THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Over 200 at Arthur Zeitler Family Reunion
Over 200 descendants of the Arthur and Ester Zeitler family attended a reunion at the home of Mike Zeitler in Pound on July 13th and 14th. Descendants traveled from as little as a half mile away and from as far away as Coleman, Peshtigo, Green Bay, Montpelier, Mercier, Milwaukee, and the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico.
The reunion on Saturday started with a pot luck lunch of several traditional picnic food items but included many authentic German dishes. After sharing memories from the years gone by, drinking the milk-can lemonade, participating in water-balloon fights, admiring the garden and orchard of the host, and touring the farm of Brian and Danette Lepinka, several talented singers joined in singing karaoke while others roasted marshmallows around the campfire. The tradition of Polka music was also a highlight of the afternoon, as Bob Swenty played Polka music on his concertina for the enjoyment of the young and the old alike.
The celebration continued when Pastor John Zeitler led a church service on Sunday, consisting of 97 of his relatives, accompanied by his wife, Donna on the organ. This service took place under the same tent that held the celebration of the reunion the previous day. Several hymns were sung at the request of those attending and were led by a choir made up of more Zeitlers. During the service, Ruby Estelle Zeitler was baptized into the Christian faith by Pastor Zeitler. She is the daughter of Scott and Shanna Zeitler and goddaughter of Mark and Judy Zeitler. Her grandparents are Julie Zeitler and the late Karl Zeitler and Mike and Cindy Desotell. She is a great granddaughter of Marian Zeitler and the late Cubby Zeitler, the late Allan and Marian Gendron, Eugene and Ann Hebel, and Mary Desotell and the late Dean Desotell.