Feb 11, 2014

Local Catholic couple honored for longtime marriage



Staff report
(Photos courtesy of Worldwide Marriage Encounter)


WESTFIELD – Adrian and Lorraine LaPointe, of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, here, were honored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter on Feb. 8 for being the longest married couple in Massachusetts.

The honor was given to them on World Marriage Day. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter organization acknowledges the longest married couple in each state based on nominations.

The LaPointes received a certificate and a letter of recognition from the U.S. Congress.

The couple was married almost 70 years ago in the former Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Chicopee. They have three sons, Bob, Bill and Bruce; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Ray and Beth Ginepro, local Marriage Encounter representatives, praised the couple and talked with them about their marriage.

The LaPointes met at a dance where they realized that they had the same last name, except Lorraine did not use a capital “P” in hers. She said they had only known each other a while when the attack came at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The next day, Adrian shipped out with the U.S. Navy to the South Pacific in the Construction Battalion.

Adrian returned home two years later and discovered Lorraine was engaged. “I went out and got her another engagement ring and her mother told Lorraine that she had to give one back,” he said.

Lorraine chose Adrian and they continued to enjoy dancing and even won a jitterbug contest in California.

When asked about the secret to a long-term marriage, Adrian said, “Never go to bed without kissing each other and never go to bed angry.” Lorraine said, “Have fun.”

To nominate a couple for the longest married couple contest, or for more information about the Marriage Encounter Movement visit www.wwme.org. Entries for the longest married couple will be accepted next fall.

Ray and Beth Ginepro and Denise LaPointe contributed to this story.