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Anna Marta Lipsdorf - Geier - Memories

Anna Marta Lipsdorf - Geier - Memories

For me, the fascination of genealogy is not about names and dates, but rather the study of how our family members lived their lives. When a person learns from their failures and rejoices in their successes - then that person has lived a full life. My grandmother - Anna Martha Lipsdorf Geier - lived such a life. She was born at the turn of the 20th century at a time when great strides were being made in both industry and science. She lived through both World War I and World War II. Throughout her life she suffered much and saw many things unfold: the total destruction of her country (Germany) during World War II; the murder of her husband by Russian soldiers at the end of that war; the trial of raising three children as a single mother in war torn Germany; and the raising of the Berlin Wall by the Russians. My grandmother also witnessed the growth of the automobile industry, modern air travel, man's historic trip to the moon, the invention of the computer and the beginning of the information age. All of these factors combined to make my grandmother a complicated woman. Yet, these trials and tribulations also made her a strong woman. When I look at her life, I see the past unfold. I also see in her my future and the future of my son. Even in the worst of circumstances - true beauty cannot help but shine. In all her triumphs and adversities, my grandmother turned out to be who she became (as it is for all of us): a wife, a mother and the most wonderful grandmother. Hers was a life fully-lived. I can only strive to live such a life.

Owner/SourceJudy L. Curbow
Date15 Jun 2011
Linked toAnna Martha Lipsdorf
AlbumsGeier, Lipsdorf

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