Couple celebrates 70 years
Ed and Norma Weinzierl are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary today (Wednesday), June 19.
The couple, who lives at SummerField Place in Park Rapids, continues to get along well after a lifetime together.
“It’s a give and take,” Norma said. “We’ve been very fortunate and we thank God for that.”
Ed and Norma grew up in towns near each other.
“We met in high school,” Norman recalled. “Ed lived in Waconia and I lived in Norwood, which are just west of the cities.”
They graduated from high school and then started working in downtown Minneapolis at Powers and Donaldson’s department stores. They worked two blocks away from each other, Norma said.
Ed entered the U.S. Army in Sept. of 1942 and joined with the 11th Airborne. They were married June 19, 1943 in Hot Springs, Ark., where Ed was attending school to be a surgical technician in the Army.
After Ed served overseas in New Guinea, the Phillipines and Japan, the couple lived in Waconia until 1980.
They had three sons, Ken, Jim and Paul, and a daughter, Edie, along with nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
After retiring, they moved to the Brainerd area before moving to Park Rapids five years ago. They wintered in Texas for 17 years but are now living in Park Rapids year-round.
“Our son, Jim, lives here and we always knew we’d end up here,” Norma said.
Family has always been important to the Weinzierls and they are thankful that their children and grandchildren all live within driving distance.
The entire family visited the couple over the weekend to celebrate their anniversary.
“We had 45 people here,” Norma said. “The only one not here was Andrew, who is in the Air Force.”
Their children presented them with a family tree that included thumb prints of each child, grandchild and great-grandchild.
“It’s really special,” Norma said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen something quite like it.”
Over the years, the couple has been active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and auxiliary organizations and spent a lot of their free time playing cards, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.
Ed said having their own hobbies has helped to make their marriage last.
“I never interfered with her bridge playing and she never interfered with my fishing,” he joked.
They continue to play cards and fish, and are members of St. Peter the Apostle Church. Ed and Norma also visit the casino once in a while, mostly to “shop the buffet,” Ed said.
A root beer celebration among neighbors at Summerfield was Tuesday afternoon, rather than on Wednesday, the actual date of their anniversary.
“I play cards on Wednesdays and nothing is going to interfere with that,” Norma said.