East and Bays Courier : June 27th 2012
www.eastandbayscourier.co.nz 7 EAST & BAYS COURIER, JUNE 27, 2012 NEWS Lobby Swimming Pool Images are computer generated Display Apartment: available to view by appointment Sales Suite: open weekdays, 10am to 3pm or by appointment (located at the end of James Cook Crescent, Remuera) Display apartment now available to view by appointment Remuera Rise is registered under the Retirement Villages Act 2003. Registration number 2557887 DINING ROOM AND CAFÉ • LOUNGE • BAR • LIBRARY • HOBBIES ROOM • GYMNASIUM • SWIMMING POOL AND SPA • HAIR SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL • CARE SUITES Remuera Rise will offer a wonderful retirement lifestyle with a range of top quality facilities within a relaxed and supportive community environment. This village will be set in a unique residential setting within the leafy, landscaped surroundings of Broadway Park, with views to Rangitoto and the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. Broadway Park is ideally located close to Newmarket where you will find some of the best shopping in Auckland and a wonderful variety of cafés and restaurants. Choose from a range of elegant and comfortable one and two bedroom apartments. For more information about the unique luxury lifestyle that Remuera Rise can offer you, call Michelle on 522 7392 or visit our Sales Suite. www.remuerarise.co.nz e&b _J13152 Remuera Rise Under Construction Now Perfect recipe for a happy marriage Going strong: Mabel and Josef Keiser of Ellerslie will mark 60 years of marriage tomorrow. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By CATHERINE HEALY Happy day: The Keisers on their wedding day in 1952. When Mabel Lackland met Josef Keiser on board the SS Himalaya in 1951, she was enjoying a dream holiday with her parents. It was a six-week journey by ship from England to New Zealand via the Suez Canal. Mr Keiser, 28, was a pastry chef emigrating from Switzerland. He spoke very little English, but that didn't stop him befriending 20-year-old Mabel. He had been intending to go to Australia but soon changed his plans. Josef took a job at a bakery in Te Aroha. They didn't really have the special ingredients he needed there, but after a few weeks they were selling a lot of cakes,'' Mrs Keiser says. Not long after that I went on a trip to Rotorua with my parents and I suggested we call in and see how Josef was getting on.'' That meeting sealed the deal and Mr Keiser moved to Auckland. The young couple were married in Devonport on June 28, 1952, eight months after they boarded the Himalaya. In 1955 they started their own business in Sandringham called Doretta. It was a bakery that sold Swiss cakes. Before long the Keisers' two daughters Elizabeth and Lorraine arrived. I can remember serving in the shop while in labour,'' Mrs Keiser says. Things had to be finished before I could go to hospital. The banking had to be done.'' The family lived above the shop for many years. Lorraine Moser remembers her parents baking all night for the Christmas and Easter rush and waking up to the smells wafting up from the bakery below. My sister and I would help fin- ish things off, decorate the cakes and do all the dishes.'' People would come in for cakes after going to the cinema across the road. Mr Keiser loved chatting to his customers. He was like father confessor to some of them,'' Mrs Keiser, 80, says. By the 1960s the couple was able to buy a house on a three-quarter acre section in Ellerslie, which they've owned for 52 years. They planted it with fruit trees and vegetables and enjoyed being able to feed their family homegrown produce. The Keisers sold Doretta in 1982. Together they have travelled the world, visiting Borneo, Nova Scotia, the United States, Holland, Egypt and India. They also went back to Switzerland so Mrs Keiser could finally meet her in-laws. She says there were many stories of the tricks young Josef got up to as a child in Switzerland. He used to climb to the top of the church steeple and pee on people down below.'' Daughter Lorraine says her parents have had a happy mar- riage. They both believe that if you've got problems you've got to talk them through. Don't just sit on it.' The Keiser family celebrated the couple's anniversary at Mercy Parklands rest home, where Mr Keiser now lives, on Monday.
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