Happy cou­ple notches up 65 years

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Af­ter 65 years of mar­riage, Noe­lene and Johnny Raitt still en­joy spend­ing most of their time to­gether.

The cou­ple marked the oc­ca­sion on Au­gust 9. Noe­lene said they have never been bored of each other.

‘‘We do more or less ev­ery­thing to­gether,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve al­ways worked to­gether, al­ways gone on hol­i­days to­gether. We just get on fine.’’

Johnny was born in Porirua while Noe­lene is from Taranaki. Both moved to Plim­mer­ton when they were young. The cou­ple met in Pare­mata at a dance when Noe­lene was 18 and Johnny, 21. He was a boil­er­maker and she worked in her fa­ther’s hair­dress­ing shop. They were mar­ried in the old Plim­mer­ton church in 1947.

Johnny then took a job as a milk­man, start­ing each day about 3.30am. When they had had enough of the early starts, they bought a dairy in Lower Hutt ‘‘for a change’’, and ran it to­gether for four years.

Af­ter they sold the dairy, they ran two other stores, in Otaki Beach and Plim­mer­ton, then a cof­fee bar on Wood­ward St in Welling­ton.

Want­ing an­other change they ran the Toy­world store in Can­nons Creek for 10 years and The Ex­press Card shop for four years.

At 85 and 88, the cou­ple are now re­tired at Kapiti Vil­lage. They have three daugh­ters, five grand­chil­dren and 13 great­grand­chil­dren.

To cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary, there is a small fam­ily lunch at Kapiti Vil­lage on Satur­day.

Happy ever af­ter: Noe­lene, left, and Johnny Raitt look back 65 years to their wed­ding day.

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