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Thursday, December 13, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERAmong the members of the Mondschein family present at the reunion June 30, held at the Coplay Saengerbund pavilion, include, front row, from left, Elsie Mondschein, Rosa Cain, Sue Zak and Tina Ernst; and second row, from left, Pete Mondschein, Bill Mondschein, Rick Mondschein, George Schneider and Jim Solderitch. PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERAmong the members of the Mondschein family present at the reunion June 30, held at the Coplay Saengerbund pavilion, include, front row, from left, Elsie Mondschein, Rosa Cain, Sue Zak and Tina Ernst; and second row, from left, Pete Mondschein, Bill Mondschein, Rick Mondschein, George Schneider and Jim Solderitch.

Generations of Mondschein family gather for reunion

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

One of the most recognized families in Coplay over the decades, the Mondscheins held a family reunion June 30 at the Coplay Saengerbund pavilion. Four generations were present — coming as far as Georgia and as near as Fifth Street.

Frank Mondschein began the family dynasty by coming to the area as a young man from Austria in the early 1900s. After marrying his wife, Mary, the couple settled down on Fifth Street and had 14 children — eight boys and six girls.

Reflecting on times past, family members recalled their grandfather, great-grandfather to some, who worked at the cigar factory in the borough and later was the caretaker at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Born in 1883, the family’s patriarch passed away at the age of 71.

The legacy left by Frank and Mary (Burits) Mondschein is etched in family values. Pete Mondschein, 80, and Rose, 94, are the two remaining children. Pete, who resides in the family’s homestead, was present at the reunion.

The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have put their family values and schooling to good use. Some members have gone on to serve in the armed forces, perform community service, serve as a Boy Scout leader, excel in athletics and baking, sell insurance and raise families that hold true to the values of Frank and Mary Mondschein.

The reunion was attended by 140-plus family members, including spouses and children. Many came from several different states as the family had not gotten together for years.