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February 13, 2013

Chazy couple celebrate 70 years

CHAZY — Jane and Ralph “Pete” Hubbell started their lives together expecting to be in it for the long haul.

And on Feb. 6, the Chazy couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at their beloved Sunnywood home. 

“Sunnywood is the roots of this family,” Jane said of the lake-view home her husband built. “We always knew this is where we wanted to end up.”

Jane, 90, and Pete, 91, lived in Garden City, Long Island, and summered at Sunnywood for most of their lives, but they have been full-time residents of the North Country since 1984.

“We always said when we retired that we were going to retire here,” Jane said.

MET AT DANCE SCHOOL

The two met during dancing school at a Long Island country club.

“I enjoyed dancing with her (and) being with her,” Pete said.

They differ on details as to when they officially started dating. Pete says their journey began in junior-high school; Jane insists it was in high school.

“You see, we don’t always agree,” Pete said, smiling. “Even after 70 years.”

After graduating, they went off to college; he to Cornell, she to Smith.

“And then the war came along, and he was the first in his fraternity house to enlist,” Jane said.

Pete attended cadet school in Denver while Jane continued her education.

PROPOSAL

The wedding proposal came by phone.

“He didn’t go down on any bended knee,” Jane laughed, adding that Pete had been talking about marriage for months.

“I think that’s when she sort of said, ‘If you’re going to be in the States for six months, all right, we’ll get married,’” Pete recalled of the fateful phone call.

“And that’s the way it worked out.”

A second lieutenant, Pete graduated on Jan. 1, 1943. On Feb. 6 of the same year — a cold, snowy day — they were married at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City.

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