More Christmas gatherings in the Polo and Orient areas Polo-Orient 1-23-13

Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm

A belated family Christmas gathering was held at the home of Duane and Belva Martschinski in Faulkton Friday, Dec. 28. Guests included Doris Wilson, Clear Lake, and her son Martin Wilson, Ivanhoe, Minn.; Shirley Payton, Rapid City; Jan Martinmaas, Orient; and Jeannie Lesselyoung, Faulkton.

Christmas for the Randy and Jan Martinmaas family was enjoyed the weekend of December 22-24 with Jill and Justin Christiansen, Korryn, Sam and Henry, who were back from Rock Rapids, Iowa, and with Bill and Darci Martinmaas, Micah, Emma, Max and Anna. They also spent time with the Martinmaas families who were gathered for their Christmas at the home of Grandpa Bill Martinmaas and Lonnie.



Korryn and Sam Christiansen were overnight guests with their cousins in the Bill and Darci Martinmaas family home. Bill and Darci recently moved from Orient to their new home on the farm across the road from his parents’ farm home.

Rodey Martinmaas, Duane and Melissa Simons, Riley and Allison spent Christmas in Thornton, Colo., with Jared Martinmaas. Riley and Allison Simons and their cousin Samantha Martinmaas found all kinds of fun things to do while Grandma was visiting. Rodey and Melissa and the children returned from Colorado Saturday, Dec. 29.

Vic and Marion Martinmaas and Curt Martinmaas and Duane and Melissa Simons, Riley and Allison were Sunday dinner guests with Chuck and Rodey for a belated Christmas.

Larry and Janet Johnson-Bergiven, Golden, Colo., were Wednesday supper guests with Jack and JoAnn Schaefers on their way from Rapid City and visiting Tom and Carolyn O’Meara. On Thursday they visited Irene Cordts, Leo and Connie Huss, Dorothy Huss, Kenny and Lorraine Huss, Joyce Wickersham, Gettysburg, and with Huss cousins in Faulkton. They were going to Watertown to visit Aggie Johnson, who will be celebrating her 104th birthday in February, and to Brookings to visit Verna Sturdevant en route back to Colorado.

Mary Ann Beidler visited with Florence Coyle and Lenore Venjohn in Miller. They reminisced about their memories when the Miller women lived in Polo.

Jolly Wrens

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Wrens was at the Faulkton Mini Mall on Wednesday, Jan. 2, with President Jan Martinmaas conducting the meeting. The group visited over coffee and at their first meeting in 2013 and visited with Sharon Huss and Delilah Cotton. The next meeting will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the home of Sandy Aesoph. Everyone will be tapping their creative talents and bringing a home made Valentine.

During the meeting, Ethel Hagen shared with the members that she has been a member of Jolly Wrens for 62 years. She could not be at the first meeting held in September 1950, but joined during the first year. And 62 years later Ethel is still attending the Jolly Wrens meetings regularly, and is their secretary-treasurer. Phyllis Eschenbaum, the only other active original Jolly Wrens member, attends when she is in South Dakota. Former member, Dorothy Grunewaldt lives in Faulkton.

In 1985, the members voted to drop their affiliation with the Extension Club and continue to meet monthly as a social club. Other familiar Orient names who were original members include Mickey Barton, Pauline Benard, Lenore Staufer, Doris Lower, Florence Weiss, Hilda Staufer, Helen Eschenbaum, Barbara Palmer, Nola Heller, Margaret Palmer, Evelyn McGough, Agnes Goodrich and Mary Jane Eschenbaum.

Congratulations to Brian and Audumn Beidler of Aberdeen, on their baby daughter, Remmy Ell, born Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Aberdeen. Welcoming her home were her three big sisters, Payton 8, Fallyn 5 and Evvy 1. Remmy’s grandparents are Mary Ann (and the late Elwood) Beidler, Polo, Lee Ann Wiedrick and Mike Wiedrick, Jerry and Gloria Davis. Great-grandparents are Charles and Judy Beaner, Wes and Joann Davis and Pauline Wiedrick.

Relatives and friends of Dan Venjohn offer their sympathy following the death of his wife, Victoria (Vic) on December 25, 2012 in Evansville, Wyo. Dan’s children, Danny and Maggie, Denton, Texas, Sarah, Hickory Creek, Texas, and Micah and Kristin of Lewisville, Texas, were all in Wyoming for the services. Also attending were Dan’s sisters, Marilyn, Bismarck, N.D.; Phyllis and Cil and Les, Miller; and his brothers Gary, Mesa, Ariz.; Jim and Nina Venjohn and Jordan, Casper, Wyo.; Ray and Yuri Venjohn, Tyler and Amy, Bismarck, N.D.; Ron, Grand Forks, N.D.; Roger, Vayland; Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Diane was unable to attend from North Pole, Alaska. Messages can be sent to Dan at PO Box 1469, Evansville, WY 82636.

The LeRoy and Donna Schaefers family met in Sioux Falls for a belated Christmas celebration the last weekend of December. All six siblings were together for the holiday for the first time in nearly a decade. Sharing the joy of the season were Anita Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska; Darrell and April Schaefers, Derek and Karson of Larkspur, Colo.; Tony and Brenda Schaefers, Ellis, Eva and Oliver of Littleton, Colo.; Scott and Jennifer Gibson, Emily, Jake and Ally of Miller; Andrew and Angela Schaefers and Brianna of Madison; and Tom and Sarah Schuster, TC and Tori of Harrisburg. They also enjoyed visits by Linda Leddy, Paul and Jannel Brueggeman, Ian and Graham and Matt and Amy Douglas, Erica and Thomas, all of Sioux Falls, and Joe and Eunice Reichling and Scott and Cindy Reichling of Watertown and Jeff and Leah Lockner and son Will of Brandon. 

USMC Corporal Jacob Schaefers arrived in Polo December 24 after a nine-month deployment on the USS Iwo Jima. He drove home after checking in at his base Camp LaJunue, N.C. Fred, Cheryl, Paul and Jacob Schaefers, along with Helen Peterson, attended Christmas Eve Mass together at St. Liborius, Polo, then gathered together with Rick Martinmaas and Patty Rogers, Scott and Joni Martinmaas, Randy and Jan Martinmaas and Lonnie Martinmaas. Jack and JoAnn Schaefers, Maureen and Lily Schaefers and Rusty Wernsman joined them later. Paivi and Patrick Stone, Niceville Fla., called to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. All enjoyed their traditional oyster stew and sandwiches and of course, visiting.

On Christmas Day, Fred, Cheryl, Maureen and Lily, and Jacob drove to Watertown to visit Kevin and Josie Ries, Kade, Kolby, Zach and Spencer, and Bella and Nick Schaefers, Fargo N.D., and Sam and Kelli Schaefers, Olivia and Noah. After enjoying supper at Josie’s, Grandma and Grandpa took the grandchildren to a hotel with a pool and enjoyed the night together. Everyone gathered for lunch the next day before heading home and back to work on the 26th.

Gathering for Fred Schaefers’ 60th birthday were Josie and Kevin Ries, Kade, Kolby, Zach and Spencer, Kranzburg; Maureen and Lily Schaefers, Polo; Sam and Kelli Schaefers, Olivia and Noah, Kranzburg; Paul, Polo; and Jacob, Camp LaJunue, NC. They were joined by family and friends at the Ponderosa, Polo.

Daughters Bella Schaefers and Nick, Fargo, N.D., and Paivi Stone, Niceville Fla., called with birthday wishes for their father.

On January 3, Helen Peterson and Cheryl Schaefers drove to Sioux Falls for the funeral of Chris Knippling. Chris was Helen’s step-mother. She brought life back to Lambert Knippling after he lost his wife, Alice. Chris died December 26 due to complications from heart surgery. Helen and Cheryl were able to spend time visiting with Chris’ family from Canada, as well as those who had become part of the Knippling family, nieces Mary (and Allan Knippling and their children) Gann Valley, and Claire and Kelly Ryan, Brandon. All of Allan and Mary’s children were home, as “Aunty Chris” was an important part of their lives: Courtney Pierce, Jimmy and Andrew, Spearfish; Ward Knippling, Rapid City; Jacob and Mallory Knippling, Gann Valley; Emily and Laura Knippling, Minneapolis, Minn.; Rebecca and Michael Hall, Rapid City; Ben, Olivia, Henry and Veronica Knippling, Gann Valley. Lambert’s children, Francis Knippling, Wessington, and Joe Knippling, Flandreau, and Margret and Francis Schnell, Ramona, S.D. and many of his grandchildren paid their last respect to the woman who brought him much joy in the last 13 years of his life. Many former neighbors from the Stephan area were also on hand. Mary spent 10 days with Chris after her surgery and was with her when she passed away. Chris grew up in a faith-filled Catholic family, and her life and death was a reflection of her great faith.

Claire and Kelly Ryan hosted an evening family meal at their home in Brandon for relatives from Canada and whoever else could join them.

Enjoying Christmas Eve in the LeRoy and Donna Schaefers home were Vic and Marion Martinmaas and Tony and Brenda Schaefers, Ellis, Eva and Oliver of Littleton, Colo., who were house guests in the parental home over the holiday. On Christmas day, Darrell and April Schaefers, Derek and Karson of Larkspur, Colo., and Scott and Jennifer Gibson, Emily, Jake and Ally joined the group. The Colorado Schaefers families also enjoyed visiting friends and relatives in the area.
LeRoy and Donna Schaefers were recent dinner guests in the Jerry and Vicki Kegler home in Faulkton. Holiday houseguests in the Kegler home were Darrell and April Schaefers, Derek and Karson, of Larkspur, Colo.
Donna Schaefers is recuperating at home following knee replacement surgery in Sioux Falls on January 4.

Rob and Sandra Mullaney Riley and Henry had a family Christmas the weekend before Christmas when they were joined by Brooke and Taylor Carr, Miller, and Tierney from Brookings. They joined her family the week before Christmas in the Mark and Delila Cotton home. Christmas Day guests were Carol Schulz and Cil and Les Larson, Miller, and Gerald Mullaney.

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