Monday, November 27, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dad.






My father, Ralph Edward Nase, was born in 1914, the sixteenth of nineteen children. He was put to work by six or so, selling pretzels, delivering the newspaper, doing whatever he could to bring in money for a family supported by a father who worked in a cigar factory.

They lived in a three-bedroom house with all the boys sleeping in the attic. They raised their own food and butchered their own animals. They were Lutheran and took religion seriously.
Recent immigrants, no. They came to Pennsylvania centuries earlier from Alsace-Lorraine. The original spelling of their name was probably Neys or Nehs. The town he grew up in was filled with Nases, some spelling it Nace.

He got a two-year degree in bookkeeping (following the lead of an older brother) and took a job keeping the books for Oak Terrace Country Club. He married my Mom in 1941 and was drafted the same day. He spent the next four years fighting in Europe.
He was a devoted father, husband and church goer. He never lifted a hand to us, was always kind and affectionate. But he often worked 60 hours a week. It was hard life that he never complained about. He liked working, liked keeping busy, loved to walk, play tennis, play ball, dance.

He loved to be the center of attention and loved his grandchildren, loved all children.
He is very much missed.
Happy Birthday, Dad.
He never understood what blogs were or online but he would love being on here today.


7 comments:

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Sweet memories. Thank you for sharing them, Patti.

Cheers,
Jeff

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, Jeff.

Jerry House said...


You are lucky to have had so many good persons in your life, Patti.

pattinase (abbott) said...

And don't I know it.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Love the stories and the pictures.

Today is my niece's 18th birthday. My sister is having a hard time believing it.

George said...

Very touching!

Margot Kinberg said...

Lovely post, Patti, and t hank you for sharing the photographs...