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This website is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating the story of the Danube Swabian people so that future generations can take pride in their heritage and pass it on to their children. Thank you for taking this opportunity to visit the Los Angeles site and learn more about our group and our activities. We invite you to visit each of our pages as well as the other Danube Swabian sister sites throughout the United States, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hungary and Yugoslavia.

Happy Mother's Day

It appears that Father Timothy is surrounded by three heavenly bodies!!!

Mother's Day began with a surprise. Father Ernie introduced Father Timothy, who took time out of his busy Mother's Day duties to visit his smallest parish, St. Stephen's. He brought good news with him. The renovations to our church and Father Lani Hall are going well. As he promised, every dollar is going directly towards maintaining St. Stephens. Many thanks to all those who have given so generously.

As always, it was a day filled with family and friends, Schnitzl, plays and dancing. The Dance Group thanks all those in the kitchen who arrived at dawn to start cooking and also the men that manned the bar, and lastly, the Dance Group leaders that put on an adorable Snow White play and of course our Dance Groups who always make us proud. Without all of them, our celebration wouldn't be a success.

For pictures of the event, click here. If you'd like to see a movie of our dancers in action, click here.

Dance Group Membership Drive!

Recently we lost some members of the Schwob community. While that's sad, I think they would be happy to know that they have passed on their heritage to a new generation. So here's some good news for all the Oma's and Opa's! (Membership applications are in the mail!)

First, Nikolas Renzo Venturo was baptized at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Temple City on Saturday, April 11. Nikolas is the grandson of two proud members, John and Irene (Poth) Hirsch. His parents are Erika Hirsch and Mathew Venturo. Godparents are Christine Herman and Adam Pisz.  

And there's more! Nicole & Scott Hongola are expecting their second daughter (Juliette) in July. Nicole is the daughter of Joe & Kathy Widak. And ... Sandy and Ronnie Newcomb are expecting their second child in June. Sandy is the daughter of Terri Glenn and John Kurz. Both sets of grandparents wore dance group vests and Trachts.

Anton Hansele
Herr Anton Hansele
May 30, 1927 - April 10, 2015

As many of you know, Herr Anton Hansele passed away recently. Anton was born to Stefan and Barbara Hansele in Glogon,Yugoslavia. In 1948, Anton married Maria Fusterer, his childhood sweetheart. Their first son, Stefan, was born in Glogon. In 1954, Anton, Maria and Stefan left for Germany, where their second son, Gunther, was born. In 1956, the family moved to Southern California, joining a large community from their hometown, making this their home.
Anton loved music, played several instruments and was one of the founding members of the Deutsch-Amerkanische Blaskapelle. Anton and Maria were parishioners of St. Stephens Church, and long-time supporters of the Donauschaben organizations. 
Anton is survived by his wife, Maria;  sons, Stefan and Gunther; grandchildren, Ryan and Kristine and great grandchild, James. He will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends.

2015 Gala Koenigsball!

Congratulations to our 2015 King & Queen, Eddie Kerins & Sienna Kirens. Koenigsball is an annual event that allows our dance group the opportunity to perform for our entire community and show their pride in our heritage. We wish them both all the best as they reign for 2015

We were once again honored by the presence of Father Rettig who opened the ceremony by reminding us that given all our accomplishments "we stand on the shoulders" of all those that came before us. We thank them, past and present.

The Dance Group would lastly like to once again thank all those that attended the event and especially those sponsors that, for so many years, have generously supported the dance group in all their activities.

For pictures of the event, click here.

Just Married!

Presenting Adam & Marcella Schwager

Yesterday dawned a bright, sunshiny day, just perfect for a wedding. St. Stephen's was decorated with flowers and filled with music as Adam & Marcella became man and wife yesterday at a beautiful ceramony, surrounded by their family and friends. Father Rettig once again officiated over an inspiring ceremony, blessed the new couple and offered them words of advice and inspiration.

The couple thanks all in attendance and especially those that helped coordinate, decorate and bake cookies for their wedding.

The entire German community wishes them happiness in their new lives together.

For pictures of the wedding please click here.

60th Commemoration of Father Lani's Death

It's been said that if all the Los Angeles Danube Schwabien families were to write their history, one name would be included in all of them; Father Lani. If there is a Danube Schwabian Guardian Angel, he surely is it. He took us in when few wanted us. He met refugees at the train station, found them a place to stay and workplaces to provide for themselves. He founded the St. Emmerich Society, the Danubia Soccer Club and the Donauschwaebische Tanzgruppe, among others. It was not uncommon for him to say German and Hungarian Mass in the morning, cheer Danubia on in the afternoon and join in a dance that same evening. He was there for weddings, baptisms and when we needed him most. He was always there for us. Where would we be today without him? He gave us a new life.

For pictures of the commemoration, please click here.

Mathias Lani

Father Rettig's Eulogy

Wir sind zusammengekommen, um unsres großen Wohltäters zu gedenken.  Das Gedächtnis Father Lanis lebt und brennt in unseren Herzen auch nach 60 Jahren, denn er war ein unvergesslicher Mensch.  Im Namen der deutschen Gemeinde, im Namen der vielen Flüchtlingen, denen er geholfen hat, im Namen der unzähligen Menschen, deren Leben er irgendwie berührt hat, sagen wir heute unseren Dank.  Wir geben ihm die Ehre; er hat uns weit mehr gegeben.  Er hat das Unmögliche getan und war für sein Volk in Wahrheit der Vater.  Arbeit, Wohnung, neuer Anfang und neue Heimat:  das alles bedeutete er, das alles hat er selber geschafft.  Und wegen ihm ist zu unserer Hass-erfüllten Welt ein Bisschen mehr Verständnis, ein Bisschen mehr Hoffnung, ein Bisschen mehr Liebe gekommen.  Er betet bestimmt noch für uns, wie er auch im Leben so viel getan hat:  er betet, dass wir noch zusammenhalten, als ein Volk, als sein Volk.  Er betet, dass wir den Weg gehen, den er uns gezeigt und vorbereitet hat.  Er betet, dass wir anderen helfen, wie er uns geholfen hat.  Wir beten für seine unsterbliche Seele:  Gott schenke unserem Father Lani den ewigen Lohn für seine heroischen Taten und für sein treues priesterliches Leben.

St. Stephen's Kirchweih

For nearly 90 years, there has been a Kirchweih Fest at St. Stephen's Church celebrating its founding. It's a chance for all Donauschwaben to get together to celebrate Mass, eat, drink, dance and just to catch-up with old friends. We can't forget to thank all those that got up early to begin making the Schnitzl lunch and those who tend the bar.

It's also a fundraiser for our dance group in support of their activities. This year's Kirchweih Strauss was won by Marcella Konrad. (Just what she needs ... rosemary for her upcoming wedding next month!).

The dance group thanks all those that so graciously support our children. They always make us proud.

For pictures of the event, click here!

Annual St. Stephen's Oktobertfest

Welcome to the 3rd Annual St. Stephen's Oktoberfest!

It's a celebration of our heritage and a time when Donau Schwabiens and the Hungarian dance groups come to celebrate. Best of all, it's a benefit dance for the renovation of St. Stephen's Church and Father Lani Hall. With Father Timothy Dyer's support, all the proceeds go to the up-keep of St. Stephen's and we're well on our way. We'd like to thank all those that have given very generously to keep our "home" alive.

For pictures of the celebration, please click here.

Tag Der Donauschwabiens!
Well it's the closest thing we have to a national holiday. It's Tag der Donauschwabiens at The Phoenix Club. Schwobs from near and far come to talk, eat and play Tombola! All of this years proceeds are being donated to renovate St. Stephen's church. I wish I could tell you how much was contributed but the girls are still counting! We like to thank all those that donated gifts and a special "thank you" to all that helped in the booth. To see pictures of the event, please click here.

Happy Birthday!
Fr. Rettig thanks all those that helped him celebrate his birthday as well as those that wished they could have attended. We had a wonderful turn-out to watch him blowout his candles. He also wishes to remind everyone that this Sunday is Tag der Donauschwaben at The Phoenix Club. As always, there will be food, dancing and a Tombola raffel. The park opens at 11:00 with a German Mass followed by the program starting at 1:30 PM. Come watch our children dance while being entertained by the German American Brassband. See you there! For pictures of Fr. Rettig's birthday party, please click here.

St. Stephens Fronleichnam
We may be a small parish, but we're been celebrating Fronleichnam in the community since 1952. We thank the Hungarian, Spanish, English and German communities for keeping the tradition alive. We are fortunate to have had Fathers Tim, Theodore and Espina with us. For pictures, please click here.

St. Stephen's Mothers Day


For pictures of the event, please click here.

2014 Koenigasball King & Queen

Our Gala Koenigsball is the social highlight of the year for the Dance Group. It provides our community with not only the opportunity to take pride in the achievements of our children but for them to show how much their heritage means to them.

Nicholas and Eva would like to thank all of those who so generously gave of their time to make the event a success and to the many sponsors for their on-going support.

Click here for pictures.

King Nicholas Goldbach & Queen Eva Kerins

You can make a donation to the Tanzgruppe anytime! And it's so easy! Just click on the "donate" button below and make a pledge to the children. All of the proceeds go to supporting the children and their activities. Remember, "it's better to give than to receive". Trust me, you'll feel better knowing that you've helped to continue the heritage of the Tanzgruppe.

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May 13, 2015

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