- The Washington Times - Friday, December 19, 2014

How does one stay happily married to someone for 50 years or more?

Lots of laughter.

Respectful support.

Some personal space.

Lots of talking.


These answers came from some of the 75 couples who gathered earlier in December at an event sponsored by Boston’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, the Boston Globe reported.

All the couples had been married for 50 years — or more.

The longest-married couple, Benjamin and Rosemary Kreder of West Roxbury, MA, said laughing with each other was a top reason for their 72 years together.

Mr. Kreder said he knew he would marry his Rosemary when he heard her laughing at a picnic held 75 years ago.

He “always makes me laugh,” Mrs. Kreder, 91, said, according to the Globe.

“His jokes are so bad that they’re actually funny. And he always waits for the laugh,” she added. With a laugh.

Another couple, married in 1956, said they supported each other, no matter what.

“I always say, ‘I think you’re right,’” Anthony Fiore said of his bride of 58 years, Anna Marie.

“I say ‘think,’” he explained, “so that I cover for myself if I think she’s wrong.”

Booker Wilson, 72, said buying a house “so you can get your space from each other” was an essential part of their successful marriage.

“And talk about everything,” added his wife, Willie Anne, 71.

“In general, we respect each other,” said Cuie Zhu, who married her husband, Yunzhong Xie, in China in 1959. “That would be our one secret” to their still-happy marriage, she said.

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