John and Ann Betar of Connecticut have been married since November 25, 1932. Their 80-year anniversary, which I have spoken of before, has come with a distinction for longest married couple in the U.S.This Saturday, February 9, California-based group Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) is celebrating their union in their hometown of Fairfield.
The Betars were neighbors as children, with John driving Ann to school in his Ford Roadster. She was originally committed by her family to another man, and the couple were forced to elope to Harrison, NY.
“Some people said it would never last. We showed them,” John says.
The Betars were selected for the honor after being nominated last year. Their family is made out of five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, who will probably attend the celebrations.