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Chippewa Falls couples share secrets to love after 122 years of combined marriage experience

Russ and Ginny Vahlbusch Russ and Ginny Vahlbusch
Jerome and Mavis Steinmetz Jerome and Mavis Steinmetz

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Two couples with over 120 years of combined marriage experience shared their secrets to timeless love on Sunday. 

Jerome and Mavis Steinmetz have been happily married for almost 60 years. They have 10 children, 19 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren together, which kept their lives anything but simple. 

"I enjoyed every bit of it," Jerome said. "We raised our family with all healthy children. I couldn't ask for anything more in life."

The Steinmetz family lives in the Chippewa Manor, just down the hall from Russ and Ginny Vahlbusch. Russ and Ginny said they will never forget the day they met. 

"I was a waiter in her sorority house," Russ said. "I was serving Ginny's table, and she wanted more mashed potatoes. The next night, I called her up and asked her to go up to the drugstore for a cup of coffee. Coming back I said, 'Someday, we will get married.'"

Ginny said she thought he was crazy for saying that, but 62 years later, they are still together with two successful sons and grandsons. 

While happy, both couples admitted marriage is not always magical. 

"Sure, you have your little spats and agreements, but that is all a part of married life," Jerome said. "Take it a day at a time, and always remember, she is there for you, and you are there for her. Help each other out."

Russ said staying with Ginny for 62 years was fun, but hard work at times. 

"You have to have a good sense of humor," Russ said.

Ginny said the key is communication. 

"We never ever went to bed angry," Ginny said. "Russel's favorite statement is If we agreed on everything, one of us would be unnecessary.'"

Both couples also say 'I love you' every day, and said prayer has helped keep a family focus.  

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