Heatwole Gathering-2013

This weekend was our annual Heatwole gathering-that is my siblings, offspring and parents. We had a great time at my sisters cabin at Sparkling Springs at the base of Little North Mountain behind Singers Glen, Virginia.

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My parents, Dwight and Fannie Heatwole


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Saturday Afternoon & Evening

We gathered on Saturday afternoon and had a wonderful picnic supper furnish by Phil and Evelyn Borntrager, our host this year.

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Daddy, Marj Heatwole and Eileen Heatwole

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Cheryl Yoder with her children…Max, Bo and Ariel

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This dear, sweet little Ariel is 8 months old and she is an SMA (Werdning Hoffman) baby which is the same disease as two of our children and little Truman Lane Heatwole who passed away last year.

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My brother, Ed Heatwole, and sister, Evelyn Borntrager, holding her granddaughter Julieanne.

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Lauren Hertzler and Karla Hostetter

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Cornhole game….Jeremy Yoder and Rich Heatwole

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Ryan Hostetter

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Ryan Hostetter

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Uncle Phil reading a bear story to the children and then then went on a “bear hunt”. It was great fun and they came back with two stuffed bears they found; one in a tree and the other in the bushes.

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Julieanne Nolt

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David Nolt and Bo & Max Yoder

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Children playing cards.

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Obe Hostetter, Rich Heatwole, Phil Borntrager and Calvin Nolt

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Marj Heatwole, Mother and Eileen Heatwole

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Brother Ed……Just can’t disconnect!

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Brother Rich

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Sunday morning mother fixed lunch for us siblings and our spouses. This was a special time together and mother served us a scrumptious egg casserole, sticky buns, cantelope, tomatoes, and sausage.

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Our Sunday Worship Service

We had our own worship service in the outdoor pavilion nestled among the cabins and trees. It was a special worship service.  Richard led us in singing several old hymns.

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Ed and Eileen read scripture.

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Evelyn had a children’s lesson about the shepherd who had 99 sheep and one was lost.

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The shepherd counted his sheep…95,96..97..98…99

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And he looked until he found the one that was lost!

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Uncle Charles (daddy’s brother) shared their personal tragedy;”Journey Through Grief” during the illness of Marlene and accidental death of their son Jay,

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Brian and Kerwin Borntrager led us in a medley of hymns…Oh Happy Day, When Peace Like A River, When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, and Shall We Gather at the River.  This fit perfectly after Uncle Charles’ sharing and was very moving to me.

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Kerwins family singing “Alive, Alive”.

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I shared “I Remember…Our Faith Journey”.

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A very special treat for us as a family were the Aunts and Uncles-Daddy’s siblings-that joined us.

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Charles and Doris Heatwole

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John Reed

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Carolyn Reed

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Ruth Heatwole and I failed to get a picture of Liz Yoder.

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Great Aunt Nancy Heatwole (This would be my daddy’s aunt) also came.

And a few other random pictures….

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Brian and Donna Borntrager

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Donna and Evelyn Borntrager

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Rhonda Borntrager

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Obe Hostetter

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Gene and Pat Hertzler

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Rich Heatwole

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Jill Hostetter holding Macie Jo Landis, Kendra Landis and Lauren Hertzler

A spirited water balloon fight between the grandpa’s and their grandchildren.

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It was a fun and relaxing weekend and good to be with family.

God is good and we proclaim His faithfulness.


  1. Julia Perry Said:

    Oh fun, I feel like i was there. I love this family. A testament to Gods blessing to a family that cherishes and lives by his word

  2. BaronVonReed Said:

    My Mom and Dad said they had a wonderful time. I’m sorry we couldn’t be there, but I’m glad it went so well!

  3. Franklin D. Heatwole Said:

    Franklin D. Heatwole greeting you from Janesville, WI. I was surfing the web and found your site. My line of descent is David, Abraham, David A., Daniel F., Daniel R., and me. I’d be interested in knowing more about your Heatwole lineage. I have some old photos of Sparkling Springs from the Heatwole reunion in 1948. I was 7 years old that summer. I visited there with my Aunt Marie Brunk in 1980. RSVP heatwole3751@att.net. Great site !

    • Pat Said:

      My line is Dwight S., Joseph D. Melvin Jasper, Joseph F. Jacob S, Gabriel, David S, Johann Mathias… In looking at the history we connect at David S. Gabriel and Abraham were brothers. I happen to be reading “By the Grace of God” by Nancy Burkholder Hess for the second time.

      I love Sparkling Springs and my Granddaddy Showalter had a cabin there. I used to go with them when I was a little girl.

      I wrote the book “The Story of Melvin Jasper Heatwole and Mollie Grace Coffman.

      It was good hearing from you.

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