Kathryn Fredrick Tritten and me, December 1957
My mother's sister (and my godmother) is celebrating her 93rd birthday today. Kathryn Louise Fredrick was born 6 September 1918, in Manistee County, Michigan, to Otto August Fredrick and Daisy Ellen Graf. She was the oldest of eleven children born to them.
L-R: Sisters, Marie Fredrick and Kathryn Fredrick, picture taken on the family farm, date unknown.
Aunt Kate has always been very special to me. I have wonderful memories of visiting her in Brethren, Michigan. I have visited many times throughout my life, as a baby, child, teenager, college student, and even after I was married and had children.
My most recent visit to Aunt Kate was in a nursing home. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about ten years ago. She didn't recognize me or my mother, who I took to see Aunt Kate. Alzheimer's is such a terrible disease. My thought and prayers are with Aunt Kate and her family as they live with a life changing diagnosis.
I hope in some small way that Aunt Kate knows it is her birthday and is celebrating in a way she deserves. Happy Birthday, Aunt Kate.