LOOKING BACK: Marie Kretschmer and her foster daughter Carol Goeldner in front of her family photos.
LOOKING BACK: Marie Kretschmer and her foster daughter Carol Goeldner in front of her family photos. Kirsten Cunningham

Crab sandwiches a highlight of getting on

MARIE Kretschmer says the best thing about being 92 is the crab sandwiches.

"I don't like being so old and dependent," she said.

"But I do like it when my family come to visit and they go crabbing.

"They bring me so many crab sandwiches that I have to leave the crusts to fit them in."

Originally from Palmwoods near Nambour, she was visiting Curtis Island with her son and daughter six years ago when she suddenly became ill and had to be evacuated.

"They said it was a twisted bowel in the end and operated on me," she said.

"I was starting to feel better then I broke my femur at my son's place and that was it."

Mrs Kretschmer now requires constant care. She said she was coming to terms with living in the New Auckland Place aged-care facility.

"It's a strange thing having such a wonderful life and to now be 92," she said.

"I was a postmistress during the war and used to walk three miles to work.

"Those days were a long time ago but I still remember everything so vividly."

Her room is covered in photos of her four children, five foster children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

"I'm less mobile and I miss doing things, but it is wonderful to see my family grow," she said.



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