On October 18, 1947 Glen and Marian were married – 64 years later they celebrated by renewing their wedding vows in the Potter Ridge Chapel.
Glen, 94, and Marian, 90, were married 64 years ago on October 18. Even though they knew each other as teenagers, jobs and the army took them to different parts of the country, however, they found their way back to their hometown, fell deeply in love, and married.
In 1942, during World War II, Glen, just 22 years old, joined the army. His basic training was in Texas, however, eventually, he got called to fight in Europe. During this time, Marian moved to California with her friend and worked there for several years. After four years of serving his country, Glen was honorably discharged and moved back home to Minnesota. At this time he attended school at Dunwoody and then later, worked at a machine company, and then became an instructor at a correctional facility. Soon after Glen moved back home, Marian also moved back home and started working at the local pottery shop as a painter. Finding out that each other was back home, they starting dating, fell madly in love, and were married at their local church. After honeymooning at a cabin in Northern Minnesota, they bought a trailer, moved to out of town for a short period of time, but ended up buying the family farm in their home town.
Glen and Marian have four children, three girls and one boy, ten grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Their love has grown every day. Even when Glen was in the Army for four years, Marian patiently waited for his return. Somehow they must have known that their love would be able to withstand anything. Glen and Marian’s advice for a successful marriage would be to have faith in God, be thankful every day for each other, and to do kinds things for each other. They feel that having the same beliefs and money sense, and to not be prideful, has made them happy all their life!
On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Glen and Marian renewed their wedding vows in the chapel at Potter Ridge. Pastor Bob, their current pastor from Welch performed the brief ceremony. After the service, they were greeted with bubbles and rose pedals from the residents that were lined up down the hallway outside of the chapel. The reception was held in the activity room. Decorated for a wedding, we were entertained by Richie Zuccarelli, from St. Paul, who sang everyone’s favorite Frank Sinatra tunes and after that we all were treated to cake and ice cream. It was a perfect day for such a wonderful couple, Potter Ridge is blessed to have them living here!