Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Grandma and Gramps, A"H



Above is the wedding picture of my father's parents, David and Bette Silverman, circa the early 1940's in Chicago. Together, they had 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 5 (soon to be 6) great-grandchildren. They were married for 56 years before David passed away in 1997. Bette passed away last week, at the age of 86.

Grandma Bette's mother, Fannie Jaffe, came to America from Zhytomyr in the mid-1910's. Here she met and married Julius Stein, who fathered Bette and then took off, which seemed to be a popular thing to do among Jewish men at that time (my Gramps' father, Frederick Silverman, did the same damn thing to Gramps' mother). Among the jobs that Fannie took to support Bette, the one for which she was most well-known and beloved among her family members was at the Bunte Bros. Candy Company in Chicago. She was beloved for this because, well, she seemingly gave candy to everyone.

Grandma Bette grew up, started working retail in high-end ladies' apparel and met Grandpa Dave at some party, whereupon she decided that he was cute and accepted his invitation out for a date. Grandpa Dave subsequently became violently ill, and had his mother call Grandma Bette to reschedule the date. "Ummmmmmm.... okay," thought Grandma Bette, "his... mother.... is calling me to reschedule." She decided that, if nothing else, it definitely had "strange" appeal, so she went through with it. The rest, as they say, is history.

May their memory be for a blessing. I will always love and miss them.

1 Comments:

At 8:59 PM, July 12, 2005, Blogger ADAM said...

Baruch Dayan Haemet

 

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