Showered With Cards and Other Celebrations

Hello everyone! Welcome to my Druck Family History blog. 

A lot has happened since my last post!

I’ve written about this event on my companion blog,, but since this really is part of family history, I thought it deserved a place here, as well – even though I’m a bit late getting it posted!

My brother Ted (real name George!) pours the wine for dinner.

My parents, Ben and Hazel Druck, observed their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, February 8. Yep! That’s right – 70 years together. When filling out an information form for a local newspaper announcement, the question appeared: To what does the couple attribute their long marriage?

Well, I had my opinion, but decided to ask Mom and Dad to discuss the question and let me know their answer. They agreed: their marriage has lasted because they “have always done everything together”  – whether it’s working, dancing, traveling, hunting, or golfing. Until recently,  my mother has been blessed with excellent  health. At 92, Dad has his share of medical issues. But, together they raised five kids, who produced 12 grandchildren, who gave  them  22 great-grandchildren. I’ve written a lot about my parents previously, so I won’t go into their life histories again (for more information check the earlier blogs on this site go to

One of several floral arrangements my parents received for their anniversary.

But, since they are both amazing people, I wanted to honor by parents on this special occasion. Given Dad’s health issues, however, Mom asked that we forego the partying. Instead, she suggested that I ask everyone to send cards – which I did. Cards from all over  the U. S. and even some from overseas arrived to fill their mailbox. They were surprised and amazed by this generous outpouring of love and caring.

The  highlight of their anniversary week for me (I was staying at their house) was actually the night before the celebration date.  Two of my brothers who live nearby and their wives (both of whom are named Linda) joined us for dinner that  evening.  Always ready and willing to feed us, Mom made her “world-renowned” chicken pie, as it’s known in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. In other places people call it “chicken pot-pie.” Whatever you call it, it was absolutely delicious!  We spent a wonderful evening reminiscing and laughing about the “good old days.”  Missing from the group was my only sister, Bobbi (real name Barbara!), and her husband Mike, who were wintering in Arizona; and my brother Phil and his wife, Carol, who live in northern Pennsylvania.

Mom’s in the Kitchen, making chicken pie!

A 70th wedding anniversary is something not many couples achieve. The many  lovely cards (nearly 200) sent by old friends, family, fellow church members, and strangers alike helped create a lasting memory.

Also in February, my sister-in-law mentioned above, Carol Forbes Druck, celebrated a birthday on the 13th. Jenna Renee Druck, daughter of my nephew Benn and his wife Denise, turned  14 on February 17.  And I can’t forget cousin Kathie Gettle Boop, whose birthday was February 11.
Moving on to the month of March – several family members observed special days, one of which was daughter “number one” (meaning she’s the first-born!) – Kristina – who celebrated her birthday on March 13. My sister’s husband, Mike, observed his birthday on March 19, and a day later my hubby Keith observed his natal anniversary. That same day – March 20 – Keith and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary! He gets kidded a lot about having been married on his birthday. The usual remark is that he’ll never forget his anniversary – to which he replies, “Yeh, but I’d like to forget the birthdays.” 
Amanda Jo Nuss, daughter of my niece Jenni Druck Nuss and husband Andrew, turned five years old on March 22, and on the 23rd, my nephew, Tedd Benjamin Druck  and his wife, the former Anne Ruby Miller, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Congratulations! Only 50 years to go, kids,  and you’ll  match Mam-maw and Pap-paw’s record!
And the biggest news of all – today, March 29, as I write this,  my younger granddaughter, Morgan Cassidy Geesey,  turned sweet sixteen! Morgan is the daughter of my son Brian Geesey and his wife, the former Diane Myers.
In other news, Morgan’s brother Joshua appears  in a Lafayette College publication honoring a fellow debating team member ( And my older granddaughter, Brigitta Kiessling, was an honorable mention winner in the WITF Central Pennsylvania Magazine writing contest (Girl’s Song” – 2011 Central PA Writing Contest Winner – Congratulations to both grandkids! We’re all proud of you!
Our clan had the most members present at the 2010 Druck Family Reunion. In back row, left to right are: Brigitta, Morgan, Joshua (wearing hat). Jenna is seated front row, second from left.
 Congratulations to everyone who recently celebrated a birthday or anniversary! I’m sure there are many other birthdays and anniversaries in our extended family during February and March, but I’ll have to post them next time. Also, I’ll gather up the ones I missed in January.

So, please stop again soon. Thanks for visiting my blog. 

Celebrating Ben and Hazel's 70th Anniversary!




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In Memoriam: Robert E. Sellen, Sr.

Sincere Sympathy to Libby Wilson Sellen and her family    

I didn’t know Bob Sellen very well. Actually, I didn’t know him at all. But he came to our first George Druck family reunion in the summer of 2009 with his wife, my cousin Libby, and other family members. Having read his obituary last week, I now know why he came to meet lots of people he had never seen before. That’s the kind of person Bob was.    

Several months ago, when I asked Libby if they would be attending this summer’s reunion, she wrote back to say they couldn’t make it: that Bob, a life long resident of Woodbury, New Jersey, was suffering from terminal cancer. He was in a lot of pain.    

“Right now he is the first priority,” wrote Libby.    

I replied that I’d add him to my prayer list. That was on July 3. The reunion came and went. On August 23, 2010, Bob Sellen died at his home, at the age of 86.    

Libby’s grandmother, Elenora Edith Druck, and my grandfather, George Benjamin Druck are brother and sister; so Libby and I share the same great-grandfather, George W. “Wash” Druck.    

Elizabeth “Libby” Anne Wilson and Robert Edward “Bob” Sellen, Sr., were married on June 22, 1984, at Central Baptist Church, Woodbury, Gloucester County, New Jersey.  Both Libby and Bob had each been married previously.    

After working for 26 years as Assistant Supervisor in Mobil Oil Corporation Accounting Department, Bob started R.E. Sellen Public Accountants in 1971. He continued to work in his home office until retiring just several years ago.     

As a high school senior, Bob enlisted in the US Army days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He left Woodbury for boot camp in early January 1942 and returned in June as an Army Corporal to graduate in uniform with the Woodbury High School class of 1942. He served five years active duty during WWII and again as an Active Army Reservist, from 1960 to 1961 during the Berlin Wall Crisis. It was during this period that he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer II and was assigned as Personnel Officer of the 82nd Airborne stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In addition to his active duty service, he served 18 years in the US Army Reserves and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer III.    

Best known for his smile, his sense of humor, and for always having time to listen and a shoulder cry on, Bob found it difficult to say no and was always willing to volunteer his time and services.    

Prior to becoming an active member of Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church, Bob also served on many boards and committees at the Central Baptist Church; he was very involved with county and state accounting associations, a Boy Scout volunteer, and loved to entertain friends and family by playing the organ. As a teenager, he played drums professionally.    

Bob was predeceased by his first wife, “Bunny,” who died of cancer in 1983. In addition to Libby, Bob is survived by two sons: Robert E. Jr., and his wife, Corrin; and L. Scott, and his wife, Carolyn; by step-son David MacGibeny and his wife Lisa; step-daughter Jodie Richeal and her husband Michael; two grandchildren: Elizabeth and Aaron Sellen; and six step-grandchildren: Lauren Greer; Marlena and Patrick Richeal; and Collin, Emily and Julia MacGibeny.    


Kathie Gettle Boop identifies members of her family and Libby’s relatives in this photo, taken at last year’s Druck family reunion, as follows: “Left to right, back row: Libby’s son, David MacGibeny and his wife Lisa; Anthony Shaw and wife Rhonda Wilson (there is a head between them at the pole that I am guessing is Rhonda’s mother (Alta Wilson); next in the background is Sharon Kreidler Leiphart Bennett; back to beside Rhonda are Lisa and David’s two daughters Emily MacGibeny and Julia MacGibeny; then to the way back is Bob Sellen, Rusty Wilson, and Libby Wilson MacGibeny Sellen; beside Julia and Kathie Gettle Boop are Jodie’s twins Patrick and Lanie Richeal; in front of Kathie is Jodie MacGibeny Richeal; seated in front are Kathie’s patents, Jim Gettle, and Rae Catherine Burger Gettle.”    


Libby Wilson Sellen, Hazel Bentz Druck, Rae Burger Gettle at the Druck Family Reunion in summer 2009.


Those who knew Bob well, and even recent acquaintances, will miss his fun-loving spirit, his gentle guidance, and his loving heart. Nobody left his presence without a smile on his or her face. He was a gentleman and a gentle man.    

Visitation was Monday, August 20, from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church. Bob was buried with military honors, in Eglington Cemetery.    

Our sincere sympathies to Libby and her family and to all of Bob’s family.    

Note: Most of the above information is from Bob’s obituary published in Gloucester County Times on August 26, 2010. For the complete obituary, go to this link: 

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We’ll See You Next Year!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my Druck Family History weblog.  

The second George Druck Family Reunion took place Sunday, July 25, in the picnic grove of Salem Lutheran Church, Jacobus, Springfield Township, York County, Pennsylvania, with about 53 people of all ages attending.  


The morning started out bright and sunny, but in the midst of the sweltering afternoon heat, a terrific thunderstorm struck. No damage was done, but unfortunately, everyone seemed to want to leave long before closing time. Nevertheless, a lot took place. Many prizes were awarded, and I actually got to talk to a few more relatives this year than last. We also had some new folks join us for the event. The food, of course, was plentiful, and all of it very delicious. Thanks to everyone for bringing all those goodies!  

During our business meeting, we decided that we would hold another reunion next summer. There had been some mention that it would be better to hold a family gathering only every two or three years. But it was determined that there will be another one next year. We’ll publicize the fact that a vote will be taken on how often to meet, so next year’s attendees will make the decision on how often we should hold the reunion in the future.  

NEW OFFICERS: Former vice-president Rhonda Wilson Shaw has agreed to serve as the new  President; Eileen Marie Druck will take over as the new Vice-President. Graciously consenting to continue as Secretary is Kathie Gettle Boop, and George T. “Ted” Druck as Treasurer. Thanks so much to the new officers and the previous ones for consenting to serve, thus helping to  preserve our family history!  

Congratulations to Donald and Mildred Druck, Glen Rock. They received the  award for the longest married couple in attendance. Unfortunately, I can’t remember how long they’ve been married, but as soon as our secretary returns from vacation and sends me her notes, I’ll post that information. Donald was also – if memory serves me correctly – the oldest family member attending.  

Donald and Mildred Druck


The award for the family with the most members present was won by the Ben and Hazel Druck (my own) family for the second year in a row! Those traveling the farthest this year were yours truly and hubby, who drove about 350 miles from central New York state.  And the youngest in attendance was Jack Anthony Druck, son of my nephew Tony and his wife Wendy. Jack wasn’t at last year’s reunion, as he was  born just a few days earlier!  

I’ll be posting more photos and information soon. But meantime, just wanted to say thanks so much to everyone who came out on such a hot summer day. And a special thanks for all those who helped in any way, especially my sister, my mom, and my aunt, who took over kitchen duties. Many thanks, also, to my brother Ted for helping to organize everything;  to Amy Druck and Denise Druck for helping with the kids’ games, and to Kathie Gettle Boop for all her hard work on the Heritage Auction. Thanks also to my grandkids, Brigitta, Josh, and Morgan, for helping at the registration table. Hope I didn’t miss anyone. Sorry if I did, but please know that I’m grateful to each and every one of you for all your support.  

More news coming! Please stop by again soon!

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Just a Reminder!

Just a reminder! The Druck Family 2010 Reunion countdown has begun. I just wanted to make sure everyone knows it will be at a different location this year! 

It’s in Jacobus, at the Salem Lutheran Church picnic grove. Please take a look at my earlier post for details. Or let me know if you need directions. 

Also, one small detail that I forgot to mention: Please bring your own place setting, if you can. If you forget, don’t worry. We will have some plastic ware, as well as  paper plates and paper cups available. 

An early ancestor. Note the family name is sometimes spelled Drook. Learn more about your ancestors at the family reunion!


And please, please tell everyone in your family about the reunion! We’d like to have a good turnout. And, I’d love to see you there. 

Questions? Please write to me at or call Kathie at 717-755-4941.

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Auction Details

My family at last year's reunion. Front, left to right siblings, Bobbi, Judy, Benn, George (Ted), and our mom, Hazel Druck. Missing is my dad, Ben Druck, and my brother Phil

Hello and Welcome to this Blog! It’s dedicated mainly to news about the Druck Family – no matter how near or far we are. I’ve decided to create another blog devoted to my personal activities:  – problem is, I haven’t had time to update it yet. But please be patient! Stop by and visit often. Hopefully, you’ll find something that interests you.

 For now, I’d like to post some details about the upcoming Druck Family Reunion, planned for Sunday, July 25, at Salem Lutheran Church Picnic Grove, from noon to 4 p.m.  We’ve rented the building beginning at 11 a.m. , so you can come any time after that (thanks to my sistrer Bobbi J. Druck Kehr, for taking care of that detail)!     

What’s new this year? As a fundraiser (we have to pay the rent, you know!) someone on the committee suggested an auction. We’re calling it a Heritage Auction!   

Here is some information provided by our reunion secretary, Kathie Gettle Boop:   

“People buy tickets and then place their tickets in bags that are with each item…we pull a ticket from each bag and the person gets the item.  I think many people would be willing to donate an item or two. . .it can be anything, because everyone liks something different. If an item seems very expensive, we can specify that winning that item requires 2 or 3 tickets. We can even mention who donated the item if people would like. Hopefully people would want to buy tickets for a chance to win something displayed that interests them…we [could] do $1 a ticket or 8 for $5, ect. to encourage people to buy more…   


Nice, gently used items are ok. For example: I will have a bucket full of car care products. Someone who makes great cookies could have a dozen in a baggie. A basket of bath products is a nice item, or some craft that someone does. A gift card to any place local. Bottles of wine, homemade or purchased. A box of often used groceries. We have even had people put out an envelope with cash inside.”   

So, there you have it, folks! Lots of ideas.  
It will be lots of fun. But don’t feel obligated! Just come with your family and plan to have a good time!  

If you have any questions about anything whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 315-942-4173 (leave a message if we don’t answer) or by email, or leave a comment here.
 If you live in the York area, you can call Kathie at 717-755-4941. And follow the latest developments here on this blog! 





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Counting the Days…

Welcome Summer!

It’s officially here. And now that summer’s officially here, we’re counting down the days until the 

 2nd Annual George Druck Family Reunion

A Druck Ancestor, William Aaron Druck (1855-1918)

The reunion will be here before you know it. And we want to see you there. If your name is or ever was Druck (or any variation thereof!) or if you’re related in any way – no matter how distant – you’re invited. 

Here are all the details: 

Come One! Come All!

To the 2nd ANNUAL


SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010



Salem Lutheran Church Picnic Grove

 Jacobus, York County, Pa.

Please bring a dish (preferably with food in it!) to pass (or bring the food without the dish!) 

Drinks will be furnished. 

Fun for all ages!  Games for the kids! Door prizes! 

Get to know your relatives – even those you didn’t know you had! 

NOTE: As a fundraiser this year, we’ll do an auction of new and/or gently used items. If you’d like to donate something for the auction it would really be appreciated!  

 Plan to attend!

We look forward to seeing you all again

  PLEASE! – tell everyone – your parents, siblings, cousins, children, aunts, and uncles!

Follow the latest developments here! Questions? Please email  

Or  call Judy at 315-942-4173   

Hope to see you soon! 

Another Druck Ancestor, George Druck, 1823-1904.

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