December 15 - The Holiday Happenings! Often times December to mid-January birthdays and anniversaries get over shadowed by the Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year holidays. So we're going to shine a spotlight on those family members and ancestors this time around. Select one or more December to mid-January birthdays and/or anniversaries on your family tree. Write a short tribute to or memory of those birthday guys and gals and write a toast to the anniversary couples.
My mom’s older sister, Catherine, was born 8 December 1921. Aunt Catherine married Norbert Bower and had 4 children. Their daughter Judy was as old as me, and we went to school together. Aunt Catherine (some called her Aunt Kate) lived next door to my grandparents and she spent a lot of her time helping them in their older years. She would cook, clean and even drive them around to all their appointments. She was pretty quiet of all my mom’s family members. She spoke real soft and always gave out hugs. She was a great cook like my mom too. Her anise cookies were always hits at Christmas time. Although both Aunt Catherine and Uncle Norbert have passed on, she was a great sister for my mom and he was like a brother to my dad.
I will add for Tombstone Tuesday: Norbert A BOWER was born 14 May 1919 in Williamsport, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania and died 23 Jul 2008. He married Catherine Eleanor ECK on 17 May 1945. Catherine was born 8 Dec 1921 in South Williamsport to Eugene J ECK and Magdalena HAEFNER. She died of her injuries after a car crash on 8 Oct 1998.
Norbert A and Catherine E marker, Saint Boniface Cemetery, Williamsport (Lycoming), Pennsylvania; photo taken by DKE, 2009.