Orthodox Couple Celebrates 80 Plus Years of Marriage

Orthodox Couple Celebrates 80 Plus Years of Marriage


In Connecticut, there has been another example of the Orthodox way of life, better yet another example of the power of the Orthodox Christian faith in marriage.  John and Ann Betar have now been married for 83 years!  John is 104 and Ann is 100.  In 2013, they were given an award from Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a Christian group based in San Bernardino, CA, Antiochian Couple Receives Award for 80 Years of Marriageas the longest married couple (view award here).  The award which they received in 2013 was for their 80th anniversary, and now this year they have celebrated their 83rd anniversary!

John and Ann Betar are lifelong members of the Antiochian Orthodox Church and they celebrated their 80th anniversary at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Bridgeport, CT some three years ago.  It is quite evident what faith has done for them to maintain a strong healthy relationship all these years.  Even back in their courting years, they had great faith.  Ann’s father had arranged for her to marry someone else.  When John and Ann heard the news they ran off and got married in New York!  These sweet young lovers eloped and thank God they did!



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Dean Franck

Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.