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50 birthday cakes for 50 years

by Chris Heiman

When the Hi-Quality Bakery van of Cannon Falls arrived at the home of Joe and Diane Meyers in New Trier with a delivery, they had no idea what was in store for them.

It was Wednesday, March 24, around 10 a.m. and the morning of the Diane's 50th birthday. Diane's brother and godfather, Don, from Arizona had called Joe and Diane and told them to expect a delivery. He wanted to make sure they were home and could put his plan in action. Of course, Diane thought they would be sending flowers since he wasn't going to be at her birthday celebration the following Saturday, the 27th at Wiederholts Supper Club in Miesville.

When bakery owner Joe Disch arrived at their home and asked Joe Meyers if Diane was home to receive a delivery, Meyers said, "Yes, she's in the house."

Meyers headed down to the grain bins, but quickly turned around after he saw crates and crates being hauled out of the van and into the house. This sparked his curiosity, so he returned to the house. Diane was receiving 50 cakes, each with a letter.

She said to Disch, "What am I suppose to do with all these cakes?!"

Not only were there 50 cakes, they were 7" cakes...not cupcakes! All the cakes were assorted flavors and all were decorated with a letter on the top.

Disch was so excited and told her she had to unscramble the letters to spell out a message, and if she needed help, to call the bakery and they would give her a hint. Disch made sure he mixed up the letters quite well.

After the bakery delivered all the cakes, filling Diane's kitchen table, she and her husband proceeded to bring all the cakes into the family room and spread them throughout the floor. She saw her name "Diane" among all the letters and started with that. She then saw "Happy" and figured out where this was going. It seemed all the cakes not only had a letter on each one, but each word was also frosted with the same color.

Finally, solving the puzzle, all the cakes together spelled out "Happy 50th birthday Diane from Donnie & Mary in sunny Arizona." The "5 and the 0" numbers and the "th" and the "&" symbols were each on separate cakes. When Diane called Don in Arizona, she wasn't sure if she should thank him or not. After laughing a lot about the joke, he said since he couldn't be there for her birthday, he wanted to make it a memorable one. Diane told him he will definitely be remembered for this one for a long time.

According to Julie Disch, co- owner of the Hi-Quality Bakery, "When Don called from Arizona and said he wanted 50 cakes delivered to his sister for her 50th birthday, I thought he was kidding. I asked him if he was sure he wanted individual cakes?" Julie said she's had many requests for surprise cakes to be delivered for different occasions, but never 50 at a time.

After talking to Don for a bit, Julie also realized that this family likes to pull pranks on one another from time to time, with Don often being one of the instigators.

Don is the second oldest, and the oldest boy in the family of 11 children. Diane is the second youngest. Their parents are Tony and Marcella (Wellman) of Hampton. Other siblings include Joan, Bill, Jean, Sue, Mary, Jim, John, Jerry and Sharon. Sharon came home for the weekend from Washington D.C. just for the occasion.

Diane had fun handing out many of the cakes at Wiederholt's Supper Club. All the family members were "told" by Diane that they were all bringing home a cake. Her husband Joe even gave one to a little girl he didn't know who was out for supper that night with her family. She was thrilled to see so many cakes all in one place. When taking the order, Julie told Don, "I hope she has a lot of friends and family to give these to."

Diane said she still has 14 cakes in her freezer. "Watch out," she said, "someone just might end up with one on their doorstep!"

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