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DECEMBER/JANUARY 2016

German - American Journal

Thank You Great Lakes Chapter Reinhard Lippert and I Donna J Lippert would like to personally “thank you very much” for a wonderful time we had at the Great Lakes Dank chapter in Bay City for the convention. We all so very much appreciated the great meals and fellowship and we enjoyed meeting all new members from the chapter up north! I never knew how nice of a town Bay City is and hope that next we can plan several trips for a visit! Thank you once again for a nice time and we really appreciate the wonderful efforts made by all of you at your chapter who put together about one of the best yet DANK conventions! It was a "fuzzy, warm feeling" that I had when speaking to all of your DANK members.  It is evident that a wise choice was made when you opened the chapter as it shows that your German/ American heritage is still so very strong and growing! Keep up the great work.  Remember we are always open down here at the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Chapter.  The next time you are in town, give us a call at 269.926.6652. We would love to have you visit for either a fish fry or an Oktoberfest!  Reinhard and Donna J Lippert DANK Milwaukee Mourns the passing of

Earl B. Yanke Earl B. Yanke, Born to Eternal Life on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 age 86 years. Preceded in death by his loving wife Maria (nee Brandl) of 50 years. Survived by his dear children Michele Pautsch, Mike (Gerilyn), and John Yanke. Grandfather of 12. Brother to Howard (Ellen) Yanke and Joyce Will. Also survived by other relatives and friends. Earl proudly served in The US Navy Reserve for 28 years.

DANK Fox Valley mourns the passing of

Noah Samuel Willis Noah Samuel Willis was born April 13, 2012 to Samuel James and Christina Lynn (Fuchs) Willis. He was born back to Heaven, Sunday, September 27, 2015. He is survived by his loving parents, Sam and Christina; his sister, Lauren; grandparents Bill and Darlene Fuchs and Ruth and John Willis; his Uncle Matt and Auntie Clara; Uncle Stephen Fuchs; cousins, Trevor and Jonathon Willis and a community of friends, Memorial donation can be made directly to these trusted organizations that mirror Noah’s strength and determination in battling cancer. Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation at: www.curethekids.org/donate/ Pediatric Cancer Foundation at: www.bearnecessities. org/Donate/WaysToGive.aspx American Childhood Cancer Organization at: www.acco.org/awareness-advocacy/donate-now/

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DANK Benton Harbor/St. Joseph mourns the passing of

Bruce Alan Burke Bruce Alan Burke, 59, of Stevensville passed away Aug. 28, 2015, at Hanson Hospice Center after a long and courageous three-year battle with brain cancer. Memorial contributions may be made to Benton Harbor Area Schools or Michigan State University Engineering School. Bruce was born on Feb. 5, 1956, in Benton Harbor to Darrell and Cecelia Burke. He was a proud member of D.A.N.K. Bruce is survived by his children: Vincent Burke of Midland, Mich., Sophia (Michael) Strudas of Benton Harbor, and Grace Burke of Coloma; grandson, Landon Strudas; mother, Cecelia (Warren) Seabury; siblings: Katherine O'Connor, Judith Kibbey, Michael Burke, and Brian Burke; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Bruce was preceded by his father, Darrell Burke.

DANK Pittsburgh mourns the passing of

Heino Coelle Heino L. Coelle, 90 of Cheswick, and life- long Pittsburgh Chapter member passed away on Tuesday September 8, 2015. Born in Bremen, Germany, he was arrested in 1948 in Berlin by the Soviets for "antikommunistic propaganda" and sentenced to hard labor. Heino was released after six years in the labor camp by the new Soviet government. In a refugee camp he met Dena (also a former political prisoner). In 1956 they got married and immigrated to the USA in 1960. He assumed the position as director of the Radio Hour in 1985, and together with Dena, has been "The Voice Of The Germanic Societies for the last 25 years. Heino was a member of the DANK group which founded the "Bavarian Oktoberfest" at Station Square and served as organizer and emcee for this very successful event that brought the Pittsburgh area a much appreciated slice of Germanic Culture and tradition. Heino organized DANK's annual "Rhineland Karneval" at Duquesne University and also served as emcee for this colorful celebration. Surviving Heino are his wife, Dena Coelle Daughter Carina (Gary) Robich Grandchildren William (Jennifer) Robich Robert Robich Great-grandson Brooks 3 sisters; Hella Huntemann, Ilse Eschen and Marga Bosjnak Niece Hazel Preceded in death by his parents, Heinrich & Maria Knoche Coelle and one sister Gusta.

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