Appelt family celebrates 49th reunion
The 49th Appelt reunion was June 2 at Appelt's Hill Hall in Hallettsville. About 170 people enjoyed a prepared lunch of stew and sausage, along with side dishes and desserts brought by the members. President Otto "Buddy" Brogger expressed appreciation to the many members who worked to make the reunion a success. Those taking the lead in the various activities were Tommy Macha and Ronnie Appelt, stew and sausage crew; Susan Gilbert, kitchen crew; Hilmer and Margaret Appelt, prize team; and Pam Reinhart, Appelt family genealogist.
Veterans and current members of the armed forces were recognized for their service to our country. Also recognized was Jillian Strauss, daughter of Pat and Lori Strauss, of Victoria, and granddaughter of Gladys Strauss, of Shiner, on her 2013 high school graduation. Appelt family members who passed away since the last reunion were remembered with a moment of silence: Bobby Joe Appelt Sr., 78; Erwin C. Kiesewetter, 86; Royce Eugene Jalufka, 71; LaVerne Wilke Tielke, 83; Otto Leon Brogger Sr., 83; Wilma Hasse Appelt Vickers, 93; Willie J. "Bill" Macha, 92; and Dr. Glenn Appelt, 77.
Awards and gift cards were presented as follows: oldest member present, Howard Appelt, of Hallettsville, 90; youngest member present, Tristan Mertz, 5 1/2 months, son of Ryan and Tiffanie Mertz, of Alvin, grandson of Robert and Diane Mertz, of Houston; married the longest, James and Mae Rother, 60 years, of Hallettsville; married the shortest time, Taylor and Heather Appelt, three months, of Tomball; largest family present, Ann Birkner family, with 30 members attending; traveled the farthest, Kyle Appelt, of Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,000 miles.
Reunion officers were elected as follows: Buddy Brogger, president; Ronnie Appelt, vice president; Bettye Appelt, treasurer; Barbara Appelt, secretary; and Pam Reinhart, historian. Appreciation was expressed to Linda Ward retiring as secretary and Ann Birkner retiring as historian.
Door prizes were given in memory of Marie Holy. Next year will be the Appelt family's 50th reunion, to be held at Appelt's Hill Hall on June 1, 2014. Appelt family members, mark your calendar for this special event.