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November 26, 2013

The Betar's have been married longer than most people live: 81 years!

So how did the longest-surviving marriage in America make it this long?

Learn to get along with each other's idiosyncrasies and focus on raising kids seem to be the key bits of advice the couple has for others.

 Ann Betar, 97, is married to 101-year-old John Betar. They eloped on Nov. 25, 1932.

Connecticut couple set to celebrate 81st anniversary


The longest-married couple in America – who are set to celebrate their 81st anniversary on Monday – have one bit of advice on how to stay together so long: just roll with the punches.

“If you think a little bit about what you’re doing, and if it’s wrong… we straighten it out, and if not we just try to go along with it,” said Ann Betar, 97, who is married to 101-year-old John Betar.

The Betars eloped on Nov. 25, 1932, after leaving Bridgeport, Conn., for Harrison, N.Y., to avoid Ann’s father’s plans to have her marry a man 20 years her senior, reports. Ann was 17 and John was 21 at the time.

Now eight decades later, the couple lives in Fairfield, Conn., and has five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

"Well, marriage isn't a lovey-dovey thing for 80 years. You learn to accept one another's ways of life, agreements, disagreements -- disagreements on our children, preparation on bringing up your kids,” Ann Betar said. “That was the main interest… was your children.”
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