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"' 11'6" Ms'Sb'g'd"=' .f0 Catffdffds €;f SbuthWbteCd Indib na ings in 1946: Returning GIs00wanted home and family HUGHES . staff writer I t seemed written in Time April of 1945 that poll con- Man- everybody T who asked his men wives wanted getting was over. The was ,ds, homes, married article stated that said they were _0000-¢isters, to exactly the and starting brothers, to be the high- cousins. GIs as they the end d soldiers, 1946 seemed to many got mar- Greulich remem- It seemed family was get- She and Ed in St. Patrick ntry parish in June. A supper and Was a dance in the away for five last two sta- South Pacific• She 1943 when he was "We knew we married when he she said. letters every day airmail for six his first her. "Everything Greulichs live in are the parents The Greulichs - Vaany couples in are celebrating anniver- of Jasper said Theodore, three years. before he left, and he came home Dec. 19, 1945." She still remembers stay- ing up all night when he was due to arrive in Jasper• "It was a big Christmas pre- sent to have him here•" There was so much to think about when he returned, she remembers, and he had tots of stories to tell about England, and the air raids• "Sometimes, it sounded pretty close•" Those first days together were busy as the couple had to "plan what we were going to do, and where we were going to live•" They were married June 9, 1946, in St. Mary Church in Ire- land, a small rural parish that had eight weddings that year. "A lot of our friends got married that summer." A year and three months later, she had a baby boy, fol- lowed by three more sons. Elvira Wolf of Evansville also remembers planning a summer wedding in 1946. Her husband, Richard, spent two years in Ger- many before he returned to Evansville. During his service overseas, they corresponded by letter. "He was a good letter writer," she said, although everything was checked by a censor, because the soldiers were not allowed to "tell you anything: He was sent to England, and from there he went to France, but they were we care about... ' a feature in the Message, designed tO help draw southwestern Indiana. Reader Submit information about people who may ben- i eXtra prayers and attention. J. Nemergut Sr'. were held June 25 in Trumbull, Conn. He is the father of 't Nemergut, associate pastor at St. Francis Vincennes. include his wife, Helen, and a son, Stephen r. for Benedictine Brother Methodius Shigo 21 at St. Meinrad. He died June 19. was born in 1915. He enrolled in busi- at Wharton, an extension of the University of ilitary service in 1942, he served with dis- y under General Patton, participat- ng at Normandy and in the major campaigns in the Ardennes, the Rhineland, and north- he was decorated with the Bronze Medal. Benedictine novitiate in 1958, and celebrat- of profession in 1984, monastic life, Brother Methodius lived with incurred during his military service. el information for PEOPLE WE CARE Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box IN 47724. not allowed to say When they were leaving • or where they were•" All the GIs were shipped home according to a point system, she explained, depending on how long they had served in the mil- itary and what battles they had been in. "I knew a month or so before" that he was coming home. He was lucky to get a plane ride home once his ship landed on the east coast, and the first thing he did was look for a job. Then, they planned their wedding• She explained that even after the war, some food was still being rationed, so the wedding dinner was held at her home for immediate family members. In those post-war days, there was no variety of wedding dress- es. "You went to the store and put your name in, and then whatever dress came in in your size, you got." There was also a shortage of household supplies, she remem- bered• "There were no towels available or sheets, so even a kitchen towel was a good gift. A sheet was a prized gift." Their first apartment had no stove; she used a hot plate. "It took quite a while to recover; everything had been going to the military, everything was geared up for the war. After, everybody was coming home and everyone wanted a place to live. It took a While to play catch-up." Today, the Wolfs live in Evansville. They are the parents of five children. Mary and Ed Greulich cut their wedding cake during the reception held in the summer of 1946 at St. Patrick Church, Enfield, Ill. Worth mentioning. .. : : , Postcard campaign this weekend Indiana's Congressional delegation displayed strong support for the partial-birth abortion ban legislation when it passed Congress, according to the Indiana Catholic Conference. Indiana's two senators and all of the representatives, except for the first district's Peter J. Visclosky, voted in favor of the ban. "At this point it is crucial to urge your senators and representatives to maintain their support for the ban and also to ask them to urge their colleagues to support an effort to override the veto," said the ICC. Indiana's two senators are Richard Lugar and Dan Coats. A large portion of the Diocese of Evansville is in the eighth congressional district, currently represented by John Hostettler. A por- tion of the diocese is in the ninth congressional district, represented by Lee H. Hamilton. Letters to a senator may be sent to The Honorable {Name), United States Senate, Washing- ton, D.C. 20510. Letters to a representative may be sent to The Honorable (Name), U.S. House of Representa, tives, Washington, D.C. 20515. Grant awarded for Reitz Home research The Indiana Humanities Council and the Indiana Historical Society have awarded $58,000 in Indiana Heritage Research Grants to 24 nonprofit organizations for state and local history pro- jects. Included is an award to the Reitz Home Preservation Society, Evansville, for $2,500. The Reitz Home Museum is the first and only Victorian home open to the public in the southwestern tri- state region. The project will research, document and catalogue artifacts from the museum's col- lection. John Augustus Reitz and his son. Francis Joseph Reitz, were successful businessmen and phi- lanthropists who were instrumental in the growth and development of the Evansville area in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The family pro4ded financial assistance to many Catholic churches and schools. The Reitz mansion was used as the home of the first bishop of Evansville, Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman. Corrections: Dean's name, graduate's identity The name of Father Leo Kiesel, Dean of the Washington Deanery, was incorrectly spelled in the June 21 issue. A cutline in the June 21 issue of the Message incorrectly identified Mater Dei High School grad- uate Troy Blazier. The Message regrets the errors. New parish to break ground Amid news of parish closings and consolidations in the United States, a news release from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis announces a new parish groundbreaking. Sts. Francis and Clare Parish, founded in 1993 to serve the growing Catholic population in sub- urban Johnson County, will celebrate a special Mass and groundbreaki ng June 30. The parish currently uses rented space for liturgies. Construction plans call for a parish church, a classroom building for religious education, a parish hall and office and a rectory, on a 26-acre tract. Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein will preside at the Mass. Father Stephen T. Jarrell is the parish pastor.