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Yes, I too have much information about St. Donatus - I have visited there several times -
walking the cemetaries, and making the Stations of the Cross up the side of the Hill - the
Pieta Chapel was not open when we got up there, but we looked in the windows. You could
see for miles from the top of the Hill.My family full of St. Donatus descendents - some of
my families are: Seyler, Bonifas, Engel, Arensdorff, Kalmes, Homan, Streff, Schommers,
Wilmes and others.
I had a friend from Grand Island, Nebraska who ancester were Lutherans and ran the mill
there - the name was Glade - and we did a lot of research together. I have pictures of
Dominick Arensdorf's grave and if you don't have it and are interested, I will be
happy to send you a picture. A family store was that our Wilmes ancestors were stone
masons and helped to carve the alter int he church in St. Donatus. The church burned
ownce, and in the back the grave stones have blackened from the fire and smoke. someone
who was reasearching Arensdorff stopped at my house in Grand Island several years ago and
we traded information - my of my relatives lived or moved to near North Platte and
sutherland. My mother was born in Otis, Colorado, but moved backed to Sutherland - her
grandfather Peter Seyler worked ont he railroad and lived with them. Mother started to
school there. Her name was Marcelline Wilmes. Please stay in touch as I fell we can help
each other - thanks for the i!
nformation on St. Donatus. Sahron