At The Fountains at Crystal Lake, four resident couples whose marriages range from 47 to 59 years, talked about their lasting love.
• When Michael Gutman’s friend left for college, Michael told him he’d take good care of his girlfriend, Marilyn. He wasn’t kidding. Seems Marilyn made the right choice. She and Michael have been married 58 years.
Their advice for lasting love: "Learn to say, ‘I'm sorry.’"
• Wallace Douglas and Wanda Mae Templin married in 1953, having been introduced by Wally’s dad, for whom Wanda worked. They dated 12 months before they married.
Their advice: "Learn to accept each other, the good and the bad things. Know that you were meant for each other and figure out marriage together."
• Norman and Alice Lodtz married in 1963. It was a second marriage for both of them. They had grown up together in Crystal Lake.
Their advice: "Do things together and be kind to each other."
• Alfred and Marion Reichwein met at work. When her phone company boss offered to fix her up with her co-worker, Alfred, she initially shrugged off the idea. Alfred didn’t give up. Looking back now at their 59-year marriage, the Reichweins agree that the reason their love has endured is patience.
Their advice: "Be patient and learn to overlook things. No one is perfect and you have to learn that fact."
– Northwest Herald