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Ancestors that I’ve actually met

August 29, 2009

Fellow Geneablogger, Randy Seaver, posted an interesting challenge tonight. 

Here is your challenge for tonight (or whenever you read this):

1) Write down which of your ancestors that you have met in person (yes, even if you were too young to remember them).

2) Tell us their names, where they lived, and their relationship to you in a blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook.

Shirley Ann Kunz Wait (still with me!), my Mom!  I’ll keep the details to myself since she’d probably kill me if I shared anything.

Roy Frederick Wait, Jr (1931-2004), my dearly departed Dad.  Lived in Seward, Nebraska.  Then in San Jose, California.  Then in Lincoln, Nebraska. Then out to Walhalla, South Carolina for a few years.  Then moved back to Lincoln until he died from Lymphoma and chemo.

Earl Daniel Kunz (1901-1971).  My maternal Gramps.  As far as I know, he was born and raised in Elmwood, Nebraska.  He’s buried in the cemetery there.  I met him once when I was about a year old and have a photo of me sitting on his lap.  I don’t remember him at all… and I actually thought he died before I was born until I started working on my family tree and then found the picture.  He died when I was three and we lived out of state, so I think I met him just that once.

Della Nevada Hartsock Kunz (1909-1974), my maternal Gramma.  She was born in Keya Paha, Nebraska and moved to Elmwood, Nebraska when she was young.  She lived there most of her life, except for a few years that she lived in a house just up the street from where I live now.  I remember visiting her when I was just old enough to hop up on the counter and perch there.  I was pretty good at it until then, and slipped off and ended up sitting in the dishwater.  Mom has never let me forget that!

Freda Delores Fleming Wait (1906-1993), my paternal Grandmother.  She was born in Weld County, Colorado.  She ended up living in Lancaster, California.  I’m not sure where she was in the meantime.  We didn’t see her often (again, different states), but I do remember when she came to visit us when I was in high school in the early 80s.  She tried to use our fancy new microwave to heat her cinnamon roll one morning and accidentally put it in for 10 minutes instead of 10 seconds.  I woke up to a house full of smoke and the smoke detector blaring!  That was fun.  =)

That’s it for me!  I’ve only met FIVE of my ancestors.  My paternal Grandfather, Roy Frederick Wait, Sr (1902-1967), passed away the year before I was born.  My paternal great Grandmother passed away the same year.  All of the rest of my ancestors died before 1956.  That might explain my fascination with learning more about them and what their lives were like.

Thanks for the challenge, Randy!

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