In honor of my 27th wedding anniversary today, I will share a pre-wedding photo of my husband Jerry and myself with our two children. Actually, Drew, who is 7 here, and Emily, who was 5, are children from my first marriage, but after jerry and I became involved, he raised them as their own. We […]
In honor of my 27th wedding anniversary today, I will share a pre-wedding photo of my husband Jerry and myself with our two children.
Actually, Drew, who is 7 here, and Emily, who was 5, are children from my first marriage, but after jerry and I became involved, he raised them as their own. We were married on Dec. 7, 1991. Following that, our daughter Erin was born in 1994 and son Sean came along in 2000.
Jerry and I weren't the only couple in my family to marry in December. Long before us, my mother's aunt and uncle, John and Betty Farmer Weaver, were married in December 1940 in Aunt Betty's hometown of Norwood, New York. Jerry and I were fortunate enough to attend their 50th anniversary gala when we were first engaged.
For the record, Uncle John was a native Utican. His family lived in a grand old house on Herkimer Road bordered by tall pines. His father, Van Weaver, served as Oneida County's sheriff for many years around the first half of the 20th century. Van remained in the home on Herkimer Road until his death in 1969. Unfortunately, the home no longer stands because it was razed at some point after that.
John met Betty while attending Clarkson University in Potsdam and both were crowned as the school's Ice King and Queen one winter. They withstood being separated for several years as newlyweds when John served overseas in the Army in World War II. Their post-war daughters Jennifer and Carolyn were born part of our country's massive Baby Boom.
Sadly, my uncle passed away in 1993. Aunt Betty lived until 2007, but I know she never stopped missing her beloved husband.
The other December bride in my family was my mother's sister Jackie. and my Uncle Wendell were married on Dec. 27, 1954 in Norwood, which was also Jackie's hometown. Uncle Wendell grew up in nearby Norfolk. They became sweethearts in high school and married after uncle served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He later attended the Academy of Aeronautics at LaGuardia Airport and landed a job with Mohark Airlines in Ithaca. By the end of the 1950s, he transferred with Mohawk to Oneida County Airport.
With that, the Watsons bought a home in Turin Town on the outskirts of the City of Rome. I was fortunate enough to grow up knowing my cousins Dan, born in 1960, and Dave, born in 1963. That all changed in 1973, however, after Mohawk merged with Allegheny Airlines and my uncle's job was transferred to Pittsburgh. Jackie andWendell bought a home in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where they remained until he retired from the airline in the early 1990s.
Retirement was good for the Watsons. They moved from Beaver Falls and spents winters in Florida and summer at Piseco Lake in the Adirondacks, where my family camped for many years. They were married for 44 years when cancer took my uncle in 1999. Jacqueline Kitney Watson lived until 2008, but after my uncle's death, she couldn't bear to return to their Piseco home on Half Moon Beach. She spent the remainder of her years in Florida.