Generations of Mondschein family gather for reunion
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.