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Couple celebrates 70 years of marriage in separate sections of nursing facility

Fred spent the day reliving wedding memories with his bride Patricia over the phone and computer.

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Patricia and Fred LaFontaine are separated inside a New Hampshire nursing facility, but their whole family came together to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this week.

The LaFontaines marked seven decades of marriage separately due to the coronavirus pandemic, but their family members are thankful they're both healthy.

“They have not been able to be with each other for three months since COVID-19 started, they’re both in quarantine,” their daughter, Lynne Edwards, said.

The couple has four children that came together from across the country to celebrate in creative ways. Their son, Brian LaFontaine, drove up from Virginia to surprise them.

“We could visit my father who could be brought outside and placed behind a Plexiglas screen while we sat in the car with our face masks on,” he said. “Then, after we talked to him, we were able to go do a window visit with my mother.”

Patricia is now 91 while Fred is 93. They met in a Haverhill, Massachusetts, department store.

“I believe she was working the candy counter and he walked in a couple times to observe and finally asked her out on a date,” Lynne Edwards said.

Fred spent the day reliving wedding memories with his bride Patricia over the phone and computer. The whole family hoping someday soon they can be together again.