Kalich family reunion held
The descendents of Josef and Magdalena Hauptman Kalich held their 47th annual reunion April 6 in St. John with 137 people in attendance. Josef and Magdalena Kalich immigrated to the United States and were early settlers of Fayette County. Their six children and families: Joseph and Ludmilla Kalich, Franz and Mary Kalich, Rudolph and Annie Kalich Kretschmer, Edward and Marie Kalich, Stefan and Bertha Kalich, and Anton and Mary Kalich - settled throughout Central Texas.
President Rodney Kalich opened the meeting, and a moment of silence was observed for the family members who passed away during the past year: Willie Joe Macha, Kenneth Marx and Frances Macha Grams. Taylor Renee Marx played the guitar and sang an inspirational song for all to enjoy.
Rodney Kalich expressed thanks to Lil Langville for her donation of stamps and to Kevin and Rhonda Kalich for designing and printing the reunion notices.
Recognition was given to: oldest man, Emil Kruppa, age 90; oldest woman, Hattie Kalich, age 93; youngest child, Zoey Korenek, age 20 months; longest married, Emil and Janell Kruppa, 68 years; and greatest distance traveled, Betty and Ed Rotter, from Corpus Christi.
Under new business, the following were re-elected: Rodney Kalich, president; Terry Don Maresh, vice-president; Nyle Ruth Leshikar, secretary; and Harvey Kalich, treasurer.
The 48th annual Kalich reunion will be April 26, 2015, at St. John. Volunteers for the reunion are: Cissy and Kimberly Kalich, registration; Nathan East, paper goods; Kruppa and Stubbs families and Cissy Kalich, silent auction; Connie Kalich Bond, children's activities; Randi Kalich, name tags; and Iris Hegemier, Lois Elles and Nyle Leshikar, family history.
Terry Maresh reported that 45 people have joined the Kalich Facebook page, and he encouraged everyone to check out the site and submit interesting family pictures.
The Kalich reunion will continue to donate $140 to the Freyburg Cemetery for upkeep, and a United States flag was donated this year. Many items were donated for the silent auction, which was a huge success and provides funds for purchasing the brisket, sausage and chicken for the meal. A great time was enjoyed by all. Please mark your calendar for next year's reunion.