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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Today would have been Mom and Dad’s 72nd Wedding Anniversary. 

Mom died in November 2012.  This is the first anniversary since her death.  Dad is doing okay:  alert, fairly active, and joking with the staff at the Center where he lives.  I tend to see him on Saturdays.  Memories of Mom always come up, but as time passes, the tears are not always there anymore.  Good memories.

One of Dad’s favorite memories of Mom is the day he first saw her.  It was in the Steinmetz High School cafeteria.  Dad was some sort of hall monitor, but his focus was not on his job. He saw her across the room during lunch and just knew she would be his.  That was in 1939.

Ray & Dorothy Before Getting Married

Ray & Dorothy Before Getting Married

They were married on June 7, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois.  Mom carried yellow tea roses.  They went to Wisconsin Dells for a short honeymoon.

Heading to the Church

Heading to the Church

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Ross

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Ross

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Presumed Postcard Honeymoon Souvenir

Presumed Postcard Honeymoon Souvenir

Dad is very proud that since the wedding, he has not taken off his wedding band, ever, not even once.  Not slogging through the muck at Iwo Jima, not in messy everyday clean-ups like while painting or working in the garden, and not in the hospital during surgeries.  He refuses to take it off to this day—it is his last tangible connection to Mom.

One of Their Last Visits 2012

One of Their Last Visits 2012

When I see him tomorrow over dinner, I am sure we will share some good memories, and probably cry a bit.  Mom and Dad—Raymond Francis and Dorothy Birkemoe—were a great couple.

Dad will enjoy these photos of Mom and Dad over the years:

1966:  25 Years Together

1966: 25 Years Together

1975:  34 Years Together

1975: 34 Years Together

1984:  43 Years Together

1984: 43 Years Together

1989:  48 Years Together

1989: 48 Years Together

1991:  Cutting 50th Anniversary Cake

1991: Cutting 50th Anniversary Cake

1992:  51 Years Together

1992: 51 Years Together

2011:  70 Years Together

2011: 70 Years Together

I know their love lives on.  Happy Anniversary!

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THINGS WERE A BIT DIFFERENT BACK IN 1941

Average 3 bedroom house cost $4000

Average house rental was $32 a month

Average annual income was $2,437

A new Ford cost $680

Gas was $0.19 a gallon

Bread was $0.08 a pound/loaf

Milk was $0.54 a gallon

Bacon was $0.34 a pound

First Class Stamp was $0.03

Some popular songs were “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered,” “Deep in the heart of Texas,” “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire,” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”

Some movies that came out that year:  Citizen Kane, Dumbo, How Green Was My Valley, Sergeant York, and The Maltese Falcon.

Japan Bombed Pearl Harbor

Superman was rated 4-7 because of his X-ray Vision

Greta Garbo Retired

Red Skelton started on the radio, with his closing “God Bless”

4th Thursday in November officially named as Thanksgiving

Comments on: "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!" (6)

  1. Jean Albert said:

    Patti,   what a beautiful, wonderful tribute to a wonderful pair of people.   I luv ya, girl.                  aj

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  2. Simply an outstanding tribute to your parents!!!!!

  3. That is true devotion. Lovely.

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