Their advice to young couples is to keep a sense a humor and be accepting.
“Be loving and forgiving,” Pete said. “Because you’re going to be different, but forgive the other one’s differences; accept them.”
When times get tough, it’s important to forgive and forget, Pete said.
“You struggle through, and usually it works out,” Jane added. “Just have patience, understanding. And love is the basis of it all.”
Pete stressed the importance of never going to bed with a disagreement.
“Whatever it is, we always kiss each other (and) say we love each other before we go to bed. We never, ever go to bed mad at each other.”
“We, you know, work it out somehow.”
“Whatever comes along, we try to accept it,” Pete added. “And certainly … the most wonderful thing is the love that we have for our children and they for us.”
Pete hopes his legacy is happy great-grandchildren.
“And then some,” he said.
Though Pete has had some health problems over the years, the couple’s future looks bright.
He’s been volunteering in the medical library at CVPH Medical Center weekly for more than 20 years. She cross-country skis whenever there’s snow and rides her bike when the weather’s nice.
“I have a goal that maybe we might reach 100,” Jane said.
“That’s what I’d like,” Pete replied, gazing over at his bride.
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