Rediscovering My Husband’s Parent’s Wedding Album

15 Jun

As we have been unpacking since our recent move, we found items we did not even know we had.   Among them was my husband’s parent’s wedding album.  It makes sense we had them.  At the time his mother died and their father moved, one brother was living in Europe and the other brother was busy with four little children.   That meant that my husband and I did a lot of the sorting and cleaning.   Especially since his father was moving to live with his new wife.  A wedding album with his deceased wife would not have been a good idea.

I should also say my husband’s mother died when she was just 59 years old from lung cancer.  It was a painful time for her and for her family.  She was way too young. Smoking three packs of cigarettes a day was not the best for her health.   (See blog below.)

I digress.  We found the wedding album as we were packing boxes in the old house. The album was in an old box of items important to my husband.  We were sorting through the box to see what we needed to move with us.  Of course, the photo album made the move! We did not have time to really look through it when we were getting ready for the move. But now that we are here and unpacking, we took a break to look through a bundle of old photos.

Lee, his mother, was one of ten children in the Matassarin family. I knew eight of them. One died before she was born. And one passed before I joined the family. In this photo, most of her siblings and their spouses are in the picture. I am assuming the one that is not in were still serving in the military. It was soon after WW2.

Her parents died long before she married.  Her mother died when she was only five or six years old; her father died when she was a senior in high school.  (See blogs belos.)

Her oldest brother walked her down the aisle.  Her youngest sister was her maid of honor.  In some of the photos, she looks pensive.  I wonder if she is missing her father?  Her mother?  Even though she had so many siblings with her, I have to think she missed not having either parent.

My husband’s first cousins planned to have a family reunion next week. They planned a trip to Leavenworth, Kansas, to see the family home and to visit the Jewish cemetery where their grandparents were buried. It has all been cancelled due to the virus. I had planned to share the wedding album then. Instead, I share it here. Not all the photos, but at least this one that shows all the family together on a very happy day.

6 Responses to “Rediscovering My Husband’s Parent’s Wedding Album”

  1. Amy June 15, 2020 at 4:57 pm #

    How sad that she lost both her parents before she married and then died herself at such a young age. I liked seeing the Matassarin name!

    • zicharon June 15, 2020 at 9:23 pm #

      It is extremely sad. She knew she was dying and was heartbroken that she would not know her grandchildren. The are memories I just cannot share because they are just way too sad.

      • Amy June 15, 2020 at 9:29 pm #

        I’m so sorry.

      • zicharon June 15, 2020 at 10:15 pm #

        Thank you. It happened long ago. But some memories never fade.

  2. Sharon June 16, 2020 at 9:14 am #

    A shadow of sadness on such a happy occasion. It must have been extremely bitter sweet. I hope the family will be able to plan the trip for another time as it sounds like it would be a wonderful family gathering.

    • zicharon June 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm #

      I hope so. Unfortunately, one of the oldest cousins, who really wanted this to take place, died a couple of months ago. It was really sad.

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