FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Fairfield couple was named the “longest-married couple in the U.S.” this week. John and Ann Betar celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary last fall.
John, 101, and Ann, 97, grew up across the street from each other, and John would drive Ann to high school. The two fell in love, but Ann’s father had arranged for her to marry another man.
They decided to elope, and ran away to Harrison, N.Y. They got married on Nov. 25, 1932 and have been together ever since. They have five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
“Some people said it would never last. We showed them,” John said in a news release.
The two were picked as the longest-married couple in the country after a nationwide contest by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, an organization that “offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today's world,” according to its website.
The Betars had the longest active marriage out of the hundreds nominated for the contest last fall, the organization said. They will be honored in a ceremony at their granddaughter’s home in Fairfield on Saturday.
"What an inspiration Mr. and Mrs. Betar are to all of us. They made a commitment to each other 80-plus years ago and they have kept that commitment over these many years," said Worldwide Marriage Encounter representatives Ron and Judy Pekny in a news release.