- 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.
One of my earliest memories is praying the rosary with my grandmother when I was alone with her at home. However, I still can't recite it by heart.
During the summer, I was supposed to mail a letter with the word "Sommer", but I misspelled it as "Somer" with only one "m". Despite this, I received all A's in school because my father had taken me out of the first grade and taught me himself after I was vaccinated without his knowledge.
After my father's untimely death, we moved to my mother's homeland in Troppau. I attended the Schillerschule and received my first bicycle, which I used to ride to Braunsdorf.
During Christmas in 1937, I was attacked by so-called Water Polaks and lost a lot of blood, preventing me from returning to school until mid-January.
Shortly after that, we went to Tyrol for the first time, even before Austria was annexed by Germany. In the summer of 1938, we moved to Tyrol for good. As a result, I did not experience the annexation of Austria to Germany or the annexation of Sudetenland.
After attending school in Mayrhofen, Munich, Solbad Hall, Zell am Ziller, and Innsbruck, I began working as a farmhand for Johann Sailer, also known as Kerscher, in Vomp near Schwaz in September 1943. However, war soon reached us. During the assassination attempt on Hitler in 1944, I was in a military training camp near Frankfurt an der Oder and managed to visit Troppau once again.
Afterward, I was with the Volkssturm in Rotholz and later with the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAO) during the last year of the war in Pfunds.
In March 1945, I was drafted into the Waffen SS in Berlin, but I only made it as far as Leoben. There, the war ended, and I walked and hitchhiked back to Tyrol. Unfortunately, my comrades and I were caught by the Americans in Wörgl. However, with the help of my boss's brother-in-law, who lived in Vomp, we managed to escape and I arrived safely in Zillertal.
Since my mother was Austrian by marriage, my sister and I had no citizenship, which made it impossible for me to leave my job in agriculture.
Finally, in 1948, the then Governor of Tyrol, Weisgatterer, granted us Austrian citizenship for the price of 80 Austrian shillings, as our father was born in Tyrol.
In November 1948, my mother and I drove to Steyr, where I was admitted to the Federal Trade School for Automotive Construction despite the advanced school year.
My school years came to an end when I turned twenty on a Friday. The following Monday, on June 10th, 1951, I started working at Steyr-Werke.
Following several trips overseas, I traveled to Rio de Janeiro at the end of 1953 to establish a Steyr truck assembly for the Panambra SA company in the region. Upon returning from this country affected by war in 1955, I worked in customer service for Steyr in Germany.
During my school days in Steyr, I had already met Miss Ernestine Vorderwinkler. Eventually, we were financially stable enough to get married and on October 22nd, 1955, we tied the knot in the pilgrimage church of Christkindl.
End of chronicle excerpt (written by Irimbert Patscheider in 1990)