Reporting Jim Williams
CHICAGO (CBS) – On this lucky date, 12-12-12, a Chicago area couple was celebrating a remarkable anniversary. But, as CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports, much more than good luck has kept them together for 70 years.
Asked if they had any idea on their wedding day in 1942 that 70 years later they’d be where they are, Love Klopf said “No and yes. We always said this was for keeps.”
For Love and Tony Klopf, “for keeps” has meant 70 years of marriage and counting.
They met at Steinmetz High School, and eloped when they were only 19.
“We were determined that we would see it through, because people said ‘give them two weeks,’ and every time two weeks passed, we would say that,” Love said.
That was more than 3,600 weeks ago.
“We promised to disagree for the rest of our lives,” they said.
“And we have,” Love said.
Their vow proved strong, even when Tony went off to fight in World War II shortly after they were married.
Tony and Love said it occurred to them only a few months ago that their 70th anniversary would fall on such a special date: 12-12-12.
They’ve always known why they share such a special bond.
Love said the secret to their longevity has been “not taking yourself too seriously.”
“And having a good time,” Tony said. “Laughing a lot, absolutely.”
Tony and Love have 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
One of their granddaughters said Tony and Love always kiss each other goodbye, even if they make a short trip to the grocery store.