Wausau couple celebrates 77th wedding anniversary; husband will turn 102 in a few weeksSubmitted: 08/22/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera

Wausau couple celebrates 77th wedding anniversary; husband will turn 102 in a few weeks
WAUSAU - Nowadays, Marge and Wally Engel spend their nights playing Scrabble inside their home in Wausau's Primrose Retirement Community. But that wasn't always the case.

"I've been with him for 77 years," said Marge. "It's been quite a long time and I must say enjoyable, and I'm very thankful that we are still together."

The two met in 1938 while Marge was on a church ski trip. Their love story is pretty unique because Marge literally fell for Wally.

"Wally was standing at the bottom of the hill and I was at the top, and I was going down on my skis and I saw him put his hand out just like this, and I saw that hand and I thought, 'Oh, he'll move his arm in before I get there.' Well, he didn't pull his arm in," said Marge.

"When I caught her, she was right in my arms, and I looked at her and she just kind of looked up at me, and we were together. It was kind of like a miracle," said Wally.

Miracle or not, Marge and Wally know just how hard they worked to stay together over the years.

"You have to think about the other person and yourself and the conditions that arise and how you're going to deal with it," said Wally.

"Marriage isn't all a bed of roses, let's face it. If it is, if people say that, I think there's something missing a little," said Marge.

Nothing seems to be missing for them. The pair has three sons, three grandchildren, and two great granddaughters.

The Engels say love, commitment, and a little bit of humor keeps their relationship going.

"When we made our commitment it was for life, and we've been blessed with an extended life, so I'm very thankful for that," said Wally.

"I think you can call us antiques," said Marge.

Even though some days can be tougher than others, the Engels know they've got all the pieces they need in each other.

Wally will also be turning 102 in a few weeks. He and Marge say they're just enjoying each day and not thinking too far into the future right now. They also say they're both grateful to have had each other and their health for so many years.

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