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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC November 18, 2016 9 BY VICKIE FEE SPECIAL TO THE U.P. CATHOLIC During high school, Richard Chaltry had a job in Munising delivering groceries. He finally worked up the nerve to ask out a certain dark-haired beauty named Margaret who lived four or five houses down from the grocery store. They've been married 68 years now and were the longest married couple to attend this year's Milestone Wedding Anni- versary Celebration at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on Oct. 30. Eighty-seven couples from across the diocese were recog- nized for reaching milestone anniversaries from 25 years to 50 years and beyond. Bishop John Doerfler celebrated the Mass and led the couples in attendance in renewing their wedding vows. After Margaret's father died when she was in the 10th grade, she went to Green Bay to com- plete her high school education at St. Joseph's Academy boarding school. Richard recalled he had to get permission from the Mother Superior to even take Margaret out to a movie. "She was tough," he said. Margaret lived with Richard's family when she wasn't at school. During school breaks, the couple would ride the train down to visit Margaret's aunt, who would get them tickets to the opera and other events. At Easter time during their senior year in high school, Richard gave Margaret a candy dish with an engagement ring inside. "It's just lucky we didn't eat it," Margaret quipped. After a two-year engagement, the Chaltrys were married in the basement of the Catholic school in Munising two years before Sacred Heart, their home parish, was built in 1950. They have six children, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. "We've had a very special life together," Richard said. "We did everything together." Together they were active in their par- ish and Boy Scouts - all four of their sons made Eagle Scout. And together they spent two month-long visits in Korea when their son was stationed there with the Air Force. They've also traveled to 49 states, including two trips to Hawaii. They somehow missed Idaho, but said they still hope to make it there one day. Following the milestone anniversary Mass, Richard was checking into the hospital in Marquette for some tests, while doctors decided how to address a heart valve issue. The couple asked for prayers, but didn't seem overly worried. Their advice for a long, happy marriage? "You accept and overlook some things and dwell on the good," Margaret said. "(Hold) no grudges, or you're sunk. Go to church and pay attention to your religion, and the Lord will bless your family." "Our life has been great," Richard said. "I wouldn't mind reliving the whole thing." High school sweethearts celebrate 68 years of marriage JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Richard and Margaret Chaltry stop for a photo following the Milestone Wedding Anniversary Celebration held at St. Peter Cathedral. Prayer of a couple on the anniversary of marriage We praise you, O God, we bless you, creator of all things, who in the beginning made man and woman that they might form a communion of life and love. We also give you thanks for graciously blessing our family life so that it might present an image of Christ's union with the Church. Therefore look with kindness upon us today, and as you have sustained our communion amid joys and struggles, renew our marriage covenant each day, increase our charity, and strengthen in us the bond of peace, so that we may for ever enjoy your blessing. Through Christ our Lord Amen. Read more: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship Find full issues of The U.P. Catholic online at www.upcatholic.org

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