90 Years Ago Today!!. . .

kids . . .a very, VERY special person was born.
January 30, 1919.

Marcella Gertrude Wapelhorst
(Who is now Marcella Gertrude Wapelhorst Stock).

When we were younger, my cousins and I would ask her over and over again, “Grandma, what is your name again?” When you’re a little person, that name seems like SUCH a mouth-full!!

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I have never met a more caring person ever in my life!! She never stresses and I can HONESTLY say that I have NEVER seen Grandma upset or mad – EVER! I honestly think that is the reason why she has lived soooo long, and is STILL kickin’!! I think the more stress you have in your life, the less years you will live! She has proven this fact to me!
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[2006]

She married Joseph Stock (I don’t know the exact year) and after a few years and after being told that they could not have kids, they adopted a little boy and named him Joseph (not a Jr.). Approximately six short months later, they received a call from someone at their church – there was a baby girl whose birth Mother was only 15-years-old, who was born on Christmas Day and needed a home – did they want another baby? They adopted the baby girl and named her Patricia. Years later, after being told that they could not have children and after adopting two babies, they ended up having three more children naturally. Mark was born in 1958, then came Donald and last but not least John. When the three boys were still pretty young, Grandpa passed away, leaving Grandma to raise three children on her own. (The two oldest were older and could take care of themselves, for the most part.)

Grandma was such a STRONG person. After raising/dealing with four very very rambunctious boys – one that went AWOL and dealing with military walking into your home without knocking – car accidents – just things boys do – etc. . .Grandma is lucky she made it out alive!! (Of course, it was just the boys that gave her ALL the trouble, her little girl was perfect, and never did anything wrong! 😉 )

Before we lost Uncle Joe, there were about 27 of us, and we just keep on growing (one due in 2009).
An explanation of the family.

Joseph (RIP 2001)
Married Laura
(3rd Marriage)
Kids are: (1st Marriage) Shandala (married Bill) and Joseph (married Tricia)
(2nd Marriage) Justin (married Julie) and Jessica
(3rd Marriage) Dylan, Cheyenne and Dakota
Shandala’s Kids: Mariah, Cameron and Marley
Joseph’s Kids: Tatum and Trent
Justin’s Kid: baby on the way
(His is more “complicated” than the rest. haha)

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Patricia
Married William
Kids are: Adam, Trisha (married Ric), and Leah

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Mark
Married Corrine
Kids are: Kathryn (married Jon) and Mitchell

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Donald
Married Michelle
Kids are: Courtney (engaged to Justin – 2009 wedding), Jayme (married Dan) and Michael

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John
Married Karen
Kids are: Joseph

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Grandma is getting a digital frame from me for her b-day gift, so I have been having fun digging up old pictures, scanning them in and adding them to the collection to put on the digi frame, along with more recent pictures from weddings, parties, etc. (Whoever invented digi frames is a genius!)

Here are some that I have found and can’t wait for her to see. . .
We’ll start with the pictures that she is in. In random order, as they will be on the frame.
Grandma with With Uncle John.
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This was in 1994, I was in my High School’s musical, Oklahoma, and this is after the show the night that my Grandma and Uncle Mark, Aunt Corrie, Katie and Mitch came to see me.
(Yes, I wasn’t the “skinny girl” in High School. haha)
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Christmas, 2008.
The Don Stock family – minus Aunt Michelle.
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Grandma and Cousin Courtney. 2007
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Grandma and I ringing in the new year. 2008
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Uncle Don, Grandma and Mark. Jayme’s wedding – 2007.
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Grandma and William (my Dad). Leah’s dessert buffet – 2008.
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Grandma getting down on the dance floor. 88 (at the time) and still has the moves! 😉
Jayme’s wedding – 2007.
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Dancing some more with my Mom.
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Group photo at Jayme and Dan’s wedding. 2007
Obviously there are some people missing from this picture.
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Family picture. 1997
(It is actually a picture of a picture, which is why it is poor quality.)
The only one missing from this picture is Joseph, he wasn’t born until 2003.
We have lost Uncle Joe since this picture too. 😦
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Grandma and I at my 30th b-day. 2008
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Grandma and Justin. Katie’s wedding – 2007
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Grandma and Julie (Justin’s wife). Katie’s wedding – 2007
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Grandma and “Grandma” Doris. Doris is Aunt Corrine’s Mother – I adopted her as my Grandma too! 🙂 Katie’s wedding – 2007
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Grandma and her only daughter (my Mom). Katie’s wedding – 2007
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Grandma and Jayme. Katie’s wedding – 2007
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Here she is with her “boyfriend” Mike. (Who is actually my Sister’s boyfriend. ha)
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And, here she is again, getting down at MY wedding with Mitch and Uncle Mark. 2005
I love, Love, LOVE this picture!!!!
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haha
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Sis, Mom, myself and Gma. Brunch for someone’s b-day. Not sure what year.
(Isn’t that a HOT vest that I’m wearing though! 😉 )
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Sis and Gma – her b-day. 2006.
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Mom and Gma (and Courtney) – 2006
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Mitchell walking Grandma down the aisle at Katie’s wedding. 2007
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Grandma and all her snowmen (well, some of her snowmen.) – Christmas 2007
Isn’t she just an ADORABLE person?!?!
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Uncle Mark, Gma and Mitch – Christmas 2007
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Grandma and Leah (Sis). Katie’s rehearsal dinner – 2007
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Gma and I. Katie’s rehearsal dinner – 2007
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Gma Mitch and “Gma” Doris.
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All the aunts and uncles (minus Aunt Laura). Katie’s wedding – 2007
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Gma meeting Katie’s husband Jon’s grandparents. Katie’s rehearsal dinner – 2007
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Just some other random family pictures.
If I were to guess, I would say this is from approximately 1986 or 1987.
(I’m the very top, left-hand side. You can find my Sister too, because of course, we always had matching clothes! My brother is on the very right.)
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Dress-up day!
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With Uncle John. He is always right in the middle of all the kids.
(Check out those AWESOME stone-washed jeans I’m sporting! ha)
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This one cracks me up!
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My cousin Katie and I got chicken pox at the same time.
We’re sporting the awesome “white makeup” . . . our backs were 10 times worse!
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Katie’s face cracks me up!
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Uncle John, Aunt Karen and Joseph. Katie’s wedding – 2007
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Silly people! Katie’s wedding – 2007
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Aunt Corrie, Dan (Jayme’s husband) and I, with our $1.00 bunco prizes. Thanksgiving – 2007
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Joseph. Katie’s wedding – 2007
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I’m a little embarassed! haha Christmas – 2007
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Mom and Joseph. My b-day dinner – 2007
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Joseph and I. My b-day dinner – 2007
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Ric and Cheyenne dancing. Katie’s wedding – 2007
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Justin proposing to Courtney in CO. 2008
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Miniature golf at Tilt. Don’t know the year for this one.
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All the cousins with Gma’s neighbor, Charlie. Don’t know the year.
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The “Jacoby” family.
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Jess and her boyfriend.
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Mark and Mitch going skiing. 2009 (Aunt Corrie and Uncle Mark live in Switzerland now.)
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John, Karen and Joseph again. Such a cute little family. Too bad we don’t see them more, since they live in CO.
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Until Cheyenne moved to CO to live with John & Karen, she used to help my Mom deliver wedding cakes on Saturdays.
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My Dad and cousin Mitch. . .Dad was always tickeling the cousins!
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Courtney and I.
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Adam (Bro), Courtney (cousin) and I
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Playdough is always fun! Trisha, Katie and Jayme.
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Katie and I. Jayme’s wedding – 2007
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Ric and Unc John. Jayme’s wedding – 2007
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Adam (Bro) and Unc John’s horse in CO. (Adam lives there now.)
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I LOVE looking at old photos. It is so much fun.
This was definitely a FUN project, just wish I had more time so that I could go to Mom and Dad’s to pick up some more pictures to scan for the frame. I’m going to have to do that and add them later!

Anyway, tonight we’re going to dinner to celebrate with Grandma. I can’t wait! 🙂

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY GRANDMA!!!!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Katie
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 20:37:08

    What a cute grandma and a lovely post!! Happy birthday to her! 🙂

    Reply

  2. Angie
    Feb 01, 2009 @ 02:09:26

    aw, how awesome! How cool to make it to 90. Go gram!

    Reply

  3. Maria
    Feb 02, 2009 @ 13:43:13

    Happy birthday to your grandma! Those were fun pictures to look at!

    Reply

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