99-year-old marries 86-year-old

Love knows no boundaries- including age! What a sweet story.


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Man marries at 99A life-long bachelor finally finds his soul mate.

Gilbert Herrick and Virginia Hartman tied the knot just a few weeks ago and this was no ordinary wedding. He is 99 years old and she is 86.

Gilbert and Virginia are both residents at the Monroe Community Hospital Nursing Home on East Henrietta Road.

Gilbert was starting to get a little lonely until he saw a collection of hand-painted china on display at nursing home. The china was Virginia's and the rest is history.

Gilbert Herrick has led a healthy and successful life in his 99 years on earth. He retired from the postal service and courageously fought for our country during World War II. “I was on three invasions -- North Africa, Sicily and Southern France. “

Gilbert earned a Purple Heart for his bravery but there was always something missing in his real heart. “I never found the right girl until I found her.”

She is Virginia Hartman. Her hand-painted China was on display at their nursing home. Gilbert used to do oil paintings and wanted to meet the artist. “I kept going back to talk to her because there's nobody here who I can talk to. So I kept visiting her and it led to a romance.”

They talked and talked and started to realize they had been living parallel lives all these years. Hartman said, “He worked at Sibley and I worked at McCurdy's. Strangely enough, my husband was in the service almost identically to him.”

Gilbert said, “She asked if we could have a room to share, but they said you could only have one if you're married. So she said, ‘Let's get married!" and I said, ‘Yes!’"

On June 4, surrounded by friends, family, and the nursing home staff, the two made it official. “It was a beautiful day. We had a beautiful wedding. A lot of people.”

The two are living proof that love has no age and they say they're going to make the most of the time they have together.

Gilbert said, “She makes me feel happy. I love her.”

Now Gilbert and Virginia finally get to share a room that they wanted but Gilbert joked, "It's too small!"

The two had a special guest at their wedding -- Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks -- who presented them a proclamation declaring June 4 -- Gilbert and Virginia Herrick Day.

As for honeymoon plans, they joked they wanted to elope to Fiji with nothing but the clothes on their backs but then they realized it wouldn’t be so easy to leave the nursing home without permission.

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 3:34 am
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Legentry
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OMG that is the sweetest story EVER!

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 3:36 am
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Aww so sweet!

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 3:40 am
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Aww, how sweet! Now this story shows that love is ageless!!

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 3:46 am
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wonderful story! 

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 4:11 am
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we need more stories like this:-)


 

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 4:15 am
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Wow, this happened in my city and i didn't even know! I am still getting over Emily Good getting arrested for videotaping police outside of her home. Rochester is one crazy city.

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 4:32 am
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Wow, very cool.  You can find love at any age.

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:08 am
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Oh my goodness how sweet is this!! Thanks for sharing =D

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:11 am
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like!

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:21 am
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Too cute! They are so sweet!

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:23 am
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I can't even express how much I LOVE this story.  :)

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:25 am
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Omg sooo cute!
Posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:57 am
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That's so sweet! I <3 these types of stories.

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 6:44 am
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Aww...How sweet!

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 6:54 am

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