Seventy and one years ago to the day! August 25, 1942 the doctor told my dad Corina would give birth to the baby. However, neither one of them would live. But…God had a different plan! August 25, 2013 William Claude, that tiny two pound, nine ounce baby boy who surprised everyone, including the doctor, turned 71. Corina, my mother, exactly 71 years later, who was now 99 years of age, took her last breath.
Ninety nine years and five months ago my mother, Corina Geneva Aanas was born. She was the second child of four born to Ludwig and Laura Aanas. Corina is the baby in this picture on her baby baptism day. Big brother, Oberlin, is the little boy and Aunt Pauline Reinertson, godmother, is holding Corina.
She was full blooded Norwegian and spoke only Norwegian as a child. She learned English when she started going to school.
Corina and Obie were in all their aunts weddings! Julie Aanas and Leonard Hauge were the bride and groom here. Peter Aanas and Helen Aanas were the attendants. They were Julie’s brother and sister. Oberlin was ring bearer and Corina was flower girl.
Her family was Lutheran as were most Norwegians. She was confirmed along with her brother, Obie.
Two more children were born into the family: Luverne and Richard. From left: Corina, Luverne, Richard, Obie and Ted, their faithful dog.
Here they are with Grandma, Guri Aanas. Corina and Obie are in their boy scout and girl scout clothes.
As Corina grew older, she and Obie remained very close.
To be continued…