Tonawanda Couple Finds Their Way Back to Each Other; Celebrates Diamond Wedding Anniversary

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August 1, 2012

The LaFleur’s celebrated their Diamond Anniversary on July 26 at St. Francis of Williamsville with family: Donald LaFleur, Mildred Eggleston (Mary Ann's sister), Nancy Fisher (niece), Karen Eisenbart (daughter), and Mary Ann LaFleur.

When Donald LaFleur turned to his wife Mary Ann and said, “You’re so pretty,” staff at St. Francis of Williamsville could see that couple’s love never retired, despite them living four months apart last year.

The Tonawanda natives celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary surrounded by their family on July 26.

Both were admitted to nursing homes in 2011, but due to Donald’s care needs at the time, he had to wait for a bed to become available at St. Francis. Today, the happy couple, who has shared 60 years of wedded bliss, also shares a room once again.

They married in 1952 after having met six years earlier at the Rainbow Rink in Tonawanda. “I told my girlfriend I was going to marry him,” said Mary Ann LaFleur. 

She went onto high school while Donald fought in the Korean War.  When he returned home, they were married.

Donald worked for Spalding Fiber and Consolidated Steel and Mary Ann at AM&A’s and Bon-Ton. They have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.