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Armachers Celebrate 65 Years

Posted: February 11, 2008 2:20 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2008 2:03 a.m.
Bob and Pat Armacher Bob and Pat Armacher
Bob and Pat Armacher
Bob and Pat Armacher met as teenagers at a dance in Hartford, Conn. during the summer of 1942. On Nov. 20, 1942 Bob was notified to report to the induction center on Dec. 29 for induction into the U.S. Army. On that evening Bob asked Pat if she wanted to get married and she unexpectedly said, "Yes." With some difficulty, they got their parents' permission, and then had to wait for a license. Finally, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 28, they were married at St. Peter's Church in Hartford, with a few friends in attendance. About 15 hours later Bob was sworn in as a U.S. Army soldier. When the person in charge learned that Bob had just gotten married, he was given furlough until January 6, 1943.
While Bob was in the States, Pat followed him from place to place. When he was shipped to the South Pacific, Pat worked in Hartford and lived with Bob's mother. After nearly two years, Bob returned home on Dec. 26, 1945 to a beautiful woman he hardly knew, just in time to celebrate their third anniversary.
Bob went to work for Pacific Telephone and retired in 1985. Pat worked at Swett & Crawford as an office manager until she decided to have children. Their first girl, Vickie, was born in 1955 and Buckly, their son, was born in 1956. Pat was a stay-at-home mom until their children went to high school. She worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 11 years before retiring.
Bob and Pat also have three grandsons, a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter, and a great-grandson. They celebrated their 65 years of marriage at the Friendly Valley Country Club on Dec. 29, 2007, with 75 friends and relatives. They attribute their successful marriage to the hardships they encountered during the war years, and their determination to show the people that said, "You kids are crazy, it won't last," that they were wrong.


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