Polka music filled the air this past weekend at the Ellis County Fairgrounds as family and friends of Harold Dorzweiler, along with other polka lovers, gathered for some dancing and fun in memory of Dorzweiler.
The popular Catherine musician, bandleader of “The Country Dutchmen,” died of cancer two years ago this month.
His family is honoring his wish to help pay the expenses of financially-strapped families of cancer patients.
“When Harold was undergoing treatment in Kansas City, we met so many other families who had a real burden in trying to pay medical bills, even just buy gas for the car, ” remembers his wife Janie.
So Harold recorded all the polka music he’d ever written on to a CD and began selling it, donating the proceeds to cancer-stricken families.
Since his death, Janie and Harold’s father, Leo Dorzweiler, organized the annual Harold Dorzweiler Cancer Memorial Fund Polka Fest. “He was a giver in life and he’s still giving now that he’s gone, ” says Janie.
A website is being set up for requesting financial assistance online. Until then, requests can be made by calling Janie Dorzweiler at 785-625-5256.
See and hear more tonight on Street Beat Eagle Community TV Channel 14.