Burger family gathers for 100th reunion

The descendants of George and Margaret (Sinn) Burger gathered for the 100th Burger reunion on Sunday, July 15, at Hope Lutheran Church in Germanville.

George and Margaret ?Maggie? Burger were married in 1884 in Walnut Township, Jefferson County, Iowa, and farmed in the Germanville area. They raised five children: Katherine ?Katie? Diers, Anna Crile, John Burger, Jacob Burger and Ila Eshelman. All of those children had descendants at the reunion.

The reunion date of the third Sunday in July is to commemorate Maggie Burger?s birthday on July 17, the occasion celebrated at the first reunion.

The morning began with relatives attending the church service at Hope. At noon, 57 relatives gathered, and after singing the Doxology, enjoyed a potluck dinner. Family members shared photos, genealogy and memoriblia displayed on tables. Tours of the Free Union Cemetery and Hope Lutheran Cemetery were given with graves marked indicating relatives buried there.

Those attending from Iowa were John and Betty Burr, of Lone Tree; John, Jodi and Whitney Vantiger, of Mt. Union; Pat and Lauren Winborn, of Kalona; Rick and Loni Watson, of Richland; Jennifer, Chloe, Brekken and Adyn Foreman, of Ottumwa; Patty Gates, of Birmingham; Joe, Nicole, Tristen and Savannah Garretson, of Lockridge; Mike and Oralee Overturf and Athena, of Des Moines; Paul Kessel, of Brighton; Kathleen Klopfenstein, Janette Ross and Pam Frieden, of Mt. Pleasant; and Alan and Carol Diers, of LeClaire.

Attending from Fairfield were Linda Burger; Anna Mae Burger; Wayne, Loretta and Brenda Diers; Colleen Bates; Jerry and Annabelle Sirdoreus; Charlie, Kathy and Jonquil Kessel; Don and Joan Sirdoreus; David and Charlotte Kessel; Michael Kessel; Robert, Sarah and Daniel Kessel; Sabin and Peyton Sirdoreus; Gene and Louise Luedtke.

Those coming from out of state were Greg and Connie Henry and Rogers, of Arkansas; Bill and Florence Wright, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; Kevin Diers, of Dixon, Ill.; and Jim and Peggy Berger, of Smithville, Mo.

The planning committee for this year?s reunion was Gene Luedtke, Colleen Bates, Wayne Diers, Janette Ross and Kathleen Klopfenstein.