Witt family hosts reunion

Saturday, December 23, 2017
Approximately 420 members of the Witt family gathered for a reunion in July. Attendees were adorned in varying colors of T-shirts signifying which branch of the family they belonged. Contributed photo

Event highlighted by food, dance, games

The traditional gathering of the descendants of Ferdinand and Mary (Ptach) Witt was held on Saturday, July 15, at the St. Mary Church Activity Center in Pierce City, with approximately 420 family members in attendance.

Registration began at 11 a.m. Family members gathered in the gymnasium which was decorated in a “Together We Make a Family” puzzle piece theme using puzzle pieces to decorate the tables. All family members 85 years or older and/or married 50 years or more were recognized and presented with a reunion candy bar. A memory table was set up for family members to place photographs of in remembrance of family members who were no longer with us.

Family member Bonnie Witt-Schulte served as Master of Ceremonies throughout the day. A basket luncheon was enjoyed at 11a.m.

A business meeting was held at 1 p.m., at which time prizes were awarded to the following: Wisest (Oldest) female – Sue Hagedorn; Wisest (Oldest) Male – Wayne Perry and Raymond Hagedorn; Married the Longest – Ed and Waunita Witt; Newest Member (baby) – Devyn Tottingham, daughter of Stacy and Simon Tottingham. Each recipient was given a family candy bar. Directly after the business meeting a family photograph was coordinated by Chance Reynold’s Photography. Family members were divided into groups according to their branch of the family tree and were designated by the color they were wearing: Henry and Francis Witt branch wore purple; Frank and Mary Witt branch wore green; Anna and Anton Friday branch wore blue; Martha and Joe Warth branch wore white; Bertha and Albert Radke branch wore orange; August and Anna Witt branch wore yellow; and Bernard and Anna Witt branch wore red.

The remainder of the afternoon was for adults was spent playing Bingo, updating the family tree website, and enjoying sharing conversation and memories with family members. Special activities for the younger family members included a kite making, a “Witt Family” egg hunt, playing dress-up and a movie area.

Many family members attended and participated in mass at St. Mary’s Church at 4 p.m. After mass, they enjoyed the “Duck Race.” Family members were able to purchase a duck for a buck throughout the day. Ducks were placed in the creek behind the activity center and the duck crossing the finish line won half of the monies collected.

Following a basket-dinner, a dance was held with music provided by family member David Jones.

The next Witt Reunion will be held on July 11, 2020.

More information can be found at www.wittreuion.com or on Facebook.