The 2012 McKenna reunion for the families of the late Charles and Clara McKenna was held on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Taylor Park in Traer. Forty-five family members attended the potluck dinner.
A family business meeting was conducted after dinner by President Sara Schlorholtz. Family members decided at the meeting that the reunion would be held every other year, so 2014 will be the next reunion. Officers for the next reunion are Rita Eckardt, President; Dan McKenna, Vice President; and Teresa Schlorholtz, Secretary-Treasurer. We did not have a reunion in August 2011 so we had news to share for two years.
There were eight births reported. Cooper James Malecek was born June 24, 2012. His parents are Jim and Wendi Malecek and grandparents are Phyllis and Mike Malecek. August Thiele was born on December 27, 2010. His parents are Joe and Doria Thiele. Landon Barnum was born January 2, 2011 and Ethan Barnum was born on May 27, 2012. Parents of these children are Jennifer and Luke Barnum. The grandparents of these three babies are Pam and John Thiele. Maksim Robert Albright was born October 22, 2010 to Mindy and Rob Albright. His grandparents are Dale and Sherry McKenna. Great-grandparents to these four children are Maxine McKenna and the late Harold McKenna. Jules McKenna DeJoode was born on July 27, 2012 to Adam and Liz DeJoode. Her grandparents are Dick and Collette McKenna. Tanner Clint DeBuhr was born December 13, 2011 to Lisa and Clint DeBuhr. Ereka Clara McKenna was born May 2, 2012 to Jason and Kimberly McKenna. Grandparents of both of these children are Joe and Eileen McKenna. Great-grandparents to these three children are Patricia McKenna and the late Robert McKenna. Mike Carlson, son of the late Genevieve and Glenn Carlson sent a letter with news of their two grandchildren. Grandson, Kellen, was born June 6, 2008 and granddaughter, Monroe, was born October 7, 2010. Parents of both children are Nikki and Corey Mendoza.
The family was saddened by the death of Peggy Krafka, daughter of Patricia McKenna and the late Robert McKenna, on May 24, 2012.
The next reunion will be held in August 2014 at Taylor Park in Traer.