Fifty-one descendents out of a possible 420 living descendents of Thomas and Jennie (Fleming) Dinsdale attended the reunion at the North Tama Activity Center in Traer on Sunday, July 22, 2012. David Dinsdale, Glen Witt and Maxine Bushbaum hosted the potluck dinner.
David Dinsdale presided over the meeting. The oldest member in attendance was Dean Jellings (83) of Traer, IA and the youngest was Stephen Knobe (20 mos.) of Chicago, IL. Charles Dinsdale traveled the farthest from Albuquerque, New Mexico for a total of 1075 miles. Those in attendance were from Ames, Reinbeck, Traer, Waterloo, Omaha, NE, Urbandale, Overland Park, KS, Albuquerque, NM, Tulsa, OK, Des Moines, Cumming, Marshalltown, Dumont, Ankeny, Chicago, IL and Lucas.
Joan Reuman, family historian, placed Historian Reports on each table for all to read. There were 3 deaths, 5 marriages and 2 births.
Deaths: Thomas Dinsdale died August 25, 2011 at age 74. He was the son of Floyd & Mae Dinsdale and father of Andrew, Meredith, Jacquelyn and Olivia. Louise Dinsdale died September 30, 2011 at age 94. She was the wife of LeRoy Dinsdale and mother of John, Chester, Richard, Judith and William. Taylor Ryan Bushbaum died June 4, 2012 at birth. His parents are Ryan & Charlotte Bushbaum, grandparents are John & Maxine Bushbaum and great grandparents are the late Vern & Mildred Witt.
Marriages: Jacquelyn Dinsdale, daughter of Thomas, married Nicholas Louis Spring September 10, 2011. Jacquelyn is the granddaughter of the late Floyd & Mae Dinsdale. Taylor Witt, son of Jeff and Karla, married Teresa Jo Zmolek October 15, 2011. Taylor is the grandson of Kenneth and the late Georgia Witt. Great grandson of the late Vern & Mildred Witt. John William Hegeman, son of Robert & Rebecca, married Susan Jiafeng Li November 12, 2011. John is the grandson of the late Wallace & Velma Ash and great grandson of the late Roy & Frances Keller. Amber L'Allier, daughter of Susan married Ryan George Filip June 16, 2012. Amber is the granddaughter of Marilyn (Dinsdale) & Dean Jellings and the late Calvin Dinsdale. Crystal Witt, daughter of Danny & Vicki married Justin Michael Lewis June 30, 2012. Crystal is the granddaughter of Don & Joanne Witt and great granddaughter of the late Vern & Mildred Witt.
Births: Sean David Snyder, born February 14, 2012 to David & Sally Snyder. Grandson of Marty & Jodi McConaughy and great grandson of Marilyn (Dinsdale) & Dean Jellings and the late Calvin Dinsdale. Grayson Robert Kramme, born March 8, 2012 to Luke & Chantel. Grandson of Ross & Kathy Witt. Great grandson of Glen & JoAnn Witt and great great grandson of the late Vern and Mildred Witt.
Joan read a poster inviting the public to hear the testimony of a miracle from God received by Ema McKinley. Ema is the sister of Mary Lois, wife of Morris Dinsdale. This event will be held at the Middle School in Waverly, IA on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
David Dinsdale shared several entries from his Mother, Frances Dinsdale's, diaries.
Dotta and Larry announced the engagement of their son Jared and upcoming marriage in June 2013.
Family members currently serving in our armed forces include Paul and Carol Foster's son Tom in the Air Force at Tucson, AR. Jane Knoop's grandson, Braden Knoop, in the Marine Corp Reserves. David and Linda Dinsdale's son, Isaac Nordgaard in the Navy near Seattle, WA. Myron Dinsdale's daughter and her husband, Gayle and Barry Hansen in the Air Force Reserves at Dallas, TX.
Jodi talked to Craig this morning and gave everyone an update. Craig fell off of a ladder on July 1st and fractured his back. He is recuperating at his home in Byron, MN. David put a call into Craig so we could all wish him well.
Linda Claussen and Dianne Obrecht volunteered to be in charge of the next reunion and Larry & Dotta will help them or get someone to do so. The reunion will be July 28, 2013 at the NTAC in Traer. After the meeting we enjoyed ice cream and desserts while visiting. We signed a get well card for Craig Dinsdale.