A marriage made in Bellville


BELLVILLE — A meeting of two people — one of them from Germany — four years ago resulted in a gathering of families and friends from two continents in the village last week.

Cammi Charlton, whose grandmother lives in Bellville, met Jacob Baltrusch because of connections exchange students had made in the village.

The two married Saturday at New Life Church.

Cammi lives with her mother Linda, daughter of Ruth Kilgore, in C0lumbus. Because Kilgore had hosted a number of exchange students, ties made became deep and those who had come only for short visits, kept returning. Heide Baltrusch was one of those exchange students, and brought her son to Bellville in 2013.

Cammi said she had known Jacob for about three days, but said “I like you.”

He said back, “I like you, too.”

Getting together has been a “long process,” she said.

Baltrusch’s family lives at Lake Constance, which borders Switzerland. He works as a techician for CNC Machines, which makes car parts and watch parts. Cammi went to Tolles Career and Technical Center in Columbus.

The two are going to go to Germany Aug. 21, where Baltrusch will resume his job. The good part about working for CNC Machines is that they have installations in the United States, in Charlotte, N.C.

He said he asked his trainer if it would be possible for him to be transferred to that location, and his trainer said yes.

In Germany people work in a certain profession under a trainer for 3.5 years. When the two go to Germany it will be easy for her to get in because she will have married a resident of Germany.

Baltrusch had 15 others from Germany come to Bellville so they can participate in the wedding. All are staying at Kilgore’s house, and the backyard pool was in use last week with several kids, including a tow-headed Sarah Ferrary.

Heide had stayed at Kilgore’s house, as did her sister, Anna.

Cammi has journeyed to Germany several times. She said it is “beautiful.”

Baltrusch, making himself comfortable at Kilgore’s house, wore a shirt that said Ohio State. He said similar shirts were furnished to a number of people who had visited Kilgore.

Baltrusch said it was “way easier” for everybody to stay at Kilgore’s house, so everyone, including kids and parents, were making themselves comfortable.

Baltrusch’s friends in Germany were excited when told he had met a girl. There will be a reception for friends in Germany when the two get back there.

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Jacob Baltrusch and Cammi Charlton, wedding partners over the weekend. Cammi is holding her dog, a Maltese poodle mix named Fina. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/08/web1_wed.jpgJacob Baltrusch and Cammi Charlton, wedding partners over the weekend. Cammi is holding her dog, a Maltese poodle mix named Fina. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com