State Winners for 2020 Longest Married Couple Project Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter
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Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Oct. 8, 2020
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- The 2020 state winners of the tenth annual Longest Married Couple Project, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country, were announced today.
"In this truly unusual time with the pandemic occurring across the United States we are very pleased that over 150 nominations were received and that we have 47 state winners," said Tony & Sue Morris and Fr. Tom Ogg, the United States Leadership Team for WWME.
"As we have done with the national winners, Ralph & Dorothy Kohler from Indio, California who are married 85 years, the state winners will be honored virtually in an abundance of caution," the Morris' explained.
Individual state winners will be recognized and honored by couples involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter during October and November or at a time convenient for the winning state couple and their families.
Winners of the project are automatically made members of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Longest Married Couple Project Alumni group. Couples cannot succeed themselves each year as either national or state winners, thus giving an opportunity to honor other longest married couples across the country.
The Morris' also pointed out that the project is based on nominations received from February to August of the current year. They also said there were no nominations this year from one state, while the winners in two other states were previous winners so they cannot succeed themselves.
The list of the 2020 state winners and their hometowns and wedding dates are as follows:
William (Bill) & Eleanor Welsh Cullman, AL 5-11-1947 73 years
Raymond & Dorrene Coates Eagle River, AK 9-15-1951 68 years
Jim & Elaine Behrend Scottsdale, AZ 3-17-1959 61 years
Frank & Betty Vorster Little Rock, AR 10-1-1951 68 years
Timothy & Carol Cunningham San Diego, CA 9-12-1944 75 years
Bob & Marcella Raikes Louisville, CO 6-30-1953 67 years
Ken & Peg McLaughlin Granby, CT 4-10-1948 72 years
Donald & Loma Ranish Seaford, DE 1-8-1952 68 years
Benjamin & Gertrude Ferencz Del Ray, FL 3-31-1946 74 years
Johnnie & Elizabeth Page Decatur, GA 6-28-1949 71 years
Sean & Patricia Wilkinson Kailua-Kona, HI 9-4-1951 68 years
Carrol & Joann Hansen Cambridge, ID 10-9-1948 71 years
Bill & Irma Hawotte Rock Island, IL 9-20-1941 78 years
Robert & Flora Phillipy Jasper, IN 5-1-1948 72 years
Gerald & Joan Gaul Farley, IA 6-12-1956 64 years
John & Ruby Quenzer Bel Aire, KS 4-13-1950 70 years
Bill & Melrose Guthier Camp Springs, KY 9-16-1948 71 years
Peter & Olive Basha Zachary, LA 8-30-1947 73 years
Frank & Jeanette Jordan Orrington, ME 11-16-1959 60 years
Frank & Rose Kulzer Elkton, MD 9-30-1946 72 years
George & Mary Brooks South Attleboro MA 7-19-1947 73 years
Charles & Ann Oddo Canton, MI 7-25-1942 77 years
Clifford & Margaret Rabe Lake City, MN 7-10-1941 79 years
LeeRoy Jr & Nina Renfroe Jayess, MS 5-27-1945 75 years
Norm & Phyllis Roewe Baldwin, MO 12-27-1952 67 years
Charles & Norma Guthrie Omaha, NE 4-8-1942 78 years
Bill & June Jamerson Fallon, NV 5-25-1946 74 years
Dave & Karen Demers New London, NH 4-27-1974 46 years
Warren & Elaine Lipka Bordentown, NJ 10-22-1966 53 years
Art & Marilyn Kerschen Las Cruces, NM 8-21-1965 55 years
Lyle & Eleanor Gittens Brooklyn, NY 6-4-1942 78 years
Coy & Doris Shue Charlotte, NC 4-25-1942 78 years
Francis & Phyllis Lauber Mandan, ND 9-19-1949 70 years
Gilberto & Amelia Nava Tiffin, OH 12-21-1947 72 years
Virgil & Millie Fussell Enid, OK 8-25-1942 78 years
Dick & Angie Grigg Nyssa, OR 5-5-1950 70 years
Chester & Martha Pish Pottstown, PA 5-23-1942 78 years
Greg & Donna Cambio Johnston, RI 6-23-1979 41 years
Charles & Rose Ferranti Goose Creek, SC 5-31-1948 72 years
Virgil & Patricia Johnson Shelbyville, TN 8-27-1955 65 years
Epigmenio & Guadalupe Moreno Houston, TX 2-16-1942 78 years
Mark & Donna Heyrend Salt Lake City, UT 5-28-1948 72 years
Eugene & Florence Meiler Shelburne, VT 12-2-1960 59 years
Firman & Francis Sensibaugh Manassas, VA 4-20-1946 74 years
Charles & Mabel Mitson Spokane Valley, WA 7-11-1942 77 years
Paul & Dolores Opichka Milwaukee, WI 8-26-1950 70 years
George & Anna Burns Lander, WY 5-10-1951 69 years
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 52 years. The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society.
The marriage encounter experience, traditionally held in a hotel, retreat house, or parish over the weekend, has now expanded to adapt to current needs. Virtual online programs are now live facilitated by couples and priests through video conference on either weekends or week-day evenings.
Our goal is to "go into your home, virtually, to assist couples and priests to not only improve their relationships but to thrive together," said Tony & Sue and Fr. Tom.
WWME has a presence in almost 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. In North America, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today's world. The marriage encounter experience is also available to priests and religious to enhance their sacraments. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online go to wwme.org. or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.
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