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It's a Family Affair!

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S: Seasons of Change

BC: Family Pie One handful of forgiveness One heaping cupful of love A full source of unselfishness Mix together smoothly with Complete faith in God Add two Tbsp of wisdom One tsp of good nature for flavor Then sprinkle lavishly with thoughtfulness This makes a wonderful family pie. One complete pie will serve any size family | Thanks for sharing so many happy yesterdays! Carol & Tom Reed 2011

FC: It's a Family Affair! Our fun times at Oglebay Park through the years.

1: It's a Family Affair! Our story begins with one of ten siblings in the Murray family of Muncy, Pennsylvania. Bertha, the eldest of six girls with four brothers her senior, met and married LaRue Gortner. The two of them ventured west and settled in Pittsburgh where they became parents of three daughters Ruth, Margaret (Peg), and Lois. These girls met their future husbands Howard Oberfeitinger (affectionately known as Obie) F. W. (Bill) Cook, and John Easton respectively and each marriage would thrive to see a golden 50th wedding anniversary and then some! New twigs would sprout on our family tree as the three families would grow with the arrivals of cousins Gayle and Jim Oberfeitinger, Bob, Carol, Ron, Kathleen, and Bill Cook, and Steven, Gregory, and Janet Easton. A few years passed and the family tree enjoyed new growth as the cousins met their future spouses and our family was blessed with the next generation which included Gretchen, Hannah, and James Oberfeitinger, Christopher and Tim Cook, Stephanie and Nathan Olds who had a big sis named Megan, Bethany and Jacob Cook, Nicholas and Erin Easton, and Taylor and Alex Kirkman. Enjoying each other's company, while no doubt building family ties, was all made possible by yearly visits to Oglebay Park for a week each summer. Members of our clan have been fortunate to have traveled to several continents, were chilled by snow in the Alps in the summer, spoke French while studying abroad, helped out in third world countries, ran marathons in several different venues, ventured on road trips to enjoy the majestic grandeur of our nation's national parks, swam with dolphins and stingrays during cruises, enjoyed all inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean islands, were greeted with Aloha in Hawaii, ate breakfast with Disney characters and other fun and exciting trips. At the end of the day, ask anyone in our family what brings back the fondest memories and without reservation or hesitation, the answer would be our times at Oglebay Park. The next several pages are a glimpse of our stays at Oglebay Park during the past 25 years. See the children grow, look how the styles change, notice who goes from being the ones watched to the last ones in and turning out the light at night. Oh the fun we've had through the years! You're already enjoying nice memories, sit back and get ready to remember even more! After all...it's a family affair!

2: Murray Family Mary, Samuel, Lazarus, Bertha, Aaron, Emily Jacob, James, Alta, Annie, Hannah, Sarah | Ruth & Howard Oberfeitinger December 1946 | Margaret & F.William Cook April 1946 | John & Lois Easton July 1955 | Bertha & LaRue Gortner 1920

3: 1985 | When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. | Our first reunion of the three Gortner sisters and their families.

4: 1989

5: 1990

6: 1990 | The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree!

7: 1992 | 1 | The love of a family is life's greatest blessing.

8: Bicycles and riders in all sizes! | Swimming to be taught! | Fish to be caught! | Did anyone scream for ice cream?? | Holes in one to be made! | 1993 1994

9: Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts. | Always a good time at the Good Zoo! | Monkey Jungle | Nighty night, don't let the bed bugs bite! | What skill! | All were aboard!

10: 1995 | Kinship; it's all relative!

11: Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate! | Surprise 40th wedding anniversary celebration for Lois & John | and Good Zoo campers too! | We had family from Colorado...

12: 1997

13: In time of test, family is best! | 1998

14: VIP helicopter landing tests the credit card limit in 1998! | I'll have whatever they're having!

15: Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. | 1999 | One of the homemade pinatas! | Nice catch! | The best stories!

16: 2000 | Sometimes our gatherings included the 4th of July!

17: 2001

18: 2002 | Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.

19: 2004 | Like branches on a tree our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.

20: 2005

21: 2005 | 2006

22: 2007 | Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking.

23: Some of our family members have four legs, fur, and a tail. They enjoy Oglebay Park just as much as everyone else!

24: Well here we are twenty five years or so later all grown up and not so worse for wear.

25: We've said good-bye to a few family members but the rest of us still enjoy getting together, playing cards, laughing, telling tales, taking long walks, spotting deer, hitting golf balls, enjoying meals together. After all, it's not a just a family affair...it's our family affair!

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