Ann and John Betar, a couple from Fairfield, Connecticut, recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary and have now been recognized as the longest-married couple in the United States. The 97-year-old Ann and 101-year-old John got married on November 15, 1932. Throughout their marriage, they have been blessed with five children, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
When asked about the secret to their enduring and happy relationship, John shared that it involves getting along, compromising, and living together. The Betars will be honored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a faith-based marriage enrichment program, for their milestone during a ceremony at their granddaughter’s house.
While the Betars hold the title for the longest marriage in the United States, they are six years shy of the Guinness World Record held by Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher from North Carolina, who have been married for 86 years.
Reflecting on their long-lasting love, Ann emphasized the importance of letting go of anger and resentment for a relationship to thrive. She mentioned that commitment and understanding are key, stating, “If you don’t hold a grudge, you can face anything.”
The couple has faced their share of challenges over the years, including the loss of two of their children. However, they have learned to weather the highs and lows together. Ann expressed that experiencing both happiness and sadness as a team is what strengthens their bond.
Ann and John’s story began in the same Syrian community in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where they grew up. John immigrated to the U.S. with his brother and father at a young age in 1921. They met as teenagers in the neighborhood, and despite Ann being arranged to marry someone else, they decided to elope and marry in New York.
Throughout their lives, John worked as a fruit peddler before opening his own grocery store, and Ann dedicated herself to raising their family. Now in their golden years, they still live independently on the beach in Fairfield. They continue to pursue their passions, with Ann enjoying painting and both of them taking pleasure in cooking from scratch.
Their daughter, Renee Betar, admires their ability to accept life as it comes. The Betars’ remarkable journey together serves as a testament to their enduring love and unwavering commitment, creating a beautiful example for generations to come.
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