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The Message w for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 27, 1996 e Kissels bstadt couple has shared 'a terrific life' By MARY ANN HUGHES " Message staff writer Renilda Kissel says that dur- g their fifty year marriage, she her husband, George, lways put.God first. She believes the secret t o their longevity was their in God first, then in each and honesty." That's what got them through g rearing five and a son, and caring )r Renilda's mother who suf- with Alzheimer's disease. Renilda grew up on the same lock in Haubstadt where she ves today. George was from Hornsville. They attend- Haubstadt High School, but idn't date, although Renilda she had her eye on him. After graduation, she left for Marian College in but before George the army in July of 1942, were engaged. They were -and-a-halfyears; were their only commu- ication. "You would just hope letters would keep coming, nd when they didn't you were ," Renilda remem- ers. Her husband added, "It a scary time." five daughters, Maureen, Lau- rette, Rachelle, Celeste and Car- men, and a son, Greg. She laughs when she's asked about raising five girls, respond- ing, "I guess they grew up like Topsy." Her son was never both- ered by being surrounded by five sisters. Instead, "he was very protective" of them. Because the couple believed strongly in Catholic education, all of their children walked up the street and attended Sts. Peter and Paul School. Then, they continued at Rex Mundi, Mater Dei and Memorial high schools in Evansville. "We felt that we needed God's help in rearing our children; therefore we sent them to Catholic schools." Their daugh- ters all graduated from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and their son graduated from Mari- an College. "It was a struggle financially," Renilda admits, noting that her husband "worked two jobs to pay the bills. It's not cheap, but you have to give up a lot for things that you think are impor- tant." She was very old-fashioned when she raised her children, valuing "everything" that she George and Renilda Kissel of Haubstadt will join couples from across the Diocese of Evans- ville on Oct. 6 for the Golden Jubilee Celebration, honoring couples married 50 years or more. -- Message photo by.Mary Ann Hughes to live with them. She stayed with the family for five years and suffered with Alzheimer's disease. Center. I think that's why, that they didn't know but that you be good to the sick. I think it taught them a lot of things." In looking back at their 50 years together, Renilda says, "We couldn't have done it with- out God's help. It's been a terrif- ic life; I'll say that." e couldn't have done it without ( oa 's help." He returned home on Jan. 6, 946, and they were married 15, 1946, at Sts. Peter and 'aul Church by her brother, 'ather Hilary Meny. They soon started their fami- eventually ending up with had learned from her parents. Renilda says she was warned She said she was especially The Kissels will join couples from all across the Dio- cese of Evansville on Oct. 6 for "If it was good enough for me, it was good enough for my kids." Life raising six children was busy, she recalls, adding, "There's no better way to be busy." When her younger children were still little, her mother came by well-meaning friends not to bring her mother into her home, but she says "I'm glad we did it. It was wonderful for our chil- dren. Today, one of my children is a teacher of the handicapped and another works at the Rehab grateful to her husband for allowing her to care for her mother in their home. "He allowed this to happen. A lot of men would have said no." Today, her brother, FatherMeny, lives with the couple. the Golden Jubilee Celebration, honoring couples mtrried 50 years or more. The celebration, which will be held at 2 p.m. at ! Holy Redeemer Church, Evans- uiHe, is sponsored by Catholic . Charities. ' ........ th Me " " Wor nt00on00ng . . . -st' Mary, Huntingburg,... tn hnld I::nrhl statement. A wide range of volunteer opportunities is Doerr or Eden Feord, (317)288-6180. Lv , ,v....v, Lj available, including patient care, bereavement, hours devotion respite care and companionship, professional service WEHTTV to air and staff support." St. Mary Church, Hunting- burg, will conduct a Forty Hours Devotion, Sunday, Oct. 6 through Tuesday, Oct. 8. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 10 a.m. Mass Sunday, and after the 8 a.m. Mass on Monday and Tuesday. Father Bill Casey, from South Union, Ky., will give the homily at the weekend Masses. He will also give a homily each night at 7 P.m., with Benediction following. The solemn closing will be TUesday at 7 p.m. la,, Father Casey, 40, is a native of Philadelphia and a o'  ad.uate of Temple University. After service as an tc r m the U.S. Army, he entered the Congregation of  .a taers of Mercy, in 1986. He studied philosophy at 'arLstendom College in Front Royal, Va., and theology at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn: Everyone is welcome to attend the services. For more information, call (8122) 683-2372. asper Memorial accepts vOlunteers November is National Hospice Month and "the disco:er the personal rewards of being . p e Volunteer, according to a news release from vlemorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. "Volunteers become a vital part of the hospice team, which is dedicated to providing comfort, kind- ess.and COmpassionate care for patients with termi- mnesses and " rdm to the their families, acco " g Training for new volunteers will be held Satur- day, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the Family Hos- pice at Memorial Hospital, (812) 482-0234. Memorial ambulance service wins award for fifth time Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center's ambulance service received:the Ambulance Provider Public Relations Award at the State Emergency Ser- vices Conference in Indianapolis, Sept. 14. The award recognizes significant contributions to the improvement of public understanding of the EMS system. Memoriars service is the only group to receive the state award more than once. Newman Center announces statewide conference "Times of Transition: Finding Meaning, Value and Community as a College Student,  is the title of a day- long conference for Catholic and other Christian stu- dents, to be held at the Newman Center for Catholic Students at Ball State University, Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Bishop William Higi of Lafayette, Ind., will preside at a special Mass at 5:30 p.m. The state-wide conference is open to all college and university students in Indiana, and their parents. For more information, contact Father Richard pope anniversary special WEHT TV 25, the ABC affiliate serving the Evansville-Henderson area, 11 broadcast "John Paul II: A Light for the Nations," on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7 a.m. The program, produced by the Catholic Communi- cations Campaign, is an hour-long documentary pre- pared on the occasion of the pope's fiRieth anniversary as a priest. It includes an intimate view of the life of the pope, interviews with childhood friends, and comments from church and government leaders on the effects of his papacy. Video cassette copies and a study guide may be .... purchased by calling (800) 235-8722. Little Sisters elect American Mother Superior Sister Celine de la Visitation, a native of Califor- - nia, became the first American sister to be elected as General Superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor. She was elected at La Tour St Joseph, the Motherhouse in France, during the General Chapter of the Congrega- tion, Sept. 8. HolyTr ,ity to end 00kday morning Mass Beginning in Advent, there will be no 7:30 a.m. weekday Mass at the Pro-Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Evansville. Msgr. Michael Wolf will continue to preside at the midday Mass on weekdays, at 12,5 p,