Sunset Fest ~ 2017

Father Bob White and his blond friend Arlo dined with special guest Archbishop Bernard Hebda and brother Bill White. 

The occasion was the Annual Sunset Fest and also a celebration of the 160th anniversary of the St. Victoria Catholic Church.

Enjoying the broasted chicken dinner, Jim and Kathy Paulsen, in the foreground, Gary and Bonnie Mohr behind them.

Ready to dig in, clockwise from the left:  Jeanette Hay, Doug Hines, Pat Henning, Jim and Tina Healy, June Henning, Susan Hines, and Judy Janish.

The lovely tented setting adjacent to the church was an attractive substitute for the usual Sunset Fest location, which is across the street in Lions Park and the Lions Shelter, now under renovation.

Erv and Linda Spevacek, always dressed up and not dressed down.

Perfectly arranged, Jim and Betti Igel on the left, Janet Davidson and Bob Wendt on the right, with the historical St. Victoria steeple also in the picture.

Three of the Schmieg sisters — Barb Radde, Connie Jeurissen, Cindy Worm — and their other ten siblings have many ancestors who were among the earliest pioneers of Victoria and St. Victoria.

John Abel, the new Director of Shared Ministries at St. Victoria, arranged for an historical display of photos and artifacts from the past many decades of the church.  That’s his wife Lauren.

I recognized most of the photos as coming from the files of the Victoria Gazette, all of them enlarged with great clarity.

I received the original of this historical photo of the old school and church several years ago from the late Whitey Wellens, longtime member of the community and the church.

I loaned several past issues of the Victoria Gazette that pertained to church things and church history.

Thanks for the party, Fr. Bob.