Felix schwager from etzelskirchen celebrated his 95th birthday last tuesday in the best of health. Birthday. Since 1980 he has lived in the house of his daughter regina essler. His wife johanna, a native of quittkat, died in 2010.
He was born in 1924 in kranichfeld. His mother died when he was four years old, and his grandparents, ernst and martha schwager, raised him like parents. After eight years of elementary school, he learned to be a saddler, upholsterer and decorator. No sooner was he finished than he had to go off to war in 1942. "I was with the fourth armored division on the eastern front for three years and twice I was slightly wounded", he remembers. In 1945 he was taken prisoner by the english and interned in holstein. "I met a friend there who was from etzelskirchen. It was andreas ganzmann. He persuaded me to give his address, and that’s how I came to etzelskirchen."
Second home etzelskirchen
But he was soon plagued by homesickness and returned to kranichfeld. There he worked in an upholstery shop and met his wife johanna. 1947 the wedding bells rang. "After two years, however, I left for the west – without my wife and two children. But then, thank goodness, my wife came in 1951 with the two children to. It too is cursed." In etzelskirchen the family finally found their second home. After several jobs, he got a position at schaeffler in 1953.
All in all, he has three children: regina, gernot and detlef. They came of course with their families – four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren – to congratulate them. "I love to listen to music", betrayal of the jubilarian. He is a member of the gardening club, the town band and the senior citizens’ group. He was active in the TSV for over 30 years. The musicians of the town band brought him a standerla in the evening. When asked what he would like to see in the future, it came like a shot from a pistol: "health!" The guests wanted to know what he had done to become so old. He thought about it only briefly and then said mischievously: "the woman only the herrgott." The jubilarian is also the father of the partnership with kranichfeld.