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Lakeland couple marks 70th wedding anniversary

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As long lasting marriages go, the Carnevalis are going the distance. The Lakeland couple marked their 70th wedding anniversary this week with a celebration at the Arbor Oaks Senior Living Center.

Santi "Judge" Carnevali and his wife Anne met while serving in the military during World War II.  They were both in Africa, and Judge was sent to see if a contingent of newly arrived American servicewomen would be interested in joining his team for a dance.

"You danced a dance with one of those pretty French girls," Anne teased her husband during an interview about their anniversary. 

Truth is the Carnevalis hit it off that night, and after a whirlwind five month courtship they decided to tie the knot. It was 1943. 

"I wrote home and asked my parents if they could send me an engagement ring, and they sent it in a little package," Judge recalled. 

Fast forward to 2013, the Carnevalis have four daughters, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren not to mention a lifetime of love and respect for each other. They both agree the secret to their success is walking away from an argument.

"When we disagree, I mean really disagree, we don't talk," Judge explained. "And when we came to breakfast somebody had to say pass the sugar or something. That did it. We'd start talking." 

They're not quick to offer up too much marital advice, but the Carnevalis do have some pretty strong opinions about why many modern marriages end in divorce.

"I think they want too much out of life. There's too much going on. I don't know. They just don't respect each other the way they used to," Anne said.

"You know when you're our age, and you get married in the church, and you take vows in church you follow them," Judge said.

The Carnevalis are marking another milestone this year. Judge turned 95 in June, and Anne will do the same thing in September.

 

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