New Jersey couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

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Monday, June 17, 2019
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SEWELL, N.J. (WPVI) -- A couple in Gloucester County, New Jersey celebrated their 70th anniversary Sunday.

Frank Keelber, 92, and his wife Darline, 88, spent Sunday afternoon surrounded by their two daughters, two grandsons, other family and friends.

There was a big anniversary party for the lovebirds at Bogeys-Pitman Golf Course in Sewell.

Frank was a tail-gunner on a PBY seaplane in the Navy during World War II.

When he returned home, he wanted to get his high school diploma so he attended Gloucester High School.

That's when he met Darline.

Darline said all the girls thought they were "really hot because we knew all the veterans."

She added, "And Frank couldn't resist."

She said they began dating a year later and were married a year after that.

The two shared their advice for a long, happy marriage.

"Keep busy all the time," Frank said.

"And you just say 'yes, yes' all the time and then you do what you damn well please," Darline said.

The couple was also celebrating their grandson, Joseph Hartman, who graduated from West Deptford High School.

The Keeblers said they are already looking forward to their 75th anniversary.

New Jersey couple celebrates 70 years of marriage. Sarah Bloomquist reports during Action News at 5:30 p.m. on June 16, 2019.