Couples Renew Vows at Friendship Village of Schaumburg

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More than 700 years of marital bliss were celebrated as 13 couples from Friendship Village of Schaumburg renewed their wedding vows on Friday, July 24th.

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To renew one’s wedding vows is like renewing one’s love and commitment. It is affirming that what was said and done on the original wedding day is still true, or perhaps more true today,” said Chaplain Kafader.

More than 700 years of marital bliss were celebrated as 13 couples from Friendship Village of Schaumburg renewed their wedding vows on Friday, July 24th. Chaplains Shawn Kafader and Richard Oas lead the non-denominational service for married couples wishing to reaffirm their commitment to each other. Following the ceremony was a reception, with music by the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra and a special honeymoon dinner featuring lobster and steak.

The bride and groom couples included lifelong loves Jean and Tom Proctor who first met in kindergarten when Tom stole a snooze on Jean’s nap mat. They’ve been married 65 years. Newly-weds Joan and Reiny Steinbart were neighbors for many years. When their respective spouses passed away, they connected and have now been married for ten years. The longest married couple, Audrey and Vince Becker who met in high school, have been married for 68 years.

Following the service in the independent living community, 10 additional couples celebrating more than 600 years of marriage, renewed their vows in Briarwood Healthcare Center at Friendship Village.

“Weddings are such special occasions. For many they are a day that will be remembered and celebrated for a lifetime. To renew one’s wedding vows is like renewing one’s love and commitment. It is affirming that what was said and done on the original wedding day is still true, or perhaps more true today,” said Chaplain Kafader.

Friendship Village is a leading Chicago-area retirement community offering a complete continuum of care including independent living garden homes and apartment homes, as well as assisted living, memory support, skilled care, and short- and long-term rehabilitation services. For more than 37 years, Friendship Village has been providing Chicago area seniors with exceptional retirement living options. For additional information visit http://www.FriendshipVillage.org

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