounds, 14 ½ ounces.

The twins joined a brother, Ricky, age 3, and a sister, Lori, 1 year.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Halopka, Route 1, Dorchester, and Mr. and Mrs. Nick Stuttgen, Route 2, Colby.




Bio: Stuttgen, Patty Anne/Paul Allan (Baptism – Sept 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Stuttgen, Stark, Wenzel, Beyerl, Halopka

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 22 Sep 1976

Patty Anne and Paul Allan, twins of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stuttgen, were baptized Sunday at their home, with Pastor Len Stark, St. Thomas Catholic Church, Milan, officiating.

Baptism sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Wenzel for Patty and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beyerl for Paul.

Guests at the home included Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Wenzel and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beyerl and Jason, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Stuttgen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Halopka and family.


Bio: Merwin, Family Reunion (Sep 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Merwin, Egger, France, Remmel, Loucks

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 08 Sep 1976

The 39th annual Merwin family reunion was held Sunday at Oak Island, Wausau.

About 75 relatives attended, including Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Merwin, Fort St. John, Canada; and Marie Egger, Middle Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

President Elmer France called the meeting to order. Reports of family births, deaths and marriages, etc. were given.

Hazel Remmel read the family history.

Officers re-elected were president, Elmer France; vice president, Llewellyn Loucks; secretary, Betty Loucks, and treasurer, Lowell Merwin.

Attendance prizes were awarded to David Loucks and Archie Merwin.

The next gathering will be August 28, 1977 at Cherokee Park.


Obit: Neuhaus, Malinda (1903 –1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Neuhaus, Dix, Volkmar, Thede, Herrmann

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 08 Sep 1976

Neuhaus, Malinda (10 Mar 1903 – 26 Aug 1976)

Funeral services were held Monday, August 30, 1976 for Mrs. Malinda Neuhaus, age 73, Abbotsford, at the First United Church of Christ, Colby.

The Rev. Kenneth A. Dix officiated at the 1:30 p.m. rites. Burial followed in the Colby Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Neuhaus died August 26 at the Continental Manor Nursing Home in Abbotsford.

The former Malinda Volkmar was born March 10, 1903. She married Herbert Neuhaus at Curtiss in 1934. He preceded her in death.

The couple farmed in the Town of Colby for 12 years, and then moved to Abbotsford.

Mrs. Neuhaus was a member of the First United Church of Christ in Colby.

She is survived by one son, Oscar, Junction City, and three daughters, Alfred Volkmar, Owen; Emaline Thede, New Holstein, and Elsie Herrmann, Colby.

Bio: Miller, Dan - New Unity Business (Sep 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Miller

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 08 Sep 1976

Besides making livestock feeder, Dan Miller, Unity, in the new business called Dan’s Service Center, he sells and services trailer towing equipment and electric brake controls. Miller and his family recently moved to Unity from Iowa.




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