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Families gather for 63rd reunion

Fifty-seven members of the Collett and Hayen families met for their 63rd annual reunion Sunday at the Marion County Lake hall.

After a potluck dinner, president Brea Castleberry and secretary Collette Erickson conducted a short business meeting.

Keenan Meierhoff was elected president. She will be aided by her mother, Erin, and grandmother, Kathy. Castleberry will become secretary.

Jeanne Owens presented Dorothy Hayen’s percolator, along with a note about the coffee pot’s history, to Brent Hayen.

Pumpkin table decorations were distributed based on age, distance traveled, closest birthday, and other questions. 

A white elephant auction will return next year. Ethel Collett’s Kitty Cat chalkboard and a necklace once belonging to Dorothy Hayen will go up for bids. 

Those attending from Marion were Howard Collett; Randy and Rachel Collett; Stacey and Carla Collett; Zach, Kerri, Rosalyn, Calvin, and Owen Collett; Chris and Kathy Meierhoff; Shirley Bowers, Richard Bowers; Greg and Mary Beth Bowers; and Erin and Keenan Meierhoff.

Attending from elsewhere in the county were Brea, Lily, Silas, Magnolia, Verbena, and Juniper Castleberry, Burns; Wayne Geis, Durham; and John Umberger, Lincolnville.

From elsewhere in Kansas were Brent and Amy Hayen, Canton; Keith and Anne Collett and Collette and Rick Erickson, Chapman; Mary Collett, Lenexa; Marlene and Dave O’Neal, Manhattan; Jeanne Owens, Dennis Hammer, and Clarice and Willy Hammer, Olathe.

Also, Pat Talbott, Overland Park; Anita Sly, Colleen Sly, Andrea Alstatt, and Kiaan Seay, Salina; Leon Hayen, St. George; Hollyce and Dan Morris and Scott Hayen, Topeka; and Mason Talbott, Marge Talbott, Deanna Talbott, and Gina Talbott, Wichita.

From out of state were Lucy Collett, Kansas City, Missouri; Lesley Owens, Urbana, Illinois; Rita and Steve Hunt, King George, Virginia.

Last modified Oct. 12, 2022