Last Saturday, we attended the funeral of my Uncle Marvin Meidinger. Not only was he brother to my mother, but he was everybody’s favorite uncle. We had just celebrated his 80th birthday. We are so mourning his passing. Never one to complain, Marvin was always joking around and telling stories and making comments on the state of affairs. Naturally, we all agreed that the Germans from Russia could do a great job of fixing this country. I say that with a grin.
Marvin was buried in the cemetery of my grandparents, Albert and Emma Meidinger. The last time we did a family history book, we included photos of the New Kassel Church. The building is no longer there, but I wanted my children and future generations to be able to find the cemetery and visit the final resting place of their ancestors.
According to my information, the church was built in 1905 and incorporated in 1911. It was destroyed by fire in March of 1938 and rebuilt that same years. In 1979, New Kassel merged with two other churches and formed the United Church of Christ in Wishek. It is located 11 miles north of Zeeland.
The black and white photo was taken in 1969 and the color photo in 1980.
I have always loved visiting cemeteries and was very pleased to find this one on a hot summers day.
There’s a new sign at the gate, but the church is no longer there. I do remember attending church there and wondering why it was filled with all my relatives. I guess now I understand. Most of them live along that very road and Grandma Meidinger was very diligent with their studies. They had to learn the Catechism in German. They gathered every evening after supper for religious studies…it was important to them to keep the faith. In the black and white photo below, my grandmother (with her hat) is standing in the crowd. I’m sure there are others I would recognize if I studied the picture closely. Uncle Marvin, Grandma and Grandpa and all the rest – until we meet again in Heaven.