Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, July 12, 1999

A fine Fourth for Mardis

By Loren and Janice Schrupp

For the first time in 29 years Mardis Schrupp celebrated the Fourth of July with all of her children.

The festivities began on Sunday, July 3, with morning services at St. James Lutheran Church, followed by a picnic at Little Bit Ranch, the home of her son, Lowell Schrupp.

Five generations were present. Members from the local area included: Carol and Jerry Burau, Mark and Amy Burau, and son Brian, Michelle and Scott Graham, and Connie Norman and her son Adam Koch, all of Howard Lake.

Connie's older son, Josh, was unable to attend due to his assignment in the Army. He presently is stationed in Colorado. Connie was able to have her first grandchild, Elizabeth, in attendance with her mother, Rachel Kutz.

Jessie and Pat Salonek and their children Stephanie, Angie, Patrick and Andy came from Waverly. Their eldest daughter, Jennifer, was unable to attend, due to other commitments in the city, where she attends the University of Minnesota and is studying aeronautical engineering.

Sue Schrupp and Bill Kalonski came from Maple Lake with their son Ryan Kalonski-Schrupp and Bill's two children, Rachel and Jeff Kalonski.

Those attending from out-of-state included: Howard and Jeanette Schrupp, their daughter, Toni Pierce, and her sons Adam and Andy, all from Homestead, Fla.; Melvin and Nancy Schrupp and daughter Kristen from Winter Springs, Fla.; Loren and Janice Schrupp and their son Spencer from Choctaw, Okla.; and Gaylen and Kathy Schrupp from Nashville, Tenn.. Larry Schrupp, son of the late Gerald Schrupp drove from Allen Park, Mich., with his wife, Suzanne and their children Anthony, Steven and Stephanie.

Making their first visit to Howard Lake were Mardis Schrupp's youngest great-grandsons, two month old twins, Miles and Misha Kukuezka-Karmacharya, and their mother Sarah Kukuezka from Waseca. Grandparents of the twins are Gaylen and Kathy Schrupp.

In addition to this set of twins, Mardis has two other sets of twins in the family, Jonathan and Jennifer Schrupp, son and daughter of Loren and Janice Schrupp, and Mathew and Mark Cribbs, sons of Tina and Tim Cribbs of Florahome, Fla. and grandsons of Howard and Jeanette Schrupp.

Some of the activities during the rest of the week included playing games, fishing, jet skiing on Howard Lake, touring the old homestead where the Schrupp children grew up, visiting the cemetery where Grandpa Schrupp and other family members are buried, and watching Lowell's horse race at Canterbury Park.

Some of the women and children took a day trip to Mall of America.

A big hit with everyone was the fish fry at the Jerry Burau home.

As Paul Harvey would say, "Now for the rest of the story."

What could be a better ending to this article than a Schrupp fish story?

Jerry Burau caught a whopper of a fish, a 5.7-pound northern, Larry Schrupp caught a 5-pound northern, and his son Steven caught another nice northern. Howard Schrupp's grandson, Andy Pierce, caught a couple of nice bass.

Larry, Steven and Andy all won a prize for their catch.

The Schrupp family had such a wonderful time together that they are in agreement to make plans for another reunion in a few years.

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