Vol­un­teer du­ties ‘halt’ cel­e­bra­tion

Schif­fkes en­joy an­niver­sary a lit­tle later than nor­mal

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

A MUN­DUB­BERA cou­ple cel­e­brated its 60th an­niver­sary with a big party at the Mun­dub­bera Bowls Club last week.

Myr­tle and Ce­cil Schif­fke were mar­ried on De­cem­ber 29, 1956 though held their cel­e­bra­tion a cou­ple of weeks later as they were busy do­ing vol­un­teer work.

“It feels great to have passed 60 years,” Ce­cil said.

While Ce­cil was from Gayndah, Myr­tle moved down to the re­gion from north Queens­land af­ter she fin­ished school.

“I came down and met my grand­par­ents, who I had never met be­fore, in Gayndah,” she said.

“Ce­cil was work­ing on the bridges, my un­cle was his boss.”

Ce­cil said he and Myr­tle got closer on her sec­ond trip to Gayndah in about March 1956, though it was not with­out a bit of teenage drama.

“I met my other boss’s daugh­ter, she was chas­ing me and she missed out,” Ce­cil said.

“I took her to the pic­tures and she got up­set as I was sit­ting next to Myr­tle.”

The cou­ple got en­gaged in Oc­to­ber and were mar­ried in De­cem­ber.

“I asked her if she’d like to marry me, she said yes and we got en­gaged, that was a great thing,” Ce­cil said.

Myr­tle said she needed con­sent to wed.

“I was 18 and I had to get writ­ten con­sent from my parents,” she said.

“21 was the le­gal age back then, but some of us joke about it now, us older ones.

“I didn’t think it was young, I was happy.”

Ce­cil is now 83 and Myr­tle is 78.

The cou­ple lived at Ce­cil’s fam­ily farm for the first nine months of their mar­riage be­fore they rented a house and fi­nally bought a house in Mun­dub­bera.

“We had our ups and downs,” Myr­tle said.

“When we left the farm we had no money.

“The big­gest chal­lenge was not know­ing whether Ce­cil would work again af­ter a work ac­ci­dent.”

Ce­cil said the ac­ci­dent hap­pened in the 1960s.

“A col­league was tak­ing me to work and a car ran out from side road and smashed right into my shoul­der and I couldn’t work for a long time,” he said.

“It still gives me heaps of is­sues now, it’s hard to sleep some nights.

“Myr­tle worked hard and picked fruit, but she did it and is still here with me to­day.

“She did a lot of cit­rus work, in the shed, around the trees.

“It’s a good healthy life­style work­ing out in the fresh air.”

While Ce­cil and Myr­tle have both been re­tired for a num­ber of years, com­mu­nity is close to their hearts, with the cou­ple vol­un­teer­ing for many dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups.

“On De­cem­ber 28, our an­niver­sary day, we de­liv­ered Meals On Wheels,” Myr­tle said.

“The peo­ple are why we do it, we meet peo­ple from ev­ery­where. “We like to help peo­ple.” And what do the cou­ple think has helped them sur­vive 60 years of mar­riage?

“You al­ways kiss and make up,” Myr­tle said.

“We have had a few blues in our time, but we got over it.”

The cou­ple have three chil­dren, nine grand­chil­dren and 18 great grand­chil­dren.

Num­ber 19 is due to ar­rive in a cou­ple of weeks.

We have had a few blues in our time, but we got over it — Myr­tle Schif­fke

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

WED­DED BLISS: Ce­cil and Myr­tle Schif­fke have en­joyed their 60 years of mar­riage.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Ce­cil and Myr­tle Schif­fke on their wed­ding day in 1956.

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