Wanted: one square dancing cruise partner

When Robert Ratte thinks of the Danube River of late, western Colorado comes to mind.

With good reason.

Ratte, who lives in Minnesota, was on the Danube a month ago, and he was captivated by another passenger, a woman who served as a WAVE and more recently has been an every-Friday-night square dancer from Grand Junction.

Sadly, when Ratte and the square dancer parted at the end of the cruise aboard the Beatrice, he misplaced her contact information. That’s why he purchased a full-page ad in today’s Daily Sentinel, hoping to reconnect with her.

“She’s about 5-6, light-brown hair, slender, a great personality,” he said Friday.

And she is, obviously, the adventurous type, having been a WAVE and set off on a tour of the Danube.

WAVES were Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service in World War II.

She was accompanied by her daughter, whom he never met, Ratte said.

“There is a serious reason for this search,” the 77-year-old widower said. “It’s all very proper.”

In a week, Ratte heads out of Minnesota on an American river cruise from Minnesota to Mobile, Ala., and then to Key West and ending in Fort Lauderdale. There are no more commercial cruises of that route.

“If you want to go down the river, you have to find a Bob Ratte to do it with,” he said.

His cruiser is the Water Gremlin (http://www.thewatergremlin.com) with three staterooms. He said he would like some company on the cruise.

“I had no one lined up for company, and I decided a person who was adventurous enough to go in the U.S.O., the WAVES, square dance every Friday and enjoyed the river cruise down the Danube would be a good candidate,” he said.

She can call Ratte at 651-210-9841.


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