COU­PLE'S BIG MILE­STONE

Lowood cou­ple’s big mile­stone

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WHEN Clyde Marschke first laid eyes on a young Fay Rohl in 1950, the avid mo­tor­bike and car en­thu­si­ast knew he would have to make room in his heart for the girl who took his breath away.

The then 21-year-old was at­tend­ing a pre-wed­ding dance in Glam­or­gan Vale when fate stepped in and changed the course of his life for­ever.

“I locked eyes with her and I thought to my­self, this is some­thing new,” he said.

“I kept think­ing to my­self ‘I hope she is a farmer’s daugh­ter’, and she was.”

The pair be­gan court­ing and three years later they were mar­ried in the Mar­burg Lutheran Church on De­cem­ber 12, 1953.

In front of all their fam­ily and friends, Fay, who was 19, and Clyde, 24, promised to love each other through the good times and the bad, as well as in sick­ness and in health.

The young bride bor­rowed a dress for her big day.

“I bor­rowed the dress from a neigh­bour. It had been worn quite a few times but was beau­ti­ful,” Fay said.

“My neigh­bour kept the dress and on our 25th wed­ding an­niver­sary we had it on dis­play on a man­nequin.”

The pair be­gan their mar­ried life work­ing on the farm which Clyde had bought from his fa­ther at Pa­trick Es­tate. They spent 37 years har­vest­ing small crops of pota­toes, gar­lic, lucerne and onion. Clyde also passed on the joy of his first love, mo­tor­bikes, to Fay by teach­ing her how to ride.

The cou­ple have five chil­dren. Shane was the first born, but sadly he died when he was three weeks old. Then came

‘‘ I LOCKED EYES WITH HER AND I THOUGHT TO MY­SELF, THIS IS SOME­THING NEW CLYDE MARSCHKE

Daryl, Rhonda, Diane and Lynne.

The fam­ily es­caped tragedy in 1970 when a dis­tracted driver ploughed head-on into the car in which they were trav­el­ling.

“We were at Brightview Weir when a car smashed into us head first,” Clyde said.

“He was wav­ing at a farmer and didn’t see us.”

While the chil­dren es­caped in­jury, their par­ents were both sent to hos­pi­tal.

“I was in hos­pi­tal for a month,” Fay said.

“The good Sa­mar­i­tans from Pa­trick Es­tate pitched in to help look after the farm and the kids dur­ing that time.”

In 1991 the cou­ple hung up their tools and turned off the trac­tor for the fi­nal time. They had de­cided to build a new fam­ily home in Lowood, and have hap­pily lived there since.

The cou­ple en­joy spend­ing qual­ity time with their chil­dren, their nine grand­chil­dren and 11 great-grand­chil­dren.

The cou­ple will cel­e­brate their 65th wed­ding an­niver­sary with an af­ter­noon tea with their fam­ily to­mor­row, but Clyde also plans to sur­prise his wife with a lit­tle some­thing on Wed­nes­day on their spe­cial day.

Photo: Cordell Richard­son

HAPPY IN LOVE: Clyde Marschke and his wife Fay from Lowood are cel­e­brat­ing their 65th an­niver­sary on De­cem­ber 12.

Clyde and Fay on their wed­ding day in 1953.

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