Love story spans 50 years
In August 1960 a young lady only 17-years-old, Josipa (Pepi) Jan s, arrived in Cooma from the homeland Croatia. Speaking only a few words in English, she began work in her father's restaurant, The Australian, then situated near Cooma Furnishing.
In 1955 Frank Pusswald left his homeland Austria to come to Australia and see Bondi Beach, which he'd only seen on a postcard, and for a holiday.
However, he came to Cooma and the Snowy Scheme was in full swing and he began work and stayed.
The young couple met in the restaurant and it was love at first sight. They were married on Match 30, 1963, at Our Lady Help of Christians Church at Cooma North.
The bride wore a two-piece suit in navy blue and added white accessories, and was given away by Ermanno Tomaldini. She was attended by Valerie Ellro as matron of honour, and her husband Davide attended Frank as best man. The charming flower girl was 5-years-old Smerdel Marinika.
A reception at the Italian Restaurant in Sharp Street was held with guests including two children, and 2-years-old Diana who was the daughter of Ermanno and Stella Tomaldini, the caring couple who gave Pepi a home.
The happy couple honeymooned in Katherine Hill Bay near Swansea and made their home in Cooma.
Fifty years later Frank and Pepi celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on Easter Sunday by renewing their wedding vows with a ceremony conducted by Father Paul Huthnance at St Patrick's Church, followed by a luncheon party at the Chinese Restaurant.
Pepi greeted the guests looking smart and happy wearing a two-piece suit in deep purple sparkling lam , shot with gold. Guests included their daughter Carol and son-in-law Mark Rixon and family -Pierce, Connor and Dayna; their other daughter Shirley and son-in-law Bernie Sullivan and family - Laura, Claudia and Angela.
Pepi's brother Angelo and Margaret Janes came from Kiangra, also their son Geremy and wife Melissa, and daughter-in-law Paula and granddaughter Tahlia.
They joined the locals who were Noel and Leonie Kelley, Ruth and Kevin McFadden, Dave Baldwin, Dylan Post and Orion McKinnon Campbell. Afterwards, afternoon tea was served at the home of their daughter Carol.
A lovely surprise was when Pepi read the story of their lives, sharing 50 years together, and also a poem she had composed, which concluded a very happy day of celebrations with much reminiscing.
Congratulations Frank and Pepi from all your Cooma friends.