State Winners for 2017 Longest Married Couple Project Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

The Talaricos serve with Fr. Tom Ogg as the U.S. The Talaricos will be honoring Mr. & Mrs. Leadership Team."There were hundreds of nominations submitted," the Talaricos explained, adding, "And, again we witnessed couples married 50 years or more being recognized by family and friends as they submitted their names to the Longest Married Couple Project."The 2017 longest married couple in the United States, based on the nominations submitted, is Horace Allen & Beatrice Ricks of Callahan, Florida. 25, 1935. 8, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — The 2017 state winners of the seventh annual Longest Married Couple Project, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith based marriage enrichment program in this country, were announced today."It is just amazing to us the number of couples married 70 years or more and in addition those with 60 plus years of marriage," said Joe & Sue Talarico, the United States Leadership Team for WWME. Contact: Dick & Diane Baumbach, Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 321-544-3440, dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. They are married over 81 years having made their marriage vows in Dec. 11, 2017) just prior to Valentine’s Day.As in previous years of the seven-year-old project, individual state winners will also be recognized and honored by couples involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter over the Valentine’s week or at a time convenient for the winning state couple and their families. Winners of the project are automatically made members of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Longest Married Couple Project Alumni group. Couples cannot succeed themselves each year as either national or state winners, thus giving an opportunity to honor other longest married couples across the country.The Talaricos also pointed out that the project is based on nominations received from October 10th the previous year to January 10th of the current year.  They also said there there were no nominations this year from five states.            The list of the 2017 state winners and their hometowns and wedding dates are as follows: Ricks in a special ceremony in their hometown of Callahan, Saturday (Feb.
The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at facilities where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in almost 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world.  In North America, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 49 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day programs that are presented at parishes and other church facilities. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online go to wwme.org or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.Media inquiries should be directed to:Dick & Diane Baumbach(321) 544-3440 dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today’s world.
1, 1940 – 76 yearsVermontAl & Mary Ann BarcombBurlington, VTFeb. AlabamaRobert & Phyllis BarrettCropwell, ALJuly 1, 1950 – 66 yearsAlaska Ray & Bernice SewickyAnchorage, AKApril 20, 1948  – 68 yearsArizona Stephen & Frances McCarville, Casa Grande, AZ. 2, 1941 – 75 yearsOregonClaude & Yvette ArringtonNewberg, ORMay 23, 1942 – 74 yearsPennsylvaniaCraig & Beatrice BeltznerNorthampton, PAApril 26, 1941 – 75 yearsRhode IslandEd & Marie KetzRiverside, RINov. Jan. 27, 1940 – 76 yearsNew YorkFrank & Helen LuisiEast Rockaway, NYApril 19, 1945 – 71 yearsNorth Carolina Ernest & Mary FloydColumbus, NC Feb. 27, 1960 – 56 yearsVirginiaGlen & Bea HillNorton, VAMay 18, 1940 – 76 yearsWashingtonWilliam & Helen AkerLilliwaup, WAJune 14, 1941 – 75 years West VirginiaJames & Elise McCormickSumerco, WVJan. 23, 1946 – 70 yearsIdahoMartin & Wanda Lee ArfordNampa, IDAugust 28, 1943 – 73 yearsIllinoisFritz & Lilly MaiGeneva, ILMarch 25, 1950 – 66 yearsIndiana                                                Wayne & Joan CaldwellFishers, IN June 6, 1946 – 70 yearsIowaMurlyn & Lillian RonkDunlap, IA June 3, 1941 – 75 yearsKansasRobert & Mary StockmanLyndon, KSJune 13, 1947 – 69 yearsKentuckyEd & Gertrude MaxwellLouisville, KYSept. 8, 1944 – 72 yearsMinnesota Vincent & Leona ArcenoSt. 10, 1942 – 74 yearsWisconsinRobert & Viola MaahsFence, WIOct. 28, 1948 – 68 years South CarolinaRalph & Mary BassGreer, SCAugust 15, 1942 – 74 yearsTennesseeSteve & Mary Lou KnowlesFairfield Glade, TNNov. 18, 1954 – 62 yearsFloridaVictor & Margaret GerardHaines City, FLApril 25, 1943 – 73 yearsGeorgiaNicholas & Mary Joan CogeliaDuluth, GAJune 29, 1963 – 53 yearsHawaiiEd & Marie NishiharaWailuku , MauiFeb. 21, 1939 – 77 years Wyoming Joe & Eldine MaixnerCasper, WYFeb. 27, 1943 – 73 yearsMississippi David & Margaret HuchRidgeland, MSMay 19, 1951 – 65 yearsMissouriPaul & Helen Eeftink Chesterfield, MOJuly 3, 1954 – 62 yearsMontana John & Betty CarterDenton, MTDec. 8, 1945 – 72 yearsDelaware Angelo & Carolyn MassinoBethany Beach, DESept. 19, 1957    59 yearsArkansasJames & Gussie GarfieldNorth Little Rock, ARDec. 27, 1945 – 71 yearsNebraskaGil & Pat CronFriend, NESept. 2, 1946 – 70 years Paul, MNFeb. 14, 1942 – 74 yearsNorth DakotaKermit & Nina HeenWilliston, NDMarch 9, 1943 – 73 yearsOhioJoseph & Olga PasquarellaSteubenville, OHJune 15, 1948 – 68 yearsOklahomaDick & Rosalle HornQuapaw, OK  Sept. 19, 1954 – 62 yearsNevadaGail & Donna AndressNelson, NVJuly 9, 1944 – 72 yearsNew JerseyHenry & Stephanie KilanowskiToms River, NJJan. 25, 1939 – 77 yearsCaliforniaHipolito and Ildefonsa EsposoSanta Clara, CADecember 29, 1943 – 73 yearsColoradoWilliam & Margaret HensenColorado Springs, COJune 20, 1959 – 57 yearsConnecticutMartin & Mary KonefalRockfall, CTJan. 11, 1947 – 69 years TexasBill & Bess RayQuitman, TXNov. 19, 1942 – 74 yearsMaineGeorge & Donna MitchellTroy, MEJune 16, 1955 – 61 yearsMarylandAlbert & Mary ChesnavageBaltimore, MDMay 22, 1943 – 73 yearsMassachusettsJohn & Ellen TietgensClarksburg, MAApril 22, 1944 – 72 yearsMichiganDaniel & Madge BurschGrand Rapids, MIAug.