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Local couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary on Veteran's Day

Posted at 6:56 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 19:27:26-05

LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio — Sharing the spotlight with those who proudly stood up to defend Democracy.

A Lorain County couple celebrated a major milestone the same day we honor our veterans.

A Sunday afternoon polka dance, with the help of a cousin, set in motion a love story that continues to stand the test of time.

Eleanor and Hank Klekota made that commitment to each other 70 years ago.

“In those days, you got married and you knew you were married and were going to stay married," said Eleanor Klekota.

The pair crossed paths just a handful of years after Hank served in the Navy during World War II.

“We stopped in Hawaii and the war ended," said Hank Klekota.

Dedication to the United States runs deep in Klekota's family. His two brothers also joined the military.

“We were taught all the way through school that it was the best country in the world and what’s why I wanted to defend it," said Klekota.

Each Nov. 11, the Klekota's celebrate their love and commitment to each other while honoring Hank’s love and commitment to our country.

"Both Armistice Day and our anniversary on the same day," said Eleanor.

However, when the couple initially selected the date it really boiled down to making sure friends at Eleanor's job could attend.

“Veterans Day your bank is closed," said Eleanor.

Seven decades later, Eleanor said the secrets to success is sharing a lot of similar interests.

“He didn’t like to play bingo though," said Eleanor.

She also points to couples staying the course.

“Just because you have a disagreement don’t just 'oh, I’m leaving,"" said Eleanor.

The 90-year-old said a little space from time-to-time goes a long way, especially during a pandemic.

“He goes out in the yard in the afternoon for about an hour and picks the sticks up in the yard and I have a little break there," said Eleanor.

From Hank's vantage point, at 94, his list of secrets to success is much shorter.

"I'm Polish and she's Polish and that's what impressed me," said Hank Klekota.