A mutual friend introduced Alvin Mann to Gertrude Mokotoff at a gym in Middletown, N.Y. Eight years later, they both still work out there twice a week. He's 94, she's 98-and they just got married.
On their first date, they went to a restaurant called Something Sweet. "He was a perfect gentleman," Gertrude told The New York Times, and Alvin chimed in that "there was something about her that made me want to keep on talking."
Both had lived full lives long before meeting in the gym. She was a biology professor and the former mayor of Middletown, and he's a World War II veteran and retired businessman. Both widowed from their previous marriages, the couple has seven children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren between them.
Even though they each have nearly a century of life experience, the couple says they don't feel old.
"Age doesn't mean a damn thing to me or to Gert," Alvin told the publication. "We don't see it as a barrier. We still do what we want to do in life."
So it was no surprise when Gertrude defied tradition in June and asked Alvin to marry her.
According to The New York Times, they were wed on Aug. 5 at Middletown City Hall, surrounded by loving friends, family, and neighbors.
She’s 98. And he’s 94. Gertrude Mokotoff and Alvin Mann were introduced 8 years ago at a gym in Middletown, New York, where they still work out twice a week. “I kept getting teased about dating a cougar,” Alvin said. “But the age difference never really bothered me because we just hit it off, and I wasn’t about to let her go.” In June, after one of their many late-night drives home from the @metopera in Manhattan, Gertrude decided to buck tradition. “I asked him to marry me,” she said with a chuckle. “I was tired of chasing after him.” Both widowed from previous marriages, they have 7 children, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren between them. “Age doesn’t mean a damn thing to me or to Gert,” Alvin said. “We don’t see it as a barrier. We still do what we want to do in life.” What keeps them young? “Of course, one part of it is medical science,” Alvin told @nytimes. “But the bigger part is that we live worry-free lives; we do not let anything we cannot control bother us in the least.” @justin.gilliland photographed their wedding earlier this month.
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On August 20 they will celebrate another milestone together, when Gertrude turns 99. But to this couple, her age is just a number.
"People always ask what it is that keeps us young," Alvin said. "Of course, one part of it is medical science, but the bigger part is that we live worry-free lives; we do not let anything we cannot control bother us in the least."
Words to live by!
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