Thank you all so much for entering our “Celebration of Love” photo contest. Unfortunately, we couldn’t feature all of our entries in the paper, so we’ve put each photo in “Celebration of Love” photo gallery.
Congratulations to our two longest-married couples, Donald and Ruth Sanor, and Bob and Faith Creswell. Thank you so much for your inspiration.
Donald L. Sanor and Ruth Walpert Sanor were married on January 20, 1943. The couple first met in 1942 at a skating rink in Washingtonville, Ohio. Approximately one year later, the couple said, “I do” at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Leetonia, Ohio. There were only two witnesses present, Ruth’s brother, Raymond, and her sister, Helen. Donald and Ruth wore dressy, but simple, street clothes.
Seven children, 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren followed.
As the couple’s 70th anniversary approached, the family began planning a celebration. Ruth revealed to her daughters that she always wanted a beautiful, long, white wedding gown, and a beautiful church wedding. On November 11, 2012, Donald and Ruth made a grand entrance at Damascus Friends Church. The couple was surrounded by 150 family members and guests. Donald and Ruth were both in full wedding attire, including a white wedding dress, for Ruth.
The couple then renewed their wedding vows.
Faith and Bob Creswell of Mount Gilead, Ohio, were classmates. In October 1939, their sophomore year, Bob wanted to take Faith to the school’s Halloween
party, but was too shy to ask her. Bob had his classmate, Harold Braden, ask Faith for him.
Faith and Bob were married on October 12, 1945. The couple is currently enjoying the sunshine at their winter home in Frostless, Florida.
These couples have been together for the following world events:
World War 2
The introduction of color television
The Korean War
The Vietnam War
The assasination of President John F. Kennedy
The Civil Rights Movement
The first man on the moon
The fall of the Berlin wall
The world-wide use of the internet
The death of Princess Diana