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February 14, 2014

Lasting Love (Celebrating 50 plus years of marriage): The Hagedorns

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A chance encounter on a Sunday afternoon in the small town of Troy, Ind., sparked an immediate dislike that ended up in marriage which will celebrate its 65th wedding anniversary on May 28, 2014.

In 1947, Evelyn Goffinet and her friend were heading back home after her family picnic at the park. They were pushing their bicycles up a big hill because they were tired. Hearing a loud car with noisy passengers and loud music drive up behind them, they skirted the side of the road. The vehicle slowed down and was full of young men. One of them was a Hagedorn boy. The boys asked if they were tired of walking. Evelyn’s answer was, “Yes, I guess so.” The young men replied, “Try running.” Then they sped off.

Evelyn was so angry, when she returned home she told her mother what happened and instructed her if a Hagedorn boy ever called, to say she was not there.  After several days passed, the phone rang and Evelyn had to answer it. It was Louis Hagedorn whom Evelyn had no desire so see. Speaking on the phone with him, she was overcome by his gentle speaking and kind voice, also remembering he was very handsome.  Louis asked her if she would go on a date with him. Her mind said “no,” but her heart said “yes.” They dated about two years.

Both being from Catholic families, they were married at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on May 28, 1949. It was a picturesque wedding with white dress and tux and bridesmaids all wearing pastel spring colors. They had every detail covered, or so they thought. They forgot to arrange for Evelyn to be picked up and taken to the church. As the church bells were ringing, she was standing in her front yard, adorned in her wedding attire, waving at her friends who worked at General Electric (GE) across the street when finally a good friend arrived to pick her up. She was 15 minutes late and Louis was already thinking she had changed her mind.

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