LOOK OF DEVOTION: Stanley and Myrtle Kerle celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary with family and friends. INSET: The wedding day.
LOOK OF DEVOTION: Stanley and Myrtle Kerle celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary with family and friends. INSET: The wedding day. Inga Williams

Love endures for 75 years

ONE evening in 1938, a strapping 20-year-old Stanley Kerle stepped out of the Laidley barber and laid his eyes on who he said was "the most beautiful girl" he had ever seen.

This beautiful 17-year-old was Myrtle Stuhmcke, who became Myrtle Kerle two years later.

The Kerle's celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary at Flinders View Nowlanvil Aged Care Facility with family and friends.

"It was love at first sight, absolutely," Mr Kerle said.

"We only lived a mile away from each other and I'd come over every Saturday."

Mr Kerle said he was nervous on the wedding day, but his worry disappeared when he saw his soon-to-be wife.

"Myrtle was beautiful, she still is," Mr Kerle said.

"She's a wonderful woman."

Mr Kerle said he didn't think there was a secret to a long and happy marriage, but communication was important.

"You need to iron things out before you get into an argument," he said.

"In 75 years of marriage we have never had a fight or an argument."

The young couple first moved to a farm at Tarampa before buying 264 acres at Minden and raising their 10 children on the property.

"That's where we grew our family," Mr Kerle said.

"Not one of our children gave us any problems; we've always been proud of them all."

The anniversary celebrations were extensive with the Kerle's boasting an impressive 22 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Stanley said he and Myrtle, now 97 and 93, still share the same love they did when they were married more than seven decades ago and enjoyed the anniversary celebrations immensely.

"You couldn't have gotten a better day," Mr Kerle said.

"We have certainly been very blessed."


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