#37 JULY 12, 2008
2008 Prayer - Joe Gurto
July 12, 2008
Id like to welcome everyone here to the 37th Gurto family reunion.
Id also like to acknowledge a few important milestones for this year.
Happy 25th Anniversary to Dana and Joe Raisian
Happy 30th birthday to
Jenie Anglebrandt and
Id like to wish Diane and Barry Vorse a happy 40th wedding anniversary
Id like to wish a happy 50th birthday this year to
Frank Gurto Jr.
Michael Gurto and
Happy 60th birthday to
Jim Speer and David Waldoch
Happy 70th birthday to
Pat Gurto and Lorraine Gurto
Aunt B Ann and Uncle Jimmy celebrated their 60th anniversary this year as Aunt Effie and Uncle Bill would have
Uncle Frank would have been 75, Aunt Rosie would have been 90 and Grandma Gurto would have been 110 years old this year.
Its been said that life is made up of a series of meetings and partings. In 1912 Peter Gurto parted from his home in Italy to America and a few years later, Mary Del Veccio did the same. They met each other and over the years greeted 12 children, their spouses, 32 grand children, some of their spouses and 2 great grandchildren before they left us in December 1971 and February 1972.
Just a few months later in July, 55 family members met for the first family reunion at Uncle Jimmys and Aunt B-Anns. That was all of us at the time.
For the next 36 years we have arranged to meet on the second Saturday of July each year to reminisce, to meet and greet new family members and to remember those who have parted from us. During that time we have welcomed another 125 people to our family and sadly had to say good-bye to 26 family members. Most recently Doug Ward and Uncle Jimmy whom we especially remember today.
By my calculations, the Gurto family has grown to 180 people.
So we thank you Lord for giving us the opportunity to greet each other again this year and keep our family tradition going. We thank you for the food we are about to receive and for the beautiful day you have given us for our celebration. We thank you for bringing so many of us together this year and for all those members of our families who were not able to join us today. Well spend a little while today with tears and laughter and then the day will close. Once again we will part from each other with many happy memories of today. We ask you Lord to keep us all safe until next we meet again.