Gerhard Harry Andersen and Jane Kay Stevens -- 56 years


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Gerhard Harry Andersen and Jane Kay Stevens -- 56 years.


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After getting her teaching credential Jane and two girlfriends decided to take an 82-day tour of Europe. In London they linked up with their group and met their tour guide, a friendly young Dane named Harry who spoke 6 languages. Following a whirlwind and exciting tour, she returned to her teaching job in Tacoma. One day Jane’s father answered the phone. On the other end was Harry, whom he had heard a bit about. “Do you call all of the girls after each of your tours?” he inquired. “Yes, but I am calling Jane first,” responded Harry, and thus their courtship began. Harry visited Tacoma several times before proposing. He suggested that they marry on December 28th so that he could never forget their anniversary (it also being his birthday!). The couple honeymooned in Acapulco, where they survived a huge earthquake, and Taxco, where they experienced the coldest night on record, but despite such an inauspicious beginning, it was the start of an enduring, happy marriage. They had 4 children. Harry passed away on December 25, 2011, three days before their 56th anniversary.


  • Photograph courtesy of Jane Andersen, Orinda CA.

  • Photograph courtesy of Jane Andersen, Orinda CA.

  • Photograph courtesy of Jane Andersen, Orinda CA.


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