In a heart-warming pledge of love, Horst and Dagmar Gruetzmacher will celebrate a remarkable 70 years of marriage on 4 July.
The couple’s love story began seven decades ago in Germany, during the aftermath of World War II, while they were both in hospital.
This year the incredible milestone of a platinum wedding anniversary is made extra special for the couple because both Horst and Dagmar will also celebrate their 90th birthdays in July.
Their daughter Carmen Connelly said her parents’ 70 years of marriage was inspiration to couples around the world as it showcased not only love, but also commitment and resilience.
“They met in Germany 1947 while in hospital and married in 1953,” she said.
“The early years were not easy raising a young family, two daughters Carmen, Edith and later a son Hartmut to complete the circle.”
Horst and Dagmar also have 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren they cherish.
Living in Bundaberg for almost 40 years, Horst is known for his scissor art, while Dagmar has been a homemaker and later a carer for her husband.
Carmen said her parents followed her and her family across the world, when they moved to Australia in 1987 to start a new life.
“They settled in Bundaberg 36 years ago, loving the climate, the ocean and the unique township and surroundings,” she said.
“Now 70 years together they are just as amazed, as we all are, to last a lifetime.
“Supporting each other and doing everything together all their lives – you see one, you see the other.”
The couple will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on 4 July and with Horst turning 90 on the 7 July and Dagmar celebrating her 90th birthday the next day on the 8 July.
“Unfortunately, Dad is now in aged care, but Mum is still in their home,” Carmen said.
“The last year has been tough on both, with Dad's health taking a turn, he now requires 24-hour care.
“Not only 70 years married and both turning 90 years of age they had a full life and remarkably Mum still drives her car.
“Your entire family and friends are wishing you many more years of happiness and unconditional love, what a great achievement.”