I reminisce over the past
I find the years have gone so fast
tht I have reached old age
And no turning back life's page
blessed me with good health
To me that was more precious than wealth
my energies decrease and my life declines
I can still put together words in rhyme
me to compose a few lines
Sitting in my cozy living room chair
Brings back memories of my travels
and there, but nowhere
Did I find Canada's beauty to compare
came from a large family tree
Naturally together we didn't always agree
worked hard to make ends meet
As there were a dozen mouths to feed
my dear husband passed away
I was welcomed back here to stay
years I kept the ball rolling
And won many prizes lawn bowling
too have brought many changes
To me they are now mostly strangers
and hard work have been my life's treasure
Entertaining old and new friends
always brought me great pleasure
I now enjoy playing bingo at Lobbie's Park
chat beside a fireplace in the dark
I'll bring my poem to an end
these words written by my friend
"Keep not your kisses for my dead brow
way is lonely, I need them now."
Agnes (Lobsinger) Ducharme
Dad Is Tom Lobsinger.
Put Something In The Paper About Our Family...
daughter Teri Lobsinger, West Palm Beach, FL.
I'm writing you to tell you about the Lobsingers down here in
West Palm Beach. My name is Teri Lee Lobsinger, daughter of
Tom and Joyce (Sandwich) Lobsinger. I also have a brother, Tommy,
Jr., who is 18 years old. I'm 14 years old, born on May 17,
1977. We live in West Palm Beach, FL.
of my aunts, Mary Jane, and her husband Don Alberty just had
a baby girl on July 3rd. Her name is Katherine Amelia Alberty.
They live in Tulsa, OK. I attend school at Palm Beach Lakes
High School. This is my freshman year. I'm having a lot of fun,
and I'm in the chorus and aerobics after school, and a club
called the Z Club. We do all kinds of different things for fun
and charities. Every summer my family and I go to the Florida
Keys. We take my dad's Mako boat and go out in the ocean and
catch dolphin (not the Flipper kind or porpose, but the fish
kind) and lobster. It's really fun. I always meet a lot of people
down where we stay in Sunshine Key Campground. We have a motorhome,
but I have my own tent and I usually take a friend with me and
sleep in it. Well, hopefully you will put an article in your
paper about my family down here.
Note: Terri Lee is the daughter of Thomas Lobsinger, a son of
Philip Lobsinger, son of Luke, son of Joseph J. Lobsinger, son
of Peter, son of Count Joseph. One of these days, we need to
get a family photo from somebody in the Phillip Lobsinger family
before they get too hard to find.
Lobsinger founded Guaranteed Auto Parts in Lake Worth, FL.,
after World War II, and he operated it for many years before
turning over the concern to his children, including Tom. From
his one man shop, the auto repair and towing business has grown
considerably. At one time Phil was about the only person in
the Palm Beaches who was willing to go out in hurricane weather
and tow in cars that had been washed off highways and into canals.
the 1950's Phil ran for a spot on the Lake Worth City Commission,
and during his term in office, the first Lake Worth Municipal
Fishing Pier was built, extending from the beach into the Atlantic
Ocean. The original was taken out in later years by hurricanes,
but it's replacement is still in the same location.
his retirement, Phil and his wife Louella (Oldham - of Tulsa,
OK.) purchased a mountaintop near Huntsville, Ark., where they
built themselves a retirement summer home. Now, they winter
in Lake Worth, FL., and summer in the Arkansas mountains. They
had 8 children: Philip, Thomas (Teri's dad), Marian Louise (Richardson),
Patricia Ann (Fentress), Luke William, Christine Marie, Mary
Jane (Alberti), and Paul.
the early '50s, Luke William was one of the first children in
the area to undergo open heart surgery to correct a congenital
heart defect. He grew into a big strapping mechanic, but was
killed in an automobile accident in 1986.
dad, Tom, was a victim of Polio in the 50's, but overcame the
handicap, and became one of the partners in his dad's business.
He and another brother and partner, "little" Phil,
continue to operate the business.
Louise married an air force officer, and at last report they
were stationed in Georgia.Patricia
still lives in Arkansas, where she is a nurse. Christine, at
last report, was living in Fayetteville, Ark., and studying
for her master's degree in Animal Science.
Jane and her husband Don Alberti are both CPA's, living in Tulsa
as Teri said, and working for Amoco Oil Co.
is a mechanic who has his own shop in Lake Worth, Fl. (House
Matilda (Devlin) Lobsinger of St. Catharines, On., died at the
Hotel Dieu Hospital, St. Catharines, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 1991.
She was 81.
wife of the late Roy E. Lobsinger (1982); dear mother of Shirley
Hassim, Marilyn (Mrs. Joseph Mewett and Kathryn (Mrs. Richard
Loucks), all of St. Catharines. Dear sister of Lenora Huck and
Mae Craig, both of Walkerton, Grace (Mrs. Ken Bridge) of Leamington,
Lorraine (Mrs. James Brandt) of Mildmay, William Devlin and
his wife Dorothy of Mildmay. Also survived by seven grandchildren,
Brenda, Jackie, Bill, Joe, Sheri, Patti and Darren, and eight
by two brothers and one sister.
was born in Mildmay and was a member of the St. Mary of the
Assumption Church, the Catholic Women's League, St. Mary's Seniors
and the Primrose Seniors.
received friends at the Patrick J. Darte Funeral Home, St. Catharines,
until Monday when funeral liturgy was celebrated in St. Mary
of the Assumption Church; Interment was in Pleasantview Memorial
Gardens, Fronthill. (House of Peter)
Florence Amelia Kretsch of Elbow, Sk., passed away in Central
Butte Hospital on Tuesday, August 27th, 1991 at the age of 96
was born May 17th, 1895 in Bruce County, Ontario to John and
Bridget (Tschirhart) Lobsinger, one of a family of ten. She
came west to visit her sister, Helen and husband, Joe Kretsch
at Elbow in January 1915 and met Joe's brother, Peter. Florence
and Peter were married, November 15th, 1915 in Moose Jaw and
remained residents and pioneers of Elbow, except for 2 1/2 years
when they lived at Leroy, Sk., from 1934 to 1937. Florence was
one of the oldest and last of the original pioneers of the Elbow
known as "Grandma Kretsch" was always active in the
community. She was a member of the Woodmere Sunshine Club, a
member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Elbow. She was
a good neighbor and 'hospitality' was her motto and 'hard work'
her way of life. In 1978 she wrote her own book "A Pioneer
Wife's Life History", where she reminisced of her experiences,
the joys and sorrows of raising their family of eight boys and
two girls. She spoke of using 100 lbs of flour in eight days
to bake bread and "Pete and I milked 14 cows by hand during
was a dedicated wife and mother and sacrificed much. In later
years she spent many lonely hours making quilts, mending and
putting huge jig-saw puzzles together. One event she enjoyed
was the family threshing bee when she pitched in a bundle every
year for 'near on 65 years'. Her concern was for the 'boys',
her devoted love for animals, and most of all, her strong desire
to live on the farm - her home for 50 years. She was granted
her wish and only spent eight days in the hospital when God
took her peacefully in her sleep. She will always be remembered
in these chosen words: "It is not sorrow that lasts forever
- it is love - have Faith."
is survived by her loving family: One daughter, Bernice (Norman)
Monich of Mikado, SK., five sons, Clarence, Mervyn, Leonard
(Doreen), Milton (Helen), all of Elbow, SK., Earl (Donna) of
Estevan, SK., 20 grandchildren; 46 great grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren;
one sister; four brothers; numerous nieces, nephews; other family
members; many friends and neighbors.
was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Peter in 1972;
two daughters, Cecilia (infant) in 1937 and Florene in 1982;
three sons, Raymond (1975), Allan (1981), Cyril (1991); one
brother; three sisters; two daughters-in-law, Beatrice (1964),
Esther (1989); two sons-in-law, Leo Jackson (1971) and Tom O'Brien
were held in the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Elbow. Funeral
Mass was celebrated on August 31st in the Elbow Civic Centre
with Rev. Father Melvin Fenrich officiating. The Pianist was
Donna Hundeby; soloist was Ron Hundeby. Selections were "Day
by Day", "Amazing Grace" and "How Great
ushers were Alfred Hagen and Robert Griffin. Attending the register
were Linda Griffin, Dorothy Penner, Lorraine McLean.
pallbearers were Norris Ganes, Lewis Webster, Elmer Knutson,
Tom Joel, George Schinold, Donald Chernick, Harry Deyenberg,
Norman Lochart; Woodmere Sunshing Club members: Viola Greene,
Gladdys Lochart, Marjorie Pederson, Margaret Dean, Sandra O'Brien,
Emily Deyenberg. The active pallbears were grandsons, Calvin
Jackson, Wayne Jackson, Kerry Jackson, Joe Kretsch, Bradley
Kretsch, Clifford O'Brien, Rodney Kretsch.
interment was in the family plot at the Elbow Cemetery.
in memory of 'Grandma Kretsch" go to the Central Butte
Hospital Fund and will be appreciated by the family.
Funeral Home of Davidson was in care of the arrangements. (House
Lobsinger's Golf Team
Helps Net $24,000 For Kitchener Waterloo Charities
Date) - Three different charities in the Kitchener-Waterloo,
ON., area will share in more than $24,000 after Monday's fifth
annual Celebrity Golf Classic sponsored by R.G. Dalton and Associates
Insurance Brokers at the 27 hole Foxwood golf complex.
gusty wind conditions, a five-player group from Wilson-Somerville
Ltd. paced the 30-team field with a score of 15 under par 55
in the even which features a scramble format. A scramble tournament
has all players hitting tee shots and then each hitting and
putting from the same place after the best shots are chosen
until the hole is finished.
Wilson-Somerville group - headed by former NHL hockey performer
Terry Martin and including Bernie Houston, Garry Lobsinger,
Don Galloway, and Larry Appel - were two shots ahead of the
three teams logjammed at 13 under 57s. The teams were Charcoal
Steakhouse, Koch Transport and Sutherland, Hagarty, Mark and
groups this year benefitting from the fund-raising event are
the Pride Ranch which operates riding programs for handicapped
and retarded children and adults, the Sunbeam Home in Kitchener
and the Sunshine Foundation which grants wishes to critically
or terminally-ill children.
Foxwood event has raised more than $100,000 for area charities
in groups since it's inception in 1987.
This Issue Marks The Start Of 'Volume 4'
we should quit calling this newsletter a quarterly publication,
as we seem to be completely out of sync with the quarters. We
seem to put the newsletter out more in line with when we have
the time and the material. Still, we consider 4 issues to be
a "Volume", and this issue marks the start of Volume
so, as we have done in the past, we are asking that those of
you who can send us $10 for the next 4 issues to help cover
postage and printing costs. Some of you are already ahead of
schedule, and we appreciate that very much. And remember, we
don't send bills, and we don't cut anyone off for non-payment.
addition to sending a few bucks, please send us your family's
news so we can reprint it in future issues. We'd especially
like to see more family photographs, too.
own little world has been very busy since the last issue. We've
been tied up with our cult problem north of town, but did manage
to keep their program from becoming certified as medically safe
and effective in the state. There is a lot of gnashing of teeth
and shaking of fists out there right now. Many lawyer noises
as well. There is an old saying... "When the facts are
on your side, talk facts. When the law is on your side, talk
the law. When neither is on your side, scream for justice."
That's what they are doing...
the many deceptions they have used to attempt to discredit our
efforts to expose them is the following interesting little tidbit:
is a Don Lobsinger who lives in Detroit. Son of David Pious
Lobsinger (House of Louis). Anyway, back in the '60s, Don was
quite an anti communist activist and made the Detroit paper
a few times for such things as giving Sen. Ted Kennedy a life
preserver for his car, and what not.
cult discovered the clips about Don, and they have been busily
at work here in Oklahoma trying to pass him off as my brother.
They are trying to show that I'm obviously from 'radical' stock
to begin with. Now, I've never met Don, nor have I even corresponded
with him. He's certainly not my brother! But nevertheless, I'm
kinda proud to be in such a spunky family. Cults can't stand
tight family ties!
have also procured copies of some of the past issues of this
newsletter. Possibly from the trash. But there is also a possibility
someone on our mailing list is connected with this group. Whatever
the leak, please be aware, and if any of you find yourself being
questioned unduly by strangers, remember that you have no obligation
to answer anyone about your relationships to anybody unless
you want to.
were hoping to get this issue out in time for Christmas, but
there were just too many things going on at the time. We hope
you enjoyed your holidays with family and friends and look forward
to a great new year.
we have enjoyed publishing this and all the previous newsletters,
and we hope you continue to enjoy reading them as we uncover
interesting facts and fiction about ourselves and our past.
Publisher Receives Leo J. Ryan Award
For Work In Exposing Cult Group
Lobsinger, who with his wife Susan, owns and publishes the Newkirk
Herald Journal, has received the 1991 Leo J. Ryan Award from
the Cult Awareness Network.
award was presented recently at the Cult Awareness Network conference
in Oklahoma City for Lobsinger's coverage of Narconon Chilocco
New Life Center north of Newkirk.
was honored last year with a special legislative commendation
for coverage of Narconon and its ties to the Church of Scientology.
Awareness Network honors American citizens who exhibit "extraordinary
courage, tenacity and perseverance in the battle against tyranny
over the mind of man."
national award is named for U.S. Rep. Leo J. Ryan, who was killed
Nov. 18, 1978, on an airstrip in Guyana where he and others
had gone to investigate the colony established by the Rev. Jim
Jones. Ryan, Jones, and 911 followers of Jones were killed or
committed suicide in Guyana... a remarkable example of cult
mind control, according to CAN director Cynthia Kisser of Chicago.
was given the Ryan award in November for efforts to educate
the public about the Narconon program and its relationship with
Scientology, considered by many to be a mind control cult.
December, after two years of legal wrangling, the Narconon center
was denied certification in the state of Oklahoma by the Mental
Health Board on a vote of 6 opposed and one abstention. The
center was give 7 days to transfer out its patients to other
facilities. The Mental Health Board concluded, after reams of
testimony and thousands of documents, that the Narconon program
was scientifically undocumented as safe and effective, and that
there was credible evidence that it was, in fact, unsafe and
spokesmen, however, say they intend to stay open, and to appeal
the Mental Health Board's decision to the state Supreme Court,
if necessary. The center is located on sovereign Indian land
just north of Newkirk. Narconon's appeal has been filed in Oklahoma
District Court, and will be heard sometime in January.
The Mail Bag
and Harold Lobsinger of Denver, CO., and Apache Junction, AZ.,
send a big bundle of ther best wishes to everyone. (House of
and Ruth Lobsinger of Walkerton say they enjoy the newsletter
and look forward to getting it. We missed them at last summer's
picnic, but they had another committment. Irwin sent the article
about his sister Agnes (Lobsinger) Ducharme in this issue. (House
Belknap sends updated information on most of her branch of the
family, and we will correct and add to our master records. She
sends also some Xerox copies of some wonderful old photos of
the family of Joseph Carl Lobsinger. Unfortunately, the originals
are lost, and these copies simply won't print well. If the photos
turn up, please have photographic copies made and send them!
sent us many family tidbits, among them the fact that there
is an orchid hybrid patented under the name of Barbara Lobsinger.
It was first producted by Jerome Toffler, in honor of his wife
Irma Stella Mier Toffler's mother Barbara (Lobsinger) Mier.
Irma lives in Coral Gables, FL., where she was a teacher for
many years, and was the first licensed female exterminator in
the state. She and her husband ran a successful pest control
business and serviced many of the hotels in the Miami Beach
area. (House of Joseph Carl)
card arrived from Byron Lobsinger, wife Christine, and kids
Shawn and Stephen of Lake Worth, FL., wishing all a Merry Christmas.
(House of Peter)
Bless the Lobsingers" is the wish from Leo and Nadine Lobsinger
of Belleville, IL., who sent a card over the holidays. (House
and Kimberly Lobsinger, Kari and Jessica, of Port St. Lucie,
FL., send Christmas greetings. (House of Peter)
greetings to all from the Jim Lobsinger family of Peoria, AZ.,
where Jim works as an electrical engineer with Honeywell developing
commercial aircraft radar systems. He and wife Jody (Roberts)
have two children, Jimmy, Jr., and David.
Ann (Lobsinger) Quinn and husband Mike of Lake Worth, FL., send
holiday wishes to all (and especially their favorite big brother
- me). They have big plans to move to Kentucky later on this
year if all goes smooth. Mike works for Southern Bell Telephone,
and Mary Ann stays busy raising their 6 kids: Michael, Mariam
Christina, Jennifer Diana, Daniel, Catherine, and Steven. (House
Martha and Evan Lobsinger of Kitchener, On., pass along Christmas
greetings, and say there is not much new to report from their
end of the family. (House of Louis ?)
and Sarogini Lang, Toronto, ON., write that they are both doing
well and university life agrees with them. Tony's younger sister
Amy is in her first year of college, University of Regina, and
finding out what that's like, he says. She has hopes of eventually
going to Dalhousie(Sp?) University in Halifax, NS, to take costume
and design. Another sister, Terri Anne, got to attend the Grey
Cup Game in Winnipeg this year, at which the most remarkable
things was that the temperature never got above -12° C.
You have to really like football to do that! But she's a meteorologist
to begin with.
dad Hellmut Lang will have a textbook on General Teaching Principals
published early in 1992, and his mother, Leona, has been wandering
the Maritime provinces researching her mother's side of the
family... the Irish who landed in Prince Edward Island.
was back in the Winnipeg area around September, where he was
doing some field work banding, measuring and weighing some hybrid
birds, one parent of which is of the same species on which he
is doing his thesis.
also reports that he received a post card from his uncle, Jim
Lobsinger and wife Loretta of Calgary, who took an "old
fogies" tour of Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyons, and related
attractions. (House of Peter)
and Sandy (Lobsinger) Frensch sent a nice card for the holidays
and wish everyone the best for 1992. They are both busy running
their own business in Ontario, and Sandy doesn't waste a lot
of words. Nice to hear a little from them, however. (House of
Lobsinger has moved to Birmingham, MI., closer to where his
son Michael lives. Says his new house is all long and narrow
with the hall ending at the "North Pole" on one end
and the "South Pole" at the other. Clarence reports
that his grand daughter Michelle, who is 11 years old won a
second prize in a world skating competition recently, and is
continuing to practice.
says his brother Irwin (Lobby) spent a month this winter in
West Palm Beach, FL., with his son and grandchildren. (House
Lobsinger of Brantford, ON., sent kind words from her and her
children Lori and Rob. (House of Louis)
Alan and Denise Lobsinger of Newkirk, OK., (next door to me,
actually) sent a photo-Christmas card of their four children
which we'll print in this issue somewhere. (House of Peter)
and Teresa (Lobsinger) Walsh of Brantford, ON., sent us a couple
of newsy notes. Grandma Walsh celebrated her 100th Birthday
on Nov. 26, - and the twin grandbabies that were pictured with
grandma an issue or so back are now up and walking around.
children Patrick and Michael Walsh from "out West"
were home for some of the celebrations, with their children.
reports that Dorothy Bellinger of Hanover has been in the hospital
off and on with a heart condition, and that Anna Heaney of Hanover
was in the London hospital for surgery in November, but is recuperating
nicely, and that the rest of the family is coasting well...
(House of Louis)
and Dolores (Lobsinger) Schmidt, Mildmay, ON., report lots of
snow in their area early in December. Also reports that they
saw me on the Canadian News awhile back. I was probably fussing
about our little cult problem some more. CBS News did a short
blurb on me about last May, but didn't air it until sometime
in November. It was pre-empted by football in our area, so I
have no idea what I said.
reports her daughter Michelle has undergone some hospital procedures,
but is now back to full time teaching and taking more University
courses. Grand daughter Tracy swerved to miss a deer and hit
a bridge instead, suffering only a broken collarbone. Lucky.
and Dolores' daughter Lori and her husband Brian have a year
off from teaching duties and were well on their way around the
country, only to have to return because of a death in Brian's
daughter, Nancy, who is in the military, managed to find herself
in Ontario for a couple of weeks and was able to visit with
the rest of the family for awhile, and all hoped to be together
for Christmas eve. (House of Peter)
County artist (among many other things) Irwin Lobsinger donated
one of his paintings, A Winter Scene, to a fund raising auction
for the Greenock Wetlands project Irwin serves on the executive
committee as project director. (House of Louis)=
(Lorne) and Elly Lobsinger send "greetings from the Land
of Stumbling Stick and Falling Rock." Lorne's dad Louis
used to run a newspaper in BC, and I suspect that's where some
of the blarney comes from. Says he, "Thanks for the carborundum
in which you threatened to visit us next summer. Sir, Lady,
we accept such a challenge with enthusiasm.!" Lorne has
proceeded to outline a vacation trip for us that would wear
the heels of Marco Polo... Complete with maps and advice that
we should rent a van conversion as it is cheaper and more reliable
than motels. He suggests June, as after July 1, "all is
lost in the way of dignified tourism." Lorne and Elly are
busy now touring the "Southern USA", and will be back
in Maple Ridge, BC in time to read this, we hope. If all works
out, we'll see them in June. (House of George)
and Leonard Maslen of Lucan, ON., write that they enjoy the
newsletters and have kept every copy from the first. Bernice
reports that her dad, Michael Lobsinger of Stratford, ON., is
in good health and turned 96 last June 15th. She reports that
their son Terry was wed to Lori BelBianco on April 26th, 1991
and another son Gary was wed to Heather Hamelton on May 30,
1991. (Send wedding clips and photos and we'll put them in next
issue) (House of Louis)
Elizabeth Ludwig, Estevan, SK., sent us the nice photos of Henry
and Kate Ludwig, and Kate and her 13 children. Along with the
photos was an update on the Ludwig family tree, which we have
found very useful. (House of Louis)
Louise Hinton of El Cajon, CA is a descendent of the Joseph
Carl Lobsinger clan who just got copies of the newsletter and
could hardly contain her enthusiasm. You're on the list, Mary
Louise. Thanks for joining the club! (House of Joseph Carl)
(Lobsinger) Herring, Council Bluffs, IA., sent us some photos
of some of the members of the Nebraska, Dakota, clan of Lobsingers
from the House of George, as well as a bit of news:
and James Herring got married on June 3, 1991, and bought a
new house in council Bluffs, IA.
oldest daughter Tammy Radtke has been promoted to manager of
the Super 8 Motel in Bellevue, NE.
brother Richard and wife Beverly Lobsinger's daughter Amy and
Rod Cody were married August 5, 1989 and are now expecting a
new arrival in February.
mom, Amanda (Stroh) Lobsinger celebrated her 80th Birthday on
June 30, 1991, although her real birthday was not until Oct.
4th. For the occasion, they had an open house in Jamestown,
ND. (House of George)
A. Sherman of Belleville, MI, sends word that she is also a
descendent of Jospeh Carl Lobsinger's line. She is the daughter
of Alice Lobsinger Stoike. Couple of good looking photos of
her kids came along for the ride. We'll print 'em if there is
Helen Bannon of Stratford, ON., wrote us in sept at her pleasure
in seeing the Anthony Lobsinger family tree in the last newsletter.
She is his eldest grandchild, a daughter of Michael J. Lobsinger
Miller of Lakewood, CA., sent us a great photo of her grandparents
Joseph Frank and Cecelia (Tillie) Lobsinger taken around the
turn of the century. (House of Joseph Carl)
grandpa John F. Lobsinger of Lake Worth, FL., announces that
his son John F. Lobsinger, Jr., and wife Marsha have a new baby
girl named Samantha. They live in Edmond, OK., where John Jr.,
attends Central State University and is a physics major. (House
Lobsinger of Cahokia, IL sent us a subscription renewal check
but no messages to pass on.
Lobsinger writes that he's now located in Southaven, MS, having
moved from Memphis. Ken is engaged and will be married in March
to a lady named Katie Byrd of Holly Springs, MS.
last, but not least, we received a nice note from Barbara Mier
Blancher and photo taken at a recent wedding ceremony in Miami.
(House of Joseph Carl)
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