S: Dan Wecker - the life story of a strong man
BC: "It is only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home - it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love." ~ Margaret Truman
FC: "A man's age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man's age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery | Daniel Wecker August 10, 1914 to December 27, 2005
1: This book pays loving tribute to Dan Wecker - a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Dan was a strong man. He had a strong character, strong ethics, and a strong sense of family. He was a farmer; and even though his large hands were calloused and weathered, they were ever so gentle when he hugged his children or petted his horse. This book is a celebration of Dan's life, and is presented as a gift to his children and grandchildren by his wife Ann, for Christmas 2011.
2: l to r - Dan, brother John, cousin Ray Konschuh, sister Hilda, sister Mary, sister Elsie, and sister Ida | Dan's mother Katarina (nee Wacker) Nov. 5, 1887 to June 3, 1960; and father Emmanuel Wecker, Jan. 6, 1884 to Oct. 15, 1942
3: l to r - Ann's sister Mary, Ted Boumann (May's husband), sister May, Dan, Ann, Mom and Dad VanLeest | Dan's mother Katarina and second husband Emmanuel Krause
4: "A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers" ~African proverb | back l to r - Dan's brother John, Ann, sister-in-law Margaret; front left Dan | June 15, 1946
5: "Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." ~ Charles R. Swindall | Amazing what a face wash and hair brush will do for two good looking sons! | First swim for Sheila at Banff Hot Springs
7: "Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children:. ~ Bill Cosby | Dan was a serious, hard-working man; but he treasured the fun times he spent with his children. A friendly ring-toss game with rubber canning -jar rings, listening to Little Orphan Annie on the radio Sunday nights, camping, going to Gull Lake for a swim after supper, family skating at the Bentley rink, riding horses, attending hockey games in Drumheller - they were all hours of pure joy he shared with his family.
8: "I've often said there's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse." ~ Ronald Reagan
9: "The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. 'Why, I answered without a thought, right now." ~ David Grayson
12: "Some people dream of success...while others wake up and work hard at it." ~ author unknown
13: "Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave but not our hearts" ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes | Original farm house | New house on farm - 1969 | New house in Bentley - 1993 | Victoria House condo in Lacombe - 2004
14: "The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family" ~ Lee Iacocca
15: "Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century" ~ Mark Twain | 25th anniversary celebration - June, 1971. It was impossible to cut the foam-rubber cake that Ann's sister Nel provided as a prank!
16: l to r - Dan, sister Ida Konschuh, sister Mary Seibel, sister Elsie Clark, brother Dave, and brother John | l to r - sister Ida, brother John, sister Mary, Dan, and sister Elsie | Dan with Ann's uncles from Holland - l to r - Oom Willem and Oom Gerrit
17: "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." ~Desmond Tutu | Dan and his younger brother John | Dan with his nephew Don Smith (Hilda's son)
18: "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life." ~ Richard Bach
19: "Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one." ~ author unknown
20: 40th anniversary, June 1986 | l to r back row - Laurie Platz, Cindy VanLeest, Craig Platz, Darrell VanLeest middle row - Melanie Wecker, Jennifer Platz, Amber Wecker front row - Danielle Wecker, Kristy Stephenson, Troy Stephenson, John VanLeest
21: "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." ~Mignon McLaughlin
22: "Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation." ~ Lois Wyse
23: Dan loved to tease his grandchildren - when they went swimming, he always told them not to get their bathing suits wet! He loved to distract them at the dinner table, and steal their dessert when they looked away (but he always gave it back!).
24: 50th anniversary - June 1996 | "For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked!" ~ Bill Cosby
26: "Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts." ~Martin Buxbaum | 90th birthday - August 10, 2004 | July 22, 2005
27: "Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." ~ Mark Twain
29: Dan's life story as told to and recorded by his wife, Ann
34: "Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family." ~ G.B. Shaw