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Anniversary: William and Helga Waterfield, 60 years


Helga and William Waterfield Jr.

Dr. William Waterfield Jr. and his wife, Helga, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

The couple met in Helga’s hometown of Kitzingen, Germany, where William was stationed during his time in the military. The Waterfields married in Kitzingen Jan. 19, 1960.

“My mom’s father owned a book and stationery store on the main street in Kitzingen,” said daughter Heidi Waterfield, recalling how her parents met. “One day my dad was at the store and was having trouble communicating his needs, so someone in the store said, ‘Get the owner’s daughter (who also worked there). She speaks English.’ So my mom was heralded to the rescue. Later in their relationship, they went back to find the receipt from that day to determine the date, and it turned out it had been Valentine’s Day.”

After marrying, the Waterfields moved to William’s hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., before relocating to Palo Alto. From there, they moved to Mountain View and then to their current home in Los Altos, where they have resided for more than 50 years. William is a psychiatrist in private practice.

In addition to daughter Heidi, the Waterfields have a granddaughter, Cassie.

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