Kuntz Chosen For German Heritage Award (AUDIO/PHOTOS)

JASPER (NNDC) – Lois Kuntz is the 17th recipient of the German Heritage Award presented Tuesday night at the annual German-American Day dinner held at KlubHaus 61.

Kuntz, who has been the administrative assistant in the Jasper mayor’s office for more than 20 years says she was surprised when she learned she would be getting the award and is humbled by the honor.

Lois says she credits her mother for instilling in her her appreciation for her German heritage…

Kuntz is instrumental in organizing events associated with Jasper’s “Sister Cities” relationship with Pfaffenweiler, Germany.  She is generally the first person German visitors to Jasper see when they arrive here.  She was appointed to the partnership commission in 1997.

Kuntz’s tireless work for the commission was among the top reasons for her being presented the award Tuesday night at the dinner held at KlubHaus 61.   Kuntz says she’s done it all these years because of her love of Jasper and her proud German roots. not for any accolades.

She says her relationship with Matt Hilger, a Pfaffenweiler native who moved to Jasper and is past president of the partnership commission also helped her grow and appreciate her German roots…

Jasper Deutscherverein (German Club) sponsors the award.  It was established in 1999 by the Sister Cities of Jasper and the Jasper Partnership Commission.

Among those in attendance at Tuesday night’s dinner was Kuntz’s father, Walter “Guido” Seaton along with many other family members.  Kuntz’s mother, Edwina (Otto) Seaton was not able to attend.  She lives at Jasper’s Good Samaritan Northwood Retirement Community.

Kuntz has lived in Jasper since she was five years old.  She was born in Huntingburg.

The German Heritage Award is given to an individual or group each year who has given generously of their time, talents and resources in maintaining, improving and building upon Dubois County’s proud German roots.

Kuntz is the 17th recipient of the award. Previous winners include Mary Jo Meuser, Claude and Martina Eckert, Dave Buehler, Linus and Sally Lechner, Joe and Irene Eckerle, Dan and Linda Wehr, Leo and Lora Lou Eckerle, Lowell and Joan Glendening, Dave and Janet Kluemper, Rafe and Phyllis Ackerman, Vic and Monica Knies, Gary and Rita Egler, Patti Goepfrich, Larry and Betty Hanselman, Ron and Delli Keusch, and Jim and Rita Corn.

Mayor Terry Seitz and Kuntz’s fellow workers held a reception for Kuntz at City Hall this morning.

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