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Fifth Annual Search Begins for Longest Married Couples in United States

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Fifth Annual Search Begins for Longest Married Couples in United States, Sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., The fifth annual search for the longest married couple in the United States begins on Friday, October 10, 2014, it was announced today by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country.
This marks the project’s fifth consecutive year for the highly acclaimed activity recognizing couples for their long marriages. In 2011 Marshall & Winnie Kuykendall from Lordsburg, New Mexico were honored for 82 years of marriage, while in 2012 Wilbur & Theresa Faiss of Las Vegas, Nevada were honored for 78 years of marriage. In 2013 John & Ann Betar of Fairfield, CT were honored for 80 years of marriage. This year Harold & Edna Owings of Burbank, CA were recognized for their 82 years of marriage. There are also state winners recognized at the same time each year for their longest marriages. There have been over 1200 couples nominated for the honors during the last four years. Winners are selected solely from nominations submitted.
“Once again we want to honor the longest married couple in the United States, as well as in each of the 50 states and territories. The national winners will be recognized during Valentine’s Week 2015, which coincides with World Marriage Day, which is the second Sunday of February,” explained Dick & Diane Baumbach and Fr. Dick Morse, the coordinators for the special project.

An Alumni Group was established for previous national and state winners. Previous state winners can vie for the national title, but they also are now considered members of the alumni of longest married couples in their individual states. This allows for new couples to be recognized for both state and national recognition. “What a joy and inspiration it is to recognize a husband and wife who have been married for many, many years,” the coordinators explained.
In addition to the longest married couple for the entire United States, recognition will also be given to a couple from each state and territories who has achieved that distinction. In the case of the United States couple, appropriate gifts will be presented to them by Ron & Judy Pekny and Fr. Rocky Grimard, the WWME national leadership team, at a ceremony to be held at the winner’s location during Valentine’s week. The state winners will also receive personal recognition and a special certificate of achievement from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement.
Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of religious affiliation, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number.

The contact information for sending in a nomination, which simply requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and where they currently reside- plus a contact phone or email address of the individual nominating the couple, is as follows: email wwmelmc2015@gmail.com, regular mail Dick & Diane Baumbach 8924 Puerto Del Rio Drive Suite 402, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, and special phone number 321-613-5180. Nominations must be received by January 10th, 2015.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 45 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 the parish 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. Priests are also encouraged to attend a WWME weekend, which offers insights into their relationship with the church and their parishioners, and how their Sacrament of Holy Orders interacts with the Sacrament of Matrimony. WWME 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 national office at (909) 863-9963.

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

published Oct 15th, 2014 by in

State Winners for 2014 Longest Married Couple Project Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

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WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER 2210 East Highland Avenue, Suite 110 San Bernardino, CA 92404 (909) 863-9963 State Winners for 2014 Longest Married Couple Project Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter For Immediate Release: Feb. 7, 2014

San Bernardino, CA – The 2014 state winners of the 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 we are particularly impressed that six of the couples taking the state honors each have over 80 years of marriage ,” explained Ron and Judy Pekny, the United States Leadership Team for WWME. The Peknys serve with Fr. Rocky Grimard as the U.S. Leadership Team.

“There were hundreds of nominations submitted,” the Peknys explained, adding, “Among the winners there are many couples with over 70 years of marriage and also quite a few with 60 plus years of marriage. That truly is a testament to having a commitment to a long marriage!”

The 2014 longest married couple in the United States, based on the nominations submitted, is Harold & Edna Owings of Burbank, CA. They are married over 82 years having made their marriage vows on Nov. 24, 1931. The Peknys will be traveling to Mr. & Mrs. Owings’ hometown on Feb. 14th to personally honor them at a special ceremony.

As in previous years of the four year old project, individual state winners will be recognized and honored by couples involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter over the Valentine’s week and weekend.

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 Peknys also pointed out that the project is based on nominations received from October 15th 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,” they said. They also pointed out that there were no nominations from three states.

The list of the 2014 state winners and their hometowns and wedding dates are as follows:

Alabama - Aubrey & Delora Stewart 80 years
Dadeville, ALFeb. 27, 1933
Alaska – David & Aleen Fison 70 years
Anchorage, AKJuly 31, 1943
Arizona – Nicholas & Doris Johns 75 years
Sun City West, AZAugust 26, 1938
Arkansas – Sam & Katherine Ross 70 years
Cabot, ARJune 8, 1943
California – James & Rejane Mason 70 years
Carlsbad, CASept. 18, 1943
Colorado – Jesse & Muriel Wright 73 years
Littleton, COAugust 2, 1940
Connecticut – Gottfreid & Lucille Weingart 76 years
New Hartford, CTJanuary 1, 1938
Delaware – Horace, Jr. & Mary Lou Sherrill 69 years
Wilmington, DEMarch 2, 1944
Florida – Juan & Dulce Rondon 67 years
Hialeah, FL December 9, 1946
Georgia – Howard & Irma Nichols 68 years
Young Harris, GAJune 1, 1945
Hawaii – Angelino & Eva Ronquilio 78 years
Aiea, HIAugust 18, 1934
Illinois – Sol & Frances Deutsch 74 years
Highland Park, ILFeb. 12, 1939
Indiana – Edwin & Dorothy Boknecht 65 years
Fort Wayne, INJune 26, 1948
Iowa – Alvin & Eula Blankenship 78 years
Council Bluffs, IA June 12, 1935
Kansas – Dale & Alice Rockey 80 years
Olathe, KS December 29, 1933
Louisiana – Raphael & Nora Guidry 70 years
Opelousas, LADecember 19, 1943
Maine – Maynard & Phyllis McIntyre 68 years
Caribou, MENovember 10, 1945
Maryland – Sadanala & Lily John 75 years
Laurel, MDDecember 14, 1938
Massachusetts – Adrian & Lorraine LaPointe 69 years
Westfield, MAJune 25, 1944
Michigan - Clarence & Lavern Shumaker 70 years
Byron Center, MIFebruary 12, 1943
Minnesota – Ervin & Verna Kaduce 75 years
Mapleton, MNNovember 17, 1938
Mississippi – Ted and Markie Perkins 70 years
D’Iberville, MSAugust 16, 1943
Missouri – Ed & Ila Tenny 73 years
Lee’s Summit, MOJanuary 8, 1941
Montana – Clifford & Bessie Johnson 71 years
Great Falls, MTOctober 1, 1942
Nebraska – Paul & Dorothy Naprstek 75 years
Creighton, NE November 3, 1938
Nevada – Lynn & Evelyn Lillie 75 years
Carson City, NVOctober 15, 1938
New Hampshire – Eugene & Doris Cook 71 years
Boscowen, NHJanuary 30, 1942
New Jersey – Harvey & Dot Rimbach 72 years
Mahwah, NJJune 24, 1941
New Mexico – Arturo & Estella Estrada 71 years
Lordsburg, NMAugust 5, 1942
New York – Ernest & Helene Cochrane 80 years
Bay Shore, NYNovember 29, 1933
North Carolina - Robert & Adele Blank 70 years
Weaverville, NCNovember 10, 1943
North Dakota - Kasper & Josephine Heidt 70 years
New England, NDJune 20, 1943
Ohio - Don & Alice Hughes 74 years
Vaughnsville, OHOctober 18, 1939
Oklahoma – Eual & Rose McCrite 70 years
Oklahoma City, OKNovember 17, 1943
Oregon – Erling & Helen Haraldsen 70 years
Salem, ORJuly 31, 1943
Pennsylvania – Alton & Elsie Lehman 76 years
Ligonier, PASeptember 18, 1937
Rhode Island – Harold & Alice St. John, Jr. 59 years
Cranston, RI November 6, 1954
South Carolina – John & Anita Folsom 73 years
Greenville, SCOctober 17, 1941
South Dakota – Otto & Anna Mueller 78 years
Bowdle, SDFebruary 11, 1935
Tennessee – Edgar & Elsie Alley 72 years
Church Hill, TNDecember 19, 1941
Texas – Ralph & Mary Lou Riggs 80 years
Willis, TX November 4, 1933
Utah – Howard & Eileen Gemperline 60 years
Delta, UTJuly 4, 1953
Vermont – Lawrence & Beatrice Gerlack 68 years
South Burlington, VTJanuary 1, 1945
Virginia – Arthur and Lillian Bickmeyer 59 years
Gainesville, VAFebruary 20, 1954
Washington – Archie & Sylvia Bowman 62 years
Spokane Valley, WAJanuary 14, 1951
Wisconsin – Ted & Alice Rortvedt 81 years
Deforest, WIMay 9, 1932
Wyoming – Ed & Jeri NeVille 80 years
Byron, WYNovember 25, 1933

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 45 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

published Feb 07th, 2014 by in

2014 Longest Married Couple Project Winners Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

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For Immediate Release: Feb. 7, 2014

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 2014 Longest Married Couple Project. They are Harold & Edna Owings of Burbank, CA. The Owings have been married 82 years as of Nov. 24, 2013.

Hundreds of nominations were received for this year’s project. The winners from individual states will be announced on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. This is the fourth year for the nationwide project.

"What a privilege and honor it is to recognize Harold and Edna Owings for their commitment to marriage," said Ron and Judy Pekny, 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 Burbank," they added. The Peknys serve with Fr. Rocky Grimard, as the U.S. leadership for the marriage enrichment movement.

The Owings were married Nov. 24, 1931. They met in 5th grade and Harold would bring Edna candy bars to school. If he thought she was annoyed at him he would give her two candy bars. Harold’s dad owned a candy store.

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.

The Peknys pointed out that the project is based on nominations received from October 15th 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,” 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. & Owings are to all of us. They made a commitment to each other 82 years ago and they have kept that commitment over these many years. They truly are a sign of hope to us all," the Peknys said.

The national winners have two children (both of whom are deceased), 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The presentation of gifts and acknowledgments to the Owings will be made on Feb. 14th at Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank.

State winners from across the country will be presented certificates of achievement and other recognitions by Worldwide Marriage Encounter couples during Valentine's week.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 45 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) 863-9963.

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

published Feb 07th, 2014 by in WWME

Fourth Annual Search Begins for Longest Married Couples in United States, Sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

2014 Longest Married Couple Project, press releases, WWME In The News

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.,

The fourth annual search is on for the longest married couple in the United States, it was announced today by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country.

This is the fourth consecutive year for the highly acclaimed project recognizing couples for their long marriages. Three years ago Marshall & Winnie Kuykendall from Lordsburg, New Mexico were honored for 82 years of marriage, while two years ago Wilbur & Theresa Faiss of Las Vegas, Nevada were honored for 78 years of marriage. This year John & Ann Betar of Fairfield, CT were honored for 80 years of marriage. There were also 50 state winners recognized at the same time each year for their longest marriages. There have been over 900 couples nominated for the honors during the last three years. Winners are selected solely from nominations submitted.

“Once again we want to honor the longest married couple in the United States, as well as in each of the 50 states and territories. The national winners will be recognized during Valentine’s Week 2014, which coincides with World Marriage Day, which is the second Sunday of February,” explained Dick & Diane Baumbach and Fr. Dick Morse, the coordinators for the special project.

An Alumni Group was established for previous national and state winners. Previous state winners can vie for the national title, but they also are now considered members of the alumni of longest married couples in their individual states. This allows for new couples to be recognized for both state and national recognition. “What a joy and inspiration it is to recognize a husband and wife who have been married for many, many years,” the coordinators explained.

In addition to the longest married couple for the entire United States, recognition will also be given to a couple from each state and territories who has achieved that distinction. In the case of the United States couple, appropriate gifts will be presented to them by Ron & Judy Pekny and Fr. Rocky Grimard, the WWME national leadership team, at a ceremony to be held at the winner’s location during Valentine’s week. The state winners will also receive personal recognition and a special certificate of achievement from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement.

Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of religious affiliation, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number.

The contact information for sending in a nomination, which simply requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and where they currently reside- plus a contact phone or email address of the individual nominating the couple, is as follows: email dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net, regular mail Dick & Diane Baumbach 8934 Puerto Del Rio Drive Suite 204, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, and special phone number 321-613-5180. Nominations must be received by January 10th, 2014.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 44 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 the parish 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 national office at (909) 863-9963.

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

published Oct 18th, 2013 by Dick and Diane Baumbach in 2014 Longest Married Couple Project

State Winners for 2013 Longest Married Couple Project Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

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For Immediate Release: Jan. 31, 2013
San Bernardino, CA – The 2013 state winners of the 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 amazed and thrilled at the number of couples married 70 years or more and we are particularly impressed that four of the couples taking the state honors each have over 79 years of marriage ,” explained Ron and Judy Pekny, the United States Leadership Team for WWME. The Peknys serve with Fr. Rocky Grimard as the U.S. Ecclesial Team.

“There were hundreds of nominations submitted,” the Peknys explained, adding, “Among the winners there are many couples with 70 plus years of marriage and also quite a few with 60 plus years of marriage. That truly is a testament to having a commitment to a long marriage!”

The longest married couple in the United States, based on the nominations submitted, is John and Ann Betar of Fairfield, CT. They are married over 80 years having made their marriage vows on Nov. 25, 1932. The Peknys will be traveling to Mr. & Mrs. Betars’ hometown on Feb. 9th to personally honor them at a special ceremony.
As in previous years of the three year old project, individual state winners will be recognized and honored by couples involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter, from all across the country, over the Valentine’s week and weekend.

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 Peknys also pointed out that the project is based on nominations received from October 15th 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,” they said. They also pointed out that there were no nominations for several states.

The list of the 2013 state winners and their hometowns and wedding dates are as follows:

71 yearsArkansas - Bernie & Helen Kremer
Fort Smith, AR
November 17, 1941
78 years California - Scott & Thelma Dowell
McCloud, CA
March 6, 1934
65 years Colorado - John & Delores Siran
Colorado Springs, CO
October 11, 1947
70 yearsDelaware - Bill & Ginny Miller
Dover, DE
August 7, 1942
69 years Florida - Raymond & Valentine Cassagnol
Oviedo, FL
December, 23, 1943
70 years Georgia - Bill & Jacque Dean
Acworth, GA
May 16, 1942
75 years Hawaii - Joseph & Helen Vierra
Waimanalo, HI
August 28, 1937
79 years Idaho - Norman & Edith Warren
Weiser, ID
April 7, 1933
71 years Illinois -Phil & Kay Bail Sr.
Chicago, IL
September 9, 1941
71 yearsIndiana - Walter & Dorothy Langley
Fort Wayne, IN
August 17, 1941
77 yearsIowa - John & Anna Dwyer
Cedar Rapids, IA
April 2, 1935
64 years Kansas - Stewart & Joyce Boone
Garden City, KS
August 15, 1948
60 yearsLouisiana - Henry & Ida Smith
Gonzales, LA
March 10, 1952
74 yearsMaryland - Dante & Olga Petrolini
Baltimore, MD
June 2, 1938
70 years Massachusetts - Constanty & Anne Raccis
East Longmeadow, MA
August 1, 1942
74 years Michigan - Ben & Ella Hensel
Linwood, MI
April 30, 1938
69 yearsMinnesota - Severin & Lorraine Haus
St. Cloud, MN
September 23, 1943
72 yearsMississippi - Kimble & Virgie Wallace
Monticello, MS
April 13, 1940
65 years Missouri - Dean & Naomi Jackson
North Kansas City, MO
January 12, 1947
75 years Montana - Joe & Faye Donley
Forsyth, MT
June 5, 1937
70 yearsNebraska - Rudge and Dottie Vifquain
Lincoln, NE
November 8, 1942
74 years New Jersey - Giacomo & Antonia DiRienzo
Burlington, NJ
June 12, 1938
75 years New York - Walter & Anna Patrick
Troy, NY
May 1, 1937
79 years North Carolina - Robert & Virginia Gerald
Goldsboro, NC
April 12, 1933
70 years North Dakota - Wally & Ila Billing
Enderlin, ND
July 5, 1942
75 years Ohio - Perry & Olive Daub
Columbus Grove, OH
December 24, 1937
77 yearsOregon - Willis & Iola Hinkle
Mt. Angel, OR
July 3, 1935
79 years Pennsylvania - Clayton & Beatrice Herb
Schuylkill Haven, PA
June 29, 1933
65 years Rhode Island - Eric & Doris Houston
Coventry, RI
April 26, 1947
66 yearsSouth Carolina - Bob & Ethel Hirsch
Myrtle Beach, SC
June 29, 1946
53 yearsSouth Dakota - Russ & Ann Lynn Graham
Beresford, SD
March 6, 1959
72 years Tennessee - Grady & Flossie Bailey
Flag Pond, TN
November 23, 1940
67 years Texas - Edwin & Gladys Chumchal
Shiner, TX
February 12, 1945
74 years Virginia - Hubert & Marie Breeding
Wise, VA
May 3, 1938
70 years West Virginia - John & Katherine Zinkus
New Martinsville, WV
April 27, 1942
78 years Wisconsin - Roger & Rosella Feiten
New Auburn, WI
April 10th, 1934
72 yearsWyoming - Dan & Marcella Herrin
Greybull, WY
October 12, 1940

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 44 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 you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.

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

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Named About.com 2012 Best Marriage Workshop

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The internationally known website About.com, which annually conducts its Readers Choice Awards, has named Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) the 2012 winner of the Best Marriage Workshop category.

"WWME was honored to have been selected a finalist for this year’s Readers Choice Award competition and now to be selected as the winner in the Best Marriage Workshop category is simply wonderful," said Scott and Karen Seaborn and Fr. Tom Griffith, SVD, the United States Ecclesial Team for Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

Jose and Marilyn Garcia and Fr. Mitch Walters, the North American Ecclesial Team for WWME, added, "We know that there were many votes cast by individuals and couples who truly believe that Worldwide Marriage Encounter is the best marriage enrichment program available. We thank all those who voted for WWME."

"The recognition Worldwide Marriage Encounter has received from the About.com Readers Choice Award is absolutely wonderful and we hope that couples from across the world will see how strong and vibrant the WWME weekend experience is for their marriages," said Tony & Cathy Witczak and Fr. Emile Frische, MHM, the International Ecclesial Team for WWME.
published Apr 02nd, 2012 by in about.com

Tribute to the 2012 Worldwide Marriage Encounter Longest Married Couple

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A special tribute to the 2012 Worldwide Marriage Encounter Longest Married Couple national winners, Wilbur and Theresa Faiss from Las Vegas. This annual project is based on nominations received for couples who have long marriages across the United States. There are state winners along with one national winner. The contest begins each October and ends in January. Go to wwme.org to find out how to nominate friends or family members for this very special recognition and honor.

published Mar 06th, 2012 by in WWME.org

Vote! 2012 Best Marriage Workshop

WWME In The News

Vote from among these five finalists for the marriage workshop category. If you'd like to read more info about each of them before voting, you can find links to each finalist's website here.

Voting is open Feb. 22 through March 21, 2012. The winners will be announced March 30, 2012. You will be able to vote once per day in each category. To learn more about this program, visit the About.com Readers' Choice Awards FAQ.

published Mar 06th, 2012 by in Marriage @ About.com

JC Penny's Features 2011 Winners of Longest Married Couple Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 1, 2012

JC PENNEY’S NEW MAGAZINE FEATURES THE 2011 WINNERS OF LONGEST MARRIED COUPLE PROJECT SPONSORED BY WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

San Bernardino, CA – The couple who was honored last year as the Longest Married Couple in the United States by Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been featured in a two page article in the new JC Penney magazine. Marshall & Winnie Kuykendall of Lordsburg, New Mexico will be married 83 years on Valentine’s Day.

“We are so pleased that JC Penney chose to recognize last year’s national winners,” said Scott & Karen Seaborn, the United States Leadership Team for Worldwide Marriage Encounter. The Seaborns serve with Fr. Tom Griffith, SVD in the role of the U.S. Ecclesial Team.

The JC Penney magazine is the start of a new marketing effort by the company. The circulation of the magazine, which is sent to its customers, is Dick & Diane and Fr. Dick14 million.

“Just like last year, Worldwide Marriage Encounter solicited nominations starting in October for the Longest Married Couple honor in the United States for 2012. We used radio, television, newspapers and the internet to seek the nominations. The closing date for nominations was January 10th. The honor this year goes to Wilbur & Theresa Faiss of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Faiss’ have been married 78 years,” the Seaborns said.

There were also 47 state winners this year who were nominated for the project. Those winners were announced earlier in the week.

The leadership team added, “We are aware that there may be couples married longer, but we want to focus on the nomination process so that family and friends can be involved in this very special program.”

In order to have more couples recognized and honored each year, Worldwide Marriage Encounter set up an alumni association so that previous winners could not succeed themselves year after year. However, any previous state winner could win the national title the following year if they were nominated and had the longest marriage.

JC Penney sought out the Kuykendalls to help launch their magazine effort in February, traditionally known as Valentine’s month.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 43 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 the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in over 90 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 you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.

Media inquiries should be directed to:
Dick & Diane Baumbach (321) 544-3440 dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net

published Feb 07th, 2012 by in WWME

Names of 2012 Longest Married Project in all 50 States

WWME In The News

San Bernardino, CA – The 2012 state winners of the annual Longest Married Couple Project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith based marriage enrichment program in this country, were announced today.

“The number of years many of these couples are married is just awesome,” explained Scott and Karen Seaborn, the United States Leadership Team for WWME. The Seaborns serve with Fr. Tom Griffith, SVD, as the U.S. Ecclesial Team.

“There were 256 nominations from 47 states,” the Seaborns explained, adding, “There are four couples married 78 years, many couples married 70 plus years and quite a few couples with 60 plus years of marriage. What a testament to having a commitment to a long marriage!”

The longest married couple in the United States, based on the nominations submitted, is Wilbur and Theresa Faiss of Las Vegas, NV. They are married 78 years having made their
marriage vows on April 14, 1933. The Seaborns will be traveling to the Faiss’ hometown on Feb. 11th to personally honor them at a special ceremony.

This year individual state winners will be recognized and honored by couples involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter, all across the country, over the Valentine’s week and weekend.

Winners of the initial project, which was held last year, automatically became 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 list of the 2012 state winners and their hometowns are as follows:

Alabama – Joseph & Louise GreyMobile AL 72 years

Arkansas – Roy & Vola EdgmonLowell AR 78 years

California – Primitivo & Mauricia Ballesteros Sunnyvale CA75 years

Colorado – Chuck & Inez Massana Pueblo CO 76 years

Connecticut – Charles & Dorothy Baldis Granby CT 65 years

Delaware – Valentino & Mary Nardo Wilmington DE 71 years

Florida – Ned & Martha Dickson Lake Placid FL 75 years

Georgia – Victor & Ellen Della-Giustina Augusta GA 66 years

Hawaii – Percy & Helen Chun KaimukiHI 74 years

Iowa – Ray & Margaret Kuethe Sumner IA 76 years

Idaho – LeRoy & Frances EllwoodMeridian ID 71 years

Illinois – Dale & Doris Chatfield Chicago IL 73 years

Indiana – Jack & Thelma Flory New Haven IN 69 years

Kansas – Gilbert & Barbara Knipp Scott City KS 72 years

Kentucky – Bob & Agnes Schneider Lexington KY 75 years

Louisiana – Charles & Nelda Bernard Lafayette LA 70 years

Massachusetts – Malcolm & Ellen Brown Westminster MA 70 years

Maryland – Joseph & Stella Sheleheda Solomons MD 73 years

Maine – Norm & Joan Putnam Bryant Pond ME 63 years

Michigan – Joseph & Margory Zelesky Flat Rock MI70 years

Minnesota – Pinky & Maree Skorich Marble MN 74 years

Missouri – Bob & Shirley Hill Arnold MO 62 years

Mississippi – Thomas E. & Helen B. Haffey Lexington MS 71 years

Montana – Ben & Betty Hanson Miles CityMT 69 years

North Carolina – Carl & Cyndi Whaley Richlands NC 76 years

North Dakota – Earl & Elizabeth Hanson Cooperstown ND 71 years

Nebraska - Harold & Iola (Ole) Meierhenry Fremont NE 78 years

New Hampshire – Vincent & Ruth Trainor Milton NH 76 years

New Jersey – Emil & Carol Tiusty Wallington NJ 65 years

New Mexico – Zack & Eloisa Montoya Albuquerque NM 73 years

New York – John & Victoria Frontera West Seneca NY 72 years

Ohio – Earl and Maxine Martin Vienna OH 71 years

Oklahoma – Andrew & Grace Stagner Hinton OK 63 years

Oregon – Erman& Erma Johnston Albany, OR 78 years

Pennsylvania – Paul & Martha Shannon New Castle PA 72 years

Rhode Island – Philip & Norma Monte Narragansett RI 66 years

South Carolina – A.J. & Margaret Lewis Columbia SC 69 years

South Dakota – Durwood & Arlene Bouzek Hot Springs SD 64 years

Tennessee – Bernard & Doris Green Crossville TN 68 years

Texas – Ted & Marie Keller Amarillo TX 73 years

Washington – John & Hilda Phillips Deer Park WA 70 years

Wisconsin – Joseph & Rosemary Grout Madison WI 73 years

West Virginia – Vinton & Juanita Marshall Bluefield WV 70 years

Wyoming – Paul and Vivian Smith Big Piney WY 73 years

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 42 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 the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in over 90 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 you can call 1-800-795-LOVE
(English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909)
863-9963.

Media inquires should be directed to:

Dick& Diane Baumbach
(321) 544-3440 dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net

published Feb 07th, 2012 by in WWME.org

WWME interview with Radio WWL 815AM

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Dick and Diane Baumbach were interviewed recently on WWL 815am radio of New Orleans and got a chance to talk about the winners of the 2012 Longest Married Project. Along the way they talked about WWME and what the program offers.

Click here to listen to their interview!

published Feb 04th, 2012 by in WWME interview with Radio WWL 815AM

100-year-old arrived too late for mention by Obama

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A 100-year-old man who was supposed to get a shout-out from President Barack Obama Thursday for his long life and lengthy marriage arrived too late and was dropped from the president's prepared remarks.

But Wilbur Faiss, who was supposed to be featured at the top of Obama's remarks at an event in Las Vegas, said he's been assured that to make amends, he'll be invited to the next presidential appearance in Vegas.

Obama's prepared remarks had him hailing Faiss and his wife, Theresa, who are getting ready to celebrate their 79th wedding anniversary. "Wilbur, you're clearly doing something right," Obama said in his advance text.

More...

published Jan 30th, 2012 by in Seattle PI

After 78 years, centenarian knows secret to long, happy marriage

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Want to know the key to a long and happy marriage from an expert?

"Every day ask her how she feels and 'Is there anything I can do for you?' " Wilbur Faiss of Las Vegas said. "And say, 'Honey, I still love you.' "

Faiss, 100, clearly speaks from experience. He and his wife, Theresa, 96, were married more than 78 years ago in Centralia, Ill.

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter announced Tuesday that the Faisses are the winners of its longest-married couple contest for 2012. Three other couples who have longer marriages, and are still alive, have been honored by the faith-based organization in past years, according to Dick Baumback, who oversees the program.

published Jan 30th, 2012 by in Las Vegas Review Journal

Winners of Longest Married Couple Project

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San Bernardino, CA – Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith based marriage enrichment program in the United States, announces the winner of the Longest Married Couple Project to be Wibur & Theresa Faiss of Las Vegas, NV. They have been married 78 years as of Feb. 11, 2012.

The state winners as a result of the project will be announced on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. There were 256 nominations received from 47 states.

“What a privilege and honor it is to recognize Wilbur & Theresa Faiss for their commitment to marriage,” said Scott and Karen Seaborn, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME. “We look forward to personally recognizing them on Feb. 11th in their hometown of Las Vegas,” they added. The Seaborns serve with Fr. Tom Griffith, SVD, as the U.S. leadership for the marriage enrichment movement.

The Faiss’ were married April 14, 1933. They met at a roller skating rink in Centralia, IL in 1930. Mr. Faiss said it was” love at first sight.”

The Nevada couple achieved the honor of being the Longest Married Couple based on the over 250 nominations submitted to Worldwide Marriage Encounter beginning in October of last year.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter created this project to highlight marriage in America and to show young couples that marriage really can go the distance. “What an inspiration Mr. & Mrs. Faiss are to all of us. They made a commitment to each other 78 years ago and they have kept that commitment over these many years. They truly are a sign of hope to us all,” the Seaborns said.

The national winners have three children, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

The presentation of gifts and acknowledgements to the Faiss’ will be made at 10 am Feb. 11th at the Wilbur & Theresa Faiss Middle School, which is named in honor of them, and is located in Las Vegas.

The state winners will also be presented their certificates and recognitions by Worldwide Marriage Encounter couples, during Valentine’s week.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 43 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 the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in over 90 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 you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.

Media inquiries should be directed to:
Dick & Diane Baumbach (321) 544-3440 dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net

published Jan 26th, 2012 by in WINNERS OF LONGEST MARRIED COUPLE PROJECT

2012 Longest Married Couple Project Nominations are Running Ahead of Last Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 13, 2011

2012 LONGEST MARRIED COUPLE PROJECT NOMINATIONS SPONSORED
BY WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER RUNNNG AHEAD OF LAST YEAR

San Bernardino, CA – The search for the longest married couple project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country, enters the family holiday period with over 125 nominations from 36 states.

“It is our hope that we can honor, not only the national longest married couple, but one couple from each state. Based on what we are seeing many family members along with longtime friends are nominating couples for the award”, explained Scott & Karen Seaborn and Fr, Tom Griffith, SVD, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME.

Dick & Diane Baumbach and Fr. Dick Morse, who serve as the North American Weekend Pillar for the WWME movement and are overseeing the project, added, “We know that traditionally families get together during the holiday period and what a perfect time to nominate parents or grandparents who have been married for a long time.” They also said that couples can nominate themselves for the recognition.

In addition to continuing to accept nominations for couples living in all states, they are particularly being sought from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming.

Plans call for the Seaborns and Fr. Griffith to personally present the longest married couple in the United States with a special gifts during the February 2012 Valentine’s Week from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement. The state winners will be presented their certificates of achievement by Worldwide Marriage Encounter couples.

Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of faith expression, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number.

The contact information for sending in a nomination, which simply requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and where they currently reside plus a phone or email address, is as follows: email dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net ; regular mail Dick & Diane Baumbach 1430 Scorpious Ct. Merritt Island, FL 32953 and special phone number 321-453-2475. Nominations must be received by January 9th, 2011.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 42 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 the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in over 90 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 you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.

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

Congress Sparks Faith In U.S., Archbishop Dolan Says

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COLLEGE PARK—The Atlanta Eucharistic Congress draws 25,000 to 30,000 people together in the radiance of this miracle that Vatican II called the source and summit of the Catholic faith. The two-day event of processions, teachings, prayer, liturgy and community rejoicing around the Eucharist is such a witness that it has renewed faith in other parts of the country, said Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York.

published Jul 09th, 2011 by in The Georgia Bulletin

Flash Mob Worldwide Marriage Encounter - Melbourne, Florida

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This video is couples who are striving for longest marriages. They have been married from 7 to 44 years. The couples come from all over the country and have been part of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter experience. The WWME weekend is also call A Weekend of Discovery A Lifetime of Love. These couples held signs to proclaim the length of their marriages and that they were happily married.

published Apr 17th, 2011 by in WWME

Announcing the 50 State Winners In Longest Married Couple Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 7, 2011

50 STATE WINNERS IN LONGEST MARRIED COUPLE PROJECT ANNOUNCED BY WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

San Bernardino, CA – The 50 state winners of the Longest Married Couple Project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith based marriage enrichment program in this country, were announced today.

“The number of years many of these couples are married is just awesome,” explained Scott and Karen Seaborn, the United States Leadership Team for WWME. The Seaborns serve with Fr. Tom Griffith, SVD, as the U.S. Ecclesial Team.

“There were 312 nominations from all 50 states,” the Seaborns explained, adding, “There were three couples married 80 years or longer nominated, along with 100 couples married 70 to 79 years and 155 couples married 60 to 69 years. What a testament to having a commitment to a long marriage!”

The longest married couple in the United States, based on the nominations submitted, is Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall of Lordsburg, NM. They will celebrate their 82 anniversary on Feb. 14, 2011. The Seaborns will be traveling to the Kuykendalls hometown on Feb. 12th to honor them at a special ceremony.

Individual state winners will be recognized and honored by couples involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter, all across the country, over the Valentine’s weekend.

The list of state winners and their hometowns are as follows:

Alaska – 68 years - Ernie & Ruth Brooking, Anchorage AK;
Alabama – 70 years - Mr. & Mrs. Gerald J. Guillot, Sr., Chickasaw AL;
Arkansas – 70 years - Grady & Pauline Starr, Beebe AR;
Arizona – 62 years - Vivian and Rodulfo Rodriguera, Phoenix AZ;
California – 74 years - GK and Mildred Patterson, Strathmore CA;
Colorado – 67 years - Jean & Harvey Rusk, Westcliffe CO;
Connecticut – 71 years - Herman & Lucille DiPalma, New London CT;
Delaware – 71 years - Clinton & Mary Searl, Wilmington DE;
Florida – 70 years - Noah & Vernell Lockley, Apalachicola FL;
Georgia – 64 years - Dick & Gerry Plummer, Augusta GA;
Hawaii – 80 years - Ivan & Doris Nishimura, Oahu HI;
Iowa – 70 years -Emil & Dorothy Votroubek, Cedar Rapids IA;
Idaho – 72 years - Cody & Eula Abbott, Lewiston ID;
Illinois – 71 years - Willis & Mary Hamilton, Elmhurst IL;
Indiana – 71 years -William & Rita Babbitt, Beech Grove IN;
Kansas – 72 years -Frank & Lorena Brunell, Aurora KS;
Kentucky – 75 years - Leon & Mae Carter, Mayfield KY;
Louisiana – 80 years -Ralph & Dorothy Richards, Slidell LA;
Massachusetts – 63 years - Stuart & Dorothy Fisk, Russell MA;
Maryland – 65 years - Michael & Clara O'Hopp, Silver Spring MD;
Maine – 67 years - George & Lucile Stetson, Pitston ME;
Michigan – 70 years - Norm and Beulah Warner, Pigeon MI;
Minnesota – 73 years - Anthony & Rose Ament, St. Cloud MN;
Missouri – 74 years -Vincent & Marie Sanfilippo, St Louis MO;
Mississippi – 70 years - Thomas & Helen Haffey, Lexington MS;
Montana – 73 years - Steve and Ethel Wright, Great Falls MT;
North Carolina – 72 years - Floyd & Edna Waldroup, Hot Springs NC;
North Dakota – 71 years - Tony & Frances Hopfaus, Bismark ND;
Nebraska – 69 years - Harold & Neva Sullivan, Cortland NE;
New Hampshire – 72 years - Richmond & Geraldine Trainor, Littleton NH;
New Jersey – 73 years - Jack & Antonia Di Rienzo, Florence NJ;
New Mexico – 76 years - Alex & Tessie Franzoy, Salem NM;
Nevada – 69 years - Harold & Edith Cohen, Henderson NV;
New York – 70 years - Richard and Eletha Pestke, Hilton NY;
Ohio – 73 years - Karl & Isabelle Schumm, Convoy OH;
Oklahoma – 69 years - Charles & Mildred McGregor, Edmond OK;
Oregon – 74 years -Kal & Edna Horine, Portland OR;
Pennsylvania – 75 years - Charles & Mary Ventrello, Erie PA;
Rhode Island – 67 years - Rosella & Donat Laliberte, Central Falls RI (deceased);
South Carolina – 67 years - Marie & Michael Munoz, Goose Creek SC;
South Dakota – 54 years -James & Eileen Weisbeck, Harreid SD;
Tennessee – 69 years - William & Pansy McNabb, Unicoi TN;
Texas – 77 years - Ross & Clarabelle Snodgrass, Kerrville TX;
Utah – 49 years - Al & Helen Averill, Ephram UT;
Virginia – 70 years - Harry & Frances Ketcham, Annandale VA;
Vermont – 62 years - Arthur & Theresa Audette, Williston VT;
Washington – 70 years -Donald & Eileen Walter, Vancouver WA;
Wisconsin – 70 years - Lawrence & Edna Bremer, Bloomer WI;
West Virginia – 80 years - Paul & Ellenor Whiteman, Bridgeport WV and
Wyoming – 74 years - Victor & Matilda Schaff, Thermopolis WY

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 42 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 the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in over 90 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 you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.

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

published Feb 07th, 2011 by in Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Announcing the Winners of the Longest Married Couple Project

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San Bernardino, CA – Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith based marriage enrichment program in the United States, announces the winner of the Longest Married Couple Project to be Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall of Lordsburg, NM. They will be married 82 years on Feb. 14, 2011.

The 50 state winners as a result of the project will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 7th. There were 312 nominations received from all states.

“What a privilege and honor it is to recognize the Kuykendalls for their commitment to marriage,” said Scott and Karen Seaborn, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME. “We look forward to personally recognizing them on Feb. 12th in their hometown of Lordsburg,” they added. The Seaborns serve with Fr. Tom Griffith, SVD, as the U.S. leadership for the marriage enrichment movement.

The Kuykendalls were married Feb. 14, 1929. Originally from Arizona they eloped to get married five months after meeting each other.

The New Mexico couple achieved the honor of being the Longest Married Couple based on the over 300 nominations submitted to Worldwide Marriage Encounter beginning in October of last year. It should be noted that a couple from North Carolina who are married longer (86 years) were also nominated, but they and their family chose to graciously pass the honor onto the Kuykendalls.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter undertook the project to highlight marriage in America and to show young couples that marriage really can go the distance. “What an inspiration Mr. & Mrs. Kuykendall are to all of us. They made a commitment to each other 82 years ago and they have kept that commitment over these many years. They truly are a sign of hope to us all,” the Seaborns said.

The New Mexico winners have a daughter who is married 56 years, and two grandchildren.

The presentation of gifts and acknowledgements to the Kuykendalls will be made at noon Feb. 12th at the Hampton Inn in Lordsburg.

The individual state winners will also receive special certificates of achievement and other gifts from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement over the Valentine’s weekend. The state winners will also be presented their certificates and recognitions by Worldwide Marriage Encounter couples.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 42 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 the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in over 90 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 you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.
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Media inquires should be directed to:
Dick & Diane Baumbach (321) 544-3440 dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net

published Feb 07th, 2011 by in Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Search for Longest Married Couple Receives Congressional Recognition

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 20, 2010

- Nominations Still Sought By Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Washington, D.C. – The continuing search for the longest married couple project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country, received strong support and recognition on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during remarks made by Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA).

“Mr. Speaker, I hope my colleagues will join me in congratulating Worldwide Marriage Encounter and all the volunteers and clergy for their efforts to strengthen marriages throughout our country,” Rep. Dahlkemper said. The remarks were made during the closing sessions of Congress last week.

The congresswoman added, “Worldwide Marriage Encounter is undertaking a project to recognize the longest married couple from every State, with special recognition to the longest married couple in the United States. As nearly 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, it is truly an inspiration to see how many couples have remained together for so long.”

“Thus far over 180 nominations have been received and they continue to come in at a steady pace,” explained Scott & Karen Seaborn and Fr, Tom Griffith, SVD, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME. They added. “We want to thank Congresswoman Dahlkemper for her strong support of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement and especially for this longest married couple search.”

“As we enter the final days of the Christmas season when so many families are together, what a perfect time to nominate a couple whose marriage has spanned decades of love,” the Seaborns and Fr. Griffth added.

As the deadline for submitting nominations nears it is strongly suggested that they be made to Dick & Diane Baumbach and Fr. Dick Morse, who serve as the North American Weekend Pillar for the WWME movement, who are overseeing the project.

“We know that traditionally families get together during the holiday period and what a perfect time to nominate parents or grandparents who have been married for a long time,” the Baumbachs and Fr. Morse stated. They also said that couples can nominate themselves for the recognition.

Plans call for the Seaborns and Fr. Griffith to personally present the longest married couple in the United States with special gifts on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2011. The individual state winners will also receive special certificates of achievement and other gifts from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement on that same day. The state winners will be presented their certificates by Worldwide Marriage Encounter couples.

Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number. The deadline for nominations is midnight on January 10th.

The contact information for sending in a nomination, which simply requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and where they currently reside plus a phone or email address, is as follows: email dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net ; regular mail Dick & Diane Baumbach 1430 Scorpious Ct. Merritt Island, FL 32953 and special phone number 321-453-2475.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 42 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 the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in over 90 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 you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.

Media inquires should be directed to:
Dick & Diane Baumbach (321) 544-3440 dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net
published Dec 20th, 2010 by in WWME