- Born: Apr. 8th, 1928 in Graz (Austria)
- Died: Aug. 7th, 1995 in Steyr (Austria)
- on Oct. 22nd, 1955 in Steyr (Austria) with Ernestine VORDERWINKLER 1931-1984
- Wolfgang PATSCHEIDER born May 28th, 1956 in Steyr (Austria)
- Mag.a Susanne PATSCHEIDER born Dec. 2nd, 1962 in Steyr (Austria)
(Author's note: my father)
Irimbert was active in the Steyr factories all his life. His birthplace Graz was a coincidence, his parents were there at the time just passing through.
His great passion was the restoration of classic cars, in particular these were all Steyrs, with the Grossglockner car, a Steyr 100 a particularly outstanding.
When I, Irimbert born on April 8th, 1928 was alone at home with my grandmother, I had to pray the rosary together with her. This is one of my first memories, but I still can't say the rosary by heart.
"Summer" I was supposed to put in the letter box, unfortunately I put "somer" - only with one "m", nevertheless I got all A's - after all, my father had taken me out of the first and taught me himself because I had been vaccinated without his knowledge. I was vaccinated without his knowledge.
Now after the early death of my were we moved to the homeland of my mother, to Troppau moved. Ich besuchte die Schillerschule, bekam mein erstes Fahrrad mit dem ich damals schon nach Braunsdorf gefahren bin.
At Christmas 1937 I was beaten up by so-called Water Polaks and had such a great loss of blood that I was not able to go to school again until mid-January.
Shortly thereafter, we went to Tyrol for the first time (even before the annexation to Germany). In the summer vacations of 1938 we went back to Tyrol to stay there for good. So it happened that I neither experienced the annexation of Austria to Germany, nor the annexation of the Sudetenland.
After attending school in Mayrhofen, Munich, Solbad Hall, Zell am Ziller and Innsbruck, I began working as a farmhand for Johann Sailer vulgo Kerscher in Vomp near Schwaz in Sept. 1943. Now the hand of war also reached for us. At the time of the assassination attempt on Hitler in 1944, I was in a military training camp near Frankfurt an der Oder and was able to visit Troppau once again.
Then I was with the Volkssturm in Rotholz, and later in the last year of the war in Pfunds with the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAO).
In March 1945 I was drafted into the Waffen SS in Berlin, but fortunately I only got as far as Leoben. In Leoben the war was over, on foot and by hitchhiking we went back to Tyrol, unfortunately only as far as Wörgl, where I and my comrades were caught by the Americans. But with the help of my boss's brother-in-law in Vomp, who lived there, we managed to escape and I arrived safely in the Zillertal.
Now my mother was Austrian by marriage, but my sister and I were without citizenship, so it was not possible for me to leave my post in agriculture.
Finally, in 1948, the then Governor of Tyrol - Weisgatterer granted us Austrian citizenship, since our father had been born in Tyrol, at the occassion price of Austrian Shilling 80.
In November 1948 my mother and I drove to Steyr where, despite the advanced school year, I was admitted to the Federal Trade School for Automotive Construction.
Now also the school time went for me, which I was nevertheless now already over twenty on a Friday to end, Monday thereafter, June 10th, 1951 I began in the Steyrwerke to work.
After several stays abroad, I went to Rio de Janeiro at the end of 1953 to set up a Steyr truck assembly for the Panambra SA. company there. After my return from this war-torn country (1955), I worked in customer service for Steyr in Germany.
I had already met Miss Ernestine Vorderwinkler during my school days in Steyr. Now it was also financially possible for us to marry. The wedding took place on Oct. 22nd, 1955 in the pilgrimage church of Christkindl.
End of chronicle excerpt (written by Irimbert Patscheider in 1990)