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Top Sweethearts: Naomi and Rudolph Wessels

Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.
Updated Jan. 6, 2013 at 7:07 p.m.

Naomi Wessels sits outside her nursing home in Yoakum. Wessels was married to Rudolph Wessels, who she met through an personal ad. He sent a bus ticket to her in Tennessee to visit him in San Antonio after they exchanged letters for six months. They met and married the same day. Rudolph passed away just five weeks short of their 61st wedding anniversary.

Editor's note: Between the time we interviewed Naomi Wessels and her daughter, Louise Witte, for the Top Sweethearts feature and publication of the magazine, Naomi passed away. She passed Dec. 8, 2012, which would have been her 67th wedding anniversary with Rudolph. Louise said this was "a perfect ending to beautiful love story."

We offer Louise and her family our deepest condolences in their loss.

The Wessels were chosen as one of the Top Sweethearts because of their unique story of meeting and getting married in the same day.

Their story was submitted by their daughter Louise Witte, who also helped fill in responses to the questions.

“My dad was living and working in San Antonio back in 1945 ... My mom was living in Briceville, Tenn. ... By 8 p.m. that evening, my Dad and Mom were husband and wife. So they met and married the same day!” – Louise Witte

What is the most romantic moment you've shared as a couple?

We used to go to the drive-in movies in San Antonio and smooch through the whole movie.

What is your favorite thing about your partner?

Rudolph about Naomi (answered posthumously): Her cooking because before we married, I was eating oatmeal every day for breakfast, mustard sandwiches for lunch and something out of a can for dinner.

Naomi about Rudolph: He was very loving and liked to be near me when he was home.

When did you know you were going to spend the rest of your lives together?

Rudolph (answered posthumously): When I first saw her picture.

Naomi: When I met him at the bus station the first time I saw him.

How would your family and friends describe the two of you as a couple?

Like two inseparable lovebirds.

What's the wildest thing you and your partner have ever done together?

In 1955, we sold our house in San Antonio that Rudolph had built and loaded up the trailer and the five kids and moved to Tennessee to become farmers and live off the land. It only lasted about a year and a half until Naomi found out she was pregnant with kid No. 6, so we loaded up the trailer once again and moved back to San Antonio. Rudolph resumed being a carpenter and we got ready for the new baby to arrive.

What traditions do you have when celebrating your anniversary?

I always prepared an extra nice meal for our dinner. Later on, when the kids were grown, we celebrated with a cake and whoever could come over and be with us.



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