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August 2, 2012

Benz family descendants hold 64th annual reunion

APPANOOSE COUNTY — Many descendants of Charles and Anna Benz gathered July 7 and 8 to celebrate the 64th annual reunion of the family. A weiner roast Saturday evening at Island View No. 5 was followed by a basket dinner on Sunday at the same location. John Benz led in prayer Saturday and Barbara Bowen did the honors on Sunday.

President Sandy Culbertson opened the meeting on Sunday with a welcome and expressed appreciation of so much effort to attend. A short business meeting followed with election of officers being Susan Schaeuble, president; Sandy Culbertson, vice president; and Irene Arbogast, secretary and treasurer. An essay written by Hunter Arbogast about "What The Flag Means To Me" was shared followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. A resume of the families followed and session closed with all singing "God Bless America."

Next year's reunion will be the second weekend in July. Those attending were Steve, Charlotte and Hunter Arbogast of Unionville, Iowa; Amy Kelly and Seth Richardson of Washington; Irene Arbogast of Numa; Roberta and Charles Fadiga and Jack and Lola Fadiga of Centerville; Wanda and Kenny Brown and Justin Brown and Tiffany Phillips of Moravia; Michele Thompson of Cedar Rapids; Chris and Nancy Judge of Des Moines; Bill and Mary Benz of Centerville; Steve, Jennifer, Lee and Sam Benz of Udell; Susan Schaeuble, Harrison, Will and Jack of West Des Moines; Doris Culbertson of Centerville; Shirley Clifford of Des Moines; Susie and Emily Larson of Denver, Colo.; Randy, Will and Kate Larson of Ft. Madison; Ronnie, Debbie and Isaac Larson of Thornton, Colo.; Lynn and Dwight Steinhoek; Bryce and Ryan Steinhoek of Pella; Brook, Suzi and Peyton Current of Pleasanthill; Don and Barbara Culbertson of Hillsborough, N.J.; Bob and Benz Culbertson of Buffalo, Mich.; Doug, Carol, Tessa, Tim and Braeden Culbertson of Aurora, Ill.; Sandy, Shelby and Abigail Culbertson of Westville, Ind.; Scott and Arielle Culbertson of Liberty Township, Ohio; Margie and Eugene Smith of Cherokee Village, Ark.; Daryl and Cindi Smith of Glendale, Ariz.; Diana, Belanca and Caleb Rosier of Bartow, Fla.; Dale and Carolyn Culbertson; Kim and Tyle Roberts; Mark, Jessica and Logan Culbertson of New Brunfels, Texas; Erick and Nancy Alden of Cincinnati, Ohio; Ruth W. Benz of Centerville; Mark and Elaine Benz of Russellville, Mo.; Alana, Jeremy, Ava and Cole Wardenburg of Millersburg, Mo.; Dave, Lana and Lance Benz of Marshalltown; Ruth M. Benz of Centerville; Judy and Whitney Kiesz of Bellevue, Wash.; Barb and John Bowen of Littleton, Colo.; John Benz of Olathe, Kan.; Dave Chaisson of Cedar Rapids; La Vern and Edna Benz; and Christa and Jack Benz of Reynolds, Ill.

All interested parties are urged to make a special effort to attend the 65th anniversary in 2013.

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