The annual Retzlaff Family Reunion was held at the Voight Recreation Center in San Antonio on July 18, 1982 with 96 relatives present. Alton and Emma Lou Voges and their children were in charge of arrangements.
The morning was spent in the usual manner with visiting, looking at the family history books, and picture making. When batteries for the camera proved defective the picture taking came to a sudden halt and a number of family groups had to wait until afternoon when effective batteries could be found.
An uplifting prayer was offered at the noon hour by Dick Lear, husband of Gloria Voges, thanking God for heavenly and earthly families and all our bounteous blessings. A catered meal of barbecued beef and many trimmings was served and enjoyed. The dessert counter was a popular place, too, as many of us tried to at least taste of many of the delicious goodies brought by the families.
Emma Lou presided over a business session following the meal. It was found that Jennifer Clark, granddaughter of Ruben and Elois Retzlaff, came the longest distance---from Del Mar, California. Betty Mae Hawkins Greeman was the oldest relative present at age 84, and Stephen Bockelman at 8 months was the youngest. Stephen is the grandson of Johnny and Bernice Peterson.
Marriages included Mary Ann Retzlaff Wooley to Tony Lee Cureton Dec. 4, 1981; and Susan Marie Naivar to Joe Jackson Mar. 13, 1982.
Births reported: Travis James Laminack on Aug. 28, 1981 grandson of Frank and Ruth Retzlaff.
Deaths reported by members of the Grauke family were: Harry H. Collins Mar. 8, 1976; Robert Hruby in Dec. 1980; Bill Kretzer, husband of Ruth Crawford, in 1981; and Jimmy Scroggins on Feb. 16, 1982. Hallie Retzlaff Haug reported the death of her brother Ben's wife, Lillie Mae Retzlaff, on Feb. 18, 1982 in Mobile, Alabama.
Once again Bill and Zelma Retzlaff and Robert and Ruby Vance were able to stand up and be counted as relatives who had never missed a reunion since it was begun in 1947. Nolan Vance brought greetings to the group from his sister, Eleanor Vance Lewis, who is in a Rest Home in Giddings and is in very poor health.
Emma Lou called for descendants of the various families to stand as she called the names of the different branches, and it was found that the Adolph Retzlaff, the Arnold Retzlaff and the Augusta Retzlaff Grauke, and the Bernard Retzlaff lines were represented. Only the Ottilie Retzlaff Bade line was absent.
Notices regarding the reunion were mailed to 120 families this year and it was decided to leave the mailing list as it is except to delete the four names whose notices were returned.
Each person paid $3.00 for a meal ticket when they registered, but an offering was taken to defray the other expenses of $157.00.
Lexington received the nod for the 1983 reunion with all the relatives living there to be in charge.
A hearty vote of thanks was extended the Voges family for doing so much to make it a day well spent.
We rejoiced with Donald Alan (Donnie, to us!) Retzlaff and his parents over two awards that had come his way since last we met. He was presented an award by the Mortar Board Association of North Texas State University, where he is a teacher of computer science, as Outstanding Educator of the University. He was also given a Teacher of the Year award by the Association of Computing Machinery Student Chapter at this same University.
Mrs. Robert Vance