Whitehall couple celebrates 70th anniversary

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WHITEHALL, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – One couple is celebrating 70 years of marriage. Hilma and Lester Gjestvang met at a dance at the Osseo City hall, and Hilma says the rest is history. The Gjestvangs are celebrating 70 years of marriage this week. Today celebrating with friends and family.

For their previous major anniversaries, they invited community members, friends, and family to celebrate. This time, a small immediate family gathering took place, but there was still no shortage of laughs and happy tears.

Hilma and Lester Gjestvang said, “Its love and trust and patience. Yes, you got to have a lot of trust and we try to get along and I think we have done a pretty good job. This is the best thing I have ever done. There’s been a lot of things through 70 years, and its history now.”

Youngest of the five kids, Roselie Vaughan said, “We are just very blessed. We have a strong family we have the perfect examples set for us. I think our house was filled with love as mom and dad said.”

Hilma and Lester’s children told our reporter today that respect runs deep in their family, and today’s gathering while it was different, was very important.

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