Being Together for 65 Years

By | September 4, 2013
Mr.and Mrs. Alvin Klaassen on the left and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ness on the right

Mr.and Mrs. Alvin Klaassen (left) and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ness

Sioux Falls Retirement Communities

September is a special month for two couples at Primrose. They both will be celebrating 65 years of marriage. It is so wonderful to see how much they care for each other.

Robert and Delores Ness were married on September 5th, 1948. They met in the hallway of the building where each of them worked. Bob worked for 42 years at Northwestern Bell and Delores worked for an insurance company.

On the day of their wedding, it was rainy in the morning and for their ceremony, the sun came out with lots of wind. They did get to take a honeymoon to Colorado and on the way home had car trouble. By the time they arrived home, they only had 10 cents to their name, but had a really good trip.

They made their first home in Aberdeen, South Dakota. They had three children, two boys and one daughter, five grandsons, and one granddaughter.

When I asked what has kept their marriage so strong they replied, “Lots of love and having God in your home all the time.”

Alvin and Jean Klaassen were married on September 14th, 1948. They always knew each other as they were neighbors and went to the same church.

They were married on a very hot and sunny afternoon in the church parsonage. They were able to take a honeymoon to see the sites in eastern Iowa. On their way home, they made a stop at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa. That fair is still going strong today.

They made their first home in a small house near George, Iowa. Next they moved to Minnesota for a few years, then returned to Iowa and lived on the same farm for 40 years before moving in to George. They had 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters.

When I asked what kept their marriage so strong they both replied, “Having a lot of love for one another.”

We celebrate with these two couples and extend our congratulations.

by Lou Clarey
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the wonderful couples living at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!


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