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Brighton News

By Pat Remington, Brighton Correspondent | May 10, 2013

A birthday party was held at Brighton’s First Church of God on April 28. The party was held for the church. Approximately 30 people enjoyed pizza, salad, cake, ice cream, mints, punch and soda. They played games, and the church benefited by its birthday gifts of supplies.

On April 27, Joe Fritz with Sophia and his mother, Winifred Fritz, all of Brighton, enjoyed the evening meal at the home of Winifred’s daughter, Matt and Lucy Dietzman, Malcolm and Branden, in Keosauqua. Winifred spent the night. On April 28, Lucy, Winifred, and Matt’s mother, Merna Dietzman, went to Farmington to attend Mass at St. Boniface Church. They participated in a surprise for Winifred’s sister, Kathleen Spiesz. Kathleen’s husband, Francis, helped in the surprise to celebrate her 70th birthday.

Also attending Mass were their brother, Herb and Sandy Moeller of Wever, and the Spieszes’ children, Dean and Jean Spiesz, Mike and Allison Spiesz with Erin, and Aunt Mammie, all of Mount Pleasant. After Mass, Lucy and Merna left for Burlington to help Matt’s aunt celebrate her 90th birthday. The rest of the group enjoyed dining at “The Bridge” in Farmington. They returned to the home of Francis and Kathleen. They enjoyed the decorated birthday cake provided by Allison. Winifred returned to Keosauqua with Herb and Sandy. They stopped to visit the Moellers’ daughter, Mike and Jamie Hurley. The Hurleys’ daughter Brittany was visiting them from Kentucky. Lucy picked up her mother from the Hurleys’ home and took her to Fairfield to meet Mary Stecker, Winifred’s daughter.

When Winifred and Mary returned to Brighton, a fish fry was taking place at Winifred’s home. Those present included her children Greg and Deb Fritz, and Virgil and Jane Symmonds, all of Fairfield; and grandchildren J.D. Hollingsworth of Packwood with friend Becky of Fairfield, Bridget Hollingsworth of Fairfield, and Trisha Copeland with Kallen of Fairfield.

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