Humility House Celebrates Longevity of Love

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Resident couples collectively celebrate 380 years of marriage.

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Betty and Mike DePerro, married July 4, 1941, celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary during a party at Humility House.

Six couples, each married more than 50 years, celebrated their love and dedication to each other during a recent anniversary party at Humility House in Austintown.

The couples are all residents of Humility House, which provides assisted living, skilled nursing and special care.

Betty and Mike DePerro celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. They were married on the Fourth of July in 1941 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Niles. The secret of their long marriage, Mike DePerro said, is “cooperation and always being willing to give and take.”

Betty and Don Ebaugh celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. They were married June 15, 1946 in Youngstown. Their secret to a long and happy marriage: Love Jesus and love each other. With God’s help, they say, they were able to get through any troubles they encountered.

Peggy Jo and Buck Kornick were married June 11, 1950 and celebrated their 64th anniversary. They claim they’ve never had an argument.

Dorothea and Tom Fizet celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. They were married in Youngstown Nov. 18, 1950 and this month plan to move to Washington to be near their children.

Betty and Harry Storey, married 61 years, report that perseverance and devotion guided their marriage.

Pat and John Bermann, married 51 years, credit commitment to one another and their wedding vows, for their long marriage. “And besides,” John Bermann added, “I never leave a job unfinished.”

A brief ceremony that included the reading of scripture and a blessing was followed by a champagne toast, wedding cake and a sing along of love songs as the couples celebrated with family, friends and residents.

Photo Captions:

DePerro: Betty and Mike DePerro, married July 4, 1941, celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary during a party at Humility House.

Ebaugh: Betty and Don Ebaugh celebrate their 68th anniversary with their daughter, and son-in-law, Pat (holding photo) and Rich Kowal of Austintown, and Robin Hages, Humility House executive director.

Fizet: Dorothea and Tom Fizet celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary with their daughter, Judy Williams of Tacoma, Washington. The couple plans to move to Washington State this month to be near their children.

Storey: Harry and Betty Storey celebrate their 61st anniversary with daughters Debbie Weiss of Mineral Ridge and Patty Baker of Ellsworth.

About Humility of Mary Health Partners
Humility of Mary Health Partners is an integrated health system located in the Youngstown/Warren area. It is a region of Catholic Health Partners (CHP) in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, urgent care, home care and long-term care. Members are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, HM Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, Hospice of the Valley and Laurel Lake. Learn more about HMHP online at

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Maraline Kubik