This is my great grandma Anna (nee Gruber) Pelzer, mother of my grandmother, Anna (nee Pelzer) Eppinger. The elder Anna was married to Lawrence Pelzer, both from Germany, and had Anna who later married my grandfather, Ira G. Eppinger, SR. who thankfully had my daddy, Ira G. Eppinger, JR. As my daddy boasts, cute little grandma Gruber-Pelzer made the best strudel in the land, but my sister, Carol has recreated her's, and it's deeeeeeeeeee-licious!!!
This is my cute little daddy about age 1 yr. in Chicago, Ira , son of Ira George Eppinger, SR. and Anna (nee Pelzer)Eppinger. He grew up to be such a handsome man and fantastic "daddy"!
These are my great-grandparents on the left, Grace (nee Quinn)Eppinger and Frederick C. Eppinger, with Grace's mother Katie (nee Naven) Quinn next to them and followed by Grace's sister and Katie's other daughter, Bertha (nee Naven)Reed and her husband Homer Reed. The Quinn women were born and raised in Geneva, Il. Katie's husband, John Quinn died at a young age and Katie and her 3 girls, Gracie, Henrietta, and Bertha all lived with Katie's parents, Michael and Mary (nee Stewart) Naven in Geneva.
These are my great grandparents on the right, Frederick Charles Eppinger and Grace (nee Quinn) and their daughter, my great aunt Grace (nee Eppinger)O'Neil with her husband Jerry O'Neil in Chicago. Jerry and Grace had one child, also named Jerry. Frederick is the son of Frederick George Eppinger and Sophia Busch (per family hx. related to Busch brewing before merging with Anheuser-Busch), and Grace is the daughter of John Quinn and Katie (nee Naven) Quinn of Geneva, Il.
I may be wrong, but i think this pic was taken either in Chicago or probably Albrook AFB in Panama. This is my cute, sexy mama showing off those gorgeous legs for her flyboy, Ira Eppinger. Dad was stationed in Panama canal zone from about 1949-1951.
Once again, my very beautiful, wonderful parents standing up to her brother's wedding in Chicago. They would marry the following year on Oct. 16, 1943, the day the beautiful Kazimiera Gasinski promised herself forever to the handsome Ira George Eppinger.
My wonderful parents, Ira and Kay, probably taken at the AFB in S.D in the mid 1940's. Aren't they a beautiful couple. Dad spent 28 years in the USAF, and retired as a full bird Colonel, while mom was at his side every step of the way, playing the perfect wife and mother to us 8 children! We sure miss her....
My grandfather, Jan J. Gasinski, is on the right with his wife, my busia Teofilia left of him. Her sister Louise is to the very left. The young boy is John Gasinski, my uncle and my mother, Kay (nee Gasisnki) Eppinger is the older girl on the bottom left and her sister, Bee (nee Gasinski) Peterson to her right. Jan and Teofilia were married in 1915 in Chicago and had a total of 7 children.
This is my grandfather, Ira George Eppinger, SR., son of Frederick Charles Eppinger and Sophia (nee Busch) Eppinger and his friends fishing and clowning around in Chicago. Ira is the father to my father, Ira George, JR. Ira SR. passed away at the age of 29 in Chicago while my father was just 6 yrs. old. Ira SR. was married to Anna Pelzer, who later remarried "Doc" Arzt, who was my father's stepfather. The names of the friends in the picture are unknown.
My grandfather, Jan J. Gasisnki is on the right in white with an unknown man to the left and unknown female in background. This was his confectionary/tavern in Chicago. My mother, Kay (nee Gasinski) Eppinger and her sister, Bee (nee Gasinski) Peterson worked there for a while. It was later run by his son, John.
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