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April May June   2009    Volume 4 Number 2


April May June 2009


American Aid Society


Konrad Kipka

geboren am 26. November 1921 in Schlesien gestorben am 28. Februar 2006 in Chicago

Beliebter Gatte, Vater, Grossvater, Urgrossvater, und Freund.

German Family Society of Akron Club



Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of

Andy Schulz

Anna Hoss

Anna Gross

who passed away recently.

Frank Bohnert, Sr. passed away June 10, 2009. 


    Frank was born in Tshonpel, Yugoslavia on Dec. 23, 1930 and immigrated to the U.S. in May 1950. He lived in Cuyahoga Falls from 1950 until 2009. Frank spent 18 years working for Chestnut Ridge Dairy and 19 years for Woodridge Schools. He was a member of the German Family Society serving as president for six years, 18 years in the Verband der Donauschwaben and also played 18 years in a Polka Band.


    Preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Eva Bohnert and son, Hans, he leaves behind, his loving wife of 55 years, Katherine; sons, Frank, Jr. (Theresa) and Henry (Mary); grandchildren, Matthew, Nicholas, Adam, Katie, Ashley, and Jacob.


    Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 15th 2009, at the Billow FALLS Chapel, 1907 23rd St., with Kevin Haught officiating. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the German Family Society, 3871 Ranfield Rd., Brimfield 44240. (Billow FALLS Chapel)

Carpathia Club, Detroit


The Carpathia Club expresses our condolences to the families of these members:


Elsa Charow

Bela Frenczli

Stefan Hansmann

Reinhard Klemm

David Marcil

Fritz Salden

Kathi Unger



February 11, 2009

          After a long and courageous fight with ovarian cancer, Hilde Becker has passed away. She was never one who wanted to be singled out, yet we do so now.  Hilde was an integral part of the Green-White Soccer Club.  She was one of the many people present at the club's inception and always helped with any job needing to be done for each and every function.  A contagious smile, a positive outlook on life, and an unending source of happiness were some of Hilde's greatest traits.  Hilde will be dearly missed by those who were touched by her smile, especially all of us at Green White.



Kitchener Schwaben Club

Magdalena Neu (Rausch, Lehn)

February 18, 2009


    Blessed with a long and full life, the Lord called home Magdalena "Lena" Neu, on Sunday, February 15, 2009 in her 99th year. Magdalena was born in the village of Sacalaz, in the Banat Region of Romania on October 27, 1910. Sadly missed by her daughter, Katherine and son-in-law Wayne Hallman, her grandchildren, Linda (Mike) Maguire, Dianne (Tim) Kirby, and Brian (Christina) Hallman.




    L.A. Donauschwaben Club   

Frau Anna Poth

November 3rd 1922 - May 14th 2009




    It is with great sadness that I write to you about the passing of Mrs. Anna Poth.  She died peacefully in her home on Thursday morning, May 14, 2009, at the age of 86 of natural causes. Anna and her entire family are long time members of St. Stephen's.

    She is survived by her daughters,  Marianne, Trude and Irene, grandchildren, Tina, Erika, Karl, Eric and Adam.


    The condolences of the entire Danube Swabian community go out to the family  

Personal History

     Anna (Nieszer) Poth, was born to Anna and Nikolaus Nieszer in Perjamosch, Romania in 1922.  Anna married Mathias Poth in 1947 in St. Martin, Austria.  In 1952 Fr. Lani sponsored the Nieszer/Poth families to come to Los Angeles. They made their home in Temple City.  Anna was widowed in 1986 and continued to live in her home until 2007 when she moved to the home of her daughter, Marianne, in Tustin.  She died peacefully at home on May 14, 2009.  Anna is survived by her daughters, Marianne Herman, Trudi Knoedler, Irene Hirsch and her grandchildren, Tina Herman, Erika Hirsch, Karl Hirsch, Erik Knoedler, and Adam Knoedler.


    L.A. Donauschwaben Club   

Irma Gisela Welsch

November 11th 1912 - April 27th 2009


    It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Frau Irma Welsch. Frau Welsch was a long time member of our community and a dedicated parishioner of St. Stephen's. She passed away on April 27th in Seal Beach at the age of 96. She was born on November 11, 1912 in Karlsdorf, Yugoslavia. She is survived by her loving children, Manfred Welsch, Renate Podegracz, and Herbert Schwarz, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, May 8th at 11:30 at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Avenue, Culver City, CA. Funeral services will be conducted by Father Rettig.
    The condolences of the entire German community goes out to the family.

Ruhe in Frieden.


    Trenton Donauschwaben   


Mrs. Viola Dienes


            The Donauschwaben sadly notes the passing of Mrs. Viola Dienes (nee Gies) on 15 May 2009, a long time and generous supporter.  We will all miss her ready smile and positive nature. Viola always told us how much she loved coming to the club. True to her words, she even pre-arranged to have her own after-funeral dinner in our hall.


            It's an honor to know that the Donauschwaben meant so much to someone. It is indeed an affirmation of the work we do for an organization important to all of us. May she rest in peace. It will also interest our readers to know that Mrs. Dienes was an avid VW car buff. In fact, she would often send our resident car expert and AutoKlub leader, Terry Huff, articles related to Volkswagens.


            Whether it was talking about cars or talking to folks at the club, Viola’s enthusiasm and generous spirit made her special.


Arthritis Foundation Article


HAMILTON — Viola Dienes, 86, of Yardville, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2009, at Robert Wood Johnson University at Hamilton.

Mrs. Dienes was a graduate of Hamilton High School, class of 1941. She retired in 1976 after 34 years with New Jersey Bell Telephone as a senior assistant facilities supervisor.

She was a parishioner of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish and a member of the Rosary Altar Society.

She was also a member of the Danube Swabian Association, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, AARP, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 57, and the USS Douglas H. Fox Association.

Daughter of the late Anthony N. and Anna Remlinger Gies, wife of the late Frank J. Dienes, sister of the late Anthony J. Gies, she is survived by two nephews, David A. Gies of Pennington, and Stephen V. Gies (Godson) of Washington, D.C.; three nieces, Ann Taneyhill of Anaheim Hills, Calif., Joan Cleven of La Crescenta, Calif.. and Patricia Urbanski of Trenton; one sister-in-law, Joan Gies of Pennington; a cousin, Miles J. Cannon (godson) of Whiting; many grand nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Raphael Church, 3500 South Broad St., Hamilton. Interment will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call on Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Knott’s Colonial Funeral Home, 2946 South Broad St., Hamilton.

Memorial donations may be made to the Danube Swabian Association, 127 Route 156 Yardville, NJ 08620.

    United German Hungarians, Philadelphia   

Michel Betsch



            Michel Betsch of Southampton, New Jersey died earlier this year.  Mike was an upholsterer by trade and had his own business for many years in the Olney section of Philadelphia.  Upon his retirement, he and his wife Theresa moved to New Jersey.  Mike was a former Sport Club Member being active both as a soccer player and as a dancer in the 1950s.  He was also a soccer coach at the time our youth program began.  He enjoyed our entertainment affairs and attended until his retirement.  We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Theresa and his children and grandchildren.



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