Harold and Vernabelle (nee Sickler) Fleck will mark their 70th anniversary this April in their longtime home in Rolling Meadows. Harold is the son of a butcher and grocery store keeper on Chicago's north side. After WWII ended, Harold got out of the army and took a job as a deliveryman for Marshall Fields department store. Vern was a farm girl from Wisconsin, who came to the big city with her twin sister Isabelle to take jobs at the War Bond Department housed in the Merchandise Mart. They met by chance through a roommate and married on April 5, the day before Easter in 1947, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Chicago. Harold's best friend, Hank Nelson, and Isabelle were the attendants, and the respective parents were the only other people present. In 1957, they put down $500 for a home in a booming development town called Rolling Meadows. The $14,000 mortgage was burned 30 years later. Both have been active at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rolling Meadows. They love to play cards and helped organize a neighborhood traveling card party. They also enjoy fishing, and many a fish fry was relished at their home. Harold and Vern have five chidren: Bruce, Brad, Brian, Bonnie (deceased) and Bob. They have six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The Flecks will celebrate their anniversary with their sons and daughter-in- laws on April 15, the day before Easter.
Published in the Daily Herald on April 9, 2017