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Pen pals see 40 years married

Mr. and Mrs. Jim LaFleur, of Elimsport, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Dec. 11, 2021. They were married in San Diego, California, on Dec. 11, 1981.

Mary is the daughter of the late Stanley and Barbara Schall of Jersey Shore. She is a 1978 graduate of Jersey Shore High School. Jim is the son of the late Francis and Mabel LaFleur of Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a 1977 graduate of Worchester Vocational Technical High School. He served four years in the U.S. Navy. Jim is employed by Koppers, Inc.

The couple became pen pals while Mary was living in Jersey Shore and Jim was serving in the Navy and stationed in Scotland. After writing letters for a year, Jim wrote, “I’m flying to Pennsylvania to meet you.” He travelled 6,000 miles. They continued writing letters for another year and a half, fell in love and only saw each other twice in that time frame. They were married three years after the first letter Jim wrote to Mary.

They are parents of two children, a daughter, Maria, and a son, Sean. They were recently blessed with their first grandchild.

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