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  • Our story began in two places and two times. First my (John's) story.

    Transferred from Denver to Los Angeles to Chicago. A perfect career path. My wife was able to stay at home. We had two children in college. A dog.
    A home with a neighborhood pool and lake. Then it happened. My wife had a brain aneurysm. On life support for a week, and died two weeks before Christmas in 1987.
    My life had come to a stop. All the hopes and dreams for the future gone. I continued to work for Siemens Credit Corporation, and was alone

    Now Jo's story.

    Having lived in Pennsylvania all her life Jo, moved to Boca Raton, Fl., because of her husbands health. Leaving her grown children in Doylestown, Pa., she made a life for herself and husband and dog in Florida. After living there 17 years, and enjoying sunshine, and outdoor living, her husband suffered a massive stroke and died. Jo, continued to work for Siemens Credit Corporation and was alone.

    Our story.
    Since I had known the feelings of having my wife die, I sent Jo a sympathy card after her husbands death.
    We began writing each other, relating feelings that only certain people can know. Those who have lost loved ones.
    Letters turned to every day phone calls. Sometimes twice a day.

    Then a business trip to our home office in Boca Raton. I called Jo and asked her if she would like to go to dinner.
    Following a long dinner, with lots of conversation about our dogs, church, feelings and work, I took Jo home and left with a hug.

    Arriving back in Chicago, after that trip, I found frozen pipes to greet me. But....also Jo called me to make sure I got home ok.

    We will be married 28 years in June, 2017. A long distance love story, filled with letters and phone calls, travel, lots of restaurants and building 5 homes in new locations we have lived in.

    Most importantly, we continue to grow in love with each other.
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