Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Bernice (Nyman) Welcheck

Meadville Tribune (PA); 12 Sept 2010

OSPREY, Fla. — Bernice (Sis) Welcheck, 82, of Osprey, Fla., formerly of Conneautville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in Florida.

She was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Jack Nyman and Mollie Zelmonwowitz Nyman.

Bernice and her late son Mark owned and operated the Break Time Restaurant in Saegertown prior to moving to Florida.

Survivors include daughter Bonnie Shuey and her husband, Bill, of Conneautville; son Jack S. Welcheck and his wife, Jane, of Conneautville; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Elaine (Cookie) Yelsky and Clare Nyman of Cleveland, Ohio, and Dolores (Doody) Caplan of Florida; brother Leonard Nyman of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by her parents, son Mark, and former husband Bob Welcheck.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at White-Cool Funeral Home, 1405 Main St., Conneautville, and attend the service at 3 p.m.

Interment will be in Spring Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Cool Funeral Home.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gregory Kolbusz - Found!

A lot like Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego - I knew Gregory Kolbusz had to be somewhere in the United States between the years of his immigration in 1900 and his death in 1938.  It was just a matter of finding him. This evening part of mystery was solved along with a bonus find of  learning what happened to his daughter, Maryanne.  The 1930 U.S. Federal census gives us her husband &  married name along with her complete family - and there, listed as father in law, is Gregory Kolbus.  All residing in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Night Before Christmas

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there"
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Wishing you Christmas Eve blessings.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wassail for the Holidays


Wassail was a popular holiday beverage during the Middle Ages and in Old English translates to 'be you healthy'.

(Recipe by Alton Brown)

  • 6 small Fuji apples, cored
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 72 ounces ale
  • 750 ml Madeira
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 whole allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 2-inches long
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 large eggs, separated


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the apples into an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Spoon the brown sugar into the center of each apple, dividing the sugar evenly among them. Pour the water into the bottom of the dish and bake until tender, about 45 minutes.

Pour the ale and Madeira into a large slow cooker. Put the cloves, allspice, and cinnamon into a small muslin bag or cheesecloth, tied with kitchen twine, and add to the slow cooker along with the ginger and nutmeg. Set the slow cooker to medium heat and bring the mixture to at least 120 degrees F. Do not boil.

Add the egg whites to a medium bowl and using a hand mixer, beat until stiff peaks form. Put the egg yolks into a separate bowl and beat until lightened in color and frothy, approximately 2 minutes. Add the egg whites to the yolks and using the hand mixer, beat, just until combined. Slowly add 4 to 6 ounces of the alcohol mixture from the slow cooker to the egg mixture, beating with the hand mixer on low speed. Return this mixture to the slow cooker and whisk to combine.

Add the apples and the liquid from the baking dish to the wassail and stir to combine. Ladle into cups and serve.
(Source: Holiday Party Drinks at
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Friday, December 7, 2012

“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

(Souce: History)
Rescue boats move in on the battleships U.S.S. West Virginia and U.S.S. Tennessee which sit low in the water and burn after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec., 7 1941.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Welcheck Children c.1903

Mamie, John, Robert, Rose, & Catherine Welcheck
of Cleveland, Ohio
c. 1903
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Shiny Aluminum Christmas Tree

The 'Aluminum Christmas Tree' was popular in the United States from 1958 until the mid-1960s. The tree was made of aluminum with foil needles and was lit from below via a rotating color wheel


The aluminum Christmas tree was used as symbol of the commercialization of Christmas in 1965's A Charlie Brown Christmas. 
Merry Christmas! Charlie Brown

"That's it Charlie Brown! We need a tree; a great big, shiny aluminum Christmas tree!"