The Rathkes celebrate 60 years of matrimony

Roselind and Bernard Rathke

NEW SCOTLAND — Sixty years ago, the average cost of a new house was $12,700, a gallon of gas was 25 cents, and a 23-inch television would set you back about $220. Sixty years ago, John F. Kennedy was elected president, the United States entered the Vietnam War, aluminum cans made their debut, and “The Twist” was the latest dance craze.

Sixty years ago, life was different. Some say it was a better and simpler time. My siblings and I are not old enough to know whether that is true or not, but we can certainly attest to the fact that 60 years ago, a pivotal moment occurred in the history of our family.

On Dec. 9, 1960, our parents, Bernard Rathke and Roselind Striffler, were married in Stuttgart, Germany. They were two young and fearless kids that fell in love and decided to tie the knot! (We’re guessing that Bernard’s rebellious move to blast Elvis music in the direction of Roselind’s high school likely helped to seal the deal!)

What grew from that union was a loving family, with seven children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Throughout the years, we have been blessed by their love and generosity, their unending devotion to each other and to us, and their pursuit to provide a foundation from which we could all soar.

Ever-selfless, making countless sacrifices that we may flourish — it wasn’t easy. But nothing of worth is easy. Succeeding in life takes grit and perseverance, and they showed us exactly what that looks like.

Sixty years is a long time, and so many things have inevitably changed. However, today we honor and celebrate something that has remained unchanged; the enduring commitment our parents made to each other, so very long ago. The love they share is truly something to be celebrated!

We love you, we are so grateful for all that you have done for us, and we wish you good health and happiness, now and always.

— Monica, Mike, Butch, Lucretia, Randy, Lucas, and Michelle

Michelle’s husband, Keith Cook, adds: “In all the time I’ve known you and the many hours we have spent together, you have shown me nothing but kindness and generosity. I count you both among the finest people I’ve ever known. So on this your 60th wedding anniversary and all the ones to follow I’m wishing you much joy and happiness.”

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