2021 September 13 St. Thomas News

Father Roger Hessian will say Mass on Saturday, September 18th at 5:00 p. m. and Saturday, October 9th at 5:00 p. m.

St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur will have masses with Father Chris Shofner: Saturdays at 5:15 p. m. and Sundays at 8 a. m. and 10:30 a. m.. Check the website for more information if needed.

Smilin’ Dave and Therese Retka Russell’s, Nikki Russell become the bride of Nathan Porttiin at St. Wenceslaus Church on Saturday, September 11th 2021. Nikki is a granddaughter of Orrin and the late Jan Schoenbauer and the great-grand daughter of Bernard and Florence Peterson Retka, formerly of St. Thomas.

Jim Walker hosted his daughter, Patrica’s, 25th Class Reunion from New Prague High School at his country home this last week end.. “The day was fine, and the grounds looked great.”

Dale “Maynard”and Colleen Burns Rohloff hosted Maynard’s 50th Class Reunion at their home and The Bar in Le Sueur this weekend. “A good time was had by all!”

After watching the 9-11 memorials, and after Jeannie Callahan was ‘laid to rest’ among our Dearly
Departed on Saturday...The softball tournaments in St. Thomas were a breath of fresh air, sunshine, smiles, wise cracks, teasing and laughter with families and forever friends. The St. Thomas softball
team was made up of Mike Holden, Brent, Erik and Brandon O’Connell, Mickey Sullivan, Bill Meger, James Oak, Jason Retka, Marc Tye, Joe and Davie Connelly. Members of the Henderson Fire Department left the game for a fire call, St. Thomas Sportsmen filled in and played their best. The ‘hot dog eating contest winner’ was Matt Doerr of Le Sueur, formerly from Henderson. Towns invited to play were Belle Plaine, New Prague, Le Sueur, Lonsdale, Henderson and St. Thomas. Belle Plaine won the championship, one game over New Prague, both teams agreed to flip a coin, due to fading daylight. “THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED IN THE SHACK, SOLD BEER, AND HELPED CLEAN UP AFTER. ALSO THANKS TO ALL THE FIREFIGHTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR COMING OUT” to St. Thomas on Saturday, from Davie and all the St. Thomas Sportsmen.

Jim Walker, Margret Drentlaw, and Tom and Loni Graham enjoyed an evening meal at the Roadhaus in Henderson, on Friday. Jim bought dinner, as a “Thank you” to Tom for playing match-maker. Margaret called the KCHK station weeks ago for references, this Tom answered and gave her a thumbs up.

Dick Remes, Jim Walker, Sister Honorah Remes and Sister Rita Tobin met for lunch at the Northfield Golf Course last week. All are New Prague’s “Class of 55” classmates, Jim mentioned he’s the youngest in their class. A few other interesting tidbits he mentioned, Father Marvin O’Connell, a former professor of history at Notre Dame is the author of “Bishop John Ireland”.

[Father O’Connell is the son of Dick and Anna Mae Kelly O’Connell of Le Sueur and the grandson of W. S. O’Connell, “Big Bill” and Hannah Shea O’Connell of St. Thomas. Even tho Father Marvin was an only child, he has many relatives still in the community. Many much closer than this writer, and her Bishop Ireland book is on the way.]

Barb Miller was known to her family as their Wonder Woman, a remarkably hard working person who raised 16 children while farming side by side with her husband Val for 66 years. At age 81 she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer that extinguished her bright light. Blood transfusions helped that bright light return for short time and give her more time with her family. Help pay it forward by continuing Barb’s legacy of giving by donating blood on Friday, September 17, from 1:00pm to 7:pm at the Henderson Roadhaus Event Center.

Til next time...God bless.