Thursday, November 21, 2013
History of the Marian Shrine -- Chapel -- A New Member of Catholic Church
Sunday, November 3, 2013 was a momentous day for the Peetz-Tagel family at Mount Michael.
For approximately five months I have been working with Mike Tagel (alum of 1991) and Jodie Tuttle in preparation for their future wedding and also Jodie’s reception into full communion with the Catholic Church. I must say that it has been an enjoyable and at the same time spiritual experience.
Jodie was received into the Catholic Church on November 3rd, but she joined her new family, experiencing a lot of history and tradition, just like one experiences studying and realizing the history of the Catholic Church.
Jodie joins the Peetz—Tagel family, which is a Mount Michael relationship that began with the inception of Mount Michael. When Mount Michael was just being built, Frank Peetz (Mike Tagel’s great grandfather) took his wife, Bertha, to visit their son, a medical doctor, Dwaine Peetz I. Bertha had a small growth under her chin which she wanted removed. Their son, Dwaine, was willing to do this surgery for his mother. But then the couple thought differently about this surgery and wanted to go to Omaha to have this surgery performed. So that they did. Unfortunately, there were complications in the anathesia process and in Frank’s words, “Bertha woke up in heaven.”
Frank was comforted and visited by Mount Michael’s former monk, Fr. Marion Sitzman. Since we were just building Mount Michael at the time, Fr. Marion asked Frank if he wanted to remember his wife, Bertha in a special way by helping us build the Marian Chapel – the little chapel at the entrance to our main chapel. And that Frank did. The Marian Shrine was dedicated to Bertha Peetz.
So on November 3, 2013, we also recalled the history of this little chapel and presented Dr. Dwaine Peetz I a new plaque that was redone a little. It now reads Marian Shrine – In Memory of Frank and Bertha Peetz. And Dr. Dwaine Peetz was present to receive this new plaque.
The Tagel family has always been connected to Mount Michael over the years as well. Another former monk, Fr. Frederic Schindler was connected to the Tagel family by marriage.
We at Mount Michael are grateful for all the connections and relationships to many, many families. And it is wonderful to recall the history and continue to make history. Thanks to all the members of the Peetz – Tagel families! You will be forever remembered in our Mount Michael history.