The Spiker Gazette
Issue 1 January
- June, 2013
When our huge family gathered in the Spiker
home to say their good-byes to my Mother, we quickly discovered how
difficult it was to keep up with all the cooking & clean-up chores.
After Mother passed away, a lot of people asked if there was
anything they could do to help. My siblings would politely
smile and say, "Thank you. No." But the "baby" had
different ideas. :)
"baby" asks someone if there's anything she can do to help them, she
sincerely means it. I want them to be honest & tell me what
they need. I figured others would feel the same way so I sent
out e-mails & facebook posts letting people know..."We need food."
(Have you seen our grandkids EAT at the family reunion each May?)
were astonished, outraged & perhaps even mortified. They told
me I was RUDE to ask for hand-outs. Well, I like to think I
was just HONEST.
And we got
a generous response. (One family even brought us paper
products -- cups, plates, plasticware, napkins & tons of toilet
paper!!! Definitely a great idea.)
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sharing this story because I am going to be HONEST again. It
has come to my attention that the costs in managing our family tree
is becoming a burden. The membership fees for the Ancestry
database & the web related fees for The Spiker Family Gathering
Place are in excess of $600 per year. At the risk of being
rude again, I'd like to ask if anyone has ideas for a fund raiser to
cover those costs this year.
If so, please send me an e-mail with your suggestion(s).
personally toyed with the idea of adding a "Store" or "Yard Sale" to
this site where we could upload our personal items for sale and/or
integrate with Amazon's affiliate program to earn commissions on
sales through their link, but both are long-term commitments that
I'm not sure I have the time to make. I'm hoping someone else
has a better idea. And I hope you don't think I'm being rude
to everyone that continues to make this site successful.
Submitted by Connie Larew Holovics -- M
Submitted by Jeanna Hayes
Submitted by Haley Conley-Cloughessy
Submitted by Bobbi Spiker-Conley -- Our little baby girl is all
grown up. She & Pat Cloughessy married on 10-11-12 at Sanibel
Island, Florida. They reside in Mahopac, New York.
The Spiker Farm will
once again host a SEBRA sanctioned bull ride.
Save the date! June 14th and 15th,
2013. For more information,
"Like" our page on Facebook (Spiker Farm Bull Ride) or visit our
website at SpikerFarm.com.
Submitted by Bobbi Spiker-Conley -- Willa Dean (Bonnell)
Spiker, 84 of Good Hope, WV, died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by
family early Sunday, November 11, 2012. She was born August 5, 1928 in
Berea, Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Ray and Elsie (Maxson)
Bonnell. She married the late Robert Spiker November 2, 1946. They were
happily married 53 years.
In addition to raising their four children, she was a beautician and
owner of "Dean's Beauty Shop", Good Hope, WV. She was a member of the EC
Church of Oak Mound, Clarksburg, WV.
Dean is survived by four children: Cathy Gregis (Larry) of Jane Lew, WV,
Jeffrey Spiker (Jean) of Good Hope, WV, Melanie Fouse of Inwood, WV and
Bobbi Conley (Gary) of St. Cloud, FL, her "other daughter" Debra Novotny
(Mike) of Lewisburg, WV, sister Leona Barrazzone (Barry) of Berea, WV,
brother Orvile "Bud" Bonnell (Bobbie) of Pennsboro, seven grandchildren,
18 great grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by
three sisters: Dortha Hodge, Arleta Bartlett and Wilma King.
We appreciate all the loving gestures, generous support & the words of
never too late to sign the Guest Book at McCullough-Rogers & Raiguel
Bob & Dean -- Together Again!
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