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Vi at Aventura Residents Celebrate 75th Wedding Anniversary

Married since 1943, Vi at Aventura residents Marian and Leo Goldner recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with friends at Vi. When asked about their secret to a lasting marriage, the couple offers two different opinions.

“Separate bathrooms.” That’s Marian Goldner’s response when asked how her marriage to Leo has lasted longer than many area residents have been alive.

Ask Leo, and he’s likely to simply proclaim, “I love her dearly.”

The lovebirds affection for each other is as fresh and young as when they were married 75 years ago. The couple met at a Toledo, Ohio, dance shortly after they graduated from high school.

For Leo, it was love at first sight. “I was electrified. It was magic,” he recalls.

Not quite so for Marian, who considered Leo back then as “just another boy.”

As it turns out, Leo never stopped pursuing Marian and, eventually, his persistence won out.

Before they became a “couple,” Leo volunteered to serve his country. As a lieutenant in Manila after World War II, he decided to host a Passover Seder for soldiers and civilians. Against all odds, and there were many, Leo brushed past every obstacle, ultimately hosting more than a thousand people at a Manila Seder. It was hearing stories such as this that eventually won Marian over. While home on a three-day leave from the Army, Leo and Marian were wed. Today they have four children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The couple initially lived and worked in Ottawa Hills and Toledo, Ohio, but have been residents of Vi at Aventura for the past 15 years. On July 10, they hosted a 75-year celebration at Vi at Aventura that included jokes by Marian, a hypnosis seminar from Leo, and a comedian named “Sarge.” By all accounts, it was a blast. Much like the active lifestyle the Goldners enjoy at Vi at Aventura. They go out to dinner in Miami together three nights a week, while also remaining active in the Vi community.

It’s rare that the Goldners are ever seen apart from each other. According to their daughter, Janet Goldner Killam, “They do everything together.” Ask Marian what’s the best part of being married to Leo and she’ll tell you, “His sense of humor. His generosity." As for Leo: "The best part is that she is just a wonderful person."

Congratulations, Marian and Leo, on 75 years of wedded bliss!
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