Hi,Lucy, yes, I'm Linda. I don't remember if I've met you or not. Didn't your family live in San Antonio? Is your father still living? The last time I saw any of my Brau relatives was in May, 1995 when I visited Vera and Vastine and saw Karen and her 2 children. This was shortly before Vera had to put Vastine in the nursing home and then he died not long after that. I think it was just a few months after that Vera was found dead in her chair by Karen. Vera said at the time that Vernon and Billie had moved to Uncle Arno's and Aunt Sophie's farm and built a new house. Do they still live there?
What happened to Karen and her family? Her husband had been very ill for some time the last time I saw her in 1995. I sent her something after Vera died, but it came back. Does she still live in Seguin?
I haven't lived in the US in almost 15 years so the last time I went to the Etzel reunion was 30 years ago. I have lived in Mexico for a total of 10 years, Germany for a little over 3 years and I just spent the last year in Turkey. Now I am back in Germany in east Germany on the German-Polish border. I have been retired on disability for many years which is how I can move around like I want.
I have been married 3 times, widowed twice and have no children, but I have 5 cats. Marriages:
John Christian Baum, originally from Washington, DC
married 1969, divorced 1971
Richard John Otto Lewin, originally from Glens Falls, NY
married April, 1973; he died suddenly in June, 1993
Helmut Lehnert, originally from Essingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
married December, 1996, he died suddenly 30 May 2000
As you know, my father's and Uncle Arno's grandmothers were 2 sisters named Zwernemann. I had a book on WWII fighter aces and there was a young Luftwaffe ace named Joseph Zwernemann. I can't say for sure if he was related to us, but the name is not common here. If you want, I can contact the Bundeswehr historical section to see if they know where he was from. He was killed late in the war and was rather young at the time.
Aunt Sophie must have been related to the von Mindens because I don't remember my father ever saying anything about us being related.
One of my cousins on my mother's side was planning to go to the Jungermann-Giese reunion in Round Top. I hadn't realized Uncle Benno had connections to Round Top. Have you ever heard of these families?
There is someone else on this forum looking for information on the family, DG Hodge. I think it might be one of cousin Norma's children, but I'm not sure. Do you know this person?
Let me know how your project's turning out. You can send me a private e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org