We had a most welcomed visitor this afternoon when Sharon (Petska) Smith stopped by. Her Mother, Lois (Brinkmeyer) and Elaine, are 1st cousins who both grew up here in the Seward community. Elaine's Mother and Sharon's Grandmother were sisters. Lois was a couple years ahead of Elaine in HS and went off to Business College in Chillicothe, MO following graduation. It was there that she med Richard Petska. They were married here in Seward in '48 with Elaine serving as a Bridesmaid. The young couple moved back to Richard's home area at Cedar Rapids, IA where they both had professional employment. They had 2 children, Steve and Sharon. Steve has had a career in the theatre, and Sharon a licensed mortician, now works over a 7 state area on water quality. We both know several of the same people in that field.
Lydia, Sharon's Grandmother, spent several of her final years in a care facility in Cedar Rapids (which was like an elderly women's sorority) and lived to be 102+. Here is a picture of Lydia at the time of her 100th birthday. Also on the picture are Lyle Hans, wife Betty, and Elaine. Lyle was a nephew of Lydia. Elaine pulled out a framed Doily that Aunt Lydia had given her some years ago and Sharon mentioned that she has one just like it. Sharon had visited several of the family graves here at the Seward Cemetery, and we certainly enjoyed her visit. She caught me resting on a chair in the garage while cleaning up the last of the leaves in the front yard in preparation for this evening's Lighted Christmas Parade past our house and on down Seward Street.