|John B. and Vernie Wintermeyer, 1950s|
I think grandma Lizzy's sister Vernie (Veronica) was in this position in the Mike Sand family (but not the only one). At least in my experience, Vernie wasn't mentioned much, and was never there when the Sand nuns came home, for instance. It's possible that her life away from Buckman was a lot better than life on the farm. Certainly, this photo looks like she was content. We know from her mom's obit that Louisa spent her last days at Vernie's in St Cloud, and died there.
Maybe it's just that Lizzy and Vernie weren't close, huh?
Aa a reward for making it this far, here's a mystery to ponder:
Jenny said this photo is marked "Grandma and Grandpa Sand", but it's not Mike and Louisa. They never reached this age or this portliness, tho Mike always had a longer, fuller beard than this gentleman. We're curious about who they actually were--maybe Block grandparents, or Hoheisel, or Wintermeyer?
Thanks again, Jenny! ☺