Snapshot of a Marriage | Joe & Catharine, Married 60 Years

With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was time to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a new series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage. 

When you’ve been married for more than 60 years, the beginning might feel like a very long time ago. Catharine and Joe now speak of their first few years together in words and memories softened by time, but they admit the early years were a little difficult. After spending three years fighting in World War II, Joe returned home and the two started their life together. Five children, eleven grandchildren, and countless ups and downs later, they narrowed down a few strategies that helped keep them on track for more than sixty years.

Joe smiles seriously, “We were always a united front. No matter what was going on between us, we were a united front.”

“My strategy when we were having an argument was to take a step back, wait a day or so. You really have to just wait for the other person to give in,” says Catharine. “Well, you don’t admit that part,” she laughs. She adds that one of the keys to their long marriage was, of course, to keep a good sense of humor.

Photos by Lauren Bodwell.

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