Fortkamp families gather

The Steinbeck, Engelke, Fortkamp, Bartels and Winkelman families, descendants of Henry E. Fortkamp (born Jan. 23, 1850 in Germany and died Oct. 22, 1927 in the USA, buried at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetary in rural Wauneta, Nebraska) and Margarette Bucholz Fortkamp (married in 1868 in Germany, born Jan. 30, 1948 and died March 2, 1920; buried at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetary in rural Wauneta, Nebraska) gathered Aug. 12 at the Wauneta Community Building for the tenth triennial reunion. This reunion is 149-plus years of Fortkamp history.
    Welcoming the relatives was Bonnie Jean (Crasson) Majors leading all in table prayers and all siging the doxology in Thanksgiving before the most bountiful carry-in noon meal.
    There was a wonderful time getting acquainted with Engelke relatives from Kansas who have never been to a reunion —also some of the Steinbeck family—and just plain visiting!
    The 2015-2018 updates were ready and available.
    Seventy five relatives were in attendance and are listed by the following families:
    Sophia (Fortkamp) Steinbeck: Gary Steinbeck, Sterling Colorado; Marilyn (Steinbeck) Nichols; Terry Steinbeck, Benkelman, Nebraska; Jennifer Havell and Dakota, Broken Bow, Nebraska; Mike and Sheri Steinbeck, Thorton, Colorado; Martin and Cheryl Steinbeck, North Platte, Nebraska.
    Wilhelmina (Fortkamp) Engelke: Robert Otteman and Kim Kelkowski, Omaha, Nebraska; Gary and Liz Hanke, Kensington, Kansas; Leslie and Garrett Brown, and children Walker and Sophia, Luray, Kansas.

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