Their first date was at an amusement park, and they’re still married — 78 years later

Fielding and Marion Lee’s first date was a trip to the Riverside Amusement Park in Chicago, which included a ride in the Tunnel of Love, some eight decades ago.

The couple — Fielding, 99, and Marian, 98 — celebrated 78 years of marriage on Friday, Dec. 22, at Chesterwood Village, 8073 Tylersville Rd. in West Chester Twp. They celebrated the anniversary with their three children, four grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

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The Lees met while working at the Ideal Greeting Card Company, and most enjoyed dancing at some of Chicago’s ballrooms, where a night of dancing only cost a quarter.

They were married on Dec. 22, 1939, at St. John Berchmans Parish in Chicago.

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Fielding was drafted into the Navy in 1943, where he served in eight major battles. At that time, Marion worked for the Army Corp of Engineers and served as secretary to Brigadier General Leslie Groves, Jr. who was instrumental in the Manhattan Project.


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