Verkamp descendants gather for reunion

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One hundred and sixty-one descendants of Herman and Mary Verkamp met on Sunday, July 15, at the Schnellville Community Club in Schnellville for a family reunion. A fried chicken meal catered by Patty Burke with carry in dishes was served at 1 p.m.  The reunion committee was Carla Hochgesang, Gerry Verkamp, Tammy Mehringer and Danny Schnell.

Attending the reunion were Carla Hochgesang and Basil Marsh; Gerry and Phyllis Verkamp; Danny and Julie Schnell; Tammy and Larry Mehringer; Francis Pund; Jane and  Bob Durcholz; Beck and Rock Ubelhor; Clara Messmer; Bert and Kenny Hochgesang; Jim  and Mary Verkamp;

Lawrence Metz; Helen Theising; Cyndy Grier; Charles Uebelhor; Mary Ann Uebelhor; Stan and Diane Verkamp; Tom Schroering; Kurt, Jennifer, Camden and Hanna Verkamp; Ellen and Joe Blaize; Ruth Fritch; Leroy and Jenny Betz; Eugene and Cindy Verkmp; Donna and Ken Schnell;   

Blake, Meadow and Silas Schroering; Angie, Bernie, Jordan, Amber and Bryce Theising; Kenny and Rita Hoffman; Donna and Bill Verkamp; Maurice and Karen Pund; Dorothy Mendel and Stuart Campbell; Lou Steckler; Anna Mae Metz; Cathy and Marty Case; Barb and Gary Gehlhausen;    

Joy and Mike Bourke; Raymie Verkamp; Linda Verkamp; Julie and Tim Hoffman; Darrell, Janelle and Madelyn Pund; John and Helen Beyke; Chad, Jamie and Carson Knies; Brenda Vaal; Eric Witte; Francis and LouAnn Lueken; Arnold and Marie Blessinger; Linus & Bernita Metz, Doris, Rodney, & Grace Weigel, Jessica Vaal, Noe Jacquez, Katrina Cochenour; Lisa, Curtis and Shelby Pund;

M. Lou Verkamp; Kristine Talamante; Max and Dorothy Olinger; Rose Ann and Ray Persohn; Ryan, Renae, Andrew and Nathan Verkamp; Jacqueline and Kurt Nordhoff; Travis, Meghan, Bailey and Tanner Theising; Rick and Dorothy Simpson; James and Ashley Summers; Kristen Pfaff;

Roger and Katie Verkamp and six children; Hilbert and Janie Betz; Hayley, Josh and Carter Vaal; Kathy Uebelhor, Josh and Laura Schnell and two children; John, Janie and Ryan Kempf; Charlie and Diane Verkamp; Jeff and Leo Verkamp; Sara Mehringer and Collin Kissel; Nathan, Cassie, Kaden and Adalynn Beyke; Charlene and John Kern; Matt, Stacy, Claire and Rachel Schmitt; Tom Verkamp;

Tony, Wilma, Jerome, Josiah and Jonas Betz; Laura Theising; Mary Theising; Brandon Verkamp; and Jane  and Charlie Hoffman. 

The afternoon was spent playing cards and socializing.

On June 28, 1837, John Gerhard and Adelheide Katherine Verkamp from Schapen, Germany, arrived in New York City. From there, they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1841, their son, Herman Lucas, was born and later he and the family moved to Ferdinand. On Jan. 23, 1872, Herman Lucas married Mary A. Wilmes. Together they had 11 children.  Every five years since 1978, the Herman and Mary Verkamp descendants have gathered to share memories.

The next reunion will be held in 2023.  The committee will be Barb Gehlhausen, Becky Ubelhor, Charlene Kern, Donna Schnell and Donna Verkamp.

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