Faces: More than half a century of love
By James Neiss
20 Feb 2013
Six couples talk about being married for the long haul and shed a little advice.
• Francis and Mariln Hillard got married on Feb. 27, 1954 in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania. The Jackson Street Couple, said the road of marriage was sometimes bumpy, but faith in god, was their answer to longevity.
• On January 24, 1942 Beula and Bob Frame started their journey to becoming an old married couple, getting married at St. Peters Episcopal in Niagara Falls. Along the way they said playing golf, listening to music and dancing, while out on the town, were important high points as a couple.
• Richard and Margaret Tower were married on August 28, 1939 in Bradford PA. The couple have lived in their Lockport-Youngstown Road home since 1947. Being able to talk out problems, understanding each other have individual lives and our faith in god kept us together all these years, said Marg.
• Donald and Esther Stellrecht married on April 19, 1952 at the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo. "I think the bottom line to our successful marriage is love and respect," Ester said. "Love can be an empty word. We have a strong marriage because we've had problems, and were able to overcome them with Gods help."
• Munzir El-Chehabi, left, and his wife Ismat were married on August 17, 1939 in Damascus, the capital of Syria. The couple immigrated to the United States in 1953 and moved to Niagara Falls in 1957, where they raised their four children. "Listen to each other," is the advice that Ismat offers for young couples. Munzire suggests that a formula for a successful marriage includes finding a partner of the same class, education and most important, with the blessings from each of their families.
• Betty Harper said she's had a good marriage, it never has been a struggle being married to Ollie Harper. The two were married on January 11, 1948, in Forest Mississippi. Betty said, "Olly's been a good husband, a good provider and good to the children." Chuckling about her comments, Olly commented, "and she, was a good cook!" The couple live on 21st Street in Niagara Falls.
-- James Neiss