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On Assignment: Couple married 54 years renews their wedding vows

JERSEY CITY, N.J., JUNE 23, 2011 — Maria Iraheta, 69, and her husband, Jose, 72, renewed their wedding vows during a ceremony at the Advanced Adult Daycare Center on Morton Place organized by the director of recreation, Brunella Belfiore. The couple has been married 54 years, but the center threw them a golden anniversary celebration complete with the traditional cake cutting, and bouquet and garter toss. They have seven children, 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. When asked what their secret to a long and happy marriage is, Maria said, “A lot of patience.” Jose’s advice, “Take it easy.” (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

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