The Pagel Family Reunion is a gathering of the descendants of Friedricke Dieckow and Gottfried Pagel. The reunion has resumed meeting the second Saturday in July every summer. If you would like to receive the reunion newsletter/invitation or have questions about the reunion, contact Rox Ann
Johnson. Newsletters from previous reunions may be downloaded below.
Our 2023 reunion will be held Saturday, July 9th from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Fayette Public Library meeting room in La Grange at 855 S Jefferson Street.
Current Reunion Committee
Janis Richardson (treasurer), Rox Ann Johnson (historian), Jan Ahlstrom, Clay Maeckel. Please let Rox Ann know if you volunteered and are not listed here.
Photos from Previous Reunions
1974 Reunion Photos
1980s Reunion Photos
1994 Reunion Photos
2001 Panoramic Photo
2006 Historical Marker Dedication Photos
2006 Reunion Photos at Shelby
2013 Reunion Photos
HTC Medallion & Plaque Dedicated at Pagel Cemetery
Over 130 friends and relatives filled the Pagel Cemetery at Willow Springs on Saturday, October 21, for the dedication of its Historic Texas Cemetery Medallion and narrative plaque. Originally the Pagel family’s burial ground, this community cemetery is the resting place of many of the area’s early German-speaking families.
Members of the Albert, Eckermann, Heinsohn, Henniger, Kruse, Von Roeder and Zenkner families joined the Pagel family and Willow Springs neighbors in this celebration of heritage. Maynette Heinsohn and Dorothy Albrecht registered the guests who wore nametags indicating which family interred in the cemetery they represented. Before the ceremony guests viewed displays of old Willow Springs-area photographs, looked through a new book on the Pagel Cemetery, and wandered among the decorated graves, where even the twenty-two graves without tombstones were marked with flowers.
Pagel descendants Don, Ted Jr. and Cheryl Heinsohn, along with their sister, Linda Cassidy, opened the program singing “In the Garden.” Don Heinsohn, acting as master of ceremonies for the event, welcomed everyone and led those present in pledges to the flags and the singing of the National Anthem and “Texas, Our Texas.”
Representing the Fayette County Historical Commission, Jo White spoke on the origins and importance of the Texas Historic Cemeteries program which was developed to address the destruction of historic cemeteries and the illegal removal of cemetery fixtures. Fayette County Judge Ed Janecka gave a rousing speech on the importance of preserving the county’s history through the protection of its cemeteries and encouraged those present to write down their personal stories to be cherished by generations yet to come.
Don Heinsohn acknowledged the many people who were involved in obtaining the marker and planning the dedication, as well as those who had cared for the cemetery over the years. He encouraged attendees to take part in the establishment of a Pagel Cemetery Association, to ensure the cemetery remains well tended. Rox Ann Johnson gave the cemetery’s history before Ted Heinsohn, the cemetery’s volunteer caretaker for the last ten years, unveiled the new markers. Ted Heinsohn, Jr. read the text on the narrative plaque.
The Heinsohn family closed the program by singing “Church in the Wildwood,” followed by the benediction given by the Rev. Milroy Gregor, who had also given the invocation. As families began to pose for photos with the new markers, one of the guests fainted. An ambulance was called and a doctor present for the ceremony also attended to her needs. Fortunately, upon further observation, the incident was characterized as a simple fainting spell.
Pagel Family Reunion after Marker Dedication
Following the historical marker dedication at the Pagel Cemetery, about 110 people met at the Shelby American Legion Hall for lunch and the annual Pagel Family Reunion. Many of these were related to families other than the Pagels who are buried in the cemetery. Rosemary and Jeannie Heinsohn greeted and registered guests as they arrived. The Pagels, who immigrated to Texas in 1850, had nine children. Descendants of Friedrich Wilhelm, Charles, August, Wilhelmine Fischer, Fredericka Ladewig, Emilie Appelt, Ernst, and Julius attended the reunion. Only the Fritz Pagel branch was not represented.
Rev. Milroy Gregor gave the blessing before the catered barbecue lunch. Henry Pagel of San Antonio presided over the business meeting. Treasurer Bob Zumwalt of Hallettsville reported a balance of $358.47 and asked for donations to cover next year’s postage expenses. Rox Ann Johnson read the minutes from the last reunion and introduced Clay Maeckel, from San Jose, California, who hosts the reunion website on his server.
Many people introduced themselves as attending the reunion for the first time. Other out-of-state attendees were Donna Pagel and Daniel Pennington from Pensacola, Florida and Wanda and Dan Jackson from Coweta, Oklahoma. Victoria Orsak and Mildred Schultz were recognized as the oldest persons present. Six-month-old Kyle Ernst Pagel was the youngest. Carol Pagel of Bellville offered her family as hosts for the July 14, 2006 reunion. The children of Henry Pagel of San Antonio offered to host the 2007 reunion.
Mrs. Johnson remembered the following cousins or spouses who have passed away since the last reunion: Alex Menking, Charles Anthony Pagel, Ray Willemin, David Beckner, Donald Pagel, Geoff Kemp, Edwin Haynes, Jr., LeMont Menking, Glenn Fahrenthold, Hayden Briesemeister, Jimmy Craven, Jamie Ladewig, John Konderla, Lillian Ahlgrim, Olga Roeber, Paula Pagel, Sonia Maeckel, and Wiley Anderson, III. Several people brought family treasures to share. Wanda Jackson brought a beautifully framed baptismal certificate, Henry Pagel brought a nice collection of old photos, and Betty Mohrman brought a box containing minutes and registration sheets from Pagel Reunions dating back to the early1960s.
See all the photos from the October 21, 2006 Dedication of the Historic Texas Cemetery Marker at the Pagel Cemetery at Willow Springs in Fayette County:
Previous Pagel Family Newsletters
PDF versions of all previous Pagel Reunion newsletters
includes Friedrike Dieckow and Gottfried Pagel family history. For updated information see 2000 Newsletter.
includes Magdalena Fritsche and Friedrich Wilhelm Pagel family history
includes Johanna Kuehne and Carl Friedrich Pagel family history
includes Louisa Spieckermann and August Pagel family history
includes Wilhelmine Pagel and Carl Friedrich Fischer family history and new information on the Pagels' home in Kortenhagen
includes Fredericka Pagel and Friedrich Ladewig family history
includes Helena Fehrenkamp and Friedrich Samuel Pagel family history
includes Emilie Pagel and William Appelt family history
includes Anna Appelt and Ernst Pagel family history
includes Anna Rother and Julius Pagel family history
includes history of the Pagel Cemetery at Willow Springs
includes biography of Johanna Zorn Pagel Fritsche, Gottfried Pagel's second wife
includes tips on care and storage of family photographs and papers and the need to preserve them
includes discovery of photograph of Wilhelm and Magdalena Pagel
includes miscellaneous articles from old newspapers about the Pagel family
includes story on Pagel Settlement
includes article on Pagel Family names
there was no newsletter in 2013
includes article on the Charles Pagel Family Cemetery
includes article on our WWII casualties
includes article on crayon portraits of early Pagel family members
includes story by Bob Zumwalt
includes news of two more family Historic Texas Cemeteries snd additional information on Charles and Johanna (Kuehne) Pagel
includes an excerpt from Childhood Days, Wildwood Days by Helen Pagel Zumwalt