33 years ago today, my grandmother passed. When I look at her time line with both family and historical events, it makes me see her in a whole different light. I had no idea how many ups and downs she had before her 35th birthday. Using a timeline can really change your perspective when you realize what they experienced and when.
June 1, 1914 Born in Manhattan to Charles and Edith (Wegener) Weller.
Nov. 16, 1916 She was 2 years 5moths old when her brother Charles Weller was born.
April 6, 1917 At age 2 years 10 months The United States enters World War I.
1918 She was age 3-4 during the Influenza Pandemic.
Nov. 11, 1918 Age 4. World War I ends.
1920 Age 6. Prohibition Starts. Her maternal grandfather owned a bar in NYC at this time.
June 25, 1928
When she was 14, her paternal grandfather died. Charles Weller buried at Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery in Queens, NY.
Dec. 5, 1933
Age18, prohibition ends.
Age 20, she takes a cruise with her aunt and meets her future husband.
Dec 20, 1936
At 21, her maternal grandfather dies. He is buried in Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery in Queens, NY. There is no marker on his grave.
Feb 26, 1939
When she was 24, her father Charles Weller dies in Summit, NJ and is buried at Lutheran All Faiths in Queens, N.Y.
Oct. 6, 1939
Eight months later at age 25, she married Hugh D. Turner.
April 22, 1940
She was 25 when her paternal grandmother dies – Anna (Panzer) Weller buried at Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery, Queens, NY.
December 7, 1941
April 22, 1943
When she was 29, she gave birth to her first child.
June 6, 1944
Feb 27, 1945
Still at age 30 when her brother Charles Weller KIA. Buried in Holland. He was 29 years old.
Feb 26, 1946
At 31, she gives birth to her second child.
December 4, 1946
She was 32 when her father’s body is moved from Queens, NY to Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover, NJ.
December 11, 1948
She was 34 when her brother was laid to rest at Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover, NJ.
For me, it comes in to focus why she didn’t like to talk too much about the past. Remembering her today and will try to keep the tears in check if I hear Fleiz Navidad on the radio today. It was one of her favorite Christmas songs.