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Traditions Couples Share Heartwarming Love Stories

We have the great honor of having many couples call our Traditions communities home. Their love stories are interesting, funny, surprising, and always inspiring. They were kind enough to tell us a bit more about how they met, how long they’ve been together, and their secrets to a successful marriage. Thank you for sharing your love stories...

Dan & Susan Shaffer
Traditions of Deerfield
Dan and Susan Shaffer

Dan and Susan Shaffer attended the same High School but did not know each other until they met in college through a mutual friend. They began a relationship, and on December 25, 1964, Dan proposed to Susan. He placed a diamond ring inside a Christmas ornament and asked her to be his wife and she said yes. However, in May of 1965, Susan called off the engagement and they parted ways. They both moved on with their lives and were married to other people for 30 years. In 1997 Susan reached out to Dan’s mother wanting to get in touch with Dan. His mother led Susan back to Dan and they met for coffee. They said they picked up right where they had left off 30 years prior. Dan said he always knew Susan was the love of his life and was very happy to have her in his life again. On October 22, 1998, they got married in a small church in Cold Springs, Kentucky, with their closest family and friends by their sides. In 2001 they relocated to Panama City, Florida, where Dan owned property. Susan often traveled back to Cincinnati to visit her 3 children and 6 grandchildren. However, in October 2018, hurricane Michael hit their town and destroyed nearly everything. Fortunately, they were able to salvage a lot of their belongings, but the town suffered a huge loss; even being able to use a phone was near impossible. Dan realized with the state of their city and knowing how much Susan missed being around her children and grandchildren, it was time to move back. So, in April of 2019, Dan and Susan chose Traditions of Deerfield as their new home. When asked how they’ve made their relationship work all this time Dan quickly responded, “I just don’t argue with her.”

Tony & Linda
Traditions of Deerfield
Tony and Linda

Tony and Linda were high school sweethearts who grew up in Wayne, Michigan; he graduated in 1965 and she in 1966. Tony joined the military after graduating, and when Linda graduated high school a year later, they decided to run off and get married. Tony chuckled and said, “It only cost me $10 for our wedding, $5 for a blood test and $5 for a marriage license.” They got married on December 30, 1966; this year they will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary. Shortly after they wed, Tony was deployed overseas, and Linda began her 44-year career as an office manager for various doctors’ offices. They raised 2 sons. Tony sadly missed the birth of their first son - he was still overseas serving our county. He received notice from the American Red Cross that his wife had delivered a boy and that “mom and baby were doing well.” They struggled to have another child, and many years later found out that Linda suffered a medical issue that made it difficult for them to conceive another child. Once treated, they were able to have their second child (17 years later) and their family was complete. They adore the special bond their 2 sons have shared all these years, and still share despite the large age difference. Tony and Linda are proud grandparents of two grandchildren. They spent their entire life in Michigan until 2021 when they decided to move to Ohio to be closer to their sons. They settled in Lebanon, Ohio, in independent senior living, and less than a year later in May of 2022, they joined the Traditions of Deerfield family. Tony described Linda as a wonderful, dedicated wife and mother and was a great companion to him and still is. Linda described Tony as a hard-working man, and has been an excellent husband, the best she could ever dream of. Their advice for a long-lasting marriage is to just love each other and hold on to your faith.

Angie & Bruce Clair
Traditions of Deerfield
Angie and Bruce Clair

Angie and Bruce Clair met in their early 20’s, both born and raised in Rochester, New York. Bruce had already served in World War II, and upon returning from the war he earned his college degree in education and began his 33-year career as a high school English teacher. Bruce was also a quartet singer and performed frequently at his church. Angie at the time was working for Kodak and her friend was a member of the same church Bruce attended and performed. Angie’s friend asked if she would be willing to be the photographer for an event at their church where Bruce would be performing; this is where they first met. After a little time passed, Angie’s friend asked if she would be interested in going on a date with Bruce and Angie agreed. Her friend set up a double date for them. They dated for 1 year before getting married on December 22, 1951. This year they will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary. They have two children, one boy and one girl, 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. After spending their entire life in New York, Bruce and Angie decided it was time to make the move to be closer to their children and grandchildren in Ohio. In May of 2021 they uprooted from New York and joined the Traditions of Deerfield family. Angie said we may call Ohio our home now, but we will always root for the Buffalo Bills. When asked what their favorite thing about each other is, they both smiled and had the same sweet response, “So many things!” Bruce added that behind the scenes she is always working and taking care of him, their family, and their home, which she has happily done for 72 years. Angie also added that she loved Bruce’s singing and knew they were meant for each other when shortly after they started dating her father let Bruce drive his car, because nobody, not even Angie herself, was permitted to drive her father’s car. She realized instantly that if my father loves him enough to let him drive his car, that he was indeed a good man. Their advice to younger couples on how to achieve a long-lasting marriage is to keep their faith. The strongest marriages are built on a foundation of shared faith. The more you love God, the more capacity you will have to truly love each other.

Jack & Joyce Kiper
Traditions at Hunter Station
Jack and Joyce Kiper

Jack (91) and Joyce (88) Kiper, who call Traditions at Hunter Station home, have been married for 68 years. They have 2 wonderful children and 3 amazing grandchildren. Jack and Joyce met at a small store called Clover Farm in New Albany, Indiana. They were married at St. Mark’s church on March 21, 1954, and that same day took the train to Cincinnati, Ohio, for their honeymoon. Joyce smiled and said, “Jack took me on 3 dates before he kissed me goodnight, but I knew on the 2nd date that he was the one!” Before retiring, Jack was an executive in construction management and Joyce was and administrative secretary and homemaker. The couple’s favorite holiday is Christmas when they get to spend time with their children and grandchildren. However, they also enjoy sharing a box of chocolates and watching a good movie on TV for Valentine’s Day. Both Jack and Joyce said, “We are so very blessed to have each other.”

Tom & Cori
Traditions at Brookside
Cori and Tom

Cori and Tom are Traditions at Brookside’s “Beary” Special Valentines. They were neighbors who fell in love over their mutual love for Oreo cookies. Tom and Cori married in the Catholic church 31 years ago and have six amazing children.

John & Mary Lou Hughes
Traditions at North Bend
John and Mary Lou Hughes

John and Mary Lou Hughes have been married for 50+ years. The two met at Withrow High School when John was a Senior and Mary Lou was a Junior, and they have been together ever since. John worked as a truck driver for Grippo and Mary Lou was a tester at P&G. Their favorite thing to do together was play tennis and spend time at the Isadore Country Club with their good friends. John and Mary Lou have two children (Lisa and Craig), 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. After these wonderful 50+ years together, John said his favorite thing about Mary Lou is her smile and laughter. Mary Lou stated that her favorite thing about John is his loyalty and thoughtfulness.

John & Josie Pozek
Traditions at Reagan Park
John and Josie Pozek

John and Josie Pozek met while Country Western dancing. There were married on September 23 and have been happily married for 24 years. They love shopping, and still enjoy dancing together! Prior to retirement, John worked as a carpenter and Josie worked in retail. Josie enjoys visiting friends in the Philippines and John likes to play chess. In his younger days, John also loved playing sports. Both said that they cherish being together more than anything.

Jim and Helen Fisher
Traditions at Reagan Park
Jim and Helen Fisher

Jim and Helen Fisher met while they were both attending Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. They have been happily married for 66 years and still love being together. Prior to retirement, Jim was a farmer and Helen was a homemaker. They love attending church and watching TV together.

Lee and Phyllis Zabrocki
Traditions at Beaumont
Lee and Phyllis Zabrocki

Lee and Phyllis met while he was in the Marine Corp, and she was in Nurses Training. They were married just over a year later, and Phyllis refers to her husband as the ‘Man of My Dreams’. Lee and Phyllis have been married 62 years and have been blessed with 3 sons, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren! Pastor Zabrocki retired last year after 55 years of Pastoral Ministry where the children who had a hard time pronouncing his name called him ‘Pastor Broccoli’. Phyllis was an Encourager to Missionary Women in Japan and the Philippines! They have lived in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, California, Florida, and Canada before settling here in Louisville, Kentucky. Lee and Phyllis have traveled throughout the US teaching Parenting Classes, Marriage Enrichment, Evangelism Explosion, Bible classes and led a Bible Lands Tour. Lee and Phyllis remain quite active in the Traditions at Beaumont community, and they love having them as a part of their Beaumont family.

Melvin & Karen
Traditions of Lebanon
Melvin & Karen

Melvin “Mel” and Karen were both born and raised in northern Ohio near Toledo. They didn’t know it, but they were living very near each other in grade school, moving to different areas of town for high school. In 1963, Karen applied for and got a job working with a research facility with Owens Illinois, Inc. Mel was also working there at that time as one of the researchers. They became good friends and even played Euchre as partners at lunchtime each day with their co-workers. That was the beginning of their love story, and in May of 1965 it resulted in their now 58-year marriage. They have been blessed with six children and wonderful daughter- and sons-in-laws. They have been further blessed with 24 grandchildren and great grandchildren living in various states from north to south. Mel and Karen have lived in five different states, working in major and minor cities in Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. They have also traveled through all 50 states and some of Europe. They are currently back in Ohio where they are enjoying being near their youngest son, his wife and their 2 sons. When the time came for Mel to enter a facility, Karen said, “We chose Traditions of Lebanon as the community that would take the best care of Mel and have not been disappointed in the almost 8 months that he has lived there. The entire staff – aides, nurses, receptionist, and management – are the best and we feel blessed to have him in their care.”

Lynn & Bev Werling
Park Place Senior Living
Lynn & Bev Werling

Lynn and Bev Werling met on a blind date for a corporate Christmas party and dance back in 1966. Lynn said he is lucky because Bev was supposed to have a different date, but he backed out at the last minute. Three years after their first date Lynn asked Bev to marry him on Valentine’s Day, and they married that same year on August 2, 1969. Lynn and Bev raised their family on a farm. Prior to retirement, Lynn was a farmer and Bev was a homemaker. Their favorite thing to do as family was go ice skating in ice shows with their daughter. Lynn and Bev’s favorite memory was after Lynn retired and they spent time on a cruise ship between four island stops. Bev is a member of Park Place Senior Living’s Varietas community. Lynn spends a lot of his free time with Bev doing activities in Park Place Activity Room.

Dave & Charlotte “Doot” Reschly
Traditions at West Park Place
Dave & Charlotte Reschly

Dave and Charlotte “Doot” Reschly met online in their 70's after both being widowed after nearly 40 years of marriage. Their spouses had suffered for years from lingering illnesses, so they were delighted to begin a new life! Dave and Doot were both eager to travel and travel they did, traversing the US from coast-to-coast and border-to-border. They soon discovered cruising and saw more of the world from Alaska to the Panama Canal. They went on eleven cruises during mostly the winter months because they were also avid gardeners. It was that fact that made them decide to finally to move to a more relaxed lifestyle! They couldn't stand to watch the weeds take over! Plus, their kids said it was time! Dave and Charlotte said, “We have been pleased with our decision from the beginning. We are close to our families and our church. The staff here at Traditions at West Park Place is just wonderful! They are friendly, courteous, and helpful. Our wish is that everyone should be so blessed.”

Forrest & Sharon Gorkowski
Traditions at West Park Place
Forrest & Sharon Gorkowski

Forrest and Sharon will be married 66 years in May. They both have January birthdays; Sharon is 20 days older than Forrest and he always jokes that he married an older woman. Forrest met Sharon in his second year of college in Iowa. Forrest joined the army after college and was stationed in Germany; Sharon traveled to Germany to marry Forrest when they were 21 years old. After leaving the Army, they moved back to Iowa where they started their family. Sharon was busy raising 3 children while Forrest ran his insurance company. They both loved to travel and have had many adventures along with family and friends.

Bill & Harriett Weaver
Traditions at North Willow
Bill & Harriett Weaver

Bill and Harriett met on the job; he was her boss. Their friendship grew into a deeper relationship and eventually Harriett left that company so that their romance could progress. They were engaged soon afterwards. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Bill and Harriett have five sons; two live nearby in Indianapolis, two live in Evansville, Indiana, and one is deceased. They have nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, located in Indiana, Ohio, and Texas. When their sons were children, Bill enjoyed being active in Little League and Boy Scouts. Bill was also an avid hunter in Indiana, Montana, and Colorado. He even went on a black bear hunt in Canada. Bill also enjoyed videotaping family occasions and vacations and making copies for other family members as well as growing roses and listening to country western music. Harriett has always enjoyed planning and hosting family gatherings of all kinds. She also spent many happy hours planning family vacation trips down to the last detail. Harriett enjoyed photography: family, places, nature, flowers. Harriett often entertains herself with word games and puzzles. The couple's happiest times have been those family gatherings and vacations. They enjoy visiting museums, national parks, and historical sites. They also enjoy the endless beauty that fills this country.

Clyde & Mary Cox
Traditions at North Willow
Clyde & Mary Cox

Mary and Clyde grew up in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and rural central Kentucky, respectively. They met while both working at General Electric Appliance Park in Louisville in 1955 which had then just opened (and apparently was the 1950’s version of online dating!). They married on Dec 28, 1956, and made a life together in Louisville and then later in Naples, Florida. They have 2 children and a whole passel of grandchildren and great grandchildren whom they adore (and vice versa). They both are very proud of their heritage and cherish family, which they have passed along to their kids. Mary and Clyde have traveled throughout their married life. Mary’s wanderlust led to suggestions to visit places that were exciting and Clyde, with an eye for the natural beauty of our Earth, making sure that they got their feet and hands on the ground of this incredible world. Between them, they would plan and execute fun and educational travels with multiple kids, grandkids, cousins, and friends in tow. Mary and Clyde balance and challenge each other to differing world views. Mary loves to cook, feed, entertain, dance, sing and ‘keep it real’ while Clyde is a philosopher. He is quiet and happy to read but loves to eat and watch Mary whip up her magic for him and others. Above all, they are devoted to one another. One of their children stated, “I can honestly say that they never have a mean word between them and have truly been there for each other in sickness and in health. All those who have been blessed to have been with them would say theirs is a love for all seasons.”

Gil & Marcie Opferman
Traditions at North Willow
Gil & Marcie Opferman

Gil and Marcie met at a neighborhood Condor Club Mixer, and it was love at first sight. It wasn’t too long before wedding bells were ringing on September 16, 1950; just 73 short years ago. Both came from large families (12 and 6 brothers and sisters respectively), and everyone lived within walking distance on the South side of Chicago. One of their favorite things were family gatherings which were regular occurrences, celebrating birthdays, communions, confirmations, baptisms, Christmases, many weddings, and playing cards. Eventually Gil and Marcie had their own family of 3 sons and 1 daughter which has greatly expanded over the years. Gil and Marcie also loved to travel, attending Square Dance conventions across the country, visiting friends and family, many National Parks, and exploring the world all while living their dream.

Eugene & Evelyn Ziegler
Traditions at Solana
Eugene & Evelyn Ziegler

Evelyn and Eugene Ziegler will celebrate their 74th anniversary on March 11th. They met 75 years ago at the Chamber of Commerce in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They met while Evelyn was a secretary and Eugene was working part time to help pay for schooling. Quickly, they decided to open a business of their own called, The Ziegler’s Drive In located in Linton, Indiana. Evelyn was the hostess and cook making homemade pies every day. Their favorite combo meal served was the “toasted cheeseburger” which came with fries and a shake. Eugene and Evelyn had two daughters together, Laura and Cynthia. Their favorite thing to do as a couple and family was to travel by cruise. Some of their favorite destinations included: Hawaii, Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico. Today, they enjoy each other’s company by watching basketball and the Andy Griffin Show together.

Jim and Martha
Middleton Senior Living
Jim and Martha

Jim and Martha have spent 26 years together and have enjoyed racing their horses at the National Parks and Metro Parks as well as going to auctions for antiques. Jim has 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Martha worked for the City of Columbus for 31 years and Jim taught school for 36 years as well as farmed. Martha raised and showed Dobermans and English Pointers. She also raised a foster son who retired from the Navy and will also retire from Homeland Security. Jim and Martha said that the secret to a happy relationship is having the same interests and maturity. They enjoyed Peggy’s Cove together as a couple and just being out enjoying the wonders of nature.

Bill & Virginia Baker
Middleton Senior Living
Bill & Virginia Baker

Their story is a true testament of love through the test of time. Bill and Virginia Baker met in high school when they were both 16 years old. They had their first date at a football game in Martins Perry, Ohio. They were married on January 26, 1946. In the span of their long and loving relationship, they enjoyed dancing and taking trips with their six children. Last month, Bill and Virginia celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary at Middleton! They say happiness is growing old together with the love of your life. Bill and Virginia have been together since their teenage years and have essentially grown up together and grown old together! Now that’s what we call “Forever Love!”

Bill & Vicki Luke
Meadow Brook Senior Living
Bill & Vicki Luke

Bill and Vicki Luke are from Sanborn, Iowa. Bill’s cousin was one of Vicki’s best friends in high school. Vicki told Bill’s cousin that she was going to marry Bill one day. The cousin said, “Good luck because he doesn’t date, he is married to sports.” They became the “proverbial” cheerleader/quarterback couple. The first movie they saw together was The Blob. Neither Bill nor Vicki ever dated anyone else. On March 6 they will be celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. They have one daughter, Lisa, one son, Lance, and 4 grandchildren. Vicki, who retired at 63, worked for several doctors, was an EMT, and a bartender. Bill had his own brokerage firm. Bill says Vicki has always been a good cook and doesn’t talk too loudly, and Vicki says Bill has always been committed to their marriage and family.

Joe & Jill Sturonas
Meadow Brook Senior Living
Joe & Jill Sturonas

Joe and Jill were both born in Chicago, Illinois. Joe knew who Jill was in high school and would see her dancing, but Jill didn’t know Joe. Once Joe left high school, he joined the Navy. When they finally “met” each other, it was love at first sight. They dated for 3 months… Joe likes to joke that he, “poisoned her mind!” They got married in Gary, Indiana, in January of 1961; they just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Joe and Jill have one daughter, Barbara, and one son, Joe Jr. During their marriage, Jill worked as a secretary in the steel mill (she had to quit when she became pregnant, as they didn’t allow pregnant women to work there), then worked as a secretary for State Farm, and later Purdue. Jill was also PTA President and a Girl Scout Leader. After the Navy, Joe worked as a rigger in the steel mill. In 1961, Joe went back to school and became a systems analyst. He ended up in California for a while working for Wells Fargo. Joe was the baseball coach for both of their kids’ baseball teams. Joe has always enjoyed working on projects and worked part time as a carpenter after retirement. They loved to visit Chicago, visiting museums, and going on boat rides. They also enjoyed going to Indiana Dunes. Jill appreciates Joe’s honesty, and Joe appreciates that Jill is extremely organized and takes care of him.

Andy & Betty Zabrucky
Apple Blossom Senior Living
Andy & Betty Zabrucky

Andy and Betty Zabrucky married on September 12, 1958. They met in 1954 when Andy worked for Eastern Airlines in Operations at the Pittsburgh Airport. Betty worked at the ticket counter and was flying in from Miami to work at the Pittsburgh Airport. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Andy said that his favorite thing about Betty is the fact she stayed by his side all this time. They loved traveling and have been to many places including Norway, Amsterdam, Mexico, and Canada. They loved to canoe, ride motorcycles, and camp in their time together as well. Today they love relaxing and watching old westerns.

Joe & Pat
Traditions at Camargo
Joe & Pat

Joe and Pat have been happily married for 60 years; their love story began after meeting at work. They have three children, 2 daughters and a son (deceased). Joe stated that his favorite thing about Pat is her unconditional love and Pat loves Joe’s great sense of humor. Pat and Joe said that the secret to their 60 years of marriage is that each one of them gives 100% all the time. They cherish their memories of traveling with both family and friends. Dining with friends and playing cards are their favorite things to do together at Traditions at Camargo.

Paul & Diane
Traditions at Camargo
Paul & Diane

Paul and Diane’s love story began at the swimming pool where they first met. They have been married 55 years and have four children. Paul loves Diane’s sense of humor and Diane appreciates that Paul is dependable and patient. Both say that respect and honesty are the secret to a happy marriage. Over the years, dancing and vacations have been their favorite things to do together. Currently, they enjoy attending Traditions at Camargo’s Happy Hours together.

David & Francine
Traditions at Camargo
David & Francine

Francine and David have been married for 59 years; they met because Francine was dating one of David’s friends. They have two children, a son, and a daughter. David’s favorite thing about Francine is that she is a good wife. Francine loves David because, “a red-haired woman is something else to live with. He not only lives with me, but he also loves me all the time!” Francine and David said that the secret to a long marriage is to forget and forgive when you are having a hard ‘spell’. They have wonderful memories of white-water rafting. The love having their meals together, the music events they see together and the drumming classes they take at Traditions at Camargo.

Bob & Sue
Traditions at Camargo
Bob & Sue

Bob and Sue met through Sue’s girlfriend; her boyfriend went to high school with Bob. They set Bob and Sue up on a blind date at Coney Island and the rest is history. Bob and Sue were married in October of 1962; they just recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with four children, 3 daughters and a son. Bob’s favorite thing about Sue is that not only is she beautiful, but she is kind, outgoing and very helpful. Sue loves that Bob is a hardworking man who is always generous. The secret to their long marriage is being able to work things out no matter what came up. Their fondest memories are playing duplicate bridge for 10 years and traveling to bridge tournaments. They also enjoyed going to nearby casinos and Las Vegas trips. Bob and Sue said that going to friends’ houses for parties and going out to dinner with family and friends was also great fun. They love playing cards together (bridge and euchre) at Traditions at Camargo. Bob also enjoys reading books from Camargo’s Activity Room and Sue enjoys reading books and discussing at Camargo’s monthly Book Club.

Mike & Josie
Traditions at Camargo
Mike & Josie

Mike and Josie met at a church songfest and the rest is history! They have been married for 59 years and have two sons, Jeff and Phil. Josie loves Mike’s loyalty and Mike’s favorite thing about Josie is her dependability and her oatmeal cookies! When asked what their secret is to their long marriage, they agreed that having Christ at the center of their day is key. They also said to apply the Golden Rule, tell your spouse that you love them everyday and let them know how special they are to you. Thinking back, their favorite things to do together were traveling, camping and being with friends and family. They stated that they just love each other’s company. Mike and Josie love all the activities at Traditions at Camargo. But they love the people they have met at Camargo the most…they are warm and friendly. Mike and Jose both stated, “We’re family here!”

Richard & Barbara
Traditions at Camargo
Richard & Barbara

Richard and Barbara began their love story in Michigan. Richard was working on a dock when Barbara fell in the lake because of a loose board. They have been married since 1954 and have three wonderful children, Nancy, Marcy, and David. Richard’s favorite thing about Barbara is her cooking and Barbara loves that Richard always has a positive attitude! The secret to their long marriage is that they agree on almost everything. The count traveling is their favorite thing to do together and feel very blessed to just be together at Traditions at Camargo.

Bruce & Gloria
The Bristol Senior Living
Bruce & Gloria

The story of Gloria and Bruce’s first meeting is endearing. They were both attending a Saturday night singles dance at a local ballroom. Bruce saw Gloria from across the room and immediately knew he wanted to woo her. The problem was that there seemed to be a steady line of men asking her to dance. Bruce made a plan to hold a conversation with Gloria’s girlfriend until his opportunity came. Well, it did, and they ended up at the nearby late-night restaurant until 2:00 am talking. Gloria describes Bruce from that night as so very nice and interesting. From that night on, they never looked back. Although it did take a few proposals from Bruce before Gloria came back with a proposal of her own that got her a long, loving hug and kiss. Their wedding on November 27 was soon followed by a dream trip to Italy. There they enjoyed a gondola ride in Venice, a trip to the Vatican where they snuck in a Mass service (much to the chagrin of their tour guide), and a stay in a villa that was a converted convent. Over the years Gloria and Bruce have enjoyed their dance dates and taking in concerts and plays. All who know them witness their love for one another daily.

Art & Pinky Beck
Traditions of Columbus
Art & Pinky Beck

Art and Pink Beck were married on August 27, 1966, and have been married for 56 years. They met in college at a summer job working for the state. Pinky’s mom saw Art’s resume with his birthdate that was the same as her daughter’s and she wanted them to meet. They have two children and five grandchildren. Art and Pinky previously enjoyed trips to Naples, Florida. They currently enjoy eating meals together at Traditions of Columbus and watching sports - especially football!

Lance & Freida Williams
Traditions of Columbus
Lance & Freida Williams

Lance and Freida were married at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and said they have “been married a long time.” Freida and Lance went to school together in Terre Haute, Indiana. Before retiring, Freida was a teacher and taught at a school across from the base where they were stationed in Biloxi. They have a son and daughter, twin grandsons and a granddaughter. Lance and Freida enjoy relaxing by the fireplace together and taking naps.

John & Shirley Boldt
Traditions of Columbus
John & Shirley Boldt

John and Shirley met at Camp Arcadia in Michigan working in the dish room together on Labor Day in 2021. Shirley says John would say she stalked him, but she did not. John says Shirley hooked him by laughing at all his jokes and keeping him hydrated. They were married on February 21, 2021, in the Chapel at Traditions of Columbus. They enjoy playing euchre with friends on Thursday afternoons and going to eat with friends at Harrison Lake Country Club. John and Shirley feel that their fellow residents in the Villas are their family!

Joe & Ann Mays
Traditions of Beavercreek
Joe & Ann Mays

Joe and Ann Mays will be married 63 years in June. Their number one piece of advice that they would give to young couples starting out is to be patient. Every couple needs to have patience in their relationship. Joe and Ann Mays first meet at a roller rink. Joe had just gotten out of the military and was looking for someone to settle down with and have a family. They married shortly after they met. Ann excitedly said yes to marriage because she just knew that he was the right man. Since then, they have traveled all over the world together.

Mel & Ida Lindner
Ashton Grove Senior Living
Mel & Ida Lindner

Mel (91) and Ida (101 ½) met in a bowling lane in Missouri in 1966. Ida worked there and Mel came in as an Air Force Recruiter to get a Coca Cola. Ida was also in the Bowling Hall of Fame in Missouri! They were both married at that time, and the two couples enjoyed spending time together. Ida and her late husband moved to Florida. On June 4, 2014, Mel’s wife passed away. Mel was living in Missouri at the time. He thought that he should call Ida and let her know. Ironically, Ida’s husband had passed away that very same day. They supported one another through the funerals and decided quickly that they were better together. Mel and Ida were married 6 months later on December 24, 2014. They celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary last year. Mel and Ida enjoy playing cards, dancing and bowling. When asked what his favorite thing about Ida is, Mel said, “All of her!” When asked the same question, Ida replied, “All of him!”

 

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