"Hand in hand for a lifetime": That was written in large letters on the old school blackboard, which is set up between two cushions on the new garden bench in Peter and Gisela Haggenmiller's house in Schongau.
The garden bench is a gift from the family to the anniversaries, the text on the board Thoughts in short form, composed by the children Petra, Werner and Sandra to their parents.
Peter and Gisela Haggenmiller have been married for 60 years and have celebrated diamond weddings.
- This event would be a reason to celebrate.
With many friends who have walked part of the way together with the couple.
But Corona thwarted the two of them.
No friends or acquaintances, only close families were allowed to meet.
Unfortunately not completely, because daughter Petra, who lives in Pretoria, had to stay in South Africa and could only be connected via the Internet.
On this occasion, seven of the nine grandchildren found out how their grandparents met: Born in Landsberg, the two have known each other since school and “walked next to each other”.
Then, he was 19 and she was 17 years old, they were definitely the template for the famous song by Klaus Lage.
“1001 nights, and it did zoom” - but in the middle of the ice rink in Landsberg.
Gisela stumbled and fell, Peter, to be fair, stumbled with her.
The beginning of a long love.
They got married three years later.
And then Peter also promised his Gisela love “until death do us part” in front of witnesses and the pastor.
No empty talk, deep seriousness.
The family of the professional soldier had to take part in 15 moves across Germany, and in 1962 they came to Schongau for the first time.
After many military stations, they ended up staying in Schongau.
The love has lasted until now.
All the years.
Years in which you could enjoy a lot together to the fullest.
But also the past 14 years, which may have welded the couple together even more due to illness.