Great connection is key to 65 years of marriage
WHERE to get fuel was just another mundane decision for truck driver Frank Janner.
That was until the day he spotted Margaret working behind the counter at her father’s petrol station.
Frank was smitten from day one and knew he would be making any excuse possible to fill up at Margaret’s workplace.
November 11 marked 65 years since Heathcote’s Frank and Margaret Janner tied the knot.
Six children and six grandchildren later, Frank said he was still pleased he worked up the courage to ask Margaret out.
Married in Melbourne in 1953, the couple relocated to Heathcote 25 years ago after Frank came to town cutting firewood.
“We wanted a change of pace from the city life,” Frank said.
“I enjoyed Heathcote when I spent some time here and I suggested to Margaret that it would be a great place to live.
“Everyone in the community is so welcoming and we have great neighbours. It’s a wonderful lifestyle.”
Margaret said she had always admired her husband’s work ethic even if it got in the way from time to time.
“Even at 90 he’s still volunteering at the hospital. He loves being part of the community,” she said.
“But he insisted on working on our wedding day. That meant we didn’t get married until late in the afternoon. He just couldn’t give up a day of work.”
Frank and Margaret said the key to a long and healthy marriage was enjoying your time together and remembering why you fell in love initially.
“We have a great connection. I feel like I’ve got to a point where I know what he is going to say next,” Margaret said.
“We’ve enjoyed our time together and made a commitment to never go to bed angry. Any issues have to be patched up before we go to sleep.”
Even at 90 he’s still volunteering at the hospital. He loves being part of the community.’
Frank and Margaret Janner were married in Melbourne but moved to Heathcote 25 years ago.