Great con­nec­tion is key to 65 years of mar­riage

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By DAVID RAK

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.’

Margaret Jan­ner

Frank and Margaret Jan­ner were mar­ried in Mel­bourne but moved to Heath­cote 25 years ago.

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