S: Roger's 80th Birthday Album
FC: A Celebration of | Roger's 80th | Birthday
1: Roger Joseph Pascho May 6, 1931
2: This is a tribute to you, Dad. You have so many accomplishments to be proud of and this is our time to recognize and Thank You for all you have done for so many, but especially your children. Hope these pages bring back many memories you hold dear in your heart. We love and respect you for all you have done for us With Love, Your Children Kristi, David, and Karin
3: Laurel Heights Elementary 1943
4: Ballard High School 1949
5: Joined the Navy and saw the world | Roger's days in the Navy took him to the South Pacific and various ports around the world.
6: Roger's brother Ron | Roger's sister Joann
7: Our Family History | Roger and Margaret with Roger's parents Betty and Joseph
8: Our Wedding | Margaret Karin Folkestad and Roger Joseph Pascho were married at Ballard First Lutheran Church | April 6, 1957
9: To have and to hold, from this day forward.
10: Just Married | Roger and Margaret began their new life together settling in Ballard. They soon purchased their first house and began their life together. Children would soon follow.
11: TWO PEOPLE, TWO HEARTS, TWO LIVES, BECOME ONE HEART, ONE MIND, ONE NEW LIFE TOGETHER.
13: "A truly rich man is one who's children run into his arms when his hands are empty."
15: Kristi Dorine | As we put this book together so many memories came flooding back. You coming home from work and setting that lunch pail of yours on the counter in the same place every day. And on your last day of work going out the back door and tossing that old lunch pail right into the garbage can. Waiting patiently for you to come home from work on those hot summer days knowing you would invite me to go down to Denny Park for a swim. Patiently you would sit on the beach as I swam and swam. We would return home for dinner at six sharp. Every night we would have dinner together and share our accomplishments and disappointments. A tradition I continued with my own children. I have great memories from my childhood but it is your calm voice, support, and love that I carry with me as I make my way through life. You were always there for me and for that I will forever be thankful. You passed on your strong work ethic, your core values, love of family, and God; it is those that have shaped me into who I am today. Thank you for sending me to college and instilling in me the value of education, for believing in me and my dreams, and giving me such guidance along the way. The strength and love of our family is a testament to you! Happy 80th birthday Dad
16: David Roger | September 15, 1960 | Dad, Happy Birthday. Holy cow, how did we get to 80 already? I hope you feel a tremendous sense of pride as you look upon the family you have led. Two daughters, who both not only graduated from college, but have achieved advanced degrees. Five grandchildren who adore and idolize you. Jack still calls you "Boom Boom", which comes from the sound of a hammer..."Because Boom Boom can fix anything...". And one son who owes everything to you. While many men my age now regret being raised by a father who "just wasn't around much", I have the great fortune to recall memories that are as vivid as yesterday. Simple things like you asking if I wanted to play catch when you got home from work. I know you were dead tired, but you still made the time. (Though I am still a bit perturbed that you caught me bare handed for years)...Or coming out to the golf course as the sun was setting, finding me somewhere out on the course and "caddying" for me until it was completely dark...Or coming home from work and as simply asking, "Do you want to go to the baseball game?"...Or not yelling at me if the occasional window got broken from an errant fastball...Or for letting me beat my body to a pulp because you knew I loved it...just a simple, "You're going to feel that when you get older..." Well you know what? You were right...but it's worth it...'cause I got to do it with you. Happy 80th Birthday again dad...and onward to another few decades!!!!! I love you!!! Dave
18: Karin Lynn | March 28, 1964 | Dad, Happy 80th Birthday! It is hard to believe so many years have flown by. In some ways I still feel like that same girl in college when I walk through the back door into the kitchen. There are so many memories in that house. If those walls could speak, they would certainly have a tale to tell, of family dinners, nerf ball in the halls and laughter coming from the rooms. They would tell you that I owe you more than I could ever pay and that I love you. Thank you for building the house we all called home. I believe the warmth that fills that house comes from the love in the hands that built it. I will always treasure the memories of going to Juanita Beach in the summer when you got home from work and learning to take my training wheels off by watching you put them on. I learned so many things just by watching you do them so masterfully. Thank you for going to get me new tennis shoes when I "needed" them that night or giving me the blue 10-speed bike of my dreams. I was so lucky. You also must be the most patient dad I know who would allow his daughter to go from tree lot to tree lot looking for that perfect Christmas tree. (I think a few years we may have even found it!) Thank you for always being there to help with a ride to practice, a pick-up from the bus or just companionship for my kids. They are so lucky to have you for a grandpa. You are everything a grandpa should be and they love you so much. I have such gratitude that God gave me you as my dad. You have been my rock and foundation. Because of this I grew up believing I could do anything or be anything. You always made me feel like the smartest, most talented girl. This was such a huge gift you and mom gave me. Thank you for helping me follow my dreams and supporting me along the road. I have had a very blessed life because you are my dad. I love you, Karin
20: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. | Kristi and Patrick
21: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Married on August 17, 1985 at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland, WA
22: David and Jennifer
23: July 10, 1999
24: November 28, 1997 | Karin and Frank
25: This is the day that the Lord hath made.
26: Prize Winning Dahlia's | As you look across at the beautiful dahlias outlining the yard, what you may not see is the care taken year round to make sure each blooms in all its glory. The dirt is shoveled and raked, the tubers are carefully put to sleep in the winter and planted in the rich soil in the spring. The ground is watered and staked waiting for the stems to emerge. When all have bloomed, it is a colorful, beautiful sight to see. Dad, you are a master gardener!
28: Grandfather | Roger loves spending time with his five grandchildren and they in turn have learned so much from him. As we know "grandpa knows how to do everything".
30: Taylor Roger Maurice | Dear Grandpa, I'll always remember having fun in the garage with you and Evan playing with all the trains and playing in the backyard on the fort and swing set you built for us. And how whenever we went anywhere in your old truck you would let me and Evan shift for you even though sometime we would grind the gears. Now that I am older I really enjoy helping you out with painting the house and sitting at the kitchen table eating the entire bowl of Grandma's macaroni and cheese while we talk about how its hard to be as perfect as me and you. Thank you for being a great grandfather, I couldn't have asked for a better one. You were always in the stands for all of my baseball, football, or basketball games with positive words of encouragement for me after the game, no matter if we won or loss. I've always appreciated how you took your time to teach me how to fix things and build things with you when you were working on something. You are a great man and I hope to be as great of a father and grandfather as you have been. Happy 80th birthday grandpa, I love you Taylor
32: Evan Patrick | Whenever I was younger and I got anything new while Grandpa was around he was always there to help me set it up or build it. Throughout the years there have been countless power rangers, toys, train sets and even a tree house set up or built and all of them have a little piece of him in them. He has always been there to help out with anything that he can and it has never seemed to be a problem to him besides a sarcastic comment here or there that still to this day makes me laugh. I am truly grateful to have such a wonderful grandfather in my life and I can only hope that I can be anything close to as great as a person, father, and grandfather that you are. Thank you for all that you have given me and for having you in my life. I Love You and Happy Birthday, Evan Evan
34: Abigail Beatte | Dear Grandpa, I love you so mcuh! You are everything I think a grandpa should be and better! You are always there for me, every time I get sick, need something (even if it's a piece of wood for a new fort or something else I dream up) and you are always my biggest fan rooting me on in the stands. You always make me American Girl stuff (even a bed that can hold three American Girls!). You are such a handy man that you also make stuff for me, like my bulletin board. I will never forget the time when me and Grandma were decorating for Christmas while you were watching the news. We had gotten all the decorations out an had just finished talking about how you saw the movie, "A Christmas Carol". Grandma and I had just finished the top of the TV and were going to decorate the window box. We took out all the little houses and people and put them down. At this point, Grandma started singing, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!". Then while we were taking out the white stuff that was "snow", you said, "Bah, humbug!" We all started cracking up! I am so lucky to have you for my grandpa. I wouldn't change a thing. I am so glad we live close by so I can see you a lot. You make me very happy and make me laugh. Happy Birthday! I love you, Abigail
36: Jack David | Dear Boom Boom, Happy 80th Birthday! When I think of you what comes to mind is... Playing with the trains, picking raspberries with you, that "gigantatron" pumpkin that grew in your garden and the beautiful yet delicate flowers you grow. You're such a hard worker. You come in with your pick-up truck loaded with parts and then you drive away and come back with more. Thanks for always helping dad. I'm not sure everything would be intact, if it weren't for you. You always get that certain seat at the end of the table. It's nice having you down there with us kids. Thanks for the wonderful home that you made. It's a place where I always have so much fun. Thanks for being such a wonderful grandpa! Love, Jack
38: Ryan Frank | G reatest grandpa R ebuilder A wesome gardener N obody's better D ahlia worker P lays with me A lways there for me | I am glad you are my grandpa. I like it when you come to all my games. Thank you for doing so many things for me. I like it that you will give me treats whenever I want them, even for breakfast! You are the best grandpa! Happy Birthday Grandpa! I love you, Ryan
40: Dear Roger, Happy 80th Birthday! You certainly don't look your age---I think it's all of the hard work that you do! Dave told me many stories about you before I actually met you. One legendary story is about your strong hands. One day Dave, Joe and Alex were in the garage trying to change a tire. Apparently a lug nut was frozen and they tried in vain for an hour to loosen it with a tire iron. They had just given up when you and Margaret arrived home from dinner. "What's the problem?" you asked. Joe went on to explain that the lug nut was frozen and as a result, they couldn't change the tire. Without hesitation you pointed to the tire iron and said "Let me see that. " and with one strong, swift move - did the job. As you walked into the house, you left three teenage boys standing there with stunned expressions. Well, when I met you, I noticed your strong hands, but also noticed your kind eyes. Some say that a man is measured not only by his actions, but by the family he creates. As a daughter-in-law, I feel truly blessed to be a part of your family. You welcomed me from the very beginning, always reaching out in the special way that you do --always a question to get the conversation rolling. One in particular comes to mind--"Have you done any remodeling yet?" Thank you for having such wonderful holidays. You're always there at the end of the table--just beyond the kids. The opposite end is pretty rowdy with lively conversation, but there you are at the other end. Many times, after the kids have been excused--Margaret will say, "Roger, sit closer so you can hear." Any many times your response has been--with a smile and a shake of the head--"I can hear." You're very wise! Finally, I have you to thank for my guilty pleasure--fyrstekake! With love, Jennifer
41: Letters from the family | I have learned a lot from Roger over the years as I became part of the Pascho family, From asking his advice on our first home purchase to seeking his help when the builder botched the wiring plan. He is always willing to help. He introduced me to gardening and dahlias, how to lay brick, trains and pickled herring (who doesn't love pickled herring). He is his grandchildren's biggest fan when it comes to sports, attending almost every event despite weather or possible other obligations. I enjoy talking to Roger and his experiences throughout his life. His adventures in the Navy in the South Pacific. Riding out the earthquake in Seattle in 1965. The many trips he and Margaret have taken. There is much to know from Roger and I am still learning. Happy 80th Birthday! Love, Pat | Dear Roger, Happy 80th Birthday! Boy, has time gone fast! Although I may have never expressed it, I feel so fortunate that you are my father-in-law. You are an incredible man who is filled with integrity and honesty along with the strongest work ethic. You are always there to help anyone, whether it's the church, a neighbor, or family. Thank you for all you do for my family. I really appreciate it. Frank
42: Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~Albert Einstein
44: Biggest Fan | No matter where the game or what the sport Roger was always in the stands cheering on his children and grandchildren.
46: Roger's Famous Fyrstekake | Mix it, roll it, | bake it with love.
47: Fyrstekake | 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup butter 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons milk Filling: 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1 1/4 cup almonds - ground 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 egg white 3 - 4 tablespoons water | Combine butter with flour. Add baking powder, sugar, egg yolk and milk. Put 2/3 of dough on the table and roll out. Cover bottom of 8 -9" round baking dish. Make a filling of ground un-scalded almonds, which should be mixed with the powdered sugar, spices, egg white and water. Mix well and spread over the dough. Roll the rest of dough out. Cut into 1" wide strips with pastry wheel. Place crosswise over filling, creating a basket pattern. Bake at 350 degrees, 45 - 50 minutes.
48: Proud Moments | Evan, Roger, and Margaret celebrating the special day June 2010
49: Taylor, Margaret, and Roger A special day watching their first grandchild graduate. June 2007
50: The Seventeenth of May | The 'adopted' Norwegian
51: Visiting Norway | Alesund - Bergen - Oslo | So much history to experience and family to enjoy! Oct 1991 July 1996
52: Sorority Madness! | Roger is always a great sport about dressing up in whatever Margaret feels is appropriate for the occasion - whether it's a tux or two towels.
53: Head of the Table | Head of our Family
54: Margaret and Roger
55: Over the Years
57: Roger's Handyman Service | Always on call! | unlimited service area | build it. fix it, wire it
58: The Great Train Adventure | All Aboard!
59: "The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent."
60: 50 Years | 1957-2007 | Roger and Margaret were married April 6th, 1957 and renewed their vows 50 years later in front of family and friends.
61: Anniversary Party
63: "From everlasting to everlasting, the Lord's love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness belongs to their children and grandchildren." Psalms 103:17