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Fond Memories, Lasting Love 

Insights from two happily married couples

Chris and Mary Fischer

Married Sept. 11, 1942, at St. Anthony's on Canal Street You might say that the marriage of Chris and Mary Fischer has stood the test of time because they were married not once, but twice. The couple first took their vows before a justice of the peace on Mary's birthday, Sept. 5, 1942, just before Chris -- who would serve in the Navy in WWII -- shipped out to Texas for training. At the insistence of the bride's Irish Catholic father, the couple was married again, this time by a priest, the following week.

For young couples about to tie the knot, the Fischers offer this advice: "It is inevitable that you are going to argue with one another, but you need to get through the argument. Once the argument is over and you find out why you were both upset, only then can you move on and grow from that experience. When you make decisions, you both decide together and accomplish goals or meet disappointment or sadness together. You have to always be there for one another." Evelyn and Anthony "Tony" Vidacovich

Married July 17, 1939, at St. Leo the Great on Paris Avenue After 67 years of marriage, Evelyn and Tony Vidacovich attribute their lasting love to staying active together. "We always made plans to get out of the house and have a little fun," says Evelyn. "We danced like crazy as long as we could -- ballroom dancing and square dancing," adds Tony. Since retiring from a 48-year career as a photographer at The Times-Picayune, Tony has joined Evelyn as a volunteer at East Jefferson General Hospital, where she has been volunteering for the past 35 years.

A good marriage is "not only about marrying the right person; it's being the right partner," says Evelyn. "My husband is kind, considerate, jovial and has an inclination to spoil me." Tony says that Evelyn's everything he needed in a wife: "She's very attentive and takes good care of me, for which I am very grateful. In marriage it's the little things that are the big things."

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