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Almost 80 years of wedded bliss

(Goldia & Chuck Sasse, center, shown surrounded by family at Fairview Haven / courtesy of Sally Fehr)

What’s the key to an almost 80-year marriage?

“Always try to do what’s right,” said Chuck Sasse, who will mark an 80th wedding anniversary with his wife, Goldia, in January.

Goldia also has some advice for other married couples.

“When you get married, say you are going to stay married and do it.”

The couple was recognized Friday afternoon at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury during a ceremony sponsored by the organization Worldwide Marriage Encounter. The Sasses won a national contest for longest married couples.

Their entry was submitted and coordinated by their granddaughter, Sheena Dryer.

“We’ve always been related to a church,” recalled Chuck. “That’s part of our lives.”

Both spoke highly of their church family at First Presbyterian in Fairbury and those at Fairview Haven.

“Like everybody else, the years pass,” admits Goldia.

WWME is an enrichment for married couples who value their relationship and desire a richer, fuller life together. The program is also for priests and religious leaders who want to strengthen relationships with their church community.

The program’s Longest Married Couple project honors those with long marriages throughout the United States and associated territories. The LMC project started back in 2011. Nominations can be submitted between June 1 and Sept. 15 by completing a form at

“We had a great experience,” Chuck said of his long marriage.

I can’t believe we’ve been married 80 years,” noted Goldia.

(A cake shown Friday honoring Chuck & Goldia Sasse)

(Friday's ceremony is shown at Fairview Haven)

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