Los Angeles Donau Schwabian Dancegroup  

Sharing the Past with the Future

  D.S. Foundation
  Los Angeles
  St. Louis





We reserve this space for announcements from the Danube-Swabian community. Weddings, anniversaries, births, parties, you name it - this is the place for it!


Presenting Alison Gregorka & Erik Knoedler!

Erik Knoedler & Alison Gregorka

Erik Knoedler, 28, will be marrying Alison Gregorka, 25, at a private ceremony at the home of the bride in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 21, 2011.  The couple announced their engagement on Thanksgiving Day.  Erik is the son of Richard and Trudi (Poth) Knoedler of San Gabriel, CA. and long-time supporters of the Dance Group. (Erik's maternal grandparents were Mathias and Anna Poth, Donauschwaben from the German Banat.)  He is presently completing his Master's work in German Language at CSULB.  Alison is the daughter of Dave and Joan Gregorka and is a Stanford graduate who recently completed her teaching credential at CSULB.  The couple met when Erik was living in Seal Beach and Alison was training for what would become the 2008 Silver Medal U.S. Women's National Water and Olympics Polo Team.  They have been together since spring of 2008, and Trudi says, "I knew she was the one when Erik brought her home to meet the family on Mother's Day!"  The couple plans to honeymoon in the Alps and take up residency in Portland, Oregon, upon their return. The entire Danubeswaben community wishes them happiness, health and prosperity.


Happy 80th Birthday - Frau Barbara Krispel!

Celebrating Barbara's birthday are her children Barbara Redl, Josef Krispel, Veronica Schulz, and Raymond Krispel as well as Father Hermann. And a special Happy Birthday from all those that she taught to dance every Wednesday night. We wish her many, many more birthdays!



One More! Congratulations to Gerti & Rudy Ehrat on their 25th wedding anniversary!


Last week, Karl & Theresia Seitz celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their first great-grandson, Jack McIvor Duncan. We wish them many more.

Karl & Theresia Seitz




Edward & Paula Pfeiffer

Paula and Edward Pfeiffer of Oceanside celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married in Neusatz, Yugoslavia on August 19, 1944.

Birth Annoucement!

Bill & Jan Kolbow

As President of the Dancegroup it's Will's job to add members whenever and however he can.

It should come as no surprise that Jen and Will Kolbow are expecting ... and their expecting alot! Twins!

We may even have Christmas Babies!

Thanks for leading by example!

Needless to say Grandparents Bill and Eva couldn't be happier!


Hansi Becker

Not only is Hansi the 2009 Dancegroup Koenig but now he's also been awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Goethe-Institut. He was one of four granted the scholarship from more than 3,500 candidates. He'll be studying German in Mannheim Germany for the summer.

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution that operations worldwide. They promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. They also foster knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics.

With their network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centers, they have played a central role in the cultural and educational policies of Germany for over 50 years.

To learn more about the Goethe-Institut, visit their website at Goethe-Institut .



Today the age 50 will be redefined by someone who is truly

One of a kind…

Not “over the hill,” but “on top of the mountain.”

Heidi Schiessler Celebrated her 50th at The Anaheim White House Restaurant.




Presenting Jesse & Nikki Duncan!

For Pictures of the wedding, click here!


Birth Announcements:

Announcing the 2025 Koenigsball King and his Princesses!

(Although it's beginning to look like the King and his Harem!) 

Introducing Lauren Ann & Anya Maria Wendl. Proud Parents and Big Sister: Norman, Christine & Grace Wendl.

Born on September 1st at 3:39

 Lauren Ann

5 lbs. 6 oz.

18" long

Born on September 1st at 3:41 pm

Anya Maria

4 lbs. 12 oz.

16.5" long



Hannah Alena Czorniak was born on 9/23/08 at 9.51 pm weighing 5 lbs 13 oz and 20 inches long.   She is very healthy and such a good baby. We are all very blessed. 

Proud parents:  John Czorniak and Elke Schreiner

Even prouder and extremely thrilled Opa Johann (Hannes) Schreiner

Damien Erik Mayer was born Wednesday September 10, 2008 at 8:26 AM.  He was 8lbs. 2oz. and his length was 20.5".  He has been such a sweet baby so far and we are enjoying every minute with him.  His big brother and sister can't get enough of him.

Thanks to all for the wonderful thoughts, prayers and gifts.  We thank you all for the support.  Enjoy the attached pictures.

Phil, Carla, Derek, Bridget & Damien Mayer

No You're Not Seeing Double!

Born 8-26-2008 to Stephanie & Chris Stabio

Daniella Theresia
Born at 2:42 pm
5 pounds 10 ounces
18 ¾ inches long
Riley Katherine
Born at 2:43 pm
4 pounds 15 ounces
18.5 inches long



Presenting !

Madeline Sutton

Here are the Statistics! Born to John and Bianka Sutton at 11:30pm on November 14, 2007! 8 pounds 4 ounces! 21 inches l0ng!!! Definitely a girl! She's got pretty (closed) blue eyes, blonde hair and oh so kissable lips!






Presenting !

Wyatt Kai Schurrke

"Hi! I'm Wyatt and I've just adopted the greatest parents in the world! Keith & Tina Schurrke (Maldonado)‎"








Presenting !

Gabriella Elisabeth Thompson

Hans and Maria Spitz, long-time active and well known members of the Danube Swabian community, are proud new GREAT grandparents of a beautiful baby girl, Gabriella Elisabeth Thompson, born September 26, 2007, in Santa Barbara, to Elke and Gordon Thompson. Elke is the daughter of Marietta, former dance group member and proud new "Omi," who is the daughter of Hans and Maria Spitz. The entire family welcomes little "Gabi" with love!



Kyle Jakob Wippler

Born June 20, 2006

7 lbs. 3 oz.

19.5 inches


(Lindsey has a "little Brother!)


Happy Birthday

Karl & Theresia Seitz on Karl Seitz's 80th Birthday


Wedding Announcement



John Sutton & Bianka Schulz


They've set the date!


July 21st, 2006!





Michael Widak and Erika Arbiso announce their wedding.

Save the date - February 4, 2006

Wedding at St. Stephen's Church

Reception at the Swiss Park

We wish them every happiness!





Birth Announcement



Grace Apollonia Wendl

Parents: Norman & Christine Wendl

Born August 4, 2005




Presenting ...

Bridget Ann Mayer;

Parents: Carla and Phillip Mayer

Born 2:10pm 6-16-2005

8 pounds, 3 ounces

20 inches tall




Matt and Erika Mayer and "Big Sister" Mia

Sophia Frances Mayer

Born May 6, 2005

7 lbs.  8 oz.  -  19 1/2 inches




Chris & Linda Mayer

Katharina Quinn Mayer

Born November 3, 2004

8 lbs. 9 oz., 20 inches



Collage of Steps To USMAGraduates of the United States Military Acadamy at West Point are known as the "Long Gray Line". They include some of our nation's most famous and influential men: Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George S. Patton, Omar Bradley, Douglas Mac Arthur, Dwight Eisenhower, and Norman Schwarzkopf.

Aerial photo of West PointEach candidate must obtain a nomination from a member of Congress or from the Department of the Army and are evaluated for admission on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential, physical aptitude and medical qualification.

Soon another name will be added to that "Long Grey Line", Kurt Boehm; son of Herb & Marie Boehm and grandson of Josef & Grete Boehm and Les and Susan Rushing.

From all of us, Good Luck Kurt. We're all proud of you.



We have two recent birthdays:

Frau Schmelzer celebrated here birthday at German Heritage Day at Old World. I asked her which birthday this was. She said, "more than 39!" That much I knew since Anneliese and I share the same birthday. I won't tell you how old Anneliese is but I'm 53.


Oma Resi (Seitz) celebrated her 80th birthday with her family. We all hope we have many, many more.


Congratulations Stephan & Mitzi


Presenting  Kirsten Hailey Kurz

Born April 10, 2004

8 lbs. 7 oz., 21 inches




newborn Lindsay 1.jpg (238303 bytes)Congratulations Wally and Laurie 

Presenting  Lindsay Isabella Wippler

Born January 21, 2004 at 6:26 AM

7 lbs. 3 oz., 20 inches



Congratulations Carla and Phillip !

Presenting Derek Leopold Mayer

Born November 1, 2003 at 2:46 PM

8 lbs. 1 oz., 19 1/2 Inches



Congratulations Erika and Michael!


Joseph John Widak

Born September 8, 2003

8 lbs. 21 Inches






Congratulations Jennifer and Will!

Look who's tying the knot! Will Kolbow asked Jennifer Dahl to marry him on a beach in Cambria. How romantic! The two met at California State University Fullerton in of all places a statistics class! Will had just passed the test with an "A" and Jennifer, well she didn't get an "A". Being the polite guy that he is (and recognizing the opportunity to make time with an available co-ed) Will offered to help Jenn study for the next test. Their first "study session" consisted of dinner at TGI Friday's and a horrible game of pool. There must have been at least a little studying going on because they both passed the statistics class, and the rest is history. That brings us to the wedding. It's scheduled for August 7, 2004. The ceremony and reception will be in the evening at the Springfield Banquet Center in Fullerton and The Express will be playing.



Look Who's Expexcting!

It seems that some of our members have been reading the Bible lately, especially the party about going forth and multiplying!


Congratulations Mitzi and Stefan Kurz

Guess who's expecting an Easter baby? It's Stefan and Mitzi! And you'll never guess how they announced it to Terri! Seems they called her but didn't get an answer. (Dennis was out of town). They called several times later in the evening and still no answer. Concerned, they called the police and asked them to check on her. After some very personal questions about her binge drinking habits, the police agreed to drive over. (You pass out once at a New Year's evening party and they never let you forget!) Next thing you know the Moreno Valley cops are crawling on her patio roof and banging on her bedroom window with their batons.

Before leaving, the police congratulated Terri on becoming a grandmother.



Congratulation Lori and Walter Wippler

We don't know if Wally and Lori are going to have a little girl or boy but you can bet that he or she will be a great dancer!








Joe & Grete Boehm

50th Anniversary - April 12, 1953

St. Stephen's by Father Lani

Original members of the Dance group












Mitzi Oliver & Stefan Kurz

Date: April 19, 2003

Ceremony  & Reception: Los Serranos Country Club

Well it's about time! Mitzi and Stefan met at work in 1993 and have been soul mates ever since. Stefan is the ATM Supervisor at Brinks Armored Security but before that he was a member of the Middle Dance Group. Mitzi is an insurance company receptionist. They will be setting up housekeeping in Chino Hills where they recently purchased their home. We wish them both our sincerest best wishes.







Stephanie Konrad & Christopher Stabio
Date - September 15, 2001
Ceremony - St. Stephen's 
Reception -  Phoenix Club

Stephanie's been in the dance group since she was a little girl. Six years ago, on a trip to Raging Waters in San Dimas, she meet the "perfect" man for her. Chris is a police officer and is practicing his dancing to impress all of us on his wedding day! Stephanie has also been busy, she's started a new job with the city. They have already purchased a home to start their new lives together. We wish them both all our best.


Congratulations Linda & Chris

Benjamin Kai Mayer

Born: 8/8/02 around 3:30 PM.

Height: 19"

Weight: 6 pounds, 6 ounces.







Alexandra Diamond

Born to Jeff and Sabena (Friedrich) Diamond

March 21, 2001

Alex says, "As soon as Mommy potty trains me, I'm joining the "Little" dance group! She says there's going to be cute little boys for me to dance with."






8th Annual "Just the Guys" Summer Weekend - October 14, 2001 - Hail, Hail The Gangs All Here!
Each year, "die Burschen" head out "ohne Frauen" for the weekend. This summer we spent it at the Rudy's cabin in Lake Tahoe. It gives us a chance to reminisce - who had the fastest car? (Joe Widak always wins this one!). Who had the best party? (The girls, in general, win this one - they had better food than the guys). Who dated the cutest girl? (We all did!) The stories get better every year! 
From left to right - Joe, Gunther, Willie, Tony, Karl, Rudy and Frank.  See you next year!



Golden Anniversary -    
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   Karl & Theresia Seitz,  September 18, 1949, Feffernitz, Austria.