To honor the memory of my very special aunt and uncle I am presenting this display of their many years together. They first met in approximately 1939 when Mel was ushering at the Rialto Theatre on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The story goes that he saw Virginia sitting watching the movie and shone his flashlight on her making note of her gorgeous legs. The rest is history.
They were married on November 15, 1941 in a double ceremony at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit. Their marriage continued for just shy of 70 years with the death of Virginia on September 5, 2011. Mel lived for a short time after and he passed away on April 9, 2013.
They were a wonderful aunt and uncle to me and Mel was additionally my loyal and loving godfather. On each telephone conversation I had with them over the last 20 or more years of their lives he would always start the conversation by saying "this is your godfather calling" and this connection was very special to me.
Today on what would have been their 75th wedding anniversary I present this cavalcade of photos of their life together:
|Prior to marriage - ca 1940|
|Wedding Day, November 15, 1941|
|The Bride on her Wedding Day, November 15, 1941|
|Awaiting the birth of their son, ca 1943|
|Proud parents with their son, Melbourne, Jr., ca 1944|
|Aunt Virginia with Me ! (Cheryl), 1949|
|Aunt Virginia with son Melbourne, Jr. and Me! (Cheryl), 1949|
|Dancing in approximately 1957|
|Partying in approximately 1960|
|Family photo for a church directory, ca 1961|
|A party in approximately 1970|
|Nice photo from approximately 1975|
|Card playing, a frequent past-time, April, 1981|
|Relaxing, ca 1994|
|At their home in Arizona, 2006|
Copyright (c) 2016, Cheryl J. Schulte