STAMFORD, Conn. -- In the spring of 1954, 23-year-old Manny Blosio, who had just returned to his hometown of Stamford from a stint as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, went to the dentist to get his teeth cleaned.
Blosio was instantly attracted to Rosemarie Marrucco, 26, a pretty green-eyed, blonde dental hygienist who gave him his cleaning.
Although the pair didn't know it at the time, their fate was sealed for the next six decades and beyond. The Blosios will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on July 28.
The couple, who are now in their 80s and still living in Stamford, have four children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
At a recent interview in their home, they reflected on their early days.
Rosemarie said she was always impressed with Manny's dancing. The pair often went to dance halls and did the Fox Trot, the Jitterbug and the Samba -- popular music of the time.
After dating for two years, they became engaged in April 1956. They got married with 200 guests looking over them at St. Mary's Church in Stamford. Their wedding song was "Some Enchanted Evenings" by Martin & Pinza.
Rosemarie remained a dental hygienist. Manny became a teacher of fine arts and stage.
When kids came along, they devoted their lives to spending time together as a family.
After being happily married for 60 years, the couple offered words of advice -- and some humor -- to young couples who are just beginning their journey.
First, spending quality time together is essential to a marriage, Manny said. The Blosios fish, golf, dance and play tennis together.
"I didn't like her too much when I learned she was a better tennis player than me," Manny joked.
Compromising plays another large factor in any relationship, Rosemarie said. "We compromise on things we disagree on and usually work it out," she said.
Manny quipped, "Whatever she wants is OK. If she wants something that is not Ok, I just go along with what she wants."
Marriage is teamwork, and they must support one another in all areas, Manny said.
"When he was Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, he had to plan all the dances and activities, and he supported me with my class reunions and genealogy," Rosemarie said.
Strong marriages are about getting through tough times, Manny said. "Eight years ago, I was hospitalized and underwent treatment for appendix cancer. The love and backing I got from my wife meant so much. She took great care of me," he said.
Rosemarie said that above all, couples should always be respectful and considerate of one another. "Dedicate yourself to the marriage," she said.
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