Loving couple celebrates golden wedding anniversary
WITHIN two weeks of meeting half a century ago, Les Schafer knew he had met the love of his life.
A golden wedding anniversary was celebrated by Les and Dot Schafer on December 28, in the company of those who had witnessed the extraordinary love of the pair.
Romance was struck over a malted milkshake all those years ago, when Dot was visited by Les in the cafe where she worked.
A fortnight later, Les began dreaming of married life, to which Dot promptly responded, "Don't you think you'd better ask me first?"
Daughter Colleen Barnett describes her parents as the best in the world, devoted, loving and unassuming.
"As we grew up and moved out of home one kid or another would find their way back home, and the doors were always open to us," she said.
"Their house always seemed to be busy, with kids, visitors, pet cats and friends providing a colourful, fun and often loud parade through our childhood."
Five children were bought into the nurturing Schafer household.
Leanne, who lives in Brisbane, Colleen, from Sydney, Amanda and Tanya, who both live in Gladstone and Andrew adopted when he was three, lives in Tamworth.
Aside from that, they are now carers for their daughter Tanya, and her children Alyssa, 16, and Nathan, 13.
"I am immensely proud to call Les and Dot Schafer my parents, and I know I speak for the rest of the family," said Ms Barnett.
"Throughout all our lives, the one constant has been the love and support of Mum and Pop."
Mr and Mrs Schafer moved to Gladstone while pregnant with third daughter Amanda, where Les would undertake a role as shiftworker at QAL.
At their recent anniversary celebration, they were widely described as the "salt of the earth", genuine, honest and open people, whose boundless love has warmed the hearts of many.