Husbands, wives share secrets for making their romance last
by Sally Litchfield
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Waymon and Winona Osterholt met at Mableton High School, which they graduated from in 1947 and married the following November.  The Mableton couple has four children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. <br> Todd Hull
Waymon and Winona Osterholt met at Mableton High School, which they graduated from in 1947 and married the following November. The Mableton couple has four children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Todd Hull
Julianne and Boozer McClure of Marietta have been married for 27 years.
Julianne and Boozer McClure of Marietta have been married for 27 years.
Newlyweds Jack and Kelly Sommer of Marietta. <br> Todd Hull
Newlyweds Jack and Kelly Sommer of Marietta.
Todd Hull
Sandra and Foy Pierce of Canton have recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Sandra and Foy Pierce of Canton have recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
At the end of the romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally,” staring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, married couples talk about their relationships. In honor of Valentine’s Day, four couples who boast 1 to 65 years of matrimony share their thoughts on marriage and giving their hearts to each other.

Winona and Waymon Osterholt

Winona and Waymon Osterholt married on Nov 1, 1947. Their 65 years produced four children: Maria, Vicki, Mike and Paul and seven grandchildren.

The Mableton residents graduated from Mableton High School where they met during their senior year.

“We dated other people but we ended up together,” said 83-year-old Waymon. Winona is 82.

The couple eloped to Dallas while Waymon was on weekend leave from the service.

“At that time (Dallas) was where people our age would elope, go to the Justice of the Peace because he wouldn’t ask any questions,” Winona said, laughing.

She went to work after her children were older and retired from the Cobb County Board of Education where she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper.

The Osterholts are well-matched.

“We not only love each other but we’re good friends,” said Waymon, who retired from Lockheed.

“We’ve always tried to find things that we both like to do,” Winona said. Some of their hobbies are traveling, square dancing and going to bluegrass festivals.

Compatibility and good humor are a winning combination.

“He does anything I want him to do,” Winona said playfully.

“You don’t always have to be compatible in everything but you need to be compatible in some things. You’ve got to be kind to each other,” she added.

With anything worth having, marriage posed its challenges. “When we got married we had nothing. We couldn’t even buy our first child a baby bed because we were too young to get credit,” Winona said. She was 17 and he 18 at the time.

Perseverance pays off in marriage. “You’ve just got to hang in there. Relationships change and you’ve got to adjust to the changes. You can’t just walk out and say ‘I’m not going to do this anymore.’ You’ve got to work at it the whole time,” Winona advised.

Taking time for each other is another ingredient to their success. “When you’re busy with your careers, allow some time for playtime. You need to play some,” Winona said.

“We just enjoy each other. It’s a good institution,” Waymon said.

Sandra and Foy Pierce

It was love at first sight for Sandra and Foy Pierce who married Dec. 27, 1962. After 50 years, the flame is going strong.

“There were a few rough patches before we finally settled down together but it really was love at first sight,” Sandra stated.

The couple, which has 1 grown son, met at an impromptu party thrown by a mutual friend where the host’s older brother was holding a poker game at the same time.

“I won him in a poker game,” Sandra said laughing. “That’s where I met him. He busted and I got him.”

Luck may be a factor in their meeting but commitment is an important part of their success. “When you get married it’s for the long haul. You just go the extra mile. You have to give 150% each way and trying to make it work,” said Foy, retired from Delta Airlines in program development and training. He is president of Cushing Memorial Park, a recreational facility in Cherokee County.

Sandra who volunteers weekly with MUST Ministries said, “He has as much to put up with in me as I do with him.”

Marriage is a give and take. “You have to find that happy medium in there and be patient and realize that nobody’s perfect all the time,” Foy said.

Boozer and Julianne McClure

Music brought Marietta residents Julianne, 51, and Boozer McClure, 54, together 27 years ago. They met at University of Montevallo where they both majored in piano.

At their initial meeting, Boozer was dating Julianne’s roommate. He graduated two years ahead of Julianne and worked at Brevard Music Center where Julianne studied one summer.

“We ended up dating that summer,” said Julianne, a McEachern High School graduate who teaches piano.

Julianne and Boozer worked together on a piano competition and spent time together after rehearsals.

“I was the pursuer, and I just didn’t let up,” said Boozer who is from Wilsonville, AL (outside of Birmingham).

“I was unaware at Brevard of his feelings. I was just worried about the competition. It started as very good friends,” Julianne said.

Out of the friendship blossomed a romance.

“Too many times a romantic relationship is based on physical attraction and passion, and it’s temporary. There has to be a relationship born out of friendship,” Julianne said.

“Friendship is the foundation of our relationship,” Boozer said. The couple has two children, Warren, 20, and Julia, 16.

Marriage requires giving of oneself.

“You give and you give and you give and the way you make a marriage last is when you’re just sick and tired of giving and you give a little bit more,” said Boozer, who owns a retail men’s clothing business. “You just don’t give up.”

The freedom to give comes from the grace of God. “Because of my relationship with God my needs are met and I don’t have to rely on someone else to meet them. I am complete in that relationship and therefore I am free to give,” Julianne said.

Kelly and Jack Sommer

Newlyweds Kelly and Jack Sommer married Jan. 28, 2012, and have just purchased their first home in Marietta. This young couple, age 25 and 29, respectively, are building their marriage on a firm foundation.

The couple met at a Bible study while she was finishing undergraduate work and Jack was in his second year of grad school at Auburn University. “I am the extrovert and he’s the introvert of the relationship. When I met Jack he appeared quiet and serious,” said Kelly, an Auburn native. She is marketing coordinator for a logistics company.

“Kelly was incredibly attractive. Anybody that has met her and spoken with her for five minutes knows that she’s beautiful inside and out,” said Jack, who is from Birmingham. He is a project manager for a local commercial general contractor

“I was intrigued by her because more or less she was opposite from me. I was drawn to her in a lot of ways for her heart and her mind and getting to know her on a friend basis,” he said.

Through the Bible study, a friendship developed. Jack asked Kelly’s father permission to court her. “I wasn’t in the position to nor do I believe in casual dating so I wanted to be purposeful in my pursuit of her and that’s why I went to her father and communicated my desire in pursuing her with the end game being marriage. I wanted to let them know up front where my heart was. Emotions are too serious to take lightly,” he said.

After a 3-month courtship in Auburn, Jack went to Africa for 4 months with a ministry to build an orphanage in Uganda. After Africa, Jack moved to several cities in the US for work. When he moved to Marietta, he asked Kelly’s father permission to marry her.

Their devotion to each other is demonstrated by their vow: “I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I am pledging my life to another sinner but I promise to offer the same grace to you that I’ve been given.”

“Our faith is very strong. We know the grace that has been given through God is the only thing that will help our marriage stand the tough times that most assuredly will come,” Kelly said.

The Sommers believe marriage is a gift from God. “We believe strongly that it is our heavenly father that brought us together and he’s not going to bring us together just to our own devices. He’ll be the one, the building block, the sustainer to carry us through. Our heavenly father and our savior Jesus Christ are the only one that will sustain us,” Jack said.
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