Nova Scotia Couple is the Longest Married Couple in Canada
Richmond, British Columbia, February 28, 2016 - Worldwide Marriage Encounter Canada honours Bill and Bertie Nickerson, from Liverpool, NS as the Longest Married Couple in Canada for 2015-2016.
Kerri Nickerson, who nominated her grandparents, said the Nickerson’s years together has provided them and their family with many wonderful memories. “They have a history chock full of love and numerous stories of days gone by,” she said.
William (Bill) and Roberta (Bertie) Nickerson celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary on December 2, 2015. Mrs. Nickerson is 98 and Mr. Nickerson is 101. The Nickersons raised two sons, Michael (deceased of Liverpool, NS) and Peter (Beaverbank, NS). They have been blessed with four grandchildren, and two great granddaughters.
“Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson’s example of love and devotion is truly a blessing to their family, and to all they have touched throughout their marriage.” said Ana Lilian and Ernesto Ayala and Fr. Michael Basque, the Canadian Leadership couple for WWME. “Their 80 years of marriage is certainly a great achievement where love and commitment shine through, and we are delighted to honour them with this special recognition.”
The Longest Married Couple project was created by Worldwide Marriage Encounter to highlight the value of marriage and to show the world that marriage really can go the distance. Nominations for the Longest Married Couple in Canada were open across Canada from October 2015 to January 2016. The selection of the Longest Married Couple is based solely on nominations received throughout the promotion.
Active in nearly 100 countries, Worldwide Marriage Encounter is the largest faith-based pro-marriage movement in the world. In Canada, WWME presents marriage enrichment programs in English, French, Spanish, and Korean languages.
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2016 Longest Married Couple Project Winners Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter
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San Bernardino, CA - Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith based marriage enrichment program in the United States, announced today the national winners of the 2016 Longest Married Couple Project. They are Maury and Helen Goosenberg of Carlsbad, CA. The Goosenbergs have been married 80 years as of Jan. 1, 2016
Over 250 nominations were received for this year’s project. The winners from individual states will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. This is the sixth year for the nationwide project.
"It is truly a privilege and honor to recognize Maury & Helen Goosenberg for their commitment to marriage," said Joe & Sue Talarico, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME. "We are looking forward to personally recognizing them on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14th in their hometown of Carlsbad," they added. The Talaricos serve with Fr. Tom Ogg, as the U.S. leadership for the marriage enrichment movement. Fr. Ogg will join the Talaricos at the presentation.
The Goosenbergs were married September 1935. They met when they were early teenagers and were neighbors. They eloped to Philadelphia in 1935, because they were scared their families wouldn’t approve. They told their families afterward and had a big celebration on Dec.31, 1935 which they consider their anniversary. They moved from Philadelphia to California to be closer to family.
The California couple achieved the honor of being the Longest Married Couple based on nominations submitted to Worldwide Marriage Encounter beginning in October of last year. The nomination project ended on January 10th of this year.
The Talaricos pointed out that the project is based on nominations received from October 10th the previous year to January 10th of the current year. “We realize there could be couples married longer, but we did not receive their nominations from friends or family during the nominating period or they chose not to be recognized for their marriage achievements,” they said.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter created the project to highlight marriage in America and to show young couples that marriage really can go the distance. "What an inspiration Mr. & Mrs. Goosenberg are to all of us. They made a commitment to each other 80 years ago and they have kept that commitment. They truly are an inspiration and sign of hope to all of us," the Talaricos said.
The national winners have seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Their only child passed away years ago. The presentation of gifts and acknowledgments to the Goosenbergs will be made at noon on Feb. 14th at the La Costa Glen independent living complex in Carlsbad.
State winners from across the country will be presented certificates of achievement and other recognitions by Worldwide Marriage Encounter couples during Valentine's week as well as the rest of the month.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 47 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day programs that are presented at parishes and other church facilities. The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at facilities where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in almost 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. In North America, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today's world. To learn more about Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends go online to wwme.org or contact the WWME Office at 909/332-7309.
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State Winners for 2016 Longest Married Couple Project Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter
San Bernardino, CA – The 2016 state winners of the sixth annual Longest Married Couple Project, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) , the original faith based marriage enrichment program in this country, were announced today.
“We are truly excited and amazed at the number of couples married 70 years or more and there were many with 60 plus years of marriage,” explained Joe & Sue Talarico, the United States Leadership Team for WWME. The Talaricos serve with Fr. Tom Ogg as the U.S. Leadership Team.
“There were over 250 nominations submitted,” the Talaricos explained, adding, “And, again this year we had couples married much shorter times who wanted to make the Longest Married Couple Project something they could focus on in their marriages for the future.”
The 2016 longest married couple in the United States, based on the nominations submitted, is Maury & Helen Gossenberg of Carlsbad, CA. They are married over 80 years having made their marriage vows in September 1935. The Talaricos and Fr. Ogg will be honoring Mr. & Mrs. Goosenberg in a special ceremony in their hometown of Carlsbad, CA at the La Costa Glen independent living facility this coming Valentine’s Day weekend.
As in previous years of the six year old project, individual state winners will also be recognized and honored by couples involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter over the Valentine’s weekend or at a time convenient for the winning state couple and their families.
This is also the first year that a longest married couple was named for a U.S. territory, namely, Saipan.
Winners of the project are automatically made members of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Longest Married Couple Project Alumni group. Couples cannot succeed themselves each year as either national or state winners, thus giving an opportunity to honor other longest married couples across the country.
The Talaricos also pointed out that the project is based on nominations received from October 10th the previous year to January 10th of the current year. They also pointed out that there were no nominations this year from five states. The list of the 2016 state winners and their hometowns and wedding dates are as follows:
Les and Delores Dennis June 30 1949 66 years
Warren & Joyce Davis May 15, 1954 62 years
Clinton & Christine Jayne Feb. 19, 1943 72 years
Clarence & Alberta Gazin March 17, 1940 75 years
Los Angeles, CA
Gene & Margie Nelson Oct. 30, 1936 79 years
Castle Rock, CO
John & Katie Franzosa Oct. 28, 1944 71 years
James & Roberta Conrad Sept. 13, 1944 71 years
Peter & Marie Nepi Nov. 22, 1941 74 years
Edgar & Nelle Ennis Oct. 17, 1942 73 years
Richard & Dominga Yadao May, 25, 1946 69 years
Wailuka Maui, HI
Keith & Barbara Burns Feb. 16, 1952 63 years
John & Madeline Fote Oct 12, 1940 75 years
Mount Prospect, IL
Ralph & Lilian Plummer March 30, 1945 70 years
Yeoman & Erma Cowlishaw Feb. 6, 1940 75 years
Harold & Mary Alice McKinney May 16, 1948 67 years
Clarence & Kathleen Chesser June 6, 1959 56 years
La Grange, KY
Alfred & Shirley Reyes May 27, 1950 65 years
New Orleans, LA
Ralph & Dotty Cornette Nov. 21, 1970 45 years
Anthony & Mary Leggieri Oct. 18, 1947 68 years
Charles & Anna DiPietro June 25, 1939 76 years
Chester & Martha Leppek Oct. 26, 1940 75 years
Ben & Rosemarie Sontag May 22, 1943 72 years
Luke & Gwendolyn Scavuzzo Aug. 15, 1948 67 years
Erwin & Carol Keim April 27, 1940 75 years
Wayne & Marcia Kessler July 24, 1965 50 years
Boulder City, NV
Sylvio & Lucille LeBlanc Oct. 19, 1940 75 years
Jack & Mary Smith July 15, 1944 71 years
Henry & Cecilia Marrufo Dec. 2, 1950 65 years
Las Cruces, NM
Ralph & Joan Keefe Sept. 8, 1942 73 years
Bill & Julia Stephens Feb. 1, 1959 56 years
Tom & Jean McNulty Jan. 22, 1942 73 years
Constantine & Pauline Nonno March 8, 1943 72 years
Lloyd & Velma Cox Aug. 17, 1947 68 years
Mario & Josephine Monti July 23, 1944 71 years
Chet & Helen Amick June 10, 1939 76 years
Santa & Nicola Mainelli Dec. 2, 1944 71 years
Frank & Betty Murray Nov. 24, 1947 68 years
North Augusta, SC
Anthony & Dorothy Kliemann June 27, 1942 73 years
Henry & Isaura Palma Nov. 22, 1952 63 years
Paul & Thelma Hance Sept. 28, 1946 69 years
James & Christine Bacco July 2, 1949 66 years
Frank & Marie Bishop July 24, 1936 79 years
Cheap & Phyllis Safreed Nov. 19, 1948 67 years
St. Albans, WV
Gordon & Shirley Arkens Sept. 20, 1945 70 years
West Allis, WI
William & Doris Carpenter Jan. 28, 1944 71 years
Gregorio & Bernadita DelaCruz Dec. 27, 1965 51 years
Koblerville, Saipan CNMI
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 48 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day programs that are presented at parishes and other church facilities. The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at facilities where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in almost 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. In North America, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today’s world. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online go to wwme.org or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.
Media inquires should be directed to:
Dick & Diane Baumbach