It has been more than 70 years since Mary Ward and Ed Kinter were first sweet on each other, and they've found that it's never too late to tie the knot.
“We thought of getting married but never did,” said Ward, 85, of Butler Township.
Kinter and Ward expected about 200 guests for their wedding Saturday at the Presbyterian Church of Portersville.
“We love each other and want to be together. Our children are very excited by this,” said Kinter, of Portersville, who is buying a home in Butler Township where the couple will live.
Kinter and Ward met as children at a one-room school house on the site of what's now the Clearview Mall. During World War II, when she was still in high school and he was a Merchant Marine, they dated, but Ward's mother advised against marriage.
“He drank. He smoked. He was a sailor,” she said.
“I was a drinking, carousing, cussing sailor,” Kinter said. “She was a Christian lady who had to throw me under the bus.”
They married others. Ward's husband of 63 years, James Ward, passed away in 2009. Kinter's wife of 53 years, Jennie Kinter, died in 2007.
The first time they saw one another after their breakup was at a school reunion in the 1990s. Their friendship renewed after Ward's sister died in 2009, and Kinter called to express condolences.
Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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