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November 20, 2005

Victor Peterzell born March 8,1923 passed away today, November 20, 2005

October 23, 2005

All's well here in Winter Park.... We got lucky in my area.

Lee Peterzell

October 20, 2005


Tristan, Marcia – Forget sleeping for months! You won’t believe how quickly she’ll grow and how much you’ll love her. It’s UNBELIEVABLE!! Here’s my golden family below wishing you THE BEST!!


Lezlee Peterzell-Bellanich

October 20, 2005

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you all to Kate Peterzell who arrived yesterday to the delight of her parents Tristan & Marcia Peterzell. On the Peterzell side of the family Kate's grandparents are me:) Lee Peterzell & Kathy Quinn and she is the great-granddaughter of the late Milton & Francis Peterzell. Isn't she beautiful.....
Lee Peterzell

September 19, 2005

To the Peterzell family...            Re: Hurricane Katrina

I, along with my siblings, would like to thank the Peterzell family for your concern, prayers and contributions to us over the last three weeks. Everyone is doing better but still in shock over the devastation to our home state and town. I hope we can continue what Leslie has started, it's very comforting to know that we have such a great family that cares. I would like to extend our gratitude to Harry for all his work on the web site and I can't say enough about Leslie's leadership in our time of need. All my best to everyone... From: The Mississippi Peterzell's       [Lee Peterzell]

September 3, 2005

Lets not forget Jenny (Peterzell) Kaufmann and David Kaufmann, both residents of New Orleans for 25 years- All seven of their children were born there. Jenny is the eldest child of Millie and Victor Peterzell. They are in Houston now; and most likely have lost everything.
To correct an earlier email, Jenny (Peterzell) Kaufmann and her husband David sought refuge in Dallas, not Houston, with David's younger brother Steven. David is the oldest of 6 boys in his family. His mother (Phyllis) and his father Ray (who is ill) most likely also had their home destroyed in a suburb of New Orleans.

Paul Peterzell (This Paul is "Abe", Jenny's brother.)

September 2, 2005

This was sent to the mailing list.

Dear Peterzells,

We just enjoyed a wonderful Reunion together in July and for many of us, it was the first time we met each other. Yet, there was a strong bond we all felt as we traveled near and far to join in the spirit of family. It was a privilege to host everyone aboard the Festiva!

Now, as we all stare in disbelief at the news reports of the destruction on the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on those same ties that bind us and consider three Peterzells who have been horribly affected by Katrina, especially Lyle Peterzell, his wife Lanier and Lanier’s mother – who have lost their home in Pascagoula and everything in it. Libby was about 30 miles away from the Coast and Loren is in Meridian MS.

These Peterzells are the children of Milton and Frances Peterzell who became orphaned as teenagers. My parents opened their homes to them, and at one point, the youngest – Loren, Lyle, and Lynn (who is now deceased) lived with us when I was a young girl. Lyle, a professional photographer, moved back down to his home town area after living in Washington DC working for the National Gallery of Art. He spent years restoring old photographs taken by his father and other family members, and his own work was being shown in galleries up and down the Gulf Coast. Libby is a gifted educator living in Lucedale, MS. Loren has been living in Meridian for quite a while.

When the storm veered to Biloxi, and I heard that Lyle and Lanier’s home was two blocks from the beach, I feared the worst. Thankfully, they left town – but now return to a pile of rubble. With all the pleas to give money to the Red Cross, I thought, “why not give money directly to a family member who has been directly affected by this tragedy.” I spoke to a few other family members who feel the same way, so I wanted to reach out to as many of you as possible.

Needless to say, when I spoke to Lyle and told him we were going to help him, he got very emotional. He accepted gratefully. He’s in a state of shock and he says that one minute he’s fine and then it hits him and he just can’t help but break down. When I spoke to him he was in a more “up” mode. I told him that we know that what we will give will only scratch the surface of what he’ll need. He said, “No it won’t. Anything you can do is monumental to us right now. I always knew in my heart that Peterzells are there for each other in times of need, but this really hits home.”

Lyle and Lanier went to their disheveled house yesterday lifting mounds of rubble looking for morsels, pieces of their lives. He said small finds are huge. All of his photography equipment is gone except for what he quickly took with him. He found a tripod which he thinks is salvageable…but all of the art his mother had for years is gone, his treasured prints and photographs he worked so hard to restore. A lot of his photographs in galleries up and down the coast he thinks are also destroyed as well. They have only a bag of clothes – and they just have to start all over.

So…how can you help? I’m waiting for bank account information from Lyle. In the meantime, I can take up a collection for him. Just make checks payable to LYLE PETERZELL and you can send them to me. As soon as they have a firm address (and the mail is back to normal), I will forward all the checks to him. Once I get his address, we can update this information as well…but for now I wanted to get the word out as soon as possible.


Lezlee Peterzell-Bellanich

September 1, 2005


We are so happy to hear this!!

Rob and I were talking last night about sending money to the Red Cross, however, it occurred to us that maybe we could directly contribute some funds towards the relocation and recovery of our own family members’ situation as we know that Lyle, Lanier, and Lanier’s mother will need to find alternative living arrangements. Libby may need help as well. We know it could take time for insurance claims to be processed, etc. and we would like to help NOW.

Perhaps other family members will join in – however, you would be the best source to tell us how and where to send money. We should never be too proud to ask for help, and this is such an extreme situation. Please think about this, speak to your siblings and let us know.


Lezlee Peterzell-Bellanich

later August 31, 2005

I just spoke to Lyle and he informed me that Libby got down to Pascagoula today and found Lyle's mother-in-law and they both are alright. Our prayers have been answered, now we can direct them to the massive numbers of people on the coast that will need all the help they can get. I feel so blessed and thankful to all of you for your thoughts and prayers in this very trying time.---Sincerely with Love,

- Lee Peterzell

August 31, 2005

Lyle & Lanier went into Pascagoula today, to check out what we now know to be the total loss of the Gautier house [where Lyle & Lanier live] and to check out our home town. The only other info I have is that almost everything from highway 90 down to the beach is 'No More', including the home our parents built in 1966.---Please keep all our family & friends in your prayers,

- Lee Peterzell

August 30, 2005

I just wanted to let everyone know the status of the 3 Peterzell's that live in Mississippi. Lyle and Lanier went to Panama City, Loren is OK in Meridian and Libby is the only one we haven't heard from all day today. Libby and Loren were in the direct path of the storm, Libby about 30 miles off the coast and Loren 100 miles due north from the coast. I last spoke to her yesterday about 1:30 central time and she was just starting to feel the full brunt of the storm. I know she was very well prepared with supplies, there is just no way to call anyone on the coast. I'll email as soon as Lyle and/or I hear from her.---We're a hardy bunch, she'll be fine,

- Lee Peterzell

July 17, 2005

At the farewell brunch at the end of the 2005 reunion, we learned that Victor Peterzell is better.

July 10, 2005

Victor Peterzell is ill in the hospital and has been diagnosed with leukemia. Your prayers would be appreciated.

- Paul Peterzell
(This Paul is "Abe" Peterzell, Victor's son.)

February 10, 2005

Sadly, we lost Vita Solomon yesterday. She was my dad's (Jacob Petrosky) last sister. Now it is just Sam and Jacob Petrosky. Hope to see you in July.

-Sue Cotler

Jan 13, 2005

Leslie had her baby last night, so River Peterzell has arrived, she had a c section so she is chilling for a few days.

- Marcus Peterzell

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