Happy 65th Anniversary ~ A Reunion in the Poconos
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Shared by: Tammy Compton ~ Woodloch Reservations
Who doesn't enjoy a good love story, liberally sprinkled with laughter?
It's easy to see that Joseph and Bernie Plescia of Mohegan Lake, N.Y. - now in their early eighties - are as much in love as when they first met more than 65 years ago. The two were teens when their paths first crossed at the White Plains Roller Skating Rink in New York.
"I thought he was good looking,” says Bernice with a smile. "I still am," Joseph jokes, emphatically agreeing with his beloved bride. His reply earns a round of laughter from family members gathered at Woodloch Pines, a Pocono family resort, a perfect setting to help them celebrate their 65th Anniversary.
"She talks and I listen," Joseph says. That, and remembering to use the two magic words "Yes Dear" has cemented their marriage. "Two words that I taught him to say," Bernice proudly says.
They were 18 when they eloped, exchanging vows they've carefully nurtured and never forsaken. "Through the rough, and believe me there have been rough times, we never forgot our marriage vows and why we got married," says Bernice. They renewed their vows on their 25th Wedding Anniversary, and again on their 50th and 60th Anniversaries.
September 27th is the big day.
The couple has three children: Sally Ann, Linda, and Stephen; two grandchildren: D.J. and Chris; and a great grandson David. "There's never a dull moment around our children," said Joseph.
Both retired, Joseph worked as a Purchasing Director for Reader's Digest for 42 years, while Bernice worked as a dentist's receptionist and bookkeeper.
This year marked the family's third trip to Woodloch. Daughter-in-law Anne says they found Woodloch while looking for an all-inclusive resort in the Pocono Mountains. "It's nice to be able to stay in a house where we're all together," she said.
Smiling as his wife talks, Stephen says, "Anne and I have been married 35 years and that's with their (his parents') example - their loyalty and commitment to each other. And they're fun, not overly serious about life. They enjoy life."
A sign outside one of Woodloch's Lake Estate's, a privately owned 5 bedroom guest home, reads: Live, laugh and love. "It's a good sentiment and it really typifies them," says Stephen. "Their commitment to each other," Sally Ann chimes in. "They express affection to one another. This is their 65th Anniversary and you would think that they would want to be alone, but they want us all together, to celebrate together."
Daughter Linda says it's her parents "sense of humor and strength of commitment to each other" that really stands out.
"I mean, they still walk together holding hands. They're always there for each other. There's never been any doubt that they're a team," Linda says.
The best part about being married?
"Is having a best friend," Bernice says.
Joseph seconds his wife's sentiment. Tenderly holding her hand, he says,"If I could do it all over again, I would."