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Mar 2, 2003 at 00:51:43 Joan Oftebro Bakken (jmbakken AT 
My husband, Orley, and I are eagerly anticipating a wonderful celebration at the Oftebro Famly Reunion next year. The brochure is beautiful. And I learned something new about the Oftebro name. I had always thought it meant "many bridges" and I'm happy to learn that ofte is swan. :-) I'll keep up to date through my sister-in-law, Dale Oftebro's, emails, letters and visits.::Sincerely,::Joan 

Mar 2, 2003 at 09:54:08 Jørgen Myrland (jorgen AT 
Takk for inivtasjon og fin web site ! Vi kommer. Vennlig hilsen Jørgen Myrland (barnebarn av Thora Andvig). 


Mar 2, 2003 at 15:15:45 Grete Myrland Ingebrigtsen (grete.ingebrigtsen AT 
Vi gleder oss til slektsstevnet! Dette er litt av et arrangement! 


Mar 3, 2003 at 17:17:28 Dale Oftebro (doftebro AT 
I didn't even know this was up until Joann told me! Wow - will forward the address to our family. 


Mar 3, 2003 at 17:43:53 Kris Oftebro (Kris.Oftebro AT 
Very cool to see the website up. My whole family is very excited about the reunion. The invitation/newsletter was exceptional!! It's wild to see all those Oftebro names. I had no idea there was so many!! Thanks again. 


Mar 3, 2003 at 18:06:54 Julie Oftebro (mcivichatch AT 
Looking forward to coming - this is really exciting - getting all the Oftebro's together. Thanks for pulling this all together - Julie 


Mar 3, 2003 at 18:09:28 Ron Oftebro (r.oftebro AT 
This is very impressive. You folks are really going all out.::::Thank you:: 


Mar 3, 2003 at 18:21:53 Erik Oftebro (slumlord143 AT 
WOW!! I am looking forward to seeing all of you that can make it in 04! 


Mar 4, 2003 at 03:33:40 Lyle Oftebro (lyle.o AT 
Thankyou so very much for all the work that has gone into the first announcement you have prepared. My family here in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada will not be able to attend, but will forward picture,etc .Some day !!! 


Mar 4, 2003 at 07:01:25 Tim Oftebro (tim AT 
Looking forward to meeting more Oftebro's !::Please drop me an email ! ::Tim In Amgasaki !::PS. Who do I say thankyou to for providing this website? 


Mar 4, 2003 at 13:32:56 Inge Chr. Oftebro (inge.chr.oftebro AT 
On behalf of the reunion committee I would like to congratulate Lorentz with the web-site. It seems to be a success already. Mange takk Lorentz!! 


Mar 5, 2003 at 05:12:23 Debra Oftebro Voss (dov AT 
This is exciting! I told my son, Erik, about the website so he also can check it out. He attends Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Thanks 


Mar 5, 2003 at 09:10:54 leane oftebro (leanediva AT 
Hey fellow Oftys,::e-mail me!!! 


Mar 7, 2003 at 23:23:05 Keith Oftebro (ofty AT 
Hi all family and related family in some ways! Just thought I'd check out the site and say I will try to keep in touch over the next little while...and to all my immediate family...HELLO!!! ::::PEACE...Keith 


Mar 10, 2003 at 20:24:50 Richard Oftebro Hollinbeck, Jr. (rickh AT 
Looks great, Inge! I have just obtained some more Oftebro pictures, mainly of Anna Tonette (my Great Grandmother), her siblings and children and grandchildren. I'll get them uploaded to my family website and email you the links. 


Mar 11, 2003 at 20:24:48 ristin og Freddie Oftebro (carloftebro AT 
Vi melder oss på 


Mar 14, 2003 at 06:17:43 John Oftebro (john.oftebro AT 
Hi Oftebros in Norway. Deborah and I are responding positively for the Big Oftebro Reunion. Mary is also a positive and Ryan in considering. 


Mar 14, 2003 at 08:08:15 Mary Oftebro (mcoftebro AT 
I can't wait for summer 2004! 


Mar 19, 2003 at 22:48:46 Tim Orten (Tim.Orten AT 
I am the son of Julie Oftebro and she told me about the 2004 reunion of the Oftebro's. My wife and I would love to attend 


Mar 23, 2003 at 13:36:22 Oddvar Larsen (odla AT 
Hei, og takk for en fin inbydelse.::Jeg tilhører Martha Johansen på Birkeland.::Min kone og våre barn, barnebarn ser ut til og komme. ca. 8 stk.::Mvh. ::Oddvar Larsen::Bryne 


Mar 26, 2003 at 19:18:30 Bjørn Erik Seland (Lathspell82 AT 
Hi there, just leaving a message from norway.::::Best regards from Bjørn Egil Seland and family. 


Mar 27, 2003 at 16:37:33 Ole André Oftebro (o.a.oftebro AT 
Takk for flott initiativ. Min kjære, nå avdøde, farmor, Aslaug Oftebro, ville vært svært takknemlig for dette tiltak.::Jeg håper jeg har anledning til å delta. 


Apr 17, 2003 at 20:25:14 Anne Linnea Oftebro (r_oftebro AT 
Gleder oss til slektsstevnet ! 


May 22, 2003 at 00:46:00 Deena Streek (fstreek AT 
Daughter of Katrine Hojem who was the daughter of Berte Maria Oftebro. Lives in Canada. Her major contacts are the Clayton family. 


Jun 29, 2003 at 04:03:51 maury kruth (mkruth AT 
Gudrun Lofgren (my mother Annette Lofgren's stepmother) was my grandmother 


Sep 5, 2003 at 03:37:54 Rom, Kurt Otto (torhildrom AT 
Vi kommer. 


Oct 9, 2003 at 15:18:47 knut karsten aase. (knutaase AT 
Jeg har nå mottat invitasjonen til slektstevnet i august 2004.::Takk for flott arbeid med presentasjonen.::Ser fram til å møtes i 2004. 


Oct 11, 2003 at 20:54:01 Inge Chr. Oftebro (inge.chr.oftebro AT 
Again I would like to thank Lorentz for helping us, this time with releaseing the invitation-documents.::::I would also like to thank Grethe and Torstein for the great job they have done, producing all the invitation documents.::::Finally, on behalf of the reunion committee, I hope all you enthusiastic family members will sign up for the reunion within the given date.::


Oct 12, 2003 at 04:16:12 Dale Oftebro (doftebro AT 
Wonderful final invitation! Our family is making plans and looking forward to meeting many of you! 


Oct 15, 2003 at 17:06:09 Unge Opsal (stein AT 
Heisann. ::Dette er en riktig god start. Flott.::En liten kommentar - Telleren har øket fra 88 til 94 ettersom jeg har bladet meg frem og tilbake ! Enten er det hett på linjen, ellers teller den hver gang jeg kommer til forsiden (eller ny side ?). Sannsynligvis det siste. ::Når vi således passerer 1.000 gjester, kan nok tallet reduseres noe..::Drar nå til møte i Bokkomiteen.::::Lev vel. Mvh. Stein 


Oct 20, 2003 at 20:53:27 Christopher Harle (harle AT 
Grandson of Ragnhild Johanna Harle (Hojem). One of the 'Zululand' descendants, now living in the UK. Would love to meet up in Norway, or any 'English' Oftebros 


Nov 8, 2003 at 00:39:13 Rick Oftebro Hollinbeck (rickh AT 
Welcome to the world: Logan Nicholas Kerr, born 11/6/2003 in Bremerton, Washington, North America - Jennifer Kerr's second great-great-great-great grandson of Anna Tonette Oftebro. 


Nov 17, 2003 at 22:08:10 Joan Oftebro Bakken (jmbakken AT 
Please note my new email address for future communications. Thanks, Joan 


Nov 18, 2003 at 11:23:02 ole-kristian (indregulliks AT 
kjempe bra side alle sammen 


Dec 20, 2003 at 01:50:18 Phil West and Anne Grant (pwestcc428 AT 
I (Phil) am the grandson of Lars Foss. We have purchased our tickets and will return the reservation materials shortly. We're excited to be coming to the reunion.::::My mother, Kathryn Foss West, died on August 8, 2000. Her parents were Lars and Kamilla (Kleppe) Foss. My wife (Anne Grant) and I visited Nora Foss, the sister of Lars Foss, at her home in Kristiansand at Christmas in 1965, the first year we were married. I don't see Nora listed as the daughter of Karen Sofie Foss, but I believe she was.::::We named our firsborn son, Lars Grant-West, for his great grandfather, Lars Foss. Our second son, Adam Grant-West, is adopted. We look forward to seeing him in Florida this Christmas.::::I have passed word of the reunion on to cousins Nina Foss Austenberg ( and David Foss (, whose father was Leif Foss, the first child of Lars and Kamilla.::::We are deeply grateful to Reidar Oftebro for tracking me down and to all who have done this wonderful planning. ::::We wish you all the joy of Christmas, and we pray for peace in our troubled world.:::::::: 


Dec 23, 2003 at 18:32:45 David Hollinbeck (davidhol AT 
We are from California and there will be six adults and one 3-year old boy attending the reunion. 


Dec 25, 2003 at 00:30:57 David Voss (ddes AT 
My wife is Debra Oftebro Voss, daughter of Carl and Elsie Oftebro, granddaughter of Kristian and Amanda Oftebro. My family of 4 will be attending the reunion. We live in California. We will also have Dianne Oftebro Boeger (Debra's sister) joining us. We would appreciate your assistance to reserve an apartment for 6 at the hotel for Aug 5,6,7. We will leave in the afternoon on Aug 8. We look forward to the reunion. 


Dec 27, 2003 at 05:46:54 JOHN (john.oftebro AT 
WHAT A GREAT WEBSITE! Nice Going, Norskies! We are making our plans with the Fratts this weekend and will sumbit. There are two new Oftebro's on the world scene as Linnea Wicklund Harlmark and her husband Tim Hallmark had twin boys, Gunnar and Travis, born recently. I will get you the dates soon. Christmas Cards are coming, albiet LATE. Love, John and Deborah 


Jan 6, 2004 at 23:58:43 Anne Grant (grant275 AT 
Wonderful to meet you all via mail, photos, website and guestbook! My husband, Phil West, sent an e-mail Dec. 20th. Phil and I are arriving in Oslo at noon Aug. 5th and are signing up for best of the west. (We leave Oslo Aug. 16th. We are still uncertain whether our sons, Adam and Lars Grant-West can come. But Phil and I will be happy to share a non-smoking apartment with others who wish to economize. We appreciate any arrangements you can make for us. Tusen takk for your wonderful work! 


Jan 7, 2004 at 19:35:44 Kathreen Reime (pep909 AT 
Please sed names and addresses of California participants, especially southern CA, Thanks 


Jan 14, 2004 at 20:39:41 Kathreen Reime (Prout) (pep909 AT 
Thanks for the good response to my request for California family members. I will await the information on their names and addresses. The reunion is something I would love to participate in but with my age and health concerns I cannot attempt such a long journey. I will be thinking of you come August. When I was in a Swedish library a few years ago looking at a map of Norway I found a village on the south-west coast named REIME but could find no further information about it. 


Jan 19, 2004 at 05:57:42 Perry Oftebro (poftebro AT 
Wonderful web site. Great idea. We are still trying to attend the reunion. The summer flight fares & schedules just coming out. 


Jan 21, 2004 at 01:52:33 Warwick Hojem (whojem AT 
Only found out about the Oftebro reunion due to a Christmas letter from the Streeks in Canada to my parents in South Africa, received last month (Berte Marie [Oftebro] Hojem lineage). Very keen to attend as a family of four, but costs from New Zealand to Norway and back have to be carefully considered. Very impressed to see 198 registered attendees as at 19/1/04.


Jan 24, 2004 at 10:09:25 Tessa Kruger (graelin AT 
Hi! I am Tessa Kruger. I have only recently been informed about this reunion !! We are very keen to make every effort to attend. (My husband & I & 2 children,aged 11 & 12.) We live in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. ::My paternal Great-Grandmother was Marie Oftebro. She was married to Gustav Hojem,son of Kristian Hojem who settled in Marburg,South Africa,with the Norwegian Settlers in 1882. (my maiden surname is Hojem) Gustav's son was also named Kristian - my Grandfather whom I knew till my late teens. His son Colin Clayton Hojem is my father. He is now 78 years old - but at the moment very ill in hospital.::Please keep me informed of any further developments. From my side we will investigate getting there & accommodation etc.::Kind regards::Tessa 


Jan 24, 2004 at 19:47:52 Dale Oftebro (doftebro AT 
Wonderful to see the numbers rising. Fun to read about relatives from South Africa! ::A question for the organizers regarding clothes - being from Southern California, I have no clue as to what type of clothes would be comfortable for summer in Norway.::Also, what is the "dress code" for the banquet Saturday evening? Dressy casual? Black tie? We do have bunads, but not sure we want to carry them that far. Thanks for any advice. 


Jan 25, 2004 at 21:16:57 Frank and Deena Streek (fstreek AT 
Checking in 


Jan 30, 2004 at 11:43:00 Ole-Kristian (indregulliks AT 
this is a rely good phage 


Jan 30, 2004 at 20:25:33 Dale Oftebor (doftebro AT 
Wow! 300 signed up! I'll never remember all the names. We need some sort of color coded name tags to keep everyone straight! The committee has done an outstanding job - I applaud all of you! 


Feb 7, 2004 at 15:14:28 Kevin C Hojem (caseyh AT 
My father was Rodney Hojem son of Johan Christiaan Hojem South Africa. I have only now received news of the reunion website but cannot open some of the pages. Could you send me by e mail invitation and other details. Thank You. 


Feb 18, 2004 at 06:26:03 Chantel and Marc Hammick (hammicks AT 
Chantel is the daughter of Nigel and Ronel Hojem 


Feb 20, 2004 at 03:24:16 Perrry Oftebro (poftebro AT 
My father Raymond Oftebro is the son of Gustav Gerhard Oftebro who was the son of Gabriel Oftebro; the son of Henrik Oftebro. I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible. 


Mar 12, 2004 at 19:30:37 Tina Opsal de Freitas (tdefreit AT 
Hi all;::Tina (Opsal) de Freitas and my husband Tim and our two children Kurt (12) and Emily(9) will be attending the reunion in August. We live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 


Mar 31, 2004 at 21:12:53 Ellen Opsal (ellen.opsal AT 
Dette ser flott ut. Vi gleder oss. Ellen Opsal 


Aug 3, 2004 at 19:18:35 Norma Eggli (neggli AT 
I am looking forward to the reunion. My Mother's Step-Mother was Gudrun Lofgren (Daughter of Anna Oftebro Johnson).


Aug 3, 2004 at 19:20:47 Annette Lofgren Kruth (alkruth AT 
It will be exciting to meet everyone. My Step-Mother was Gudrun Johnson Lofgren. We met Auslaug Oftebro and her daughter Liv in Norway years ago. 


Aug 5, 2004 at 18:54:44 John Oftebro (john.oftebro AT 
Hi Oftebros---- John, Deborah, Ryan and Heather are in Arendal Thursday and will be arriving inLyngdal Friday morning and will be exicted to see all of you..... John O. 


Aug 6, 2004 at 19:18:53 Leone and Harold Owchar (lowchar AT 
We are thinking of you this weekend. It will be fantastic to have so many of the Oftebro family together! Have a wonderful time! 'Wish we were there too!:: 


Aug 10, 2004 at 00:30:27 Jan Arne Rødland (jarodlan AT 
A marvellous event! Thank you to the organizers !!::Victoria & Jan Arne 


Aug 16, 2004 at 00:21:59 Jessica Oftebro (joftebro AT 
Well, we are back home in California, a little sleepy, but quite content. Thank you, thank you to the reunion committee and everyone who made it a wonderful success for us Californians. I wouldn't have changed a thing. It was an outstanding event. We hope that we can all continue to stay in touch. We also hope that even if some of us can't make it back to Norway in the near future, it might be possible to put together some mini-reunion events in our local areas. Thanks for making this all possible! Hope to stay in touch! Love from Jessica, Kris, Kaitlynn Oftebro 


Aug 19, 2004 at 15:55:08 Colin and Barbara Langeland-Hansen (barbara AT 
Thank you again to all who helped organise the reunion in Lyngdal. We arrived home yesterday with so many memories of wonderful people and a beautiful country. Hope to keep in touch with new friends! 


Aug 23, 2004 at 20:27:19 Laila Sandvik ( AT 
We had a wonderful time in Lyndal, and we hope to in touch with at least some of the Oftebros in future. We are really looking forward to meet the Hojem's in Auckland in November!::Best wishes for all the Oftebros::from Laila and Frode Sandvik:: 


Nov 26, 2004 at 23:14:21 John Oftebro (john.oftebro AT 
Dear Oftebro Family around the world.::::HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you from::our family in Washington State, USA.. 


Dec 14, 2004 at 00:52:53 Patsy Wenzell Johnson (pljspinner AT 
I just received my copy of the family book and it is BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks so much for a wonderful job all of you did to produce it. 


Dec 14, 2004 at 18:34:36 Nicolai Oftebro (nicoftebro AT 
We wish you all A Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.::Turid and Nicolai Oftebro::Bratner terrasse 38,::N-1785 Halden, Norway 


Dec 19, 2004 at 00:01:40 Joan Oftebro Bakken (jmbakken AT 
The Family Book arrived today and my heart is overflowing with joy as I read and reflect on the wonderful reunion and the members of this family. The book is beautiful! Thank you to all who put together this memorable reunion and book. I am blessed and proud to be an Oftebro. 


Dec 23, 2004 at 04:51:58 Dale Oftebro (doftebro AT 
Wow! The Oftebro book is beyond all my expectations, and brings many wonderful memories of the reunion or, as Anne wrote in the introduction, the Oftebro Ingathering.::Our family is so grateful for the many, many hours of work and love that went into making this possible. Let's keep in touch, and continue to strengthen the family bonds. 


Apr 5, 2005 at 16:58:43 Jonas Oftebro-Svendsen (Chrysofylax AT 
Rock on!:: 


Apr 5, 2005 at 17:00:25 Jonas Oftebro-Svendsen Denmark (Chrysofylax AT 
Cool site!:: 


Apr 12, 2005 at 14:18:57 Ray Wise (ray AT 
Hi Liv, My Grandmother was Gudrun Kathrine Oftebro and my mother Solveig Hanna Wise (Mathiesen) Kind regards, Ray Wise 


Jun 8, 2005 at 19:32:48 Dale Oftebro (doftebro AT 
I recently received a "thank you" as one of the LRPs, from Torstein. Torstein, all the thanks should be going to you and Inge as the original instigators, Ivar, Harald, Ragnhild and Stein as the Executive group, and the 3 committees, all of who worked for over 2 years to make this once in a lifetime opportunity a reality.::Without Grethe, we would not have had all the wonderful displays, name tags, and other computer generated information that added so much to the in-gathering.::I know too that while ALL of the family was blessed with the time Inge invested in "the cause", his own family was a major factor in allowing him to devote so much of his time to this major endeavor.::I wish we could do it all over again - I look often at our group photo, and marvel again at what our family, together, was able to accomplish.::