Granville special:  Eighty people gathered at Granville July 6 to celebrate the family reunion of Matilda (Thorman) and John Lammers who moved to Granville in 1929.

They had ten children, Kathryn, Helen, Evelyn, Vincent, Margaret, Mary, Clara, Teresa, and Harold; 37 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. The group that gathered was from 11 states and over 50 are direct descendants of Matilda and John.

Because of John’s health, Matilda and John moved from Polo, S.D., where they had been farming. They brought some of their dairy cattle with them and established and operated a dairy in Granville from 1929 until John’s death of a heart attack Nov. 18, 1933, at age 46. Matilda continued to operate the dairy with the help of her children after his death. Matilda died Jan. 11, 1971, at age 83.

Children attending the reunion were Kathryn Ney of Granville; Helen Lammers of Sheldon; Evelyn Eulberg of Auburn, Calif.; Vincent Lammers of Little Rock, Ark.; Mary Holles of Sioux City; Clara Farrell of St. Paul, Minn.; and Teresa Brock of Forrest City, Ark.

Spouses of the children were Ted Ney, Joyce Lammers, Art Holles, Richard Pahre, Gene Farrell and Bill Brock.

Grandchildren attending included the children of Kathryn and Ted Ney, Doris Seyranian and husband Leon of Oakland, Calif.; Marilyn Leberman of Vienna, Va.; Maxine Noteboom and husband, Irv, of Granville.

Children of Evelyn Eulberg: Mary Ellen Harvey, of Paradise, Calif.; and Carla Tinonga and husband Matt of Concord, Calif.

Children of Vincent and Joyce Lammers: John and his wife Jane of Conway, Ark., and James of Bryan, Tex.

Children of Mary and Art Holles: Karen Leach, Bend, Ore.; Allen of Minneapolis; Glen and wife Carol of Fairfax, Va.; Wayne and wife Joan of Sioux City; Don and wife Connie of Anniston, Ala.; Mark and wife Linda of Rockville, Md.; and Kathy Hamilton and husband Tom of Fremont, Neb.

Children of Clara and Gene Farrell: Sheila Cramer and husband Paul of Edina, Minn.; Colleen with Steve Johnson of Minneapolis; Brian, Vincent, Mickey with Pat Ryan, and Joan with Steve France, all of St. Paul, Minn.

Great-grandchildren attending included: Mark and Peter Seyaranian, Julie Leberman, Lori Noteboom Haverdink and husband Jay of Overland Park, Kan.; and Shelly and David Noteboom; Keith and Kristin Harvey, Brook and Matthew Knight, children of Carla Tinonga.

Ben Lammers, son of John; Susan and Sarah Holles, daughters of Allen; Stacy and Toby, children of Glen; Shelly and Jeff Holles, children of Wayne; Missy, Cory and Christine Holles, children of Don; Kimberly Holles, daughter of Mark; Mike, Janie and Lori Hamilton, children of Kathy Hamilton; Mary Bree Cramer, daughter of Sheila Cramer; and Jennifer Haverdink, the only great-great grandchild.

Event began with mass at 1 p.m. with Rev. Harold Cooper celebrating. Deacon Bill Brock assisted.

Lectors were Marilyn Leberman and Brian Farrell, with Vincent Lammers and Peter Seyranian assisting as servers. Teresa and Bill Brock planned the liturgy service.

Following mass, a reception and dinner was held at Spalding Hall.

Vincent Lammers was master of ceremonies for the after dinner program.

Gifts were presented to the oldest attendee, Ted Ney; traveling the farthest to attend, Dick Pahre, Corvalis, Ore.; most family members attending, Mary and Art Holles, seven; all family members attending, Vincent Lammers family; youngest attending, Lori Hamilton; most children, Clara and Gene Farrell; most recently married, Lori and Jay Haverdink; most grandchildren, Mary and Art Holles; youngest grandparents, Maxine and Irv Noteboom.

All family members contributed to the reunion with acknowledge to Doris Seyranian for initiating and coordinating the gathering; to Kathryn Ney for hall and food arrangements; to Vincent and Joyce Lammers for compiling the Lammers family history booklet; to the Mary and Art Holles family hosting a July 4 dinner; and to Maxine and Irv Noteboom for hosting a July 5 dinner.

~Source: LeMars Sentinel, Friday, August 2, 1985