Local couple celebrates 70th anniversary
Louis and Violet Schwander were married 70 years ago at a courthouse in Vancouver, Wash., and celebrated the milestone at Marquis Forest Grove late last month with a special salmon lunch put together by staff members.
"They're definitely still in love," said LaRayne Barrios, campus activity coordinator for Marquis Forest Grove, who decorated a private room with flowers and candles Friday, Nov. 17, for the Schwanders.
Even though Louis lives at Marquis, apart from Violet, they always greet each other with hugs and kisses when she visits, Barrios said, and they say, "I love you," over and over before parting ways. Violet still meets Louis for all his doctor appointments and stops by to see him whenever possible.
"It's not very often people make it to 70 years," Barrios said. "It's quite an accomplishment."
Violet is the "sweetest lady," while Louis is very social and "likes to be where everything is happening," Barrios said.
"I think they feed off each others' strengths," she said.
The Schwanders didn't go on a honeymoon but instead went to work the next day.
Louis was a truck driver and mechanic and also worked in logging. Violet was a homemaker and a great cook — "the best," Louis said.
The two lived with Louis' parents in Mountaindale outside Banks until they could build their own home in the area. They raised four children together.
Of their 70 years together, Louis said, "they were the good ones."
By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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