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Valentine's Dinner at Brownfield center honors long-wed couples

| Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Ten area couples were recognized for celebrating 60 plus years of marriage at the Brownfield Community Center. They are (from left, front and back): Emma Jane and Arnold Davis of Dawson, married 61 years; Monk and Jeanie Lohr of Dawson, 67 years; Jerrie and Ralph Mazza of Franklin Township, 62 years; Helen and Bill Mills of Flatwoods, 61 years; Louise and Jack Davis of Scottdale, 65 years; Bernadette and Duane Leighliter of Uniontown, 61 years; Hazel and George Hixon (seated beside each other) of Dawson, 73 years; Alice and Charles Niswonger of Scottdale, 60 years; Alma and Fritz Antonini of Dawson, 64 years; and Betty and Alvin Frick of Rostraver Township, 66 years.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Couples married more than 40 years were honored at Brownfield Community Center. They are (from left, front and back): Dori and Gib Waters of Everson, married 43 years; Pat and Bob Acklin of Lower Tyrone, 41 years; Vickie and Gary Kurtz of Connellsville, 42 years; Judy and Rod Haines of Connellsville, 42 years; Barbara and Ray Rozycki of Dawson, 46 years; Doris and Bob Stoner of Scottdale, 55 years; Marilyn and Howard Shallenberger of Scottdale, 54 years; Bertha and Francis Baer of Uniontown, 51 years; Corrine and James McKnight of Dawson, 42 year; Janice and Robert Carocci of Dawson, 49 years; June and Jack Murtland of Dawson, 45 years; Ruth and Bob Sigwalt of Scottdale, 55 years; Marie and Riney Winterhalter of Dawson, 49 years; Susie and Ron Sechrist of Vanderbilt, 44 years; and Patricia and Robert Bryner of Scottdale, 46 years.

Bob and Ruth Sigwalt of Scottdale have been married for more than 50 years.

“We have stayed together all these years because I learned two little words, ‘Yes dear,'” Bob Sigwalt said.

The Sigwalts were one of many couples who were recently honored at the Brownfield Community Center during its annual Valentine's Dinner.

Dozens of couples from all over the area enjoyed the dinner hosted by the Brownfield Senior Citizens.

“We've been doing this for many years,” said Emma Jane Davis, Brownfield Senior Citizens president. “It's been a tradition here for a long time.”

Davis said the senior group invites couples who have been married for 50-plus years. Others are welcome to attend.

“This is a big crowd for us this year,” Davis said. More than 100 attended, most of whom were couples.

The dinner is usually held at the end of January but was moved to February this year. “I'm glad that we waited. With the weather that we have been having it probably wouldn't have been as nice.”

The couples enjoyed a roast beef dinner, music and camaraderie, but many enjoyed telling the stories of how they met.

Monk and Jeanie Lohr of Dawson have been married for 67 years.

“We met on a blind date,” Monk Lohr said. A friend and co-worker from the railroad knew Monk liked to roller skate and suggested that he take his neighbor.

“I said ‘I can't take her. She already has a boyfriend.' But he told me that they were through. I told him ‘You make the date, and I'll take her.'”

The two have been together since and Monk Lohr said that they are happy because they were bitten by the “love bug.”

The longest married couple to be honored at the event was George and Hazel Hixon of Dawson who have been married for 73 years.

“We met back when I was 2 and he was 4,” Hazel Hixon said. “He would try to kiss me even back then, and I would hide under the table from him. I didn't like him.”

“I would ride my bike to see her,” George Hixon said. “I liked her.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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