Canadian Longest Married Couple Honored

Married 80 years, meet Bill and Bertie Nickerson of Nova Scotia


                        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.

To learn more about WWME, log onto www.wwme.org

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Media inquiries should be directed to:
Ana Lilian and Ernesto Ayala           
Phone: 604-270-4403
Email: wwme.cet@hotmail.com

 

Meet the Goosenbergs, our 2016 US Honorees

Carlsbad Couple married 80 years and counting!

2016 Longest Married Couple Project Winners Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

           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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Media inquires should be directed to:
Dick & Diane Baumbach at either
321-544-3440 or
dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net

Photo by Eduardo Contreras, San Diego Union-Tribune 

Congratulations Longest Married Couples

Announcing the 2016 Honorees for the US & territories

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE


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:

Alaska
Les and Delores Dennis                        June 30 1949                       66 years
Anchorage, Alaska

Arizona
Warren & Joyce Davis                          May 15, 1954                      62 years
Scottsdale, AZ

Arkansas
Clinton & Christine Jayne                     Feb. 19, 1943                      72 years
Warren, AR

California
Clarence & Alberta Gazin                      March 17, 1940                  75 years
Los Angeles, CA

Colorado
Gene & Margie Nelson                           Oct. 30, 1936                      79 years
Castle Rock, CO

Connecticut
John & Katie Franzosa                            Oct. 28, 1944                      71 years
Manchester, CT

Delaware
James & Roberta Conrad                         Sept. 13, 1944                    71 years
Wilmington, DE 

Florida
Peter & Marie Nepi                                  Nov. 22, 1941                     74 years
Sarasota, FL

Georgia
Edgar & Nelle Ennis                                 Oct. 17, 1942                      73 years
Albany, GA

Hawaii
Richard & Dominga Yadao                       May, 25, 1946                     69 years
Wailuka Maui, HI

Idaho
Keith & Barbara Burns                              Feb. 16, 1952                       63 years
Meridian, ID

Illinois
John & Madeline Fote                                Oct 12, 1940                        75 years
Mount Prospect, IL

Indiana                                               
Ralph & Lilian Plummer                            March 30, 1945                   70 years
Indianapolis, IN

Iowa
Yeoman & Erma Cowlishaw                      Feb. 6, 1940                        75 years
Waterloo, IA

Kansas
Harold & Mary Alice McKinney                May 16, 1948                      67 years
Greensburg, KS

Kentucky
Clarence & Kathleen Chesser                      June 6, 1959                        56 years
La Grange, KY

Louisiana
Alfred & Shirley Reyes                                May 27, 1950                       65 years
New Orleans, LA

Maine
Ralph & Dotty Cornette                                Nov. 21, 1970                       45 years
Winthrop, ME

Maryland
Anthony & Mary Leggieri                             Oct. 18, 1947                       68 years
Ijamsville, MD

Massachusetts
Charles & Anna DiPietro                               June 25, 1939                       76 years
Peabody, MA

Michigan
Chester & Martha Leppek                              Oct. 26, 1940                        75 years
Ruth, MI

Minnesota
Ben & Rosemarie Sontag                                May 22, 1943                       72 years                                         
Rosemount, MN

Missouri
Luke & Gwendolyn Scavuzzo                         Aug. 15, 1948                       67 years
Harrisonville, MO

Nebraska
Erwin & Carol Keim                                        April 27, 1940                      75 years
Chadron, NE

Nevada
Wayne & Marcia Kessler                                  July 24, 1965                        50 years
Boulder City, NV

New Hampshire                                                
Sylvio & Lucille LeBlanc                                  Oct. 19, 1940                        75 years
Manchester, NH 

New Jersey
Jack & Mary Smith                                             July 15, 1944                         71 years
Bridgewater, NJ

New Mexico
Henry & Cecilia Marrufo                                     Dec. 2, 1950                          65 years
Las Cruces, NM

New York
Ralph & Joan Keefe                                              Sept. 8, 1942                         73 years
Oceanside, NY

North Carolina
Bill & Julia Stephens                                             Feb. 1, 1959                          56 years
Raleigh, NC

North Dakota
Tom & Jean McNulty                                            Jan. 22, 1942                         73 years
Bismark, ND

Ohio
Constantine & Pauline Nonno                                March 8, 1943                       72 years
Barberton, OH

Oklahoma
Lloyd & Velma Cox                                                Aug. 17, 1947                       68 years
Guthrie, OK

Oregon
Mario & Josephine Monti                                         July 23, 1944                        71 years
Portland, OR

Pennsylvania
Chet & Helen Amick                                                 June 10, 1939                       76 years
Lanse, PA

Rhode Island
Santa & Nicola Mainelli                                             Dec. 2, 1944                        71 years
Providence, RI 

South Carolina
Frank & Betty Murray                                                 Nov. 24, 1947                     68 years
North Augusta, SC

Tennessee
Anthony & Dorothy Kliemann                                    June 27, 1942                      73 years
Knoxville, TN

Texas
Henry & Isaura Palma                                                  Nov. 22, 1952                     63 years
Georgetown, TX 

Vermont
Paul & Thelma Hance                                                   Sept. 28, 1946                    69 years
Bristol, VT 

Virginia
James & Christine Bacco                                              July 2, 1949                        66 years
Daleville, VA

Washington
Frank & Marie Bishop                                                   July 24, 1936                     79 years
Shelton, WA

West Virginia
Cheap & Phyllis Safreed                                                Nov. 19, 1948                    67 years
St. Albans, WV

Wisconsin
Gordon & Shirley Arkens                                                Sept. 20, 1945                   70 years
West Allis, WI 

Wyoming
William & Doris Carpenter                                            Jan. 28, 1944                     71 years
Casper, WY

US Territories
Saipan
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
(321) 544-3440
dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net