Wednesday, May 29, 2013

KCC Graduation

Mom and Marilyn Rose came to my ceremony and I still have their cards and pictures.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pikes Peak 1968

Mom and Aunt Dorothy went up the mountain in 1968.

Monday, May 27, 2013

They honor their brother on Memorial Day 1985

 Aunts Dorothy and Tevis, Uncle Welty and Mom at Uncle Berle's grave.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mom and Dad
Phyllis Ann, Marilyn Rose, Bill.
Dickie, Denny Ray. Probably 1948.

Mike McVey

This picture was given to Mom by Everett after Gertie passed away. It is her son Mike as an 8th grader.  He still has that shirt!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day


 She was born the second child of ten 13 Oct 1920, and being the oldest girl meant a lot of work as a kid. She married Dad 4 Aug 38 at 18 and lived on a farm and that too was hard work. Babies that came 19 July 39, 11 Sep 40, 6 Mar 42, 11 Aug 43, 15 Nov 44, and 4 Sep 50 meant non-stop work. She has always been a great Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother. Putting others first was her trademark. Her hearing has been failing for some time. Her eyesight is gone in one eye and impaired in the other. Her legs gave out and she can no longer walk. Some days she has a very hard time to communicate. Last Thursday Marilyn Rose and I were there and Mom was cracking jokes and laughing and enjoying her day, as we did! We reread her cards and letters to her and returned calls from those who had called her.  Mom has always said she would live to be a hundred and we encouraged that belief. It was really rough for her to bury Bill but she did what had to be done and went on. A few years ago I had a blood clot in my brain that gave me a series of strokes and she worried that she would see yet another son die. With help from another Great Mother, my wife, I pulled through. Then Marilyn Rose's COPD almost killed her. And now Mom is in Hospice Care. Don't write her off, share your time with her. Send her a card or a letter, or call her and if she's having a bad day and can't communicate then call her another day. She never wrote any of us off.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Jim Lynch and Mike Mcvey

James William Lynch 43, Christian lynch 5, Michael McVey 42, Dec 89. Taken at Jim's home in California.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Vickie Arnold marries Richard Sain 28 Sep 85

Aunt Dorothy's daughter gets married.

Charlie Walwer

Local Obituaries for May 5, 1997

Charles Walwer

WATSEKA - Visitation for Charles L. Walwer, 59, of Watseka, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. John Coney will officiate.
Burial with graveside military rites will be in Prairie Dell Cemetery, Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to the Charles L. Walwer Memorial Fund.
Mr. Walwer died Friday (May 2, 1997) in Jefferson, Ohio.
He was born July 4, 1937, in St. Anne, the son of Charles W. and Grace Easter Walwer.
Surviving are his wife, the former Emilie ''Tina'' Altemeier, whom he married June 17, 1989, in St. Petersburg, Fla., of Watseka; his mother, Grace Walwer of Watseka; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cathrine and Wayne Schwartz of Hoopeston, Pamela and John Burch of Watseka; three sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Valorie Walwer of Watseka, Donald and Keiko Walwer of San Diego, Calif., Scott and Chris Walwer of Martinton; two step-daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Danny Mizer of Cleveland, Ohio, Debra and Donald Lynch of Jefferson, Ohio; one sister, Mary Fry of Winterhaven, Fla.; two brothers, Robert Walwer of Winterhaven, Fla., and Dennis Walwer of Watseka; and 21 grandchildren.
Deceased are his father, one son, Brian, and one sister, Katherine.
Mr. Walwer was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the Watseka VFW.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Velma and Edith

Aunt Velma (left)was born 5-4-33 and her sister Edith 5-5-23. We salute them both. Velma was here to see Mom this weekend. Edith passed away 3-2-11. Picture is from the Arnold picnic 1986.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Grandpa Arnolds Bib Overalls

He was indeed a tall man, about 6' 4". His Father, Nathan was very tall too according to Etta Arnold, daughter of Ernst. His brother Ernst was always known as "Big Boy Arnold" and his uncle that was murdered in the Arnold-Norton shootout was called " Big Jim Arnold." Mom kept her Dad's Bibbies, Pay Day brand, union made for J C Penny's after he was killed in a car wreck in 1952. She gave them to me before she moved from Kankakee many years ago. I'm posting this on Aunt Dorothy's 82nd birthday.

Dorothy Arnold turns 82 today!

Here is the birthday girl with her baby Victoria Gail Arnold. Today she is an even bigger baby!