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Tribute to the Edelweiss Stars


July 22, 2021

First Row (L-R): Dorothea Widmer Ingwell, Margaret Widmer Wild, Katie Zentner Elmer, and Marion Streiff. Second Row (L-R): Clayton Streiff, Ernst Zentner, Paul Grossenbacher, and Rudy Burkhalter.

In 1950, a group of friends and relatives formed the Edelweiss Stars. Their love of Swiss yodeling and music brought them together. They learned songs of their ancestors, and soon their hobby became an long lasting group. The original group consisted of sisters Katherine (Katie) Zentner Ingwell-Elmer and Marion (Mert) Zentner Streiff, Dorothea Wiemer Ingwell and Margaret Widmer Wild, Clayton Streiff, Mert's husband, and Ernest (Red) Zentner, uncle to Katie and Mert. They filled out the group with the only native born Swiss, Paul Grossenbacher. The group always had fun with introduction...

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