St. Louis couple celebrates 82 years of marriage

Friday, October 31, 2003

ST. LOUIS -- When he first saw her, he immediately knew she was the girl he wanted to marry.

More than eight decades later, George Limpert still thinks his wife, Amelia, is the most beautiful woman he's ever seen.

It's been 82 years since they were married, and they're still there for each other. They hold hands. Both use wheelchairs now, so he carries a mechanical grabber to pick up anything she drops.

They're still very much in love, but their relationship had a few false starts.

It took George a year to win Amelia's heart, and even then her family didn't approve. Three times their engagement was broken. She never understood why they didn't see what a good man he was, so finally the couple decided to elope.

They were married Sept. 9, 1921. A month later, the devout Catholics had a formal marriage ceremony. She was 18, he 20.

"She was everything I wanted, and that's all," George Limpert, now 102, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His wife is now 100.

The children mention her patient and loving nature, his solid work ethic and the couple's faith in God.

"You have to stick together," Amelia said. "You can't disagree about everything. It would never work."

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