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Volume 5 No. 3 - February 1994 to July 1994

Standing in front of the Luke Lobsinger homestead in Lake Worth, FL., are Luke's family. From left, Catherine (Lobsinger) Foster, John Ross Lobsinger, Phillip A. Lobsinger, Luke's wife Mary Jane (Ross) Lobsinger, Margaret Ann Lobsinger, and Barbara Jane (Edwards) Lobsinger. Photo was taken in the mid '50s.

Luke Lobsinger's Homestead...
Third Oldest House In Lake Worth, Florida, Torn Down

By Cheryl Rosamond Coastal Observer

April 7, 1994 - The third oldest house in Lake Worth was demolished last week. It took with it a lot of memories of happy days in Lake Worth. The house at 230 North L Street, owned by the Lobsinger family, had become too old and unsafe to live in, according to former City Commissioner Phil Lobsinger.

The wood frame house was built in 1911 when Lake Worth was known as the Townsite of Lucerne. Luke William Lobsinger and his wife, Mary Jane, moved into the house in 1913. When they purchased the house, they were also given five acres of land on Lake Worth Road.

"My father always had a standard joke about the City of Lake Worth," he said. "He and my mother got married in Canada. They got on the train and came as far south as the train came. They were building a railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. They were building it with two crews. One crew came from the south and one came from the north.

"In Ft. Lauderdale, they ran into mangrove roots and that slowed it down," he said. "The train came to the City of Lucerne, then it had to back up to West Palm Beach to go back north. After a few years, they renamed the town Lake Worth. My dad's initials were LW and he always joked that they name the town after him."

The Lobsingers raised their family in Lake Worth and Phil's sisters, Margaret Ann and Barbara Jane still live in another house on the property.

"There were two houses on the lot and the big house got so bad it had to be demolished," Phil said. "My brother-in-law still lived in the house until three weeks ago. My other sister passed on and her husband lived there. The house was unsafe for him to live there and we were finally able to move him across the street. They lived there 40 years."

The house was a two-story building with six rooms downstairs and seven upstairs.

"It was a pretty big house," he said. "The house was left to the children. My folks had six children, three boys and three girls. One of them (Luke, Jr.,) was killed in the service. There were five left and when mother and dad passed on it was left to the five of us. My brother Jack and I gave our shares to the three girls so they would have a house to live in. We already had houses and we didn't need it."

Margaret Lobsinger has lived there most of her life. She is retired from the Telephone Company.

"My father bought the house and added the back porch, the front porch and the upstairs," Margaret said. "The house was finally finished in 1928. The house withstood the 1928 hurricane. It knocked the house lopsided, but it still stood."

Margaret said that during the hurricane, a wooden two-by-four flew through the house.

"It flew right through one window in the living room and out another window," she said. "We were just fortunate that nobody was in the way."

After the board flew through the house, Luke took his family across the street to a house he owned at 219 North L Street.

"We all held hands and walked across the street," Margaret said. "The house at 219 North L was made of brick and stucco." ~

She said her father had one of the first cars in Lake Worth. "We not only had one car, we had two cars," she said. "They were both Dodges. They looked like big boxes." Luke was a painter and interior decorator who worked out of his home. He loved to fish and Margaret said her father was instrumental in having the Lake Worth Pier built.

"He kept saying, 'Lake Worth should have a fishing pier,''" she said.

When her brother Phil became a City Commissioner the issue of building a fishing pier was put to a vote of the people and they voted in favor of the idea.

"For several years, they had a plaque just as you enter the pier showing who the commissioners were when it was built," Margaret said. Luke was famous for smoking fish in his backyard.

"There were three big drums where he used to smoke the fish," she said.

Luke Lobsinger built another addition to his home. "My father built the first wine cellar in Lake Worth," said Barbara Lobsinger. "People told him he couldn't build a wine cellar in Florida because it would sink. He said 'Just watch me," and he did it!

The wine cellar was still there when the house was torn down.

"He used to put grapes in a bottle, put a balloon on top and put it down in the wine cellar and when the balloons pop he had wine," Barbara said.

The Lobsinger family were devout Catholics and their home was one of two where services were held for the Sacred Heart parish.

"The City of Lake Worth had no church for Catholics," Margaret said. "We held Mass in homes so people could worship without going to West Palm Beach."

Mary Jane Lobsinger sang in the church choir.

The house at 230 North L Street held a lot of history from Lake Worth's early days. Margaret said her father built a fireplace in the living room and some people took small chunks of the bricks to keep as souvenirs, small reminders of days gone by. (House of Peter)

Christine Ruth Lobsinger Weds Steve Maxwell

Christine Ruth Lobsinger and Steve Maxwell were united in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walkerton, ON., Canada on July 17, 1993.

Christine is the daughter of Ron and Jeanette Lobsinger of Walkerton, ON., and a granddaughter of Irwin and Ruth Lobsinger, also of Walkerton. She also has an older brother Paul and a younger sister Heather. Following their honeymoon in Antigua, they took up residence in Waterloo, ON.
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Maxwell

Chyleen Lobsinger On Winning Ice Skating Team

Wendt's Diamond Chips, Mildmay, On., Ladies' Precision Ice Skating Team won a Bronze Medal in competition at St. Thomas, On., and a Silver at the "Cupid Capers" in Durham, On. Chyleen Lobsinger is a member of the team.

Deaths and Funerals

Michael Lobsinger

Peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on Tuesday, March 22,1994, Michael Lobsinger, in his 99th year. Beloved husband of the late Amaline (Emily) Craig who he married in Hamilton on November 6th, 1919. Loving father of Bernice and Husband Leonard Maslen of Lucan; Helen Bannon, Rita and husband Harry Mogk, Harold Lobsinger and wife Lois, all of Stratford and Elmer Lobsinger of Hamilton. Dear grandfather of 29 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. Also survived by one brother, Giles Lobsinger of Stratford. Predeceased by a son Earl in infancy, a daughter-in-law Maureen Lobsinger, son-in-law Michael Bannon, 2 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

Friends and relatives may call at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, Stratford on Thursday, 2-4, 7-9 pm. The mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church on Friday, March 25,1994 at 11 am. Rev. Wilfred Bourque will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice. Parish Prayers will be said 8 pm Thursday at the funeral home. (House of Louis)

Emelia Detzler

A longtime resident of Mildmay (recently at Brucelea Haven, Walkerton) Emelia Matilda Detzler passed away on Thursday, February 3rd, 1994 in her 84th year.

The former Emelia Lobsinger, beloved wife of the late Edwin Joseph Detzler. Dear mother of Joe and his wife Sherrin of Durham; Elberta and her husband Wex Rix of Hamilton; Paul and his wife Cathy of Guelph; Kathy and her husband Sandy Limebeer of Guelph. Fondly remembered by 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one brother, Dr. Leonard Lobsinger of Sarnia. Predeceased by 10 brothers.

Friends paid their respects at the Greg Roberts Funeral Home, Mildmay on Friday with a Vigil Service at 8:45 pm. Funeral Mass was conducted by Fr. Michael Bennett at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Mildmay, on Saturday, February 5, 1994 at eleven o'clock. Spring interment Sacred Heart Cemetery, Mildmay.

Pallbearers were Tracey Detzler, Dale Detzler, Kevin Rix, Craig Rix, John MacLeod and John Schmidt. Flower bearers were April Detzler, Scott MacLeod and Cole Detzler. (House of Peter)

Clarence Lobsinger

Clarence Lobsinger passed away January 1, 1994 at the age of 93 in Birmingham, MI.

Twenty years before his death, Clarence J. Lobsinger was honored as a hero by the United States Senate. In 1973, Clarence raced along a set of railway tracks to stop a freight train from hitting a vehicle which had crash landed on the tracks. He was hailed as a 'story-book hero' in a Detroit newspaper article which told how Clarence waved his hat like a flag and lit matches to attract the attention of the train's engineer. The train stopped less than 200 feet from the vehicle which had an 18 year old occupant.

Clarence was born in Carlsruhe, ON., on August 18, 1900, and moved to the United States in 1916. He married Gertrude M. Lambe in Detroit in 1945. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, son Michael J. Lobsinger (Francis) of Bloomfield Hills, MI., daughter Maureen Keane (John) of Seattle, Washington, and grandchildren Michelle, Joseph, and Michael. He is also survived by brothers Edwin Lobsinger of Kitchener, David Lobsinger of St. Clair Shores, MI., and Irwin Lobsinger of Walkerton.

Clarence was a retired security guard who enjoyed gardening and northern Michigan.

Funeral mass was held Wednesday, January 5, at Holy Name Church, Birmingham, MI. Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, MI

Memorial donations to the American Heart Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. (House of Louis)

Paramedic John Lobsinger & Crew Receive
'Call Of The Year' Rescue Award

By Jounice L Nealy, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Between the front and the back tires that were flattened during the accident, Heather Shores was wedged face down beneath the car.

Only her head and one arm were free from the death grip that the 4,000 pound 19 78 Pontiac Firebird had on the rest of her body. She had a 1 percent chance of living, emergency medical workers estimated at the accident eight months ago.

A strong, healthy Shores personally said thank you Friday to the six-member crew from Station 43 who arrived first on the scene to save her life.

"I feel good," she said. "If it wasn't for them, I'd be gone."

Shores, 21, presented the "Call of the Year" award to Lt Mary Catherine Madigan, Paramedics John Lobsinger and James Guyn and Emergency Medical Technicians Damian Bodden, George Perez, and Everen Evans.

"It's nice to see things come together and work so well," Lobsinger said of the rescue effort.

Lobsinger and Perez said they appreciated the recognition, but were more impressed with Shores' recovery.

"I didn't think she was going to live," Perez said. "She looks fantastic."

Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue held its sixth annual Emergency Medical Service Appreciation Award Ceremony in honor of EMS week at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach.

"This is probably the first time that anyone has come to say thank you that was on this kind of call," Madigan said.

Shores, then 20, ended up under the car that she was ejected from after it collided with another Oct. 6 on Military Trail near Canal Drive, west of Boynton Beach. She had run a stop sign and was not wearing a seat belt, according to Florida Highway patrol reports.

When the six rescue workers arrived, bystanders said Shores had just lost a pulse, although emergency medical workers could detect shallow breathing. The couple in the other car had minor injuries.

"I immediately called a trauma alert to Delray Community Hospital, for Trauma Hawk, special operations for extrication, extra rescue for the other (two) patients, and extra units for a landing zone," Madigan said.

Then Shores' heart stopped with the car still on top of her.

"I thought she basically was dead," Madigan said.

Within minutes, rescue workers had the car off of her. Then they got her heart started again. Madigan said they were concerned about spine and head injuries, but, except for a severe burn to the back of the thigh, Shores, who works at Publix, said she is now back in good health.

From The Mailbag...

Fr. Albert H. Ruetz, OSB, of Muenster, SK, writes that Sr. Elizabeth Ludwig of Estevan made a retreat at St. Peter's Abbey, where he lives. He was the director of the retreat, and was surprised to find that she knew they were related because of the Lobsinger newsletter. She is the daughter of Henry Ludwig and Catherine Fornwald, a daughter of Catherine Lobsinger and Andrew Fornwald, daughter of Jean Louis Lobsinger and Katherina Gehl, which puts her in the House of Louis. Fr. Ruetz, if we're not mistaken, is the son of Anthony Ruetz and Appolonia Hoffarth. Anthony was the son of Frank Ruetz and Caroline Lobsinger. Caroline was the daughter of Peter Michel Lobsinger and Maria Anne Meyer, which puts him in the House of Peter.

Ellen Lobsinger of Mildmay, ON., attended the 45th and final Anniversary Banquet of the Mildmay Women's Institute in May. The group was officially disbanded at the meeting, but received their 45th anniversary Certificate of Merit. Ellen was a charter member of the group, whose first meeting was held on January 18th, 1949. (House of Peter)

Dolores (Lobsinger) Schmidt, Mildmay, ON., wrote in May to inform us of the Frank Lobsinger Reunion held on June 12th at Bingeman Park in Kitchener. One of these years, we'll be on vacation at the right time to crash one of these get-togethers. But this isn't the year. Dolores also reports that husband John is still busy playing horseshoes in two different leagues. (House of Peter)

Mrs. Cecilia Ludwig, Estevan, SK., sent us her family tree information and photos of her family and a 60th wedding anniversary picture of her and her late husband Vincent. She says they have met quite a few cousins in Ontario and got to know Florence Kretsch and her family. Cecilia is another daughter of Catherine Fornwald and granddaughter of Katherina Gehl and Jean Louis Lobsinger. (House of Louis)

Patrick Lobsinger, Lake Worth, FL., is studying to be a Fire Investigator, and still working at various construction jobs in the area. He's built half the new tennis courts in South Florida in recent years. He also coaches some kids baseball teams and his daughter Samantha is the only girl on the team. (House of Peter)

Leslie Lorenzo Lobsinger Family at his December 5, 1981 50th Anniversary Celebration. From left, Donald Lobsinger, Jacqueline (Lobsinger) Doss, Ronald Lobsinger, Linda (Lobsinger) Atkins, Irene (Palmer) and husband Leslie Lorenzo Lobsinger (now deceased), Kenneth Lobsinger, Carol Lobisnger (Lane), June Lobsinger (Carr), and Patricia Lobsinger (Lieb).

Carol Lane, Arnold, MO., sent us several address corrections and reports that her daughter Marlene Goveia and husband recently adopted a baby boy named Andrew Eugene. Carol is the daughter of Irene Lobsinger and the late Leslie Lobsinger. She says it is exciting to know there are so many relatives around the world, because there are so few in her branch of the family. (House of Michel)

Terri K Smith, Webb City, MO., sent us what she has collected on the Lobsinger family, and it turns out she has uncovered a fourth person - we think all 4 might be siblings, children of an unknown Lobsinger from about 1645 in Langatte, FR. We were aware of Ann Catherine Lobsinger, Jean Pierre Lobsinger, and Nicolas Lobsinger from whom most all American and Canadian Lobsingers descend. Terri is a descendant of Marguerite Lobsinger, born 1672, who was married to a Sebastien Lux. Her Marguerite is closely intertwined with the families of the other three through intermarriage and god parenting, etc. This line eventually included a family of Kleins who moved to the St. Louis area from which she is descended. Don't have a "House" to put her in yet.

Bernice (Lobsinger) Maslen, Lucan, ON., writes to inform us of the death of her father Michael Lobsinger of Stratford. She says he was not sick very long and was able to stay in his own home until about 5 days before he died. The good news is that her son Terry Maslen and his wife Lori have a new baby girl born Nov. 2, 1993, named Sarah Danielle Maslen. (House of Louis)

The story of the Lobsinger House in Lake Worth, FL., was sent to us by John F. Lobsinger, grandson of Luke William Lobsinger, who first purchased and added to the structure in about 1913. (House of Peter)

Helen Elizabeth Braun, Bartlett, IL., daughter of Norma Braun, daughter of Helen Reefer, daughter of Barbara Meir, daughter of Joseph Carl Lobsinger, writes asking prayers for her mother who is undergoing lengthy and painful medical treatment. Norma Braun is an extraordinary woman with 10 children and 22 grandchildren. Helen says she enjoys every issue of the newsletter. (House of Joseph Carl)

James E. Lobsinger, Calgary, AB., sent us a clipping from the Calgary Herald telling of the attempt by the cult of Scientology to spread their Narconon "drug treatment" program into Alberta. The story mentioned some of the work we had done here in Oklahoma in exposing the group when they attempted to take over an abandoned Indian School here several years ago. James says he appreciates the newsletter and looks forward to each issue. He is the son of Leo Lobsinger and Agnes Bross. Leo is the son of Frank Xavier Lobsinger and Caroline Krug. Frank X is the son of Joseph L and Mary Grossman. Joseph L is the son of Peter Michel Lobsinger, which puts him in the House of Peter. James says he has quite a bit of information on the life of Leo Lobsinger and the early days in Regina, SK., which he intends to send to us as soon as they finish renovating their home. His photo album contains pictures of many of the family, including Alex Lobsinger whose photo was in the last issue. Alex and Leo played baseball and hookey - uh, make that hockey - together. He also has a photo of his grandfather Frank Lobsinger. (House of Peter)

Elisa M. (Lobsinger) Richardson and husband Scott have been moving around. They are in the service and have sent us a couple of new addresses since the last newsletter. We hope we have it all straight. (House of Louis)

Jerome Lobsinger, Millard, NB., sent us an interesting map of the area of France where Langatte is located. Someday we might even get a chance to use it. Jerome is the son of William G. Lobsinger, son of Joseph G Lobsinger, son of George Lobsinger, which makes him a member of the House of George. In another letter, Jerome sent us more names and addresses. His latest address puts him in Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. His son Christopher James, you'll remember from past issues, has been in Australia for several years studying. Chris is now apparently in Auchenflower, Brisbane, Queensland. And by the looks of the names over his address, he is now married. Send us some details, one of you!

Jerome's other sons, John Mark William and wife Karla Lobsinger are still holding down the fort in Millard, NE, and Roland is off seeking his fortune in Tipton, IA. (House of George)

Jean Chute writes to inform us that Kathleen Krachling is now at the Golden Years Nursing Home in Cambridge and doing well. We appreciate the new address. (House of Louis)

Gregory M. Lang, Calgary, AB., reports he has become quite interested in animation and belongs to the Quickdraw Animation Society, which is a co-operative where members share access to equipment that would otherwise be too expensive. (House of Peter)

Fr. Jude T. Ellinghausen, North Branch, Ml., writes that he is the son of Joseph Ellinghausen, son of Barney and Louise (Lobsinger) Ellinghausen, Louise was a daughter of Jacob Lobsinger and Agnes Weiler. That makes Fr. Jude one of the very, very few known members of the House of Jacob. He received a copy of the newsletter from Dolores Tschirhart, and sent us quite a bit of helpful information on that branch of the family, as well as the photos of Bernerd and Louise (Lobsinger) Ellinghausen . Fr. Ellinghausen is pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Branch, Ml.. (House of Jacob Anthony)

The family photo of Dan and Sheryl Lobsinger of St. Albert, AB, shows the Lobsinger clan continues to generate some pretty good looking youngsters. Dan is the son of Frank Hugh Lobsinger, son of John Eugene Lobsinger, son of Ignatius F Lobsinger, son of Peter Michel Lobsinger. (House of Peter)

Dan Lobsinger family at Christmas, 1993. Dan, wife Sheryl, and children Daniel 5 years, left, and Davis, 4 years, right, live in St. Albert, AB. (House of Peter)

Our old friend Barney Lobsinger of Windsor, ON., says his son-in-law Ron Hiller would like to be on the list, so we added him. Barney is the fellow who was a professional wrestler in his younger days. He told us about that, but forgot to tell us much about his family. We presume that if he has a son-in-law, he probably has a daughter that we have no record of. Fill us in, will you, Barney? Any other kids? Grand-kids?

He and his wife went south to Florida in December by car, and both got sick on the trip. Instead of 2 months in the sun, they had three weeks in a hospital, but all are doing well as of March '94. (House of Louis)

Harold Lobsinger, Denver and Apache Junction, AZ., faithfully sends us his biannual change of address. We can tell how far behind we are in putting out the newsletter by the number of address changes he sends. Harold is a delightful fellow in his young 80s, whom we had the pleasure of visiting several years ago while we were in the Phoenix area. (House of Antoine)

Joe Detzler, Durham, ON., writes to tell us the sad news that his mother, Emelia (Lobsinger) Detzler passed away February 3, 1994. Her photo with her great grandchildren is also courtesy of Joe. (House of Peter)

 

 

Emelia Lobsinger Detzler several years ago, with her great grandchildren Cole Detzler, left, and April Detzler, the children of Tracy Detzler. She was 84 years old at her death in February 1994.

Bea (Lobsinger) Long wrote us in February that this has been one of the worst winters for cold and snow she's ever seen in Buffalo, NY, and because of her health, she has been cooped up since before Christmas inside the house. Bea was 86 in April, and still has a good sense of humor about her in spite of the weather and flu season. (House of Louis)

John Kretsch, Harper Woods, Ml., says he enjoys the newsletter very much. He is the son of Helen (Lobsinger) Kretsch of Walkerton. (House of Louis)

Irene Lobsinger sent us her family photo. She and her late husband Leslie Lorenzo Lobsinger lived most of their lives in the St. Louis area. The photo was taken at their 50th Wedding Anniversary, Dec. 5th, 1981. (House of Michel)

Mrs. Eileen Devison, Waterloo, ON., sent us a change of address and information on her family that will help fill in the blanks. She also gave us the new address of Kathleen Kraehling, which we appreciate. (House of Louis)

John and Dolores (Lobsinger) Schmidt, Mildmay, ON., also dropped us a copy of the obituary of Emelia (Lobsinger) Detzler, as they live next door to her in Mildmay. Emelia Detzler was a sister of Luke Lobsinger, who moved to Lake Worth, FL., and whose house is our feature story this issue. They also sent us a notice of the death of Clarence Lobsinger on January 1, 1994.

It is always nice to hear from Al and Penny Spidel of Nanaimo, BC. We enjoyed visiting them about this time last summer and hope to return again to the northwest someday. We were hoping to sneak back for an Alaskan cruise this year, but there are too many things going on. Finishing brother Mark's house, for instance. Penny is the daughter of Ruby (Lobsinger) Chase who celebrated her 80th birthday with them in February. They were joined for the occasion by Ruby's brother Lorne Lobsinger and his wife Elly, and some of the other members of the Pacific Lobsinger clan. Earlier, we received a nice Christmas card from Penny, Al, and Ruby. (House of George)

Tony and Sarojini Lang of Toronto, as well as many others, sent us nice sympathy cards upon learning of the accidental death of brother Mark. All are profoundly appreciated. Work on a house for his family began about last October, but quickly stalled due to lousy weather. We finally got the concrete poured in May, and the framing is almost finished, thanks to volunteer help from all over town. Our vacation this June consisted of helping finish this project. It's far enough along now that Mark's kids can tell what it is and they are starting to squabble over who gets which bedroom. (House of Peter)

Milton Kretsch, Elbow, SK., youngest son of Florence (Lobsinger) Kretsch, writes to inform us of an omission in the obituary of Agnes Ducharme. Milton says Agnes was his aunt, sister of his mother Florence, who passed away on August 27, 1991, and she was not mentioned. Sorry, we print them as we get them and appreciate folks sending in corrections to keep everything accurate. Milton also reports that his brother Cyril Kretsch also passed away on Feb. 14, 1991. (House of Louis)

Kenneth Louis Lobsinger, Edmonton, AB., got ahold of a newsletter and found it very interesting to read about his many relatives. He is the grandson of Louis Lobsinger of St. Clements, ON, and the youngest son of Oscar Lobsinger. His brother was Douglas Lobsinger, who died in 1986. Doug is survived by his wife Fay and their children Debbie, Terry and Carol and grandchildren, all of Sarnia, ON., which answers some questions we had about some of the Lobsingers we found in Sarnia but couldn't put into their proper place in the family tree.

Ken and his wife Anne (Dewar) have three children: Randy, Steve, and Lee Anne who is married to Barry Robinson. The Robinsons have three children as well: Adam, Kayleen and Samantha. All of them live in Edmonton except Steve who moved to Vancouver, BC.

Ken wants to know if the House of Louis was named after his grandfather Louis Lobsinger. Actually, the House of Louis was named after his great-grandfather Jean Louis Lobsinger. We didn't know his first name was Jean at the time. Jean Louis Lobsinger was one of seven children of Count Joseph Lobsinger of Langatte, France. Count Joseph moved to Ontario. He had two brothers who settled in the St. Louis area.

We arbitrarily designated "houses" to each of Count Joseph's children to help keep things straight, since his family was so large. The others are Peter Michel, Joseph Carl, Anthony Jacob, Paul, Mary, and George.

In addition, we have designated "houses" to each of Count Joseph's brothers who settled in the US - Michael, and Antoine. Those families are smaller and easier to keep track of.

We have added Ken to the mailing list, so he can catch up on all of this! Welcome to the Lobsinger club. (House of Louis)

Clement Lobsinger, Hamilton, ON., says whoever wrote the obituary for Agnes Ducharme couldn't count very good, as there were actually 11 children in the family of John Lobsinger: Edward, Helen, Christina, Isabel, Florence, and Agnes; and Alfred (Edwin), Clarence, David, Norman, and Irwin. His letter was written in January, so the ranks of John Lobsinger's family have sadly become smaller since then. Clement says his Uncle Clarence was his favorite as he used to tease them when they were children. Clement says Clarence would astound the smaller kids by throwing his voice to the sky, making the sound of an airplane overhead, and then delight in watching them all look up trying to find it. (House of Louis)

Harvey Lobsinger, Minneapolis, MN., also sent us an appreciated note of sympathy upon Mark's death. We had the opportunity of meeting Harvey and his delightful wife Bev awhile back while on a business trip to Minneapolis. (House of Peter)

Cecilia Karges sent us a card in January with her mother's new address. Kathleen Kraehling has many friends in the Lobsinger clan, and most of them wrote in with her new address at the Golden Years Nursing Home in Cambridge, ON. Better too many than none. (House of Louis)

Evelyn Lobsinger, Stratford, writes to tell us that her husband Giles birthplace was Neustadt, and not Carlsruhe as she had earlier thought. She also sent us a list of their children and grandchildren to plug into our Lobsinger data base. (House of Louis)

Teresa Walsh, Brantford, ON., sent us a lovely card and note, as well as notice that she and husband Len had arranged for a Mass to be said for Mark Lobsinger by her brother, Bishop Tom Lobsinger of Whitehorse, YT. Mark's family was very appreciative. (House of Louis)

Ronald R Lobsinger, Walkerton, ON., sent us a package of several items... a corrected obituary notice on Agnes Ducharme that had all of her sisters listed; A notice and photo of his daughter Ruth's marriage; and a clipping of the obituary notice of Clarence Lobsinger. (House of Louis)

June K Stevens of Plymouth, Ml, writes to ask how we keep up with all of these different people. It isn't easy, anymore! The computer is about to overflow, and the list gets longer each time we try to put a newsletter together. But it's lots of fun. June says if it wasn't for the newsletter, she wouldn't have known of the death of a cousin (Robert W. Lobsinger) whom she hadn't seen since childhood days. June is the daughter of Melvin R. Lobsinger, and granddaughter of George M. Lobsinger. (House of Peter)

Mary Grambusch says she enjoys the newsletter every time it comes out, and was pleased to see everyone enjoyed her sister's (Denise Gemma) article on Langatte, France. She sent the photo, left, of Denise's new baby girl, Marina Gemma, being held by her daughter, Sarah Grambusch. (House of Louis)

Patricia (Lobsinger) Edwards of Bentonville, AR., reports on the events in the Phillip Lobsinger family. Patricia, one of Phillip's many children, is presently teaching nursing for Northwest Arkansas Community College. She also attends Oklahoma University at the University Center in Tulsa once a week to continue furthering her degree.

Her son, Luke Allen Edwards graduated from the University of Arkansas with an accounting degree, but loves to build houses and is hoping to combine the two into a career. He is married (3 years now) to Terri, who loves art and is working toward teaching art at the elementary level. They are planning for a baby this summer.

Patricia's sister Mary Jane and her husband Don Alberty of Tulsa, Ok., already have a 2 year old named Katherine "who already has lots of 'stuff' figured out."

Another sister, Christine Lobsinger is living in Fayetteville and up to her "beak" in poultry research with the University of Arkansas's animal science center. Patricia was fortunate (her word, not mine) to have all of this crew for a New Year's Day dinner. Most of them also were able to visit Florida where Phil Lobsinger and his wife Louella live. Phil is one of the sons of Luke William Lobsinger featured in our main story. (House of Peter)

Byron and Chris Lobsinger of Lake Worth, FL., sent a family photo Christmas Card, so we used it in this issue somewhere, too. They have two kids, Shawn - age 8, and Stephen - age 5. (House of Peter)

Byron Louis Lobsinger Family, Christmas 1993. Christine, Byron, Shaun age 8, and Stephen age 5. (House of Peter)

Our friends in Belleville, IL, Leo and Nadine Lobsinger sent a nice Christmas card and best wishes to all of the Lobsinger clan. We were lucky enough to spend a few hours with them a couple of years ago during vacation. (House of Michel)

Mildmay, ON., Bantam "B's" Won the WOAA Central Hockey Crown recently (April '94) and Kurt Lobsinger was named as the Most Valuable Goalie in the Tournament. Kurt is the son of Charles P. Lobsinger and wife Marilee, and grandson of Seraphine P Lobsinger. (House of Peter)

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