In Honor of Tom and Charlotte Oleinik’s Golden Anniversaryby Representative Kevin Brady
Posted on 2015-12-10
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Mr. BRADY of Texas. Mr. Speaker, if there was a first couple of
servant leadership and a model for a successful marriage, it would be
Tom and Charlotte Oleinik of Huntsville, Texas. Today, I have the
pleasure of honoring them on their Golden Wedding Anniversary and
sharing just a bit of their half a century long love story.
Tom was born the fifth of 12 children in Rosholt, Wisconsin, worked on his family's dairy farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse. He served his country in Korea, at Fort Devins, and Fort Drum, before returning to the farm and then applying to protect and serve as a member of the Wisconsin Highway Patrol.
Native Texan Charlotte Fisher was a Christmastime gift to her parents, who ran a Goose Creek rice farm where she grew up with her two younger siblings. She went to work and then college in Florida after graduating from high school. That decision to attend Florida College and to spend a summer in Wisconsin with her roommate would change the course of her life forever.
That summer Charlotte worked days at American Motors and nights and weekends, she waitressed at the Timber Ridge Cafe where little did she know then a 50 year love story was about to begin when a handsome young state patrolman walked through the door.
Tom, being a very smart man, asked the beautiful waitress on a date, but after a few dates, Charlotte took ill and needed surgery. While she was hospitalized, a certain man in uniform was a frequent visitor, often arriving with flowers.
According to Tom it took a lot of proposing--and a lot of no's--to get a yes from his beloved Charlotte. Charlotte remembers it a little differently, but after Tom was baptized in 1965, this happy young couple got engaged and wed in Kenosha, Wisconsin on December 17, 1965.
They went back to Florida College together and then moved to Texas where Tom worked with Charlotte's father while waiting to attend and graduate from the Academy. After receiving his badge as a Texas trooper, Tom and Charlotte settled in Corrigan, Texas, where they raised three boys of their own and took in many troubled teenagers in a home full of love and operated a family business in addition to their full time jobs.
After a transfer to Brazoria County, Charlotte worked in the Angleton School District while their boys finished school. Then Tom retired and Huntsville won the lottery when this wonderful couple chose to call the town home.
Charlotte and Tom's impact on Walker County has been lasting, after moving to Huntsville they created the HEARTS Veterans Museum, a gem for the Texas 8th and continue to this day to be pillars in the community. Their servant leadership in our Lord's name and the love they radiate has set an amazing example for us all.
And I believe their 3 children, 17 grandchildren, a great grandson and the many troubled teens they have cared for would agree. The U.S. House congratulates you on celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary.