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Vestal couple celebrates 80 years of marriage, calls dedication and perseverance key

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- A Vestal couple celebrated 80 years of marriage on Monday, a milestone they say was possible thanks to dedication and perseverance.

Fred and Irene Sabacek, now ages 104 and 100, met at a musical play in the area more than 80 years ago.

Courtesy: Sabacek Family

While it wasn't love at first sight, they eventually formed a liking toward each other. Irene in particular was a big fan of Fred's gentlemanly style.

Then one day, to both of their surprise, Fred popped the question.

The two tied the knot on June 29, 1940.

Since then, they've had two children and two grandchildren and have traveled the world together.

Fred says through it all, "We were always in love."

As for tips to a healthy and long-lasting marriage, Irene said, "That you understand each other, that you have different personalities, but in the long run you are together and you talk things over."

Fred added, "If you make a commitment, you try to stay with that, and make the best of it, in the long run you will be winners."

Julia Gorman

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