|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1924, Germany|
|Death: ||Jun. 12, 2010, Germany|
Uncle Fritz was the husband of mom's second degree cousin. His wife's grandfather and mom's grandmother were siblings.
When granny was still alive, Uncle Fritz and his beloved wife, Aunt Waltraud, would always come to see us and usually stay for several days.
Both my younger cousin and myself remember Uncle Fritz for having been the funniest of our uncles. He always had something on his mind, even if this occasionally made his wife tell him off.
One specific situation that my cousin and I remember with a smile is the fireworks. There are those tiny firework items that look like small parcels. When you set them on fire, they would sound like a machine gun firing out a fusillade, especially when placed underneath a half roof of a school with an immense echo.
The caretaker of that school was a man who seemed to lack muscles (from what we felt when we were kids), he never smiled or laughed, and was easily annoyed.
One New Year's Day morning, Uncle Fritz would quietly ask Dagmar and myself to come out with him, put on our jackets and boots - and off we went to that school which is (still) next to my cousin's house.
Right, underneath that half roof, Uncle Fritz would, with a big grin, place several of those firework things ... set them on fire, and then he seized us and we hid behind a wall.
The next moment, there were those loud 'shots' - and seconds later only, the door of the caretaker's flat opened, with that man storming out and having a look around, shouting dirty words.
Then my uncle would come out of our hideaway and calmly say 'Guten Morgen', showing his most beautiful smile, while my cousin and I had a hard time trying not to burst out laughing.
There were so many more stories like that, combined with Aunt Waltraud's words such as 'Fritz, don't you teach the girls too much nonsense'. Well, lol, she knew that he loved us dearly, as much as we loved him, so we always expected him to do something funny. That was him.
In the past 20 years, due to age, Uncle Fritz' health declined, and he would no longer drive his car, which made us see him only once in a period of about 10 years, while we often talked on the phone.
He peacefully passed away on June 12 due to natural courses. Funeral mass and burial on June 18, 2010, 11.00 am.
A heartfelt thank you to our friend LKat for kindly sponsoring my uncle's memorial.
Specifically: Will be buried on Kommunalfriedhof, Heckertstraße, Bochum-Grumme, Germany
Created by: Edda Meinikat
Record added: Jun 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53821219
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