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Cuendet family holds 50th reunion

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Descendants of Ami and Charlotte Noverraz Cuendet, pictured above, held their 50th reunion in June at Monett City Park. Monett residents attending included: Jeanie Jameson, Randy Jameson, Dave and Kathy Parrigon, Terri and Melvin Casper, Travis Ash, Jaysa and Lance Isbell, Bryce and Cade, Mike and Michele Lay, Monica and Mackenzie, Mark Crow, Candace Crow, Matthew Crow, Ann Caraway, Jeff and Glenda Cuendet, Sarah Cuendet, Matt Cuendet, Lou Cuendet, K.C. Caldwell, Jack and Darlene Kelley, Susan and Ted Norris, and Craig and Sharon Kelley and Morgan. Out-of-town relatives attending were: JoAnn Griffiths and Makai, Indianapolis, Ind.; Sharon Drumm and Betty Carlson, Kankakee, Ill.; Leslye Minton and Leo Falcam III, Englewood, Colo.; Janice Hinchion, Castle Pines, Colo.; Ryan and Danielle Pruette, Parker, Colo.; Reese Cesario, Anna, Ally and Joe, Westminster, Colo.; Jeff Dinan, Tampa, Fla.; Mary Jack, Fort Worth, Texas; David and Tarra Jack, Kellan, Tristen and Brayden, Oxnard, Calif.; Richard and Amy Caldwell, Horse Cave, Ky.; Kristen and Chris Springer, Ella, Georgia, Juliette and Christopher, Germany; Todd and Kathy Johnson, Reese, Jarrett and Trey, Verona; Angie and Robert Wild, Jack, Jameson, Henry and Joseph, Ballwin; Sharon and John Borel, Overland Park, Kan.; Chris and Chelsea Jameson, Lydia and Julia, and Mary Lou Jameson, all of Olathe, Kan.; Eric and Shauna Norris, Neosho; Mitch and Sara Crow, Sam, Samantha and Summer, Pierce City; Jonathon Boucher, Columbia; John Borel, Branson; Gary and Susan Cuendet, Camdenton; Deborah Cuendet, Gamaliel, Ark.; Justin Cuendet, Mountain Home, Ark.; Lee Taylor and Mallory, Butler; Rod and Susan Kelley, Lee's Summit; Alisa and Caleb Wright, St. Louis; Cindy and John Borel, Jami and Jillian, Lenexa, Kan.; Lynne Smith and Aaron, Tulsa, Okla.; Melinda Caldwell, Harrison, Ark.; Kevin Norris and Claire, Ashley and Junior Foster, Republic; Martha and Mark Wells, Nathan Cuendet, Katie Parrigon, Kim and Greg Kollmeyer, Kayla and Halli Bartlesmeyer, Cassie and Kaarl Brown, Zack and Kay, all of Springfield. Attending as guests were Anna Cloud, Verona; Nick Jenkins, Monett; Christy Young, Tampa, Fla.; Zack Jester, Republic; Trenton Gaddy, Pittsburg, Kan.; and Laura Hiebert, St. Louis. [Chuck Nickle Photography]
Descendants of Ami and Charlotte Noverraz Cuendet met at Monett City Park on Saturday, June 23 for the 50th annual "gathering of the clan."

Ami and Charlotte, with their children, Julie and Eugene, came from Switzerland to the United States in 1887 and eventually settled near Monett on what is now Waldensian Road.

The Cuendets engaged in farming, raising strawberries and tomatoes and operated a canning factory. Twelve children were raised on the farm, which remained in the family until the mid-1970s.Pre-reunion activities began on Friday evening with a picnic supper at the home of Ted and Susan Norris. Approximately 80 family members enjoyed visiting, a history of the Cuendet coat of arms and watching movies of past reunions.

The family reconvened on Saturday for a basket dinner, with the blessing given by Ted Norris. Following the meal, a short business meeting was conducted by co-hosts Lynne Smith and Leslye Milton.

Greetings were extended from family members unable to attend. Births, deaths, marriages and accomplishments of family members during the past year were acknowledged.

After the meeting, an auction of family memorabilia was conducted and children had the opportunity to make a necklace of the Swiss flag. All family members attending received Cuendet pendants and a DVD copy of past reunion movies.

Katie Parrigon, Angie Wild and Alisa Wright volunteered to host the next reunion.

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