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Angele and Art Dewaele celebrate 70 years together

In today's world of fast-paced living, being married to the same person for 70 years is a feat in itself, and is one that Angele and Art Dewaele recently celebrated.

On April 19, the couple received not only the congratulations of friends and family but also from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Harper, Premier McGuinty and Haldimand-Norfolk MP Diane Finley.

Angele and Art Dewaele were married at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic church in Langton, Ontario, which is a small community in the 'tobacco belt' near Tillsonburg.

It was war time and, as many young men did, Art Dewaele joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and, in 1944, was shipped overseas, leaving his wife, Angele at home with two small children.

When he returned home at the end of the war, the couple worked together in their family-owned business, Dewaele's General Store in Langton, which later became Art's TV &  Appliances until their retirement.

They had three sons, Albert, Roger and Gary and, today, have eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Both the Dewaeles were very active volunteers in their community.  Art Dewaele was a Charter Member of the Langton's Lion Club for 55 years and also served as Reeve of North Walshingham Town.  Angele Dewaele was, and is a life member, of the local Women's Institute (WI) for 50 years, holding the offices of both President and Secretary-treasurer.

 

According to son, Roger Dewaele of Southampton, "Mom and dad were surrounded by their adoring family and friends at the anniversary celebration in Cedarwood Nursing Home in Simcoe, where they now live."

The younger Dewaele, Roger, remembers when his parents used to come to Southampton to visit.  "Both of them loved it here.  They loved the fabulous scenery and my dad enjoyed fishing in the Saugeen River and golfing with me and my sons."

Staying together for 70 years is about commitment ... to each other, their family and their community, and that commitment has earned them the love and respect of all who know them.

"Congratulations Mom and Dad ... we wish you many more wonderful years," says son, Roger Dewaele.

 


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