This couple met in 1947 and finally got married 70 years later

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Janice and Jim Catlin recently celebrated their wedding day — a whopping 70 years after they first met as children on a school bus in 1947. Janice, 86, and Jim, 88, lost touch over the years but recently reconnected and fell in love. Their families and friends were there to witness their big day at the Portage County Courthouse in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on Aug. 23, and the newlyweds say they feel like they were meant to be.

“I found out not too long ago that we have lived in the same house and all these things were coincidental. I knew him right away when I first saw him,” Janice told WSAW.

“It’s just her and we just want to stay together,” Jim added.

When the two discovered they lived near each other, they began to date, and after nearly a year of seeing each other on a daily basis, they knew they wanted to get married. Finding their happily ever after at their age has made the couple feel young again.

“I feel 21!” Jim said moments before kissing his bride.

Watch the adorable newlyweds talk about their love in the clip below from CBS Philly:

How sweet! These two just go to show that you’re never too old to find the love of your life. To celebrate their union, the couple enjoyed a pizza dinner with their friends and family. They said they’re keeping their honeymoon destination a secret.


The Catlins are not the only ones to tie the knot later in life. Last year, Cleveland “Murphy” Wilson, 70, and Lucinda Myers, 67, took some super-cute engagement pictures that went viral, with people everywhere touched by their beautiful relationship. Here they are looking absolutely thrilled to begin their next chapter together:

How inspiring! If you haven’t yet found your match, these duos prove that no matter your age, time is still on your side. We’re wishing these happy couples all the best!

As rare as it might be to find love later in life, it’s also inspiring when you encounter a marriage that has stood the test of time. Take Michigan couple Edward and Dorothy Morisette, both in their 90s, who celebrated 70 years of marriage earlier this year.

Here’s a video of the lifelong couple, shared on YouTube by WXYZ-TV Detroit:

On Valentine’s Day, they shared some of their secrets to lasting love. Two key ingredients: love and laughter.

“I would say patience and love, you have to have patience to put up with them,” Dorothy told WXYZ-TV Detroit.

Edward said it was love at first sight when he met Dorothy during World War II.

“You should show your lady that she’s doing a fine job and you’re proud of her, if she’s doing that, then I think that means everything,” Edward said.

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