Dearborn couple renews vows on 65th wedding anniversary

A couple from Dearborn, Mich. proves love can stand the test of time.

Harry and Marge Perpich renewed their vows earlier this month on their 65th wedding anniversary at their hometown Chapel of Oakwood Common. 

"I couldn't remember what I said when we got married!" laughs Marge. "It's been a long time ago, and I was so excited then and I didn't remember." She says that's why she brought up the idea of renewing their vows, and Harry obliged. 

They got married when Marge was 19 and Harry was 23 years old. They got engaged at a polka bar. 

"We've been together ever since," Marge says. 

Marge says they have fond memories traveling the waterways and roadways together. Throughout their marriage, she says they have gone tent camping, owned a boat, enjoyed time at their cottage and even owned a motor home. 

"Any time that I wanted to do anything, she would say, 'Yes, why not?' So it's been kind of a marriage that's been a give and take," says Harry. 

"A lot of times, when you talk to people, they say [marriage] is mostly a give-give-give, but to get along for a number of years - the 65 that we've experienced so far - it just seems that like we're on the right track for another year," Harry jokes. Marge laughs when he says this. 

Harry says Marge helped him grow a business when they were first married. It was a refrigeration business that Harry took over when his brother passed. He says Marge would answer phones on the 24-hour hotline while also taking care of their young children. 

The couple has three children, and one son has taken over the business which has grown to employ about 250 people. 

Harry and Marge's children were able to celebrate the vow renewal with them. The couple also has 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with a 12th expected this summer. 

"Never thought I would have this many grandchildren or great-grandchildren," Marge says. "I have to make a list to make sure I get everybody's birthdays and anniversaries and everything!"

Marge says she enjoys spending her time playing cards and bingo, and Harry likes to go to the movies. 

To new couples getting married, Marge has three words of advice: Work it out. 

"Respect each other and be good to each other," she adds. 
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