Thankful Thursday – Opa’s Birthday

Yesterday would have been my maternal grandfather’s 100th birthday! Adolf Emil Haberkern was born on 11 September 1919 in Stein, Baden-Württemburg, Germany. He was the son of Karl Haberkern and Emma Sidonie Lindenmann. Opa, as he was known to us, married my grandmother in 1942 (Oma would have been 100 earlier this year), they arrived in the United States in 1952, and he died in 2009 just shy of 90 years old. Opa was gentle and funny and loved his family – especially his grandchildren. Below are a few of my favorite pictures of my grandfather. Happy Birthday Opa!

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Sentimental Sunday – Grandparents Day

Well, it’s been a while since my last post! The summer was filled with so much fun and travel that my blog fell of my radar for a while. Time to get back to it …

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation that the first Sunday after labor day would be National Grandparents Day. So here are a few photos of grandparents and their loves from the family files …

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My Dad and his maternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Charles Merz in the early 1940s.
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My mom and her paternal grandparents, Karl and Emma Haberkern, while visiting from Germany in 1959 (for Mom’s Confirmation).
My husband and twin sister cool off with paternal grandparents, Otis and Mary Draper.
My husband and his maternal grandparents, Mary and Michael Petrun, and his sister and Mom.
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One of my favs with my paternal grandparents, Art and Agnes Cubbage, and my sister and cousins in the early ’70s (before my brother arrived).
Me and my sibs with my maternal grandparents, Adolf and Elise Haberkern. Gotta love the ’70s!
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My boys with their Grandma and cousin.
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My parents and their wild Christmas grandkids!

Happy Grandparents Day to all of the Nanas, Pappys, Omas, Opas, Pop-Pops, Grandmas and Grandpas out there!

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Happy Father’s Day!

I posted a few pictures of the Moms in our family tree. Sadly, I realized that I do not have nearly the same number of photos of the fathers in our tree. I’m not sure if the Dads were behind the camera, or there were more pictures of the mom and baby or children. So here are the few pictures that I have … and Happy Father’s Day to all the Proud Papas out there!

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My husband’s mother with her father Michael Petrun, in 1936 in Slovakia. This was the picture on his passport when they immigrated to the United States.
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My Mom and her father Adolf Haberkern, circa 1960.
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My husband’s grandfather, Otis Draper, with his father Jackson “Jack” Draper, in Bedford County, Virginia, circa 1903.
My Dad, his brother Jeff and his father Art Cubbage.
My Dad, his brother Jeff, and their father William Arthur, in New Providence, New Jersey, circa 1961. (Looks like another Hearts Tournament!)
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My grandfather, Adolf Haberkern, with his father Karl Haberkern, in New Providence, 1959.
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My grandmother, Agnes Speck, with her father Frank Speck, in Monessen, Pennsylvania, circa 1927.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Mamas out there! I thought I’d post a few pictures of moms and kids from our families.

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My mother with her mother, Elise Gegenheimer Haberkern, in Stein, Germany, 1945.
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My father with his brother and mother, Agnes Speck Cubbage, on the North Side of Pittsburgh, 1945.
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My great-grandmother, Maine Swank Cubbage, with her daughters Marian, Marge and Babe, and most likely her daughter-in-law Happy Griffith Cubbage, Monessen, Pennsylvania, 1930s.
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My husband’s great-grandmother, Mary Kelovcy Simko, with children Mary, Susan, Michael and Walter, circa 1930.
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My great-grandmother, Elizabeth Linnemann Speck, with either Agnes (1915) or Frank (1918) in Monessen.
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My great-great-grandmother, Barbara Elisabeth Nilkowski Linneman, with her children Christian, Gerhard, George, William and Elisabeth, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 1904.

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