Tuesday, November 15, 2016

75 Years Ago Today.....

...Melbourne Schulte, Sr. and Virginia Reske were married!

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
ca 1950
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

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