College sweethearts to marry 60 years later

College sweethearts to marry 60 years later (Image 1)
College sweethearts to marry 60 years later (Image 1)

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Two residents of a Dyersburg assisted living center plan to marry on Sunday, more than 60 years after they first met.

The State Gazette reports Peggy Schuster and the Rev. Henry Freund were college sweethearts in the early 1950s.

Freund said the couple often sat together in class at Rhodes College (then Southwestern) and frequently dated. But they eventually went their separate ways and married other people.

While attending a church meeting in Memphis in 2001, Freund learned that Schuster had been widowed.

Freund, who had lost his wife, wrote his college sweetheart to offer sympathy. A decade later, Schuster gave Freund her email address and the couple, both in their 80s, began corresponding.

Freund said a spark that had survived for more than 60 years “burst into flames.”

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