Forty seven descendents of Herbert J and Mary Anne Heidkamp gathered from June 24th through June 27th in Racine, WI. The gathering included all twelve of their children and almost all of the spouses and grandchildren. Mary Anne was able to come up for Sunday afternoon along with Aunt Margie, Aunt Rosemary, and Uncle Fran. The reunion was planned around the June 24th wedding of the oldest grandchild, Kendra Heidkamp-Young to Ryan O'Rourke in Milwaukee, WI.
We have been having reunions like this every two years since 1990 alternating for the most part between Chicago area, New England area, and Kentucky/Tennessee area. Right now we have families coming from Alaska, Arizona, and England as well as the other areas. The reunions have been a wonderful opportunity to keep a very extended family up to date with each other and especially to build bonds between the cousins - who range in age from 5 to 29. We anticipate in the near future that there will be more weddings to celebrate as another couple announced their engagement at this reunion.
Mary Anne Heidkamp with her 12 children. Backrow AJ (Boston), Peter (Atlanta), Larry (Nashville), Rita (Fairbanks, AK), Ann (Milwaukee), Mike (Milwaukee), Tony (Phoenix), Mary/Scooter (Chicago). Front Row: Rosie (central Massachusetts), Joanne (Burlington, VT), Mary Anne (Chicago), Martha (Cincinnati), Thomas (Oxford, England) (click on photo for full-size image)