Friends Gather For 105th Birthday


"Friends Gather For 105th Birthday." Napoleon Homestead. 16 August 2000. 11.

A program for Matilda (Schlenker) Dockter's 105th birthday party was held Sunday, July 30.

Ruth Fischer (daughter) was master of ceremonies. Welcome and prayer by Edwin Dockter (son). A song "Count Your Blessings" was sung by all. "Matilda 105" was written and read by Sandi Dewald. A song "Supper Time" was sung by Gabrielle McIntosh, Montevideo, MN accompanied on the piano by her mom Carol. "What is a perfect gift for mother" was written and read by Ruth Fischer. A reading "What does thank you mean" was read by Jenneice Sommerfeld.

Reading "Being a good mother" was read by Debbie Schott. A special guest, Michael Miller, NDSU, Fargo. Michael spoke about and read parts of the interview he did with Matilda in 1994. Michael also spoke about his trip to Russia. He said he found the Schlenker home in Klostitz Bessarabia very interesting. The song "Amazing Grace" was sung by all. Edwin thanked everyone for coming to be with Matilda on her big day. The birthday song was sung by all.

All of Matilda's children were present: Edwin, Streeter, Adam, Billings, MT, Vi Remboldt, Streeter, Harold, Eureka, CA, Ruth Fischer, Gackle, Howard, Gackle. Arthur passed away in 1995.

Reprinted with permission of the Napoleon Homestead.
Matilda Schlenker family photo taken on July 31, 2000 - (back, left to right): Edwin, Howard, Adam, Harold; (front): mother Matilda, Ruth Fischer and Viola Remboldt. Not pictured is Arthur Dockter who died on Feburary 28, 1995.


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