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Rufus Pech (21 June 1926 – 29 April 2016)

by Sharon Pech

A life of public service and love in action

Our father, Rufus Pech, was born at home on the family farm in Appila, SA on the 21st of June, 1926. He was the 11th child of Bertha and Johannes Pech and had 3 brothers and 7 sisters. As German w...

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Alfons Frencl (1946 – 2015)

by Rob Wuchatsch, Kevin Zwar, Betty Huf

A great friend of Australian Wends

by Robert Wuchatsch Alfons Frencl, passed away in Lusatia after a long illness on 27 October 2015, aged 68.  Alfons Frencl (German: Frenzel) - a writer and poet - was a modern Wendish patriot who devo...

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Raymond George Burger (1927–2012)

by the editor

Raymond George Burger was born in Penshurst Victoria on the 23rd February 1927, the fifth child of Fred and Meta Burger. Baptized at Tabor Lutheran Church on 20th March that same year, he enjoyed his childhood growing up on the family farm with his s...

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Max Modra (1929–2012)

by [unknown]

When Max was born, his father was 52 years old, the next youngest brother was eight and the oldest 19 so he was truly the baby of the family! Two years prior to Max's birth, his parents and seven siblings had left Gawler in South Australia to establi...

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Edward Petschel (1918–1945)

by Paul Kruger

Victor Edward Petschel was born 20 August 1918 Dimboola, Western Victoria and grew up on the family farm, Rosenhugel at Wail, which is still held by the Petschel family. His parents were Christian Bernhard Petschel (1872–1946) and Minna Louise Holt...

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Tony Sallmann (1927–2012)

by Peter Sallmann

ANTHONY FREDERICK SALLMANN, AO, LVO., 1927–2012 When Tony Sallmann stepped down as managing director of the major international property group Richard Ellis in 1985, he was hailed in the business pages of one newspaper as "the man who sol...

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Curtis Becker (1932–2012)

by Austin American-Statesman

Curtis R. Becker, 78, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos. He was born to George Becker and Frieda (Schwartz) Becker in Thorndale, Texas on December 18, 1932. He married Ber...

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Les Kossatz (1943–2011)

by John Noack

Leslie George Kossatz, died 15 February 2011. Wendish Artist and Sculptor and "The Art of Existence" Les Kossatz was a widely-acclaimed artist and sculptor who was well know for his sculptured sheep. He was a descendant of the Wendish Kossatz f...

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John Stanley Martin (1933–2010)

by Professor Michael Clyne

John Martin, who died on 17 January after a 17-months struggle with cancer, was the doyen of Scandinavian Studies in Australia. Although it is 14 years since he retired officially from the University of Melbourne, he continued to conduct research, pu...

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Clarrie Handreck (1936–2009)

by Graeme Cook, edited by John Noack

Clarence Paul Handreck was born on 16 September 1936 in Murtoa in Victoria's Wimmera to parents Alma and Bill Handreck. He married Helen Lees on the 22 December 1962 at the Lutheran Church in Mildura and they had three children. He died on 20 July an...

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