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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Great Grandma and Grandpa Kunz

This precious photo of my great grandma and grandpa was taken on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.   Annie and her little sister Mary immigrated to the United States from their beloved Switzerland when they were both young girls, working menial jobs at very low wages until they earned enough money to send for the rest of their family.   She married William Kunz who had also immigrated from Switzerland with his family and between them had ten children, their oldest being my grandfather.  They were beloved parents and grandparents.  Annie was known for her natural long dark hair which she would allow her grandchildren to braid for her and her wonderful cooking.  She died before I was born, but I have a photo of a 3 year old me sitting on Grandpa William J's lap when he was very old.  I'm very proud of my Swiss heritage and the sacrifices my ancestors made to make a new home in a new country.

The beautiful digital paper and embellishments come from the Art Nouveau collection found here at  Circus BoardI absolutely love it.  I'm entering this layout in the following challenges:

City Crafter Vintage Challenge - vintage inspired
Simon Says 3 types of embellishments (ribbon, butterfly, pearl blossom) , 2 patterned paper

Thanks for visiting!


  1. What a great story of you great-grand parents, thanks for sharing, and thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  2. This is so pretty ... my Grandmother was from Switzerland too!! Came to England (London) to work in hotels as did her sisters ... till eventually she owned her own. Small world huh?
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at CCCB

  3. What a beautiful LO (and story), it fits that lovely vintage photo perfectly!

    (-: Heidi

  4. This is absolutely wonderful, Kathlene!!!

  5. Great layout it is sooo special thanks for sharing!!!

  6. This is so Wonderful. I love how you used their picture. Thanks for joining us at CCCB!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a kind comment.. Hugs, Linda

  7. GORGEOUS lo!! LOVE this so much!!! thank you for playing along at CCCB

  8. Hi Kathlene,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my Swiss post. Part of my heart will always be in Switzerland.


  9. my first thought after, "HOW COOL and fabulous is that photo...and the STORY!" ...is..."ohhhhh nooooooo circus board has art nouveau now! i'm doooooooooooomed!!!!!!" :) :) :) (love this, missus!) ♥


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