The Pomnitz Family Newsletter
Adelbert Richard Pomnitz & Ida Marie Ernestina Telschaw)
From: Art Meissner, Editor,
Pomnitz Family Newsletter
To: Family Members-we-know-of-with-e-mail
Editor: Art Meissner...
Associate Editor: Nancy Meissner...
Historian: Charles Edwin Pomnitz...
Webmaster: Edwin Charles Pomnitz, Sr.
Family Website: http://www.pomnitz.net
Art Meissner - Editor
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
of this Newsletter
2. Report on the June 2001 Reunion
3. Family Stories, Events and Biographies:
» The Gow Children Remember Ida's Children
- Part II
4. "Passages": Births, Anniversaries,
5. Family T-Shirt
6. Volunteer Needed to Translate from German!
7. Donations Welcome Toward Costs of Family Projects
8. Family Chat Room Now Open
9. Newsletter Mechanics:
& Layout of the Newsletter
10. Contact Information:
» How to
» Where to send articles & news
11. NEXT NEWSLETTER DATE
THE PURPOSE of
this newsletter: to note and share items of possible interest for the "greater
Pomnitz Family". The 149 family names mentioned in the Family Tree are listed
Please do send me suggestions or ideas for future newsletters: they will be
REPORTS ON THE 2001 POMNITZ FAMILY REUNION: Three reports! One from Chuck Pomnitz, Family History; the second from our
New Associate Editor, Nancy Meissner; the third is from Ed Pomnitz in the form of over 40
photos taken at the Reunion, now
posted for all to see on the family website.
||CHUCK POMNITZ NOTES ON THE
We were favored with the splendid cookery of Jim Kusiak, Pat's husband. Contrary to
first impression, Jim did most of the cooking. He is a great chef!
With the wonderful contributions of various dishes from many people, it was grand feast.
I loved the apple pie and carrot cake baked by our good friend, Flo Holzen.
Her apple pie disappeared quickly and I almost missed it (my favorite!!).
My sister, Mabel, brought the candy and the leis from Hawaii. She can always be
depended upon for surprises.
Ed Pomnitz is amazing! The panoramic overview of the Pomnitz family from the 16th
Century to present is something to behold. I hope that everyone appreciated the
hours of work that went into that endeavor. I have the work, will carefully preserve
it, and will bring it to Canada in 2003. It is a superb depiction of one family's
genealogy. It inspires one to want to research further and to learn more about the
family! There is much more out there!
What a grand delegation from California: Hal Slear and his wife, Jennifer, Janet
Tolson and Don Grow, Bert (Alberta) Smith, and Jean Binney. The better than expected
turnout demonstrated that 'Family' means a great deal to our people.
See you all in Ontario in two years!
--- With love, Chuck (and his Helen!)"
||NANCY MEISSNER, Ace Reporter and ASSOCIATE EDITOR of this newsletter FILED THIS REPORT:
Dateline: 7th Biennial Pomnitz Reunion June 23, 2001 at Pat & Jim Kusiak's home in
From the moment of arrival until the last car drove away, warmth, friendship and fun were
the keywords of the day at the home of Pat & Jim Kusiak in Macomb, Michigan, where the
7th Biennial Pomnitz Reunion was held on June 23, 2001.
Pat's folks, Chuck and Helen Pomnitz, greeted each family at the sign-in table with warm
hugs and a packet containing name tags, a letter of welcome & family history, and a
family address list.
The name tags included mysterious marks which we later discovered were to designate family
relationships. Those with 6 dots indicated the senior family members. Those
with 5 dots were their spouses. Name tags of the senior members' children were
marked with 4 dots and their spouses' had 3. Two dots designated senior member's
grandchildren and their friends.
The turnout was wonderful. All of the five family branches were represented: Binney,
Gow, Hanmer, Meissner and Pomnitz. Folks traveled from Arizona, California,
Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.
In attendance were the following Family Members: (If we missed anyone, please let us
know...'for the record'.)
-»POMNITZ: Tim Slear; Hal Slear & Jennifer Hunt-Slear; Mabel M. Pomnitz Slear;
Barb, Glen, Katie, Becky, Alex & Eric Page; Edwin & children Zachary and Lara
Jeneane Pomnitz; Myra Radde Pomnitz; Charles & Helen Pomnitz; Charles Joseph Pomnitz;
Richard Pomnitz; Jerome & Sherrie Peruski; NicoleElias & friend Nick Stacy; Karen
Elias & friend Sean Monticciolo; David Elias; Louie Elias; Jennifer Peruski &
friend Christopher Piccherro.
-»BINNEY: Janet Tolson-Grow & Don Grow; Jean Binney Smith; Bert (Alberta)
Binney Tolson Smith; Jim Wyche; Lila Binney Westenberg.
-»HANMER: Pat Petrove.
-»GOW: Athol Gow; Jim Gow; Marion & Don McKeown; Ruth and Angelo Borras.
-»MEISSNER: Nelson Kelm and Jan Gregg-Kelm; John & Marcia Meissner, III;
Nancy Meissner; John & Evelyn Meissner, Jr.
As Chuck greeted family members, it didn't take long for relatives to share more hugs and
greetings with each other.
Art Meissner, whose continuing recovery from recent surgery prevented his attending,
generously shipped a wheel of his own goats' aged cheese, as well as a good supply of
fresh goat cheese. Cheese & crackers - hugs & kisses - it was a sight!
Ed Pomnitz created two large (4'x8') and truly beautiful charts - one showing the family
leafs as posted on the web site (note: it does seem that some in the family should be
designated more as nuts than leafs, but I guess it's not for this reporter to say), and
the second chart showing the family tree. These were fascinating and added a great
deal of visual help in figuring out who's who.
People gradually drifted through to Pat & Jim's beautifully landscaped backyard and
into the shade of tents set up for our dinner. And what a meal it was - ham and
chicken, assorted salads, pasta, breads, ice cold sodas and coffee, served buffet-style
with plenty for those desiring second helpings.
Desserts were served in the kitchen & dining areas of the house. Let's just say
that the Pomnitz genes for great cooks & bakers were distributed very well through the
generations. The leftover desserts alone could probably feed a family of four for
three years (okay - this may be a slight, but only a slight exaggeration).
A family business meeting led by Chuck Pomnitz followed our leisurely meal. Chuck
explained the cryptic dots on our name tags and then had each family branch introduce its
members. It was a good way to get a better handle on how we all fit together.
Chuck and also John Meissner, Jr. shared a couple of jokes. Little did we know that
standup comedy is part of our family talent. In fact, we still didn't know this even
after the jokes were told. (No, really - they were very cute, funny and
Nancy Meissner was introduced and distributed the sheet Ed Pomnitz had prepared for the
family. This described the web site, gave some additional family history, and special
thanks was given to Art Meissner as Editor in Chief of the Pomnitz Family
Newsletter. Nancy mentioned that donations were being accepted that would help
offset web site and newsletter costs. Ed also suggested that funds might be used for
possible future projects, such as the restoration of the Pomnitz family Bible.
Don & Marion McKeown graciously offered to host the next reunion in Fergus the summer
After the meeting, people lingered, conversations continued, and a photo frenzy broke out.
At one point, there was a large group taking pictures of the senior members of the
family. After those pictures were taken, someone suggested just handing all the
cameras over to the senior members so they could take pictures of the rest of the group
who had just taken their pictures. Then someone suggested we all just stand there
and take pictures of each other taking pictures of us!
Hopefully Pat & Jim's neighbors didn't have to witness this. Honestly, if anyone
missed out on having their picture taken, it was because they were intentionally hiding
out behind the barn!
While the picture-taking may not have been highly organized, it was great fun.
Hopefully everyone can share these either now or at the next reunion.
A perfect June day was one of God's gifts to the family. But I think we all agree
that His larger gift is to be a part of such a warm, gracious family.
Many thanks to Pat & Jim Kusiak and to Barb & Glenn Page and their families for
their tremendous efforts and hard work in hosting our 7th Biennial Pomnitz Reunion.
--- Nancy Meissner, Associate Editor
PLEASE SEND US FAMILY STORIES, BIOGRAPHIES and notes of interest for future newsletters. Questions about any
aspect of the Family Tree or history? Well track down answers for you.
Jot down a bio-note about yourself, one of your parents, or one of your immediate
family. They will be shared and saved in the Archives.
THE GOW CHILDREN REMEMBER IDA'S CHILDREN: PART II - 04-30-01 - Fergus, Ontario... From Ruth Gow
After my sisters reminisced about this
weekend of almost 60 years ago, we shared little snatches of memories of our mother's
Sister Marion (whose second name is Alberta)
remembered AUNT BIRDIE (ALBERTA BINNEY) as tall, slim, elegant, with a long neck, and that
she often wore big-brimmed dark hats. UNCLE WALTER BINNEY liked a particular shoe
store in Fergus, and the store owner, Mr. Lindsay. Marion remembers going to the dry
goods store with AUNT BIRDIE, and she bought her some material for a dress; it had
postage-stamp sized pictures on a red background. Our mom made her a dress with
it. My sister Marion also recalls that AUNT BIRDIE would come on the bus to Fergus
to visit us. She also remembers that UNCLE WALTER liked watermelons and that he was
jolly. These recollections come from the time when Marion was in about grade six or
Alice remembers that when she was quite
young AUNT CELIA and UNCLE JOHN MEISSNER once visited. They had brought candies,
which must have been disappearing quickly. Uncle John said, "These candies will
still be here tomorrow....you don't have to eat them all today."
Brother Bob told us HOW UNCLE JAKE AND AUNT
LILLIE POMNITZ met. She was working in a chocolate factory, and had written her name
and address on a paper which went out with a box of chocolates. Jake answered the
My own recollections from the late 40's of
the Pomnitz aunts and uncles are of Celia and John, Mary and Charles and of cousin Ruth
Wyche. I remember the first time I saw AUNT CELIA MEISSNER. She was getting
out of the car with a huge iced cake in her hands, chocolate with a light-orange coloured
icing. Oh so good!!
I remember UNCLE CHARLIE POMNITZ talking to
my father in the back yard and thinking that they both could talk for an awfully long
time. Charlie had on a white shirt and a tie. I remember the 3-faced doll AUNT
MARY brought me. I still have it.
I had a brief glimpse of RUTH WYCHE, daughter of AUNT BIRDIE. I remember her as a
very fit-looking woman, dressed in a crisp white blouse, speaking to my mother at the
I did not meet AUNT MAISIE HANMER until the
summer of 71. She arrived in a camper by surprise on a Sunday afternoon in
August. I will never forget how she and our Mom looked like two young girls at
supper table, reminiscing about their lives. AUNT MAISIE told us the anecdote of how
she got in trouble for going over the budget by buying maple syrup to cook with at the
Interlochen Music Camp. After being scolded, she confessed to her boss she had been
making the maple syrup all along. From potato skins and cane sugar!
And for one last memory, I remember my
mother often telling me that HER MOTHER (IDA) would always send her to what today would be
a convenience store: to a certain lady's store that was not so close, because that lady
needed the money. So my mother always had to go that extra mile.
REPORTED SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER (births, graduations, marriages, deaths, careers):
||Death: October 20, 2000
- MARY JONAS POMNITZ (1910-2000), wife of Charles. Mary passed on October 28th,
2000. After my Grandfather had passed in 1954, she moved from East Orange, New
Jersey to Tom's River, New Jersey. Her last residence was in Brick, New Jersey,
Ocean County (ZIP - 08724).
From childhood to my early teens and to this very day I have very fond and loving memories
of "Grandma Mary". I had last seen her in 1985 when I traveled to Tom's
River, New Jersey. This was the only time my son Charles Joseph (Keeper) was to see
his "Great Grandma Mary". Charles was three and a half at the time.
She had a trailer on 513 Floral Way in Tom's River, close to her sister Anna and her
brother Frank. They all had trailers in the same park in Tom's River.
"Grandma Mary" was a strong lady with a strikingly beautiful presence.
Ever since I can remember, she had brilliant white hair. She was quite generous with
her family giving of herself to care for others. I believe she had given my
Grandfather, Charles Edwin, her deepest love and provided for his happiness for better
than the last decade of his life. They had married in June of 1940. Mary was
his fourth wife. She had been his secretary. His first wife, Minnie Garner was
my Dad's, Charles Griffith, natural mother. Please pray for this grand lady, Grandma
Mary, and her eternal peace.
---Love, Ed Pomnitz
||Birth: July 24, 2000 -
Zachary Michael, son of Greg & Pamela Westenberg.
||Birth: Dec 25, 2000 -
Veronica May Petras, daughter of Matt and Heather
||Birth: May 19, 2001 - William
Anthony Pomnitz, son of James and May Pomnitz.
||A Pomnitz Family T-Shirt will be offered
for sale, soon, at cost. Watch The Pomnitz Family Web for its appearance!
You will see a great, fun Family "Coat of Arms".
VOLUNTEER NEEDED TO TRANSLATE FROM GERMAN: Our Family Researchers (Ed Pomnitz & Chuck Pomnitz) are
soliciting your help if you can read and translate German to English. While both of
them know a bit of German, occasionally they run into documents that could use a master's
hand. If you can help (or know someone who can help), please contact us. Our
DONATIONS WELCOME TOWARD COSTS OF FAMILY
PROJECTS (a note from the Editor):
Our Pomnitz Family Website is almost two years old now. Ed Pomnitz (our genetic
computer guru) has designed and developed the Site, relying on irreplaceable help from
Chuck Pomnitz among others. A freewill collection was received at the June Reunion,
bringing in $171.14 US!! This will go towards web hosting (pomnitz.com &
pomnitz.net), Restoration/Preservation of the Family Bible of Albert and Ida, Hardcopy
Newsletter Mailing and whatever is beneficial and appropriate. Expenditures will be
summarized and reported in full in future newsletters. We are in the process of
establishing a "Pomnitz Family Advisory Board" (PFAB!!) to provide guidance in
what our funds should be spent for, and on future Family projects.
your contributions to:
Mr. Edwin C. Pomnitz, Sr.
7891 Marlborough Ave.
Parma, Ohio 44129
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the world. You can find it in the "In Touch" area, http://www.pomnitz.net/intouch/index.htm,
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