The Story of The Wedding Under The Clock This story as printed in the KC Wedding’s Magazine Fall/Winter edition 2001.
“We’re in fifth grade, this blonde that I had eyes for. Her name was Beth. We were boyfriend and girlfriend off and on through high school and always real good friends.” That’s how Dave Falke explains how he and Beth first met. What sounds like the beginning of a classic sweetheart story evolves quickly into something else. “I married a girl in 1972. Beth went on and got married in 1976… Every once in a while I’d see her. In the late 70’s, she disappeared.” The rest of the story unwinds like an episode of “Lost Loves.” Beth divorced her husband; Dave divorced his wife. They each remarried. Dave divorced again. Beth moved with her second husband to New York, where he eventually battled cancer, a battle he ultimately lost. Beth was back in Kansas City in 1999 and stopped by Dave’s clock shop to visit. The two went out. Dave flew to New York to see Beth through the summer and fall. Finally, Beth moved back in November 1999. The wedding was December 20, 2000. Choosing a location for the ceremony was simple. Dave’s a clock restorer by profession, supervising and helping with the renovation of all the clocks in Union Station. What better place to get married, Beth thought, than under the clock? The intimate wedding took place under the clock that hangs in the entrance to Union Station’s North Waiting Room. It was followed by a reception for 30 at V’s Restaurant in Independence. Dave and Beth’s marriage was a joining of individuals and families. Dave’s daughters, Crystal and Cozette, stood up with him at the ceremony; his son Jonathan served as ring bearer. Beth’s daughters, Kira and Rebecca, stood up with her. Perhaps Dave and Beth provide a lesson in patience. “We talk about how we never could have made it then because we had too much to learn about life. Now we have the patience and maturity to handle it.”
On March 12th 2012 we lost our Beautiful Beth after a eight year battle with cancer.
I had been taking care of her at our home for the last three and one half months
with the help with Hospice.
Beth was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all.
She was a wonderful Mother and Grandmother to our eight daughters one son
and twelve grand children.
Eldon H. Falke
He has passed on to be with his beloved wife Mildred Falke.
Eldon opened this location of The Clock Shop in 1955
which was passed down to his son, David Falke and granddaughter, Beth Woolsey.
Eldon H. Falke, 86, passed away April 27, 2013. Memorial services will be 11:30am Tuesday April 30, 2013 at the Park Lawn Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Little Sisters of the Poor. Eldon was born February 26 1927 in Kansas City, MO to Eddie and Aileen (Allen) Falke and had lived in this area all of his life. He was the owner and operator of the Clock Shop in Brookside for many years. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and had attended Church of the Resurrection United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife of 56 years in 2008. Survivors include his children Judy Fischer and husband David, David Falke, Steven Falke and wife Patty, Robert Falke and wife Sherry; a sister Marjorie Schaiff; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
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