Beaumont Commons couples celebrate 400+ years of marriage

Seven couples with 405 years of wedded bliss among them renewed their vows on Valentine’s Day at Beaumont Commons senior living community in Farmington Hills.

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Officiant Todd Lipa of TLC Ceremonies performed the late morning ceremony for these couples:

  • Mike and Wilma Harper – 70 years
  • Rio and Barbara Della Mora – 69 years
  • Dr. James and Mildred Robinson – 66 years
  • Harry and Delores Kansman – 64 years
  • Ken and Loretta Hedges – 60 years
  • Jim and Janell Niemi – 39 years
  • Sherell and Sondra Gordon – 36 years
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Couples shared original wedding photos, which were on display during the Valentine’s Day ceremony at Beaumont Commons. 

A little over a quarter of the residents on the campus are married couples, said Diane Beri, Executive Director of Operations. While the ladies were excited to renew their vows, the gentlemen were not quite as receptive.

“They feel more comfortable coming here,” she said. “This is their home.”

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The topper on the cake celebrating the ceremony came from 30-year Beaumont Commons employee Cheryl Snycerski. It topped her parents’ wedding cake in 1953.

Beaumont Commons (formerly Botsford Commons) provides a range of services, from independent living in condos to long-term care, which makes the campus a good fit for couples, Beri added.

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“If you need different levels of care, you can still see each other,” she said.

The brief ceremony included traditional vows, along with recognition for each couple and – of course – a kiss at the end. Couples also shared a few words of wisdom about love and marriage:

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Mike and Wilma Harper

“Live together and recover from differences.” – Mike Harper

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Harry and Delores Kansman 

”You just have to realize you’re not always going to have the same opinions or interests.” – Delores Kansman

“It’s a life of compromises.” – Harry Kansman

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Beaumont Commons Business Development Manager Colleen Irvin snaps a photo of Jim and Janell Niemi, who have been married 39 years.

”The focus is always been about us… family, tolerating each other, helping each other out, being patient with each other.” – Janell Niemi

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Dr. James and Mildred Robinson

”Yes, dear.” – Dr. James Robinson

”If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you.” – Sherell Gordon

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Ken and Loretta Hedges

“Just get along.” – Ken Hedges

”We really enjoyed our family.” – Rio Della Mora. (Rio and Barbara have nine children. Barbara recently celebrated her birthday with just immediate family, and 60 people attended.)

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