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Long-lasting love secrets revealed: Residents share ...

Monday, February 3 2014 11:43 PM

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.– (1 Corinthians 13:4–8, ESV)

What’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage?

Find out from these happily married couples who live in Good Samaritan Society centers all over the country.


John and Lillian Brickzin, married 68 years
Good Samaritan Society – Heritage Grove
East Grand Forks, Minn.

“When we got married, I made a deal with the good Lord that it would always be the three of us,” John says. “When there is more than one person, you can’t have your way all the time. It takes compromise and respect. We’ve had our share of differences — that’s only natural. But they didn’t stay different. And I still kiss her goodnight after all these years.” 

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Bert and Beulah Butikofer, married 61 years
Good Samaritan Society – West Union
West Union, Iowa 

“The most important thing that has kept us together through the good times and through the rough times — yes, we had our rough times — is our mutual faith in a higher power,” Bert says. 

Vince and Louise Trexler, married 73 years
Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village
Kissimmee, Fla.

“We like to do the same things,” Louise says. “We enjoy life and have a good family. We love the Lord. God has just blessed us with this long life we’ve had.”  

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John and Amy Roberson, married 67 years
Good Samaritan Society – Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley, Wash.

Being supportive of each other, whether in work, health, household tasks or hobbies has to be high on our list. It’s truly enjoying being together and being able to discuss differences of opinions in ways that help the relationship and not hurt. Joy and laughter helps a lot, too.”

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Clarence and Johanna Amundson, 59 years
Good Samaritan Society – West Union
West Union, Iowa

“The one thing that had an influence in our meeting and eventual marriage was Clarence’s involvement in his church group,” says Johanna. “Clarence had a pastor at the time that showed the young people in the church that they could have good clean fun.”

“That’s right,” Clarence says. “Good clean fun, like roller skating, music and church groups along with laughter has always kept us out of trouble.”

In loving memory of Clarence who died after this story was written.


Jesse and Lois Goss, married 73 years
Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village
Kissimmee, Fla. 

Lois laughs when asked how they’ve managed to remain together so long. “I wish I knew,” she says. “We had an independent marriage. We both more or less did our own thing. We were not jealous of each other.”  

Leroy “Dusty” and Ione Rhodes, married 66 years
Good Samaritan Society – Las Cruces Village
Las Cruces, N.M.

For more than seven years they traveled in an RV and then two years in a 23-foot boat. The last 16 years they’ve lived together in a one-bedroom apartment. So much togetherness might not suit everyone, but they say all their experiences have enriched their lives and relationship. Ione says their secret for a long marriage is Dusty’s sense of humor. Dusty’s response: “I didn’t want to starve to death!”

Source: www.good-sam.com

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