About 100 Couples Attend Marriage Vow Renewal
By Lynda Lohr — February 14, 2010
Barbara and John Achzet, married 62 years, renew their vows at Trunk Bay ceremony.As they have been for many years, St. John snowbirds John and Barbara Achzet were the longest-married couple at the eighth annual Valentine’s Day vow renewal ceremony at Trunk Bay.
The two, who call Penn Yan, N.Y., home during the summer, have been married 62 years.
The secret to their success?
“It’s saying yes and being agreeable,” John Achzet, 82, said.
Indeed, he had on his “Yes Dear” T-shirt.
Barbara Achzet, 81, suggested that give and take was the key to a long marriage.
“If some younger people would do this more, there wouldn’t be so many divorces,” she said.
Another long-married couple, Tom and Joanne Brown of Hilton Head, N.C., agreed that reaffirming their vows was a good thing. They’ve been married 45 years.
“And it’s a beautiful setting for this,” she said of the Trunk Bay location.
Larry and Jo Etler of Moville, Iowa, tried to renew their vows several years ago at the Valentine’s Day ceremony but didn’t get to Trunk Bay on time. They’ve been married 42 years.
“We thought it was time to renew them,” Larry Etler said.
Nedra and Joe Fetterman of Bryn Mawr, Pa. honeymooned on St. John after their wedding 30 years ago. Nedra Fetterman said she thought it was fitting to renew their vows because she’s a marriage therapist.
“I thought how amazing it would be to see people renew their vows,” she said.
Thanks to Don Blumenthal for his wonderful photography.