Diamond wedding in Elsdorf: After the choir rehearsal there was the first kiss

She sang in the soprano, he in the bass of the church choir. And they didn’t live far apart. “I’ve always been able to look at them,” says Karl-Heinz Veutgen. When he then accompanied Margret Rychel home, there was the first fleeting kiss on the strict father’s doorstep. They are both married for 60 years and have a diamond wedding.

The wedding of the Elsdorf couple took place 60 years ago in Oberhausen.

Margret Veutgen (80) completed a commercial apprenticeship in Oberhausen and worked in the profession until the birth of her first daughter. Karl-Heinz Veutgen worked as a trained chemist in material control at Thyssen and Babcock in Oberhausen, before he worked as a laboratory manager at a furnace construction company and later as a field service advisor at Ciba Geigy and sales manager at Azko Nobel. In 2001 he retired at the age of 65.

Karl-Heinz Veutgen: “She was the most beautiful of them all”

In addition to the church choir, both were also active in the church theater group. “She was the most beautiful of them all and I particularly enjoyed hearing her voice,” enthuses Karl-Heinz Veutgen. “When I came home from work in the evening, he was always standing in front of his front door and greeted me warmly,” recalls the jubilee.

The choirmaster had obtained from her father that after the successful final rehearsal in 1956 she could still go to the inn. Then there was the first kiss and then quickly heel money. “At that time I was only 16 and he was 20,” Margret Veutgen shows her understanding for her father. In 1961 the wedding took place in Oberhausen, where the couple initially found an apartment. The family came via Cologne, then with two daughters, to Alt-Etzweiler in 1977 and via Kerpen-Buir in 1986 to their own house on Escher Ringstrasse, where the cheering couple still lives today.

Karl-Heinz Veutgens hobbies are computers and photography. Margret Veutgen did a lot of tinkering. In the 1970s and 1980s, the businesswoman with a qualification as a trainer ran a craft and gift shop on Gladbacher Strasse next to the Arnoldus pharmacy, where her daughter also completed a commercial training course.

The celebration takes place in small groups in stages on the terrace, together with the daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


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