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Celebrating 150 years of Bretzlaffs in Canada

The Bretzlaff Reunion took over Ladysmith last weekend, seeing more than 300 family members turn out to commemorate the 150th anniversary of their ancestors arriving in Canada. Pictured, family members gathered outside of the Zion Lutheran Church in Schwartz, following the Sunday service.
There were tons of activities for young and old on-site at the TCRA, plus plenty of opportunities to socialize. From left: Max Clements and Charlie Bretzlaff get a lesson in logcutting from Denver Bretzlaff.

Donald Teuma-Castelletti
THORNE July 13-15, 2018
Bretzlaffs of all kinds descended upon Thorne last weekend, as their decennial reunions were interrupted for a special occasion – the 150th anniversary of their ancestors coming to Canada.
Seeing over 300 family members turn out, the event featured food, games, history lessons and much more as everyone came from all over in celebration of the Bretzlaff Reunion.
Generally taking place every 10 years since the first reunion in 1983, that schedule was interrupted when family members realized they had this opportunity at hand.
“This was five years because it marks 150 years since the six ancestors came here from Germany,” said Sheri-Lyn Schock, one of the event organizers.

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