Love is in the air: Couples celebrate decades of marriage by renewing vows at Plymouth Place

LA GRANGE PARK – They walked down the aisle to the Wedding March, said "I do" and fed each other cake.

For the couples celebrating Valentine's Day at Plymouth Place, a retirement community in La Grange Park, this wasn't their first time down the aisle. And even decades after their first kiss as husband and wife, their love was still as strong as ever.

"Say 'yes, dear.'" Joe Dolak joked as to the secret to a strong, longlasting marriage. Dolak, who has been married to his wife, Shirley, for 67 years, first met his wife on the baseball field.

"We had a team – guys from the neighborhood – and she kept score," Dolak said.

They were married in 1947 in Chicago, where they lived for many years before moving to Chicago's north suburbs and eventually to Plymouth Place three years ago.

"The real secret is that it takes two," Dolak said. "It's takes two, but you become one."

Bill Coates, married to his wife, Mary Sue, for 59 years, said he was more nervous the first time he said, "I do." The Coates were married in 1959 in Ann Arbor, Mich. after meeting at a church social.

"The secret to our marriage? We love each other," Bill Coates said simply.