Seniority/Woman touts children as greatest achievement
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of chats with local seniors about their lives, youthful aspirations, sources of pride and regret, plus a bit of wisdom to share with younger folks.
Pat Wettach, 89, mother of three and grandmother of six, thinks Abraham Lincoln was the greatest President of the United States.
During the interview, Wettach saluted President Lincoln for the courage he displayed while directing the Civil War.
A Westport resident for 41 years, Wettach also was asked what she would wish for if she had a magic wand. To feel great, she responded.
Widowed for 17 years, Wettach was married 43 years to Bob. She said he was a mainstay in the choir at St. Luke church. However, since she is tone deaf, Wettach said she never could hear Bob sing.
Q: How long have you lived in Westport?
A: 41 years.
Q: Are you married?
A: Widowed for 17 years. Previously married 43 years to Bob.
Q: Children, grandchildren?
A: Three children ages 56, 58, 60. Six grandchildren.
Q: Are you retired?
Q: What did you do when you worked full-time?
A: I was a secretary in Pittsburgh before I married Bob.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A wife and mother.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Reading and playing bridge.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: I love anything by Pablo Picasso.
Q: What music do you listen to and what is your favorite piece?
A: I am tone deaf and cannot hear music.
Q: Do you have a favorite actor?
A: Richard Gere.
Q: What TV do you watch regularly?
A: Never turn TV on. Made exception May 6 to take in the Kentucky Derby.
Q: Who do you think was the best president of the United States?
A: Abe Lincoln. I think he showed great courage during the Civil War.
Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would that be?
A: Hang in there.
Q: What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
A: Chocolate. I love chocolate.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People on cellphones in public places. Can't stand them being used in stores and restaurants.
Q: Do you have any regrets in life?
A: No. Thanks to the Lord, I have had a happy life. The exception is having Bob die 17 years ago after battling cancer over five years.
Q: What achievements are you most proud of?
A: Our three children. I am really proud of them. They're great.
Q: What, if anything, are you greatly concerned about?
A: The economy and world peace. There is nothing I can do about either so I can't worry about either.
Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
A: There's nothing short of right is right. I have tried to follow that dictum all my life.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: Our children.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Hoping to get back to Ohio in September to visit our cottage on the waterfont.
Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?
A: I guess that I could feel great.
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