7 No. 1 - December 1996 to May 1997
Judy (Lobsinger) Crabtree On Team That
Discovers Pancreatic Cancer Causing Gene
OU Media Services
Chuck and "Dr. Judy" Crabtree
at the University of Oklahoma and the National Institutes of Health
have located the gene linked to pancreatic cancer, a breakthrough
they hope will lead to early detection of this lethal disease.
The findings, titled "The Cloning of the Gene for Multiple
Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1", are published in the April 18
issue of Science, the weekly journal of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science.
OU's scientists involved in the project are Bruce A. Roe, George
Lynn Cross Research Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ying-Ping
Wang, a post-doctoral student at OU, and Judy S. (Lobsinger) Crabtree,
a recent recipient of a doctoral degree in chemistry and biochemistry,
and graduate of Newkirk High School.
The MEN-1 gene region was located by a team of researchers in Washington,
D.C., then sent to OU for DNA sequencing, Roe said.
Crabtree and Wang performed a scanning sequence to locate the gene
and then determine its detailed structure. Subsequently, the Washington
group located mutations in families that get pancreatic cancer,
thereby "proving that this is the precise gene responsible
for the disorder," he said.
"This is the first step in developing an early detection blood
test, which currently is not available for pancreatic cancer. It's
a very exciting discovery," Roe said.
Pancreatic cancer can occur spontaneously but often runs in families.
These cancers have attracted widespread interest because of their
potential to shed light on the general mechanisms of carcinogenesis.
The study of the MEN-1 gene is part of the worldwide effort known
as "The Human Genome Project," designed to locate all
genes with specific emphasis on the ones responsible for disease.
After graduation from Newkirk High, Crabtree, then still Judy Lobsinger,
enrolled at OU, where she participated in the OU Marching Band for
several years while studying chemistry and biochemistry and working
in Dr. Roe's biochemistry lab.
She received her Bachelor's degree in May 1992, and her Master's
in 1994. In early 1997, she completed requirements for her Ph.D.
following successful delivery of her dissertation entitled "Sequencing
Analysis of Regions of Human Chromosomes II and 22; Meningioma (22)
Cat Eye Syndrome (22), and Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, Type 1
Dr. Crabtree is now employeed by the National Institute of Health
in Bethesda, MD., where she has joined the team of researchers mentioned
above. Her husband, Charles Crabtree, Duncan, OK., is employeed
at Summer Production Company which produces graphics and web pages
for The Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel, and will soon
enter graduate school to pursue higher degrees in astro-physics.
(House of Peter)
13th Annual Lobsinger Reunion
To Be Sunday, June 22 In Mildmay
13th Annual Lobsinger Reunion will be held this year on Sunday,
June 22nd in Mildmay, ON., at the Mildmay Lions & Agricultural
Pavilion. All Lobsingers and descendants from any branch of the
family are invited and encouraged to attend.
Registration will be $2 per person according to organizers Bill
& Darleen Robson and family. Buffet Style dinner featuring BBQ
will be supplied.
Since everyone likes to win a small treasure to take home as a remembrance
of the day, everyone is required to donate an item to the raffle.
The raffle table is a very special part of the project, according
to the Robsons (and helps offset some expense as well, I suspect).
The reunion will have use of the ball diamond and playground as
well as the Pavilion's kitchen facilities. Camping is available
at Brucehaven Campground (phone 519 367-5670) or a weekend getaway
can be arranged at the Walkerton Inn at 519-881-0629 or the Lighthouse
Motel at 519 881-0202
Country Music entertainment will be provided Saturday, June 21 in
Mildmay - for further details call Bill and Darleen at the number
If anyone who gets this newsletter has not yet received an invitation
from the Robson's, please let them know. If you have any questions,
please feel free to call either Bill and Darleen at 519 367-5305
(in Mildmay) or Bill (days) at 519 881-3401 or Cheryl Harrison at
519 894-5865. You can save a long distance call and email Harrison
Coach Marilee Lobsinger's Students
Participate In Ice Capades Show
Part From The Mildmay Town Crier,
March 19, 1997
Skating Coach Marilee Lobsinger received a call recently from talent
scouts for "The Ice Capades Show" that would be appearing
at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
The scouts had heard of a couple of Lobsinger's students, known
as Adam and Eve, and wondered if they would be interested in performing
with the group, which features Elizabeth Manley, among others.
On March 15, 1997, Adam and Eve made their debut in the Maple Leaf
Gardens under the watchful eye of Coach Lobsinger. They performed
a duet by themselves and then joined Elizabeth Manley and another
male skater for a foursome.
After the matinee performance, Adam and Eve were asked to attend
an autograph session with the rest of the professional stars. This
was a wonderful opportunity and once again they performed with great
showmanship and were strongly received.
The local skaters and Coach Lobsinger said that even when they later
took a walk on Younge Street between performances for dinner, they
were recognized and received many great compliments by persons who
had attended the performances.
Adam is Adam Schumacher of Mildmay, and Eve is Eve Butchart of Hanover.
The pair has had an outstanding year, and because of their success
Coach Marilee Lobsinger was also chosen to attend the 1997 Canadians
in Vancouver (February 3rd to the 9th). Marilee was one of two Coaches
selected from Central Ontario.
That program was designed to give the coach training and insight
to prepare and train her athletes for Canadian Level Novice competitors.
In an interview with the Town Crier, Lobsinger said that she trained
under a National Level Coach from Saskatchewan who had some thirteen
years experience at the Canadians. Marilee added that she shadowed
that coach for six days and learned many points and also how to
reinforce several other things. Marilee was very proud to have been
given the opportunity of this added knowledge.
"Adam and Eve have brought me so many fantastic moments this
year... I am very proud of them... it certainly has been one awesome
year" she concluded. "Thanks, Adam and Eve, for all the
joy and pride you have brought to me and the area... Keep up the
great work!" (House of Peter)
Rose Marie - At Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton, ON., on Saturday, April
19, 1997, after a lengthy illness, the former Rose Marie Lobsinger,
of Main Street, Ethel, ON., aged 88 years.
Rose Marie was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Listowel.
Wife of Stanley; mother of Ross and his wife Liz of Gads Hill, Sandra
and her husband Kenneth Kraemer of Linwood. Three grandchildren,
Craig and his wife Jennifer, Heather and her husband David Cleary
and Kimberly Kraemer and three great-grand-children, Dylan, Kendra
and Katrina also survive.
Predeceased by her parents, John Lobsinger and Mary LaFrance; five
brothers and six sisters.
Friends Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, 621 King Street W., Kitchener
was in charge of arrangements. Visitation was from 2-4 pm and 7
to 9 pm at the funeral home where the service will be held on Tuesday
at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ralph Dwarika officiating. Interment will
be in Woodland Cemetery. Donations to the Alzheimer Society of K-W
may be made as expressions of sympathy. Reception to follow in the
Ratz-Bechtel Family Centre. (House of George)
Glenn - Of Rt 3, Walkerton, ON., passed away at County of Bruce
General Hospital, Walkerton on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997. He was 41.
Survived by his wife, the former Val Dwyer; parents, Eugene and
Venetta Weaver of Walkerton; mother-in-law, Gladys Dwyer of Rt 3,
Walkerton; three sons, Ron Dwyer of Kitchener, Ted and Nick Warner
of Rt. 3, Walkerton; two sisters, Judy and husband Wayne Zuber of
Rt 2, Walkerton; Carolyn and husband Paul Spitzig of Walkerton;
three brothers, Keith and wife Patricia of Hanover, Gary and wife
Jeanetta of Stratford, Tom and wife Julie of Glammis, and nieces
Visitation was at Tanner and Pearson Funeral Home, Walkerton, Tuesday
from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass was held on Wednesday, Jan. 29,
1997 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Formosa. Interment
was in Calvary Cemetery, Walkerton, On.
Parish vigil service was held at the Tanner and Pearson Funeral
Home on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1997 at 8 pm.
Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
or Epilepsy Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
(House of Peter)
Kroetsch of Hanover passed away at Saugeen Villa Nursing Home on
Friday, Jan. 10, 1997. She was 84.
Born in Hanover to the late Joseph and Caroline (Lobsinger) Kueneman,
Henrietta was a member of the Catholic Women's League.
Survived by daughters Merlene and her husband Glen Ruhl of Hanover;
Elaine and her husband Dave Hunter of Thornhill; four grandchildren,
Leah and David Hunter, Cathy and Chris Ruhl; two great grandchildren
Sara and Tory. Also survived by two sisters, Venetta Weaver of Walkerton
and Pauline McCorry of Hanover. Predeceased by husband Sylvester
Kroetsch, three sisters, Mary Meyer, Florence Priess and Doretta
Spitzig, three brothers Albert, Edward and Eugene Kueneman.
Visitation at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover was on Sunday. Funeral
mass was held on Monday, Jan. 13, 1997 at 10 am at Holy Family Church,
Hanover. Father Bush officiated. Spring interment in Holy Family
Pallbearers were Keith Weaver, Steve Vanderheyden, Glen Weaver,
Wayne Zuber, Doug McCorry and Adrian Kroetsch.
Vigil rites were held at the Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Sunday,
Jan 12 at 8:30 pm. Memorial donations to the Parkinson Foundation
of Ontario were appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Irene - Suddenly, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at K-W Health Centre
of Grand River Hospital, Irene (Lobsinger) Ottman, age 80 years,
of St Clements, formerly of Hawkesville.
Beloved wife of the late Earl Ottman (1986). Loving mother of Joanne
Bowman of St. Jacobs, John and his wife Mary Ottman of St. Clements.
Fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Rodney and Judy, Debbie
and David, Trish and Wayne, Kevin and Kelly and Laura and seven
great-grandchildren, Nicole, Tonya, Tyler, Scott, Tony, Meagan,
Predeceased by her parents, Louis and Katherine (Stumpf) Lobsinger;
six brothers and three sisters.
Irene was a member of St. Clements RC Church and Christian Mothers.
She was awarded Senior Citizen of the Year for Wellesley township
in 1996 and had served as Post-Mistress for Hawkesville for many
The family received visitors at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira,
Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Prayers were offered at the funeral
home on Friday morning at 10:15 a.m. then to St. Clements RC Church
for funeral mass at 11 a.m. with Father Mervyn Perera officiating,
followed by interment in St. Clements RC Cemetery.
Parish prayers were held at the funeral home on Thursday evening
at 8:30 p.m.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, were appreciated
as expressions of sympathy by the family.
Irene will be sadly missed by her family and friends. (House of
Shawna - Suddenly, at her home in Woodstock, Shawna, at the age
of 29 years, on March 8, 1997.
Loving daughter of the late Larry and Patricia Lobsinger. Dearest
sister of Debbie Awalt, Rick Lobsinger, Chris Lobsinger and Kelly
Duda. Cherished aunt to Jasmen Duda and Lori Ann Awalt. Shawna will
be sadly missed by her many relatives and friends.
The family received visitors at the Westmount Funeral Chapel, Kitchener
from 2-4 and 79 p.m on Sunday. A funeral service was held in the
chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. prior to cremation of the remains.
At the request of the family, donations may be made to the Canadian
Cancer Society. (House of Peter)
911 Call Never Made It
Vital minutes lost as brother lay badly hurt
The Province Staff Reporter Sunday, March 30, 1997
Kramb called 911 to help his critical injured brother - but it was
the wrong number.
For almost 10 minutes, Cory, 10, pounded away at the phone as his
seven year old brother Kyle slipped closer to death, crushed by
a fallen hay conveyor at his grandfather's Merrit, B.C., farm.
But Cory's call was in vain - Merrit does not have a 911 service.
Kyle was on life support in a Kamloops hospital, where he later
died of the injuries.
The tragedy happened at 7:20 a.m. as the brothers were scouting
sites for an Easter egg hunt.
Alerted by the cries, their mom Paula Collett, 32, rushed to the
scene and tried to pull the conveyor off her trapped son.
Cory raced back to the farmhouse to dial 911 for help. When he couldn't
reach anyone, he ran back to tell his mom.
She left her unconscious son, who was turning blue, and ran to the
farmhouse to dial 911 herself.
And that's when she discovered Merrit has no 911 line. She had to
call long-distance to Kamloops.
Last night the boy's grandfather, John Collett, said that if a 911
number had been in place, Kyle would have received help before his
"If Merrit had a 911 line I feel the boy would be OK today,"
"Paula had told Cory to dial 911 and she did not know there
was no 911 emergency line because she was from Kamloops, where they
have that line," said Collett.
"Kyle had gone so long with out air. When he was transported
to Kamloops there was no pulse. They told Paula she should think
about donating his organs."
Collett, who comes from one of Merrit's pioneer farm families (descendant
of Caroline Lobsinger, House of George), said the family had planned
an Easter egg hunt for today in the area where the conveyor crashed
on to his grandson.
"They were out scouting places to look for Easter eggs,"
"He was so excited about Easter."
Ambulance records show the call to Kamloops for help came in at
7:45 a.m. and an ambulance arrived at the farm at 7:59 a.m.
Merrit Mayor Clara Norgaard said the issue of not having a 911 line
in the town has been raised many times. Three years ago the town
turned down a proposal to have a 911 line available.
"We did want a 911 number but people did not want to put it
on their taxes," she said.
Merrit residents needing emergency service must dial a 1-900 number,
which goes to Kamloops. A dispatcher then pages the Merrit ambulance
drivers. (House of George)
First Wife Of Joseph L. Lobsinger May Have Been
Margaret Grossman Instead of Mary Grossman
JOSEPH L. LOBSINGER family: First family, back, l to r, Catherine,
Frank X., Sr. Adelma, and Caroline were children of Joseph's first
wife believed to be Mary or Margaret Grossman. Center shows Joseph
L holding Jospeh A, Alex, and his second wife Catherine Beitz holding
Peter M. In front are Philip J, John, and Luke. (House of Peter)
October 1996, Leona (Lobsinger) Lang and her son Tony traveled to
Mildmay to visit with Dolores (Lobsinger) and John Schmidt. They
were joined by Rose Marie (Lobsinger) Heisz, and spent the afternoon
comparing pictures of Lobsinger ancestors, trying to identify as
many as possible.
Leona brought along a list of Birth Registrations she found at the
Archives in Toronto, as well as copies of pictures of Die Löpsinger
Strasse, in the city of Nördlingen, Germany.
In the early 1870s, the children of George Lobsinger and Mary Anne
Auberschlag are registered as "Lopsinger" and in the late
1870s as Lobsinger. (This also notes the first time we have seen
a record of the name of George Lobsinger's wife - it has been variously
reported as Uberschlag, and Uhersellry.
While checking the Birth registrations, they believe they have solved
the mystery regarding Joseph L. Lobsinger's fist wife, oft reported
to be a Mary Grossman.
They knew Joseph L Lobsinger had five children from his first wife,
and another twelve children from his second wife, Catharine Beitz.
However, none of the direct descendants could tell them the name
of the first wife other than possibly Mary Grossman. No one knows
where she is buried or what year she died.
Thanks to Leona, we find the birth registration of Joseph Lobsinger,
born Carrick Twp. April 27, 1884 to Joseph Lobsinger and Margaret
Grossman, and also George Lobsinger, born Carrick Twp. August 20,
1885 to Joseph Lobsinger, Teamster, and Maggie.
As there is no George listed in Joseph L Lobsinger's tree in 1885
they assume that Margaret and baby George died that year. Curious,
they checked the 1861 Census for Carrick Twp. and found the following:
Peter Grossman, born German, Age 44
Catherine Grossman, born German Age 31
Barbara Grossman, born German Age 18
Eve Grossman, born German Age 16
Margaret Grossman born U.C.* Age 6
John Grossman born U.C.* Age 1
* U.C. = Upper Canada
This would make Margaret Grossmann, born in 1855, the same age as
Joseph L Lobsinger.
In 1880, all these people lived in the Carlsruhe area, the source
of almost all the Canadian Lobsingers. Joseph L Lobsinger's father
Peter Lobsinger (1833) lived on Concession 13, lot 24 Carrick, 1-1/4
miles west of Carlsruhe. Anthony Jacob lived on Lot 23 Carrick.
Louis 1861 Concession 14, Lot 31. 1876 Concession 13, Lot 23, Carrick.
Peter Grossman had a log house on Concession 14, Lot 30 Carrick.
This is on the main S.E. corner of Carlsruhe.
Joseph L Lobsinger leased Lot 66, Concession 2 Brant Twp in 1880.
This is 1-1/4 miles directly north of Carlsruhe. Clayton Lobsinger
said his father, Frank X. Lobsinger told him that he (F.X.) was
born on that farm and it had a log house with a pond in front.
So it seems entirely possible that Joseph L. Lobsinger's first wife
was Margaret Grossman, due to proximity of age and geographic location.
What remains a mystery is what happened to the Grossman family.
It seems to have disappeared entirely from the Carlsruhe area without
a trace. (House of Peter)
Lobsinger Building Fund For New Fire Truck
ON., Fire Chief Chuck Lobsinger recently accepted a check for $8,000.00
on behalf of the Mildmay-Carrick Firefighters from the Formosa Toy
show organizers. The money will go towards the department's "New
Fire Truck Fund", according to a caption in the Mildmay Town
Crier, Feb. 26th issue.
In the Jan. 22 issue, Chuck Lobsinger was again in the news, this
time accepting a load of Teddy Bears from the Mildmay Optimists
Club for the Mildmay-Carrick firefighters "Operation Teddy
Bear." (House of Peter)
Denise McPhail and Christopher James Schnarr were married on Friday,
September 6, 1996 at 6 pm at St. Louis Church, Waterloo, ON. Dinner
and reception followed at the Walper Hotel, Kitchener.
After a one week honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple will reside in
Calgary where both are presently employed. Chris is originally from
Waterloo, ON., and is a son of Rita and Cyril Schnarr. (Louis)
following folks have moved without letting us know where they went,
and their copy of the last newsletter was returned. They have been
deleted from the mailing list.
If you know where they are, please send us a new address and we'll
try to get them up to date.
Lobsinger, Janet, P.O. Box 431, West Branch, MI 48661-0431
Lobsinger, Michael, 12 Hanby Acres, Justin, TX 76247
Lobsinger, Michael D., 14403 Ella Blvd #1703, Houston, TX 77014-2549
Lobsinger, James, 206 Cedardale Ave., Pontiac, MI 48341-2724
Lobsinger, Keith, 1817 Shoreway Dr., Sandusky, OH 44870-4442
Schmidt, Lila, 2516 Country Club Dr., High Ridge, MO 63049-3502
White, Carl, 277 Traynor Ave., Kitchener, ON., Canada N2C 1W7
Lobsinger, Judith Alice, 5284 Sarnia, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada
& Cyril Schnarr Celebrate 50th In Waterloo
and Rita (Huber) Schnarr were married in St. Agatha, ON., on a cold
November day in 1946. A wedding reception followed on the Huber
and Cyril Schnarr
Today (November 23, 1996) they are celebrating their 50th wedding
anniversary. To mark this occasion, an anniversary mass is being
held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Waterloo, followed by a reception.
Congratulations, Mom and Dad, on 50 years together! We wish you
many more years of health and happiness. With love, from Ruth Ann
and Bob, Allan and Leila, Glen and Deb, Greg and Carol, John and
Carol, Barb and John, Pete and Michele, Chris and Lisa, and all
your grandchildren... Matt, Ted, Amanda, Melanie, Laura, Andrew,
Daniel, Timmy, Jamie, Zackary, Benjamin (all Schnarrs), and Joey
Zitars. (House of Louis)
and Mary Lobsinger of Kitchener, ON., are pleased to announce the
birth of their second son, David John, born February 25, 1997, a
brother of Steven. Grandparents are Gordon and Yvonne Lobsinger
of Kitchener. (House of Louis)
Paige Johnson was born January 17, 1997 to Tiffany (Schnarr) and
Ron Johnson. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 7 ozs and was 19.5 inches
long. Grandparents are Paula and Michael Schnarr, who now have a
total of three granddaughters. (House of Louis)
and Elly Lobsinger of Maple Ridge, B.C. sent us the tragic story
of Kyle Kramb, who died for lack of a 911 emergency system. The
event caused a big controversy in the area and the government has
promised to establish the 911 service throughout the province. The
boy's grandfather, John Collett, was one of the people we were pleased
to meet when we visited the Collett Ranch some years ago. John is
the grandson of Caroline (Lobsinger) Collett.
Lorne also reports that his sister Ruby and several others in her
family have been in "sick bay" recently.
On the brighter side, Lorne and Elly also report that they are looking
forward to a visit to the Rhur Valley in Germany and perhaps a visit
to the village of Bertesgarden in the near future. He hopes to visit
the town of Nordlingen to see it's Lobsinger Street and Tower. Says
he will go into Bertesgarden "with my hands up, just in case."
Lorne was part of a flight team that ran bombing raids on Hitler's
headquarters there during World War II.
Lorne's son Len and his wife Janine are in their brand new house
(near William's Lake, I think) which Len contracted himself. Lorne
and Elly will soon take off to see the new establishment, as well
as visit his three sisters early this month. (House of George)
John and Dolores Schmidt, of Mildmay, ON., report that they stayed
home this winter in spite of offers to visit California and Florida.
They kept themselves busy with family, cards, reading, and grandkid
She reports the 13th Annual Lobsinger Family Reunion is on schedule
and will be held the Sunday After Father's Day - June 22nd. For
early arrivals, there will be a live Country Music show in Mildmay
on the Saturday before at the recreation complex. The groups playing
always attract a full house, so if you want them, order tickets
early from the Robsons and save a couple of bucks over door prices.
(House of Peter)
Robert Maslen, Lucan, ON., dropped us an note via email (email@example.com).
We have been trying to get GEDCOM data files transferred by computer
without much luck. We use Macintosh and practically everyone else
uses IBM. Anyway - we wound up mailing the material by disk . Haven't
heard if that worked or not! Robert is the eldest son of Bernice
Margaret (Lobsinger) Maslen. (House of Louis)
Loretta and Jim Lobsinger, Calgary, AB., sent us an address change
and a few notes on their part of the world. Jim has been suffering
through an array of ailments the past few years and they have moved
into a condo where there is less maintenance. He says he has sorted
out photo albums of his father, Leo Lobsinger, and will send some
pictures and stories for the newsletter one of these days before
he forgets them all. (House of Peter)
Happy 91st Birthday to Harold Lobsinger in Apache Junction, AZ.
Harold wants to know if any Lobsinger has made it to 100 yet? He
reports he has outlived everyone in his mother's family and his
dad's, as far as he knows. And just for the record - as he does
every year - Harold has calculated that his heart has beat approximately
3,410,028,000 times during his lifetime so far. "Quite a piece
of machinery, isn't it!" He says. He and wife Allean are headed
back up to Denver for the summer. (House of Antoine)
Michael Lobsinger, Seattle, WA., has a homepage on the internet
now. Look him up at http:// WWW. netcom. com/~mjlob/page/home.htm.
Mike is an engineer with Boeing and is enjoying his first job out
in Seattle. He and his sister Michelle (who is an Oklahoma University
graduate) in Minneapolis are "siblings of wonderful parents
James and Marilyn Lobsinger" (North Dakota bunch). Michael
stayed close to home and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering
and Applied Mechanics. You should be able to contact him on the
internet by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (House of George)
Paul and Mary Lobsinger, Kitchener, ON., dropped us an email (email@example.com)
note about the birth of their second son. He is the son of Gordon
and Yvonne Lobsinger. Paul reports that his brother, Fr. Dan Lobsinger,
C.R., is now assigned to St. Pious X parish in Brantford, ON., where
he serves as associate pastor. (House of Louis)
Gerard E. Ohmer, Key Biscayne, FL., and I have been corresponding.
He is collecting information regarding the Ohmer family and much
of the Lobsinger family tree contains Ohmer descendants. We have
swapped information and he has added considerably to what we know
about the ancient line of Pierre Lobsinger and others in France.
I have also sent him the Lobsinger descendants of his Ohmer family.
It's not all sorted out yet, but one of these days the information
will fall into place and fill the gaps.
From rain sodden California comes a letter from Michael and Paula
Schnarr, reporting they were very lucky their house was built on
a rock so all the rain just drained off. The rest of Tuolumne county
was not so lucky as the Tuolumne and Stanislaus Rivers have booth
caused extensive flooding in the valley and delta area where they
life. Michael is the Fire Marshal there, and twice had to call a
local state of emergency during January. They passed out sand bags
and operated an emergency information center for the media and public.
Several reservoirs had to be opened up to prevent overflow, and
this caused further flooding in the valley. "At least it was
controlled and not a dam bursting."
Their good news is the birth of a new granddaughter, of which they
are inordinately proud. (See births). (House of Louis)
Remember Barney Lobsinger the wrestler? He's on-line now, and dropped
us an email note (firstname.lastname@example.org) to say hello. Barny is 83 now
and says he still gets around pretty good and can still drive his
car and often rides his electric scooter when he's not off 'surfin"
the web. Any of you fellow "surfers" out there can drop
Barny a note - he'd be thrilled to get it.
also sent us a Christmas Card and a photo of himself. He says he
plays a lot of checkers these days but is running out of challenging
partners. "I'd go out of my way to find a good player. Checker
players can play any distance apart on the phone with a numbered
board..." So if you're interested in a challenge... drop Barney
an email note and get yourself a game going! (House of Louis)
Arthur and Lois Lobsinger sent us photos of a new mural on the outside
of the storage buildings at the Ontario Agricultural Museum in Baden,
On., The mural features the Lobsinger Threshing Machine (originals
stored inside the building) and the Waterloo Tractor. The artist
who painted the mural is Lance Russwurm of Kitchener.
OF a Lobsinger Bros. "Lion' Threshing Machine painted by Lance
Russwurm of Ketchener, ON., is on the wall of a building housing
the actual machines at the Ontario Agricultural Museum in Baden,
also asks that we include his brother John and wife Thelma on the
mailing list. They live in Hamilton, ON., and should get a copy
of this issue! John supervises a family apartment building and Thelma
operates a Ladies Fashion Shoppe in Hamilton. (House of Louis)
Teresa & Len Walsh, Brantford, ON., sent us a Happy Birthday
card, and reports that her family is well. Daughter Mary Bond and
family moved back into their home after it was rebuilt following
a fire, and they are all very happy to be back 'home'.
The night before Mary's twins Chrissie and Timmy turned 6 years
old, the family was watching television when Mary smelled smoke
and discovered the pantry on fire. Her husband Mark had just left
for night school.
Fortunately, Mary managed to get all the children out of the house
which was completely gutted by the blaze. That was last October
22nd. They managed to save nothing, but the community pulled together
and helped the family survive the ordeal, and now they are back
home and getting on with their lives.
Earlier, Teresa sent us some photos, news clips, postcards and letters
in French from Sr. Anne Marie Parrang of Metz, France. They were
originally sent to Bishop Thomas Lobsinger -Teresa's brother - in
Whithorse, YT. Since I speak only redneck and a bit of English when
necessary, I am at a great disadvantage trying to understand what
Sr. Anne Marie is saying in them, but I gather she is somehow related
to the Lobsinger family. If I ever find anyone in Oklahoma who speaks
French, I will try to get a translation. In the meantime, the picture
of Sr. Anne Marie is included in this issue, and we'll put her on
the mailing list. Maybe she can understand English better than we
understand French. (House of Louis)
ANNE MARIE Parrang, Metz, France, second from left, with relatives.
The Lady behind her is her cousin and we presume the rest of the
people are her cousin's family.
and Elisa (Lobsinger) Richardson, Chicopee, MA., wrote us twice
this time around. First to change their address, and then again
to cancel the change. Scott's military orders got changed in mid-stream
and he's been assigned permanently right where they are. Or as permanently
as you can expect from the military.
Scott is a sergeant in the Marine Corp. at Westover AFB, in charge
of computer operations. Elisa is a manager at Barnes & Nobles
Bookstore in Holyoke and also teaches quilt classes to beginners.
They enjoy traveling around New England, photography and their pets,
Smokey J and Peanut. They can be contacted by email at SERICH19@mail.idt.net
Elisa reports the rest of her family is also quite well and her
dad, Carl F. Lobsinger is busy traveling extensively between his
children's homes and enjoying the different areas of the country.
Her brother Eric D. Lobsinger and wife Laura were expecting their
second child to arrive by Christmastime, and Eric was recently promoted
to Staff Sergeant in the US Army. (Have Eric Lobsinger get ahold
of the other Eric Lobsinger on the US Blue Ridge at email@example.com
or vice versa - see below a few paragraphs) Eric D and Laura are
stationed in Vinegrove, KY.,
Siblings Jeremy and Lorna still live at home in Warren, MI., and
Jeffrey and Jennifer are in Royal Oak. Nancy and David are in Lee's
Summit, MO., now, and Jim and Jill are in Warren, MI. We have updated
all their addresses so they should get their copies of this newsletter
before long. (House of Louis)
Theresa M. Lobsinger, daughter of Susan and Victor Lobsinger, is
doing a bit of her own research on the family tree and reports that
her mother is sure that Mary Grossman was definitely the first wife
of Joseph L Lobsinger. She got the information from Amelia Lobsinger,
youngest child of Joseph L and Catherine Beitz many years ago. We
received the same information from Amelia a few years back before
her death, but she was having trouble remembering such things, and
was unsure of many details then. Even though Mary Grossman disappeared
without a trace, we have no evidence that she wasn't the first wife.
Still, it is strange that she can't be located in any cemetery records
anywhere... Thanks for the efforts and we appreciate the help. Theresa
can be contacted at theresam @mail.niagara.com. (House of Peter)
We're still waiting for a story and picture of Dawn (Lobsinger)
White's wedding. Last heard from her in November. But since then
she has been to Spain on honeymoon and busy setting up housekeeping,
I guess. Dawn is daughter of Neil Francis, son of Edward A., son
of Louis John, son of Jean Louis Lobsinger. Her email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org (House of Louis)
Email from Brian Fletcher (email@example.com) says he got
a home page address from the Lobsinger news letter and thought it
had to do with the family. At the time the last newsletter came
out the only home page we had on the web was for the Newkirk Herald
Journal - the weekly paper we put out to make a living. Since then,
we have put the Lobsinger Newsletter on line as well, and you can
now find it at http://tradersbend.com. Brian says he used to get
the newsletter but hasn't since the family moved. Somebody send
us Brian's new address and we'll be happy to put him back on the
list. (House of Peter)
Bernice (Lobsinger) Maslen, Lucan, ON., writes that she would like
to have a photo of her great grandmother, Katharina Gehl, but can't
find one anywhere. We don't seem to have one either. Katharina was
married to Jean Louis Lobsinger, a son of "Count Joseph"
Lobsinger. If anyone can scare up a photo, please send us a duplicate
and we'll print it in a future issue. (House of Louis)
Sharon (Lobsinger) Wilson (SJWilson@sympatico.ca) found us on the
internet and later sent us a letter with lots of information about
the descendants of her grandfather Francis Lobsinger and his wife
Elizabeth Weiler. She is the daughter of Laurier and Verna Irene
(Sachs) Lobsinger. She is also Barney (the wrestler) Lobsinger's
niece. She works as a teaching assistant at a Waterloo elementary
school and her husband, John Wilson is a steamfitter. They have
two children, Jeffrey - who is studying computer programming at
Sheridan College in Oakville, ON., and Angela - who just graduated
from high school and works at a mink farm. (House of Louis)
June (Lobsinger) Stevens, Plymouth, MI., writes that she enjoyed
the last newsletter because her grandfather's brother August and
his family were pictured on the address page. Her grandfather is
George Lobsinger, and she has sent us a photo of him and his family
which we'll use in this issue. Her father Melvin Lobsinger is one
of the kids in the picture. (House of Peter)
Eric Lobsinger, of the Washington bunch, who is a career man in
the Navy, sent us a change of address so we'll get this issue to
him by snail mail sooner or later. In the meantime, his email address
is firstname.lastname@example.org. If that doesn't work - he's probably
got a new one. Eric would like to correspond with any current or
past Lobsingers who were in the Navy or other service. If you can't
catch him on the internet, send me a note and I'll get his ship
address to you.
LOBSINGER, right, aboard the USS Blue Ridge Communications Ship
after signing his re-enlistment papers for another three year hitch.
Eric is a career Navy man who says he enjoys it so much he is almost
embarassed about getting paid. He's been around the world twice,
and likes the Far East and Japan best of all.
is assigned to the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) which is a communications
ship based out of Yokosuka, Japan. Eric says, "I love it over
here, and I would be happy to spend my life in Japan. I have always
loved to travel, and I have been just about everywhere."
Eric has traveled the world, with tours of duty in Europe, Asia,
North and South America, and Africa. He has been around the world
twice, and visited France three times - Villa Franche, Marseille,
and Monte Carlo/Motico. (House of Michel)
David Lobsinger, St. Clair Shores, MI., dropped us a not to inform
us of the death of his nephew John Kretsch on December 18, 1996.
He was married to Ellen McLay and was the father of 5 children.
(House of Louis)
Our friends Leo and Nadine Lobsinger of Belleville, IL dropped us
a nice Christmas Card and they wish "Season's Greetings"
to all Lobsingers everywhere. (House of Michel)
Also received a Christmas Card from Hellmut and Leona Lang and daughter
Amy of Regina, SK. Leona has done a remarkable amount of the research
that turns up in this newsletter from time to time, and we all need
to thank her for her time and trouble. (House of Peter)
Another Christmas Card sends greetings to everyone from Sandy and
Art Frensch of Kitchener, ON. (House of Peter)
Younger brother Byron Lobsinger sent us a card with his family's
latest photo on it, so we'll let you see how fast his kids are growing
up. Byron can also be reached by email at BYERUN@aol.com (House
Lobsinger Family of Lake Worth, FL., from left rear, Byron, Shawn,
Chris; front Shane and Stephen. (House of Peter)
and Kaye Lobsinger, Mt. Pleasant, MI., dropped us a note to tell
us that they celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary June 23,
1995, and that Eugene and Gertrude Lobsinger of Grayling celebrated
theirs on Sept. 28. 1996. They are all descendants of Joseph Carl
Lobsinger and Josephine Emil, one of the smaller Lobsinger clans.
(House of Joseph)
My son John Lobsinger and wife Shannon want to say hello to everyone.
They are both civil engineers working with Star Construction in
Oklahoma City, and have big plans to visit France later this summer.
Unfortunately, they will be touring in the south of France, and
probably won't get to Langatte. (House of Peter)
Dr. Ted Franklin sent us a Christmas Card with congratulations on
our two boys' weddings in the last issue. Ted is a descendant of
Paul Lobsinger and lives in Bryan, TX. (House of Paul)
Patrick and Cheryl Walsh, Bellevue, AB., dropped us a note with
a new address. (The coins arrived safely, so don't worry) Cheryl
also informs us of the death of Julietta (Lobsinger) McIntee, who
was featured a few years ago in some earlier newsletters. Julietta
died in Buffalo, N.Y. in August 1993. She lived in Pincher Creek,
AB and was Patrick's great aunt. She traveled east with them on
a visit to her sister, Bea Long, and suffered a stroke. (House of
My brother Patrick Lobsinger, Lake Worth, FL., sent a couple of
recent photos of his two kids, Matthew and Samantha, who are growing
up entirely too fast. (House of Peter)
Samantha and Matthew Lobsinger
and Irene (Lobsinger) Nicholson, Kitchener, ON., sent a Christmas
card and some nice words about the newsletter, which we appreciate.
(House of Louis)
Harvey and Bev Lobsinger, Edina, MN., dropped us a Christmas Card
to say they are doing fine and keeping quite busy. (House of Peter)
Irene E. Lobsinger, Brantford, ON., sends "Peace, live, joy
and best wishes to all Lobsingers".. She also reports that
her daughter Lori Lobsinger has graduated from Brock University
in St. Catharines with honors in Sociology. Her son Rob is in Grade
13 at Pauling Johnson Collegiate. Irene works at Pronto Travel Agency
in Brantford. (House of Louis)
Jean and Ron Kay, Thornbury, ON., say they thoroughly enjoy the
newsletters and learn a bit more each issue about the family history.
Jean says she wishes there were more information about the House
of George. So do I. They seem to be scattered about. Many of them
in the Dakotas and a few left in BC. (House of George)
Talking about the House of George - Penny and Al Spidel, Nanaimo,
BC., sent a card and note to wish all a happy holiday season and
to report that 58 people showed up at the summer reunion of the
Pacific members of the George Lobsinger clan. They hosted an 89th
birthday party for Marie (Lobsinger) DeBartolome, and most of Rita
(Lobsinger) McDonnell's family attended from all over the province.
They told Rita that none of her family could be there, and when
they all showed up she was overwhelmed. The get together served
as her 80th birthday party as well. Their sister, and Penny's mom,
Ruby (Lobsinger) Chase was there as well as their brother Lorne
Lobsinger and wife Elly and most of the rest of the group. Penny
says all in all, they had a wonderful day. (House of George)
Alice Haber - who's wedding picture 50 years ago was in the last
issue - is the eldest child of Christine (Mier) Hamblin, daughter
of Barbara (Lobsinger) and Michael Mier of the House of Joseph Carl.
We knew she and husband Bill had 13 children, but we didn't have
their names or statistics on the data base yet. So Alice filled
us in on the family, including grandkids. She also sent a photograph
of the whole family. We appreciate the new information, and thank
you vary much for taking the time to put it all together. (House
of Joseph Carl)
FAMILY. Front, from left- Michael, Alice, Judy (Assid), and Jerome.
Second row- Stephanie (Smith), Christine (McCarthy), Joan (Soderland),
Bill, Maribeth (Hutchison), and Barbara (Monro). Kneeling - William
on left, Matt on right. Standing - Susan (Shultz), Rebecca (Eldridge),
and Jackie (Bucsi)
Lobsinger, Oceanside, CA., dropped us a note to say he was very
pleased with the story we ran on his awards as a Pioneer Quality
Control Engineer. He says he was also impressed with the story on
Nordlingen and is making plans to visit on his next trip to Europe.
Dale also reports that he was not satisfied with a book he purchased
called "The World Book of Lobsingers" as it had only a
few pages in the rear with Lobsinger addresses and the rest of the
144 pages was simply general genealogical "gadgetry."
These books are hawked periodically by direct mail and really don't
amount to much unless you simply don't know where to start looking
for others with the same surname. We've probably got a much better
picture of the family on our computer data base, so ask us first.
Besides, we don't charge anything.
Still, Dale says the book had 3 German Lobsingers listed, and one
Italian. We don't have any Europeans yet, so those might be good
leads to correspond with. (House of Antoine)
Louis J. Lobsinger, Jr. sent us his new address in San Diego, CA..,
where he is currently working as an investment banker. He also asked
us to add his brother David in Winter Park, FL., to the mailing
list. Done. (House of Louis)
OF Peter Lobsinger: Back from left - Tentatively identified as August,
George, Joseph L, Caroline, Frank. Front - Mary, Simon, Henry, Philip.
Anyone out there with a positive identification please let us know.
(House of Peter)
PHOTO of the George M. Lobsinger family: Back from left - Fred,
Herb, Alphonse. Front - George M., Florence, Geordie, Melvin, and
Catherine Kramer. (House of Peter)
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