Valentines Celebration Proves Love is Timeless

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
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Love is in the air as couples everywhere celebrate Valentines Day. A special celebration at Benedictine Living community in Wausau proves it doesn't matter how old you are, you're never too old for love.

Felix and Winafred Grochmal are celebrating their 65th Valentines Day as husband and wife. The couple met more than six decades ago at a local dance hall.

"She went with her dad to the dance hall," Felix recalls. "Her dad tended bar. So he tended bar and she was in the dance hall. That's where I met her. "

More than half a century later, they're marking this Valentines Day a little differently. Winafred has Parkinson's Disease and as a result, she now lives at the Benedictine Living Community in Wausau. Felix does not. But the staff at Benedictine wanted to make sure the couple, and six others just like them, still get to be together for the holiday.

"The significance about that holiday is huge for these people," Community Relations and Admissions Counselor Joan Folwarski explains. "Love has no age and we love to be part of that."

All seven couples enjoyed a special meal while they were serenaded by the Barber Shoppers and enjoyed a clown show. But, most importantly, they did it together.

So what's the secret to a long marriage? Felix says he doesn't have the answer, but he does have some Valentines advice for all you men out there.

"Give your loved ones nice flowers."

Making the day even extra special for Felix and Winafred, Valentines Day is Winafred's birthday. Fittingly, her middle name is Valentine.

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