By Ken Rattenne, photography
by the author
October 21st of 1995. The California Rattenne's have all converged
on the Family homestead in San Jose to celebrate Don and Jayne's birthdays
plus their anniversary, all of which occur in October. Jayne's 8th
of October birthday has already gone by, as has their anniversary date,
which occured on the 16th. But today, the 21st of October, is Don's 73rd
birthday, which had the convenience of falling on a Saturday.
occasion was not unlike other family dinners that had taken place since...well,
time began. The air was festive with joke-snickering and tale-telling (usually
by Don) that always goes on at these things. What none of us knew
that night, as we sat around the dinner table eating chocolate pie with
whipping cream and watching our father open presents and tell corny jokes,
was that come next October 21st, he would no longer be with us.
it seems appropriate to assemble here on the Internet what has to be one
of the last "family occasion" albums that was recorded with the Califoria
Rattenne family intact.- Ken Rattenne
21, 1995 Donald Clair Rattenne turned 73. The Dinner held to the California
Rattenne tradition, with all three kids driving to San Jose to celebrate.
past Family Dinners, Jayne served up a great meal, complete with everyone's
favorite dessert, chocolate pie! Left to right: Dennis Mosca (Karen's husband),
Marlene Rattenne (Kirk's wife), Jayne and Don.
feature of the Todd Way house is the water fountain nestled in a corner
of our screened-in patio.
|Jayne and Don pose for their portrait
on Don's 73rd birthday. Gee, he got
cards and everything!
|"Nicely Nicely" Don
diligently on a piece of chocolate pie while Jayne
takes this opportunity to describe ... something.
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