50th annual Behnken family reunion 2013

The 50th annual reunion of the Claus and Bertha Pfeiffer Behnken family met on Sunday, Aug 11, at the Sand Beach, Oak Harbor home of Ted Behnken. The late Claus Behnken came to Ottawa County in 1883 with his mother from Hanover, Germany to join his father who arrived a year earlier. Five children were born to Claus and Bertha: Regina Risch, Leona Longanbach, Loretta Joseph, Orlena Wagner and Clarence Behnken. Families of the five children were able to purchase shirts with each family designated a particular color. Souvenir Christmas ornaments designed by Leslie Risch and Lindsay Griffin were given to each attending member. Committee members planning the event were Bonnie Kaspar, Marilyn Siefke, Denise Knipp, Twyla Northrup, Julie Polter and Linda Dehring.

Events recorded were: 


Nicholas Hammer to Megan Brandt on Aug 25, 2012.


Easton Wayne, son of Sam Longanbach and Odessa Pawloski on Aug 24, 2012.

Millie Faith, daughter of Jennifer Beard and Don Kirk on Dec 7, 2012.

Jackson Robert, son of Andy and Michelle Wolf on April 5, 2013.

Faith Elizabeth, daughter of Matt and Erica Bloomer on May 20, 2013.

Grayson Alexander, son of Todd and Leanne Endsley on June 2, 2013.

Kyler Richard, son of Nick and Megan Hammer on June 3, 2013.

Lukas Dean, son of Ellen Hammer and Corey Johnson on June 9, 2013.

Jackson Charles, son of Ryan Ireland and Katie Atwater on Aug 8, 2013.

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