Having recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, Ann and John Mitro, of Shrewsbury, still have a twinkle in their eyes for one another.
They have a close knit family and get together regularly for gatherings with multi-generations of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and more.
Both Ann and John grew up in Massachusetts—Ann in Southbridge and John in Boston.
Because they both share an Albanian Orthodox background, they initially met at St. George's Cathedral in South Boston where regularly scheduled picnics and dances were held.
"John asked me to dance and I immediately said, 'yes.' He was relentless. I don't know how he got my telephone number but once he had it, he just kept calling," said Ann.
They would meet up at these local dances sponsored by the church and always seek each other out. Ann and John would even try to sneak away from the crowds just to be alone.
"Once Ann's family knew I was serious about her, they took a visit to the family business and discussed me at great length. They got the scoop on my whole family. I must have passed their inquisition because I finally got the chance to marry her," John said.
The night before their wedding, Ann got a phone call from a former suitor who was quite upset.
"I just knew John and I were right for each other," Ann said.
Both Ann and John went on to have careers. Ann worked for the state of Massachusetts, and John worked in the family businesses, the L Street Deli and Spa, Bayview Spa and the Pioneer Grocery, and John then entered Boston University at the age of 35. He went on to get a master's degree as well and taught accounting in the Natick School District.
While reflecting on their good fortune, both Ann and John couldn't agree more that working together, side-by-side, contributed to their successful relationship.
"Never hold a grudge and never go to bed angry," Ann said.
Their recent anniversary was celebrated with about 45 family members with a warm and festive reception.