June 2021                                  website-www.zetachapter.com

  Dear Sisters,

I think summer is upon us…should be good for our outdoor meeting this month.

Our meeting will be June 8th at 4:00 at Washington Park at or near the shelter. Bring a chair and a beverage if it’s hot! Our program will be Tina Nicpan Brown who taught for 17 years at Lincoln School, but this year switched to the Wenatchee Internet Academy specializing in science and social studies. She has taken her instruction on the road to New Orleans to the World War II museum, to the Wenatchee Sewer plant (where does our poop go?) with plans to try to visit the Hanford facility. She has a unique style and wide-ranging interests. She initiated a Lincoln 5th grade outdoor ed camp to the Y camp one winter as their students seldom have winter outdoor experiences.  Last year during the COVID shutdown she made lego kits to give out to kids coming to pick up meals at Lincoln. She was recently selected as a finalist for Washington Science teacher of the year. She plans to stay with the Internet Academy in the future.  I know you will enjoy her presentation!

 Most of you have heard that our dear Charlotte Kohnhorst passed away this month. Her obituary appeared in the Leavenworth Echo and just this week in the Wenatchee World. I have asked Ken to include it with the newsletter. Nellie O’Keefe, an emeritus member,  also passed away and her obituary was in the World. Her service was at Saddlerock Presbyterian on May 13. Memorials service for Charlotte is tentatively planned for fall. In the obituary, Ken asked that contributions be made in her honor to our scholarship fund. We have already received one from a group in Leavenworth. I recently checked with the pastor at First Methodist to see if her nieces had scheduled a memorial for Kaye Ryan, but he had not been contacted. Mardine Larsen represented us at a small gathering at Grace Lynch’s home to honor her life.

I am planning to contact the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club to see if we could schedule a luncheon in July….will let you know what I find out at the June Meeting.

Teri has included her Blast from the Past, a raffle basket photo and some photos of our SAIL class last month. I am adding my minutes from the May meeting but they certainly don’t meet the standard set by Sherry Schreck who had a fabulous visit with her daughter, son in law and those darling twins.

Rosa Eilert, President

  Robert Sez:
     If members want to hold electronic meetings, then the chapter’s bylaws must include a special provision.

Parliamentarian’s note—This information is from the 2001 edition of Robert’s Rules.



     As the last of our BLAST FROM THE PAST  decades comes to an end and the next one begins, we will remember the Covid 19 pandemic that changed so much of our lives. This change includes how our group survived!  We will remember how we held meetings online via something new called ZOOM, which eliminated dinner meetings, field trips, workshops and conventions.  AND we will remember the fabulous things we did and learned the second Tuesday of every month during 2012 -2020.

     These memories may include, among other things, how we provided gifts to new teachers, enjoyed tasty dinners at the Methodist Church, won raffle baskets, took trips to the Manson casino, enjoyed splash parties, went to Dumas Bay, held initiations, followed tradition and had our Christmas parties at Colonial Vista with guest musical programs, attended state and international conventions, made dresses for Africa, collected Pennys for Peace, made bowls for SAGE, held member interviews, listened to our member actors portray People of the Past, earned Kudos for our Web site and newsletter, and learned so much from each speaker at each month’s meeting. Remember the speakers from these themes?  “How To……..”  and “Celebrate the Past and Create the Future in Education” and “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done” and “I Wonder”…..and perhaps the one that depicts the
members of Wenatchee DKG the best…….”WONDER WOMEN”.          




           DKG Zeta Minutes of May 11, 2021 Meeting - FUMC, 4:00 p.m.

Members present were Rosa Eilert, Sue Lawson, Betty Carrick, Trudy Worthing, Tami Lopushinski, Billie Lopushinski, Shelly Skaar, Mardine Larsen, Joanne Dalinkus, Sharon Paine, Geneva McCoy, Pauline Peterson, Maria Diaz, Teri St. Jean, Susan Floyd, and our guest presenter Tracy Faulkner Carlson.

Tracy presented a program about the SAIL ( Staying Active and Independent for Life) exercise plan. Classes are usually an hour in length but require a signed permission from your doctor. The emphasis is on repetitive movements utilizing a chair and light weights to retain strength, balance, and range of motion. Each member had a chair and participated as they were able in sample exercises chosen to show the range of activities. We learned about proper posture when walking to strengthen our core, turning in small circles, walking forward & backward, stretching arms forward, up, and back, twisting our bodies in order to reach back, and working on our cervical spines. Some exercises are done in the chair and others using the chair for support as needed.

After the program, President Rosa Eilert presented a proposal by the board that we eliminate our local dues of $14 for this year because we have not spent meeting fees, state meeting attendance costs, etc. bringing our annual dues to $80 for this year only. Betty Carrick so moved, second by Sharon Paine, motion passed. Dues amounts will be reconsidered next year. Geneva McCoy will be moving in July to Twin Falls, Idaho however Denise Perkins and Pauline Peterson will coordinate Mill Bay Casino trips.

The president asked if members were interested in summer outdoor meetings. Most showed interest in continuing through the summer. A luncheon will be planned as COVID phases allow this summer.

News was shared about the deaths of Grace Lynch and Nellie O’Keefe and Charlotte Kohnhorst’s state of health.

Treasurer Maria Diaz brought self-addressed, stamped envelopes for members to send dues of $80 to her by June 30. Some paid their dues at the meeting. She reported our chapter account at approximately $3,000 and our scholarship account at approximately $7,000. Sharon Paine inquired if our dollars were kept separated between the two scholarships. The president  that funds were mixed in one account because our intention is to award both whenever qualified applicants apply although amounts may change. Currently 75% of Mill Bay money goes to scholarship and 25% to local chapter expenses.

Rosa Eilert for Secretary Sherry Schreck


Charlotte's Obituary

Charlotte Kohnhorst passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 12 at Fieldstone Memory Care in Wenatchee due to complications related to her dementia. She was 83 years young.

Charlotte was born September 9, 1937 in Oregon.  Her parents Dorothy May Cronn and Daniel Sisk were both killed in 1939 in a car crash in Oregon City, Oregon.  There was a court battle as both grandparents wished to take now
 2 year old Shirley Marie Cronn.  However the court made her ward of the state and she was placed in an orphanage and put up for adoption.

At age 2 ½ she was adopted by Anna Louisa and Werner Pundt and she was given the name Charlotte.   Both adopted parents were born in Germany and migrated to the United States and met in San Francisco and later married.  Her Father attended college at Washington State and became a veterinarian.  He enlisted in the Army and was in charge of a mule pack team in Colorado.  He later was stationed at Fort Ord and while there they purchased a home in Carmel.  Charlotte attended school in Carmel and when her Father was discharged from service they decided to move to Oregon and they purchased several acres in Jennings Lodge and her Father built his own veterinarian clinic.  Charlotte attended school at Concord Grade school and upon graduation from 8th grade her Father insisted she should go to an all girls school and enrolled her in St. Helens’s Hall in Portland.  She also took piano lessons and ballet and from this she became passionate about music and the arts. Upon graduation she started college at Oregon State in 1955.  However, her Father decided to lease his practice and her Father took a job with the UN and as fate would have his first assignment was in Germany. In June 1956 Charlotte flew to New York and boarded a ship to Cuxhaven, Germany and then was picked up by her Father and they drove to their home near Schliersee in Bavaria.

Her Father insisted this was not a vacation and she was enrolled in a girl’s school where they were learning to be Kindergarten teachers and nannies.  She stayed at the school and had many other duties beside learning to work with children.     

When she did have free time, she was able to visit her relatives.   She did have two very famous Uncle’s.  The first was Alvin Seifert who was a renowned garden architect and had published several books.  He was chosen by Hitler to do the landscaping for the famous autobahns.  Her other Uncle was Carl Orff who was a famous composer; and he also developed the method of “Schulwerk Fur Kinder” in which young children make their own chants and create their own musical pieces.  As a composer his most famous work was “Carmina Burana” but he composed many other works as well.  She also took classes in Salzburg at the famous “Mozarteaum” studying with a colleague of Carl Orff known as Frau Keetman.  There is no doubt that these individuals and her time in Germany had a great influence in her life.

When her Father’s position in Germany came to a close he was assigned a new country and it happened to be LaPaz, Bolivia; so she and her Mother again traveled by ship to be with him. 

When his tour ended, they returned to Carmel as her Father had sold his veterinarian clinic in Oregon.  Charlotte then took up her college studies once more at San Jose State and earned a teaching degree in “Early Childhood Education”.  After student teaching she was awarded a lifetime teaching certificate by the State of California.  She met her first husband at college, and they were married and had three children. 

She was hired as a Kindergarten teacher and after a few years she decided that she wanted her own pre-school and for five years operated a successful program.  During this time, she divorced her husband and returned to being a full time Kindergarten teacher and single Mom. 

In late 1982 she met Ken Kohnhorst in San Jose, California and after brief time dating, they were married in March of 1983.  They sold both of their homes and had a new home built in San Jose and because they both had a love for travel, they started visiting areas locally and then started their adventures in travel to Europe.  In the years that followed they traveled over 25 times to Europe and visited such countries Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland and many more. 

In 1992 they traveled to Leavenworth to visit what they had been told to be “Bavarian Village”.  They fell in love with the area and in 1992 purchased property.  Ken designed their home and in the following year hired a builder and their dream of having a “Bavarian” style home became a reality.  They both retired and moved completely after Christmas of 1995.

Both Charlotte and Ken became active in the community and over the years have been in many organizations such as Autumn Leaf, Jr. Miss Program, Project Bayern, Royal Bavarians to name a few.   Charlotte was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma in San Jose (A women’s teaching organization) and after moving to Leavenworth she joined a chapter of DKG in Wenatchee and served as their President on two occasions.  She also attended three DKG European and International conferences during their visits to Europe (Holland and in Baden-Baden and Mession in Germany).   Charlotte also joined the Washington State Retired Teachers Association and traveled all over Washington recruiting teachers to join.  She was great at helping groups fundraise for many of their events and for over 6 years she worked hand and hand with her husband as Chairman of the “Leavenworth International Dance Festival”.  She also found time to substitute both at Cascade and Cashmere School District.  Charlotte was chosen to head the first summer Migrant Program for Cascade School District.   With funding from Projekt Bayern she did a pilot program of teaching German to Kindergarten.  The program was not embraced by teachers at the time, and it ended in its first year.
She also taught German to many members of Projekt Bayern on a regular schedule.  

Charlotte leaves behind her two daughters, Heidi and Kyrsti Boynton in Ocala, Florida and her son Todd Boynton who resides in Davenport, Florida.  Her granddaughter Elizabeth Boynton and great-granddaughter, Addison all residing in Colorado and her husband of 38 years; Ken Kohnhorst who still resides in Leavenworth.

Charlotte had many things she was passionate about. Charlotte loved music and she would be so happy playing her piano each day.  However, what she really loved was teaching young children and travel.  The destination didn’t matter… she just wanted to “go”. 

A Celebration of Life for Charlotte will be scheduled later this summer.

Because of her love for teaching donations to Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma can be made to Rosa Eilert, President, 1421 Copper Loop, East Wenatchee, 98802. Donations are used to help students that are pursuing a degree in teaching.


02 Tami Lopushinsky
10 Joanne Dalinkus
19 Geneva McCoy Jardine
22 Mardine Larsen
28 Vinny Lee


Photo taken In Austria - Ken Kohnhorst

Zeta Chapter Officers

President-Rosa Eilert, Area 8 Liaison
1st Vice-President-Teri St. Jean - Programs
2nd Vice-President- Mardine Larsen - Membership
Treasurer- Maria Diaz
Recording Secretary -
Gloria Waddell/Sherry Schreck
Corresponding Secretary - Cathy Reasor
Parliamentarian - Marilynn Weaver
Past President - Geneva McCoy Jardine