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Couples observe 50 or more years By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Jubilee couples and members of their families listen to the homily delivered by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, on Sunday, Oct. 6. Going to Mass every dav and praying, a lot are two cit' the reasons (:ile,(t for their suc:c:cssful, hmg lift; together, said A][w,r! and I,ose, Martin. m(;ml)crs ()t' ,":,Is. t'eler and Paul (;hur(:h, l laubstadt. 'rh, Martins, marrie(I fc)r (,'. v(:m's, were am(ng the (:out)lis al- tending the dit.:esan-wid: golden jtJl)ilec cclebratitm at (;oo(I 5;hel)h(;rd Chur(:h, t,]vansvilh:. Bisho 1) (',eraltl A. (',(;ltclt'in- ger preside(I at tim Mass. In his homily, he told lhc cou- ples and their families Ihal they were signs of fi(hdity to the world. Bishop Gett(.qfing(u" tol(t the (:otq)les lhat they shoulct tell tlmir stories to their children. Tim l)isho 1) told the (:hildren they sbouht ask their parents questions about them and el)out their families.. At)out tim Sbel)berc flowing afler MasS, "rh(: h:fi(ting from last matetv 525 I(mtleit the lion at St, Pri n( :(,t()]. The, lhc hmth couples hmgcr. A (:oU yolrs gate! (;h u rcla, iflannecl 1.o Martha (:ouple istry Charities. has beel Couples Couple shares story of 51 years By MARY ANN HUGHES, Message staff writer The mat outside the front door of Elmer and Esther Baum- garrs home says "Welcome to our nest." Inside. the home reflects the rhythm of their lives over the past 51 years. The Baumgarts have lived in their downtown Evansville home for 51 years, They've raised their four sons there and this Thanksgiving they will prepare their fifty-first turkey dinner there, As their two lives have been woven together, they have learned to finish each other's sentences and they chuckle together over shared memories. Looking back over their years together, they believe that their marriage has been blessed. "Troubles in a wonderful marriage are like childbirth," Esther says. "You forget them and you dwell on your blessings." "We were blessed," Elmer adds "I have always said our mar- riage was blessed. Before I met Esther, I flitted around a lot. But then I prayed to the Blessed Mother. I prayed rosary novenas. I said, 'I want a good wife.' I waited a long time. She, the Blessed Mother, made me grow up. "That's why we never had any adjustment period. It seemed like we were meant to be." They met in February of 1939. Fifty-two years later, Elmer's memories of that night are still vivid. "I went over to my friend Eddie's house and I asked him what he was going to do that night. He said he was going to go to the CYO at St. Mary's. I said, 'Oh, let's go out and bend the elbow somewhere' but we ended up at St. Mary's." Elmer was busy dancing when a "beautiful doll" walked into the room. "She had ona red knobby wool coat with black fur around ELMER  ESTHER BAUMGART the collar and down the front. I said, 'who is that?' "She took that pert little black hat off and I got to with her." ,, When Elmer called Esther later in the week, she to see him. "It took me two weeks to get a date. Finally, she was a book review at the colliseum. I thought, 'Yech!' her and, lo and behold. I really enjoyed it." The couple went to a skating party later in the "then I got in there on the weekends," he remembers. They were engaged by Christmas and married Troubles in a marriage are like chil00 forget them and you dwell your blessings. in St. Boniface Church in Evansville. They became the parents of Daniel, David, Bradley  ry, and began learning how to raise sons. "Little boys things that are perfectly normal," Esther said. "They derstood." Elmer added, "When you have four boys, you pretty tight ship. You can't be a fence straddler. You one day and 'no' the next." They learned to mix discipline with love. "We up with discipline and we applied it to our children," "You have to know how to use discipline and integrate it and give them good feelings about themselves. "We gave them religious values and everyday livi and we expected them to live uP to them." The family learned how to play too. "We did kids," Elmer says. "They knew they were loved. We we played ball, we taught them to swim/They were active' Despite their busy lives as the parents of four be tried to spend time together every day. "We always had in dishwashing," Elmer said, explaining that the nightly came a "catching up time." Esther agreed, noting the couple made an effort "When you painted the house, I did a lot of painting. "We worked well together." They say that in 51 years together they've never argument. "Of course we had different opinions," His wife adds, "When two people live together, frain from saying something that hurts the other person. basis for living together." Looking back at their 51 years together, Esther s was the rapport of our faith and good mental attitudes us through the years. The blessings from this faith that they made problems solvable. Also, they made the good things in life both recognizable and beautiful, es and nature with God's reflection in them." The Baumgarts are members of St. Mary Church ?,ii,