August 31st 2016

VOLUME 12 ISSUE 35 2016

August 31, 2016

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The Norway Current/Menominee County News Mary Spera

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Veterans of all ages and eras getting together to share memories and join in the camaraderie at the picnic.

community is why we meet. However, our membership has lost many of the men and women who have supported the organization for so many years. That is why we need our combat vets to know we are here for them if they would only reach out to a member, your neighbor, today and become a part of what once was a cornerstone of our community and can be again.

The members of the VFW would like to thank the People of Norway, the City of Norway Parks and Recreation, Ebelings Market, and the families and friends of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars who made a beautiful day a beautiful memory. Men and Women who have fought for our freedom on foreign soil join the VFW to support and comfort each other so they can live productive, happy lives while carrying the burden of the horrors of war that never fade, but can only be shared. Giving to each other and our


It’s as if time stood still on one sunny, beautiful Saturday afternoon. The day was filled with family, laughter, banter and great food. The Casanova families united at the original homestead of Frank (Nono) and Barbara (Nona) Casanova, on Piers Gorge Road on August 6th, 2016, to celebrate the homestead’s 100th year anniversary. The two story, yellow brick house built in 1916 still stands proud on its solid foundation. A foundation not only of bricks and mortar, but also in the foundation of family and traditions. The eyes of those who keep those memories alive, gazed at the faded names that still remain visible today on the yellow exterior bricks. Names, dates and mathematical formulas are inscribed, as well as the builder’s name (Paul Kurtz, Sr., Contracting). Coincidentally, Paul’s son, Paul Kurtz, Jr. (who married Louise Casanova), built the adjacent barn in 1929. Frank and Barbara’s children were Charles (Anna), Anna (Nels Larson), Michael (Victoria), Louisa (Paul Kurtz Jr.), twin sons; Ernest (Gladys)

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and Frank (Frank died as an infant), Amelia (Louis Van Laere), Barbara (Virgil), Rose (Fred Paquette) & Frank Jr. who was killed in WWII training flight plane crash in Nebraska. Current owners, Nate and Hilarie Alwine, suggested that a celebration should be held to acknowledge the milestone and commemorate the occasion. Thank you for opening your doors to complete strangers, who are strangers no more. Family members representing the previously mentioned siblings, were treated to meeting relatives (old and new), sharing heritage stories and getting a chance to walk into the home of their kinsfolk, many, for the first time. Diane (Casanova) Westrich and Marion (Casanova) Pollard, serving as hostesses, took on the challenge of setting up the celebration. With the

100th Anniversary Celebration of Frank and Barbara Casanova’s Homestead

blessing of beautiful weather and an interest in family, over 70 people attended the reunion. The oldest guests in attendance were two of Frank and Barbara’s grandchildren, who are both 90 years young - Barbara Kurtz (daughter of Louise and Paul) and Lorraine Decker LaPlante (daughter of Charles and Anna). The youngest guests in attendance were the great-great-great grandsons of Frank and Barbara - Zane Doolan (age 6) and Blake Doolan (age 8). Members of the family came from far and wide to attend - Paris France, Florida, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Upper and Lower Michigan. Frank and Barbara would have been proud to have seen how their family has grown! 605 Saginaw St. Norway, MI 49870 906-563-5212 fax:906-563-5904 email:

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