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June 06, 2008

Pen Pals & Love


Next week Victor and Marianne Anderson celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary. The story of how the couple met and fell in love could have come straight from the pages of a romance novel.

One of the last things Victor Anderson's older brother Ron did before he was killed in World War II was write to Victor, then 17. Ron asked that Vic correspond with an 11-year-old girl named Marianne whom Ron had met in his travels. Ron told Victor that Marianne was trying to learn English.

Victor and Marianne stayed pen pals for 12 years before they finally met. The story of that meeting and how they fell in love is one that has been told and re-told in the family.


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