Six couples collectively married 376 years said “I do” once again at a vow renewal ceremony on Valentine’s Day at Stoney River assisted living in Marshfield.
A small ceremony was conducted by Chaplin Bonnie Baeman from Asera Care Hospice followed by appetizers and a wedding cake. The couples were Ted and Ardene Gripentrogs, 67 years; Richard and Sandy Christenson, 60 years; Virgil and Olga Stone, 57 years; Robert and Isabelle Rademan, 72 years; Fred and Patricia Justman, 68 years; Stephen and Betty Knetter, 52 years.
“We thought with Valentine’s Day, it would be a perfect time to do it,” said Sarah Krenn, Lifestyle Specialist. “When you’re at this age and you’re talking about 60+ years of marriage, it’s an honor, and a way to celebrate.”
Sandy Christenson met her husband of 60 years while he worked in the meat department at Baum’s IGA in Pittsville while she shopped. Together they have three children, five grandchildren and two step grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Her advice for a long marriage is simple: “Communication is good, never go to bed angry, love each other every day, trust each other,” she said.
Flower petals decorated the aisle with music provided by Christy Gilbertson. Romeo, Krenn’s small dog, acted as the ringbearer, and Everly the dog in the part of Flower Girl.
Couples remained seated in the audience as their rings were blessed and vows renewed. Those who were able to sealed the deal with a kiss.
The ceremony concluded with a sweet rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”