Clayton and Jean Duval of Holy Trinity, Bandon

Clayton and Jean Duval of Holy Trinity, Bandon

Worldwide Marriage Encounter asked parishes throughout western Oregon to identify their longest-wed couples. Parishes then feted their pairs on World Marriage Day, Feb. 12. The longest-wed couple found in the statewide search are Claude and Yvette Arrington of St. Peter Parish in Newberg. Wed May 23, 1942, just before Claude shipped off to war, they were the subjects of a story in the Feb. 5 Sentinel. Their tip for a long marriage: communicate often, honestly and respectfully. See their story at Here are statistics and photos sent in by parishes. As more come in, we will publish them.    


St. Mary

Walter and Lorraine Schroeder 

Oct. 15, 1949


Our Lady of the Mountain

Douglas and Marie Mansur

March 4, 1951


St. Mary, Star of the Sea

Richard and Betty Huckestein

Aug. 16, 1952


Holy Trinity 

Clayton and Jean Duval

June 30, 1948 

Their wedding took place in Red Cloud, Nebraska, and a Father Murphy was the celebrant. They had a double wedding ceremony with Jean’s sister and her groom. “They are a true blessing to our parish,” says Lisa Turner of Holy Trinity. “Still so much in love after 69 years. They seem like newlyweds.”


Holy Trinity

Roger and Marie Dorsey

May 11, 1963


St. Patrick

Bill and Marie Trumm

Nov. 28, 1945

Cottage Grove

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Wilbur and Catherine Heath

Dec. 16, 1950


St. Philip Benizi

Richard and Rose Furrer

June 7, 1958


St. Philip

Fred and Carol Lingle

March 3, 1956

“They are the most amazing people I’ve ever met,” says the nomination. 

Forest Grove

St. Anthony

Gene and Kathy Van Dyke

Nov. 15, 1954


Sacred Heart

Ed and Maxine Bashaw

Oct. 19, 1958


St. Henry

Glenn and Nellie Nado

Aug. 8, 1948

They met at a dance where Glenn danced with the cutest girl there — Nellie. They have five children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They have attended St. Henry for 20 years.


Our Lady of Lourdes

Leonard and Stella Neal

Jan. 1, 1946


St. Edward

Robert and Lois Mangers

Sept. 17, 1946

Lincoln City

St. Augustine

Dan and Elaine Pistoresi

Sept. 14, 1944

As set out in Dan’s book, “Taking the Bitter with the Sweet,” this couple has lived a full, rich life. They also endured the loss of a son, one of their four children. One part of the book explains how to know when you should get married. Another offers sage advice on how to be fair and honest in dealings. 


Sacred Heart

Helen and Jack Rentz

July 19, 1947

They met at a Sacred Heart young adult gathering. Jack attended St. Mary’s High School in Medford and is the oldest living alumni. He’s a Navy veteran of World War II and Korea. Helen attended Sacred Heart School in Sedalia, Missouri. For more than 50 years, Jack was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Helen was a member of Catholic Daughters.

They wed at Sacred Heart and have four children, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Their secret to a long marriage is lots of love and patience. 


St. John the Baptist

James and Bonnie Brink

Oct. 1, 1947


St. James

Gene and Irene Burch

Jan. 1, 1946


St. Peter

Claude and Yvette Arrington

May 23, 1942

They turned out to be the longest-wed couple identified by Marriage Encounter in Oregon. See their story in the Feb. 5 issue or go to

North Plains

St. Edward

Nolan and Catherine Sohler 

Sept. 16, 1947

Almost as long as they have been married, the Sohlers have been members of their parish. Their family includes nine children, 30 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild with another on the way.

Oregon City

St. Philip Benizi

Alfred and Joyce Wetzel

Feb. 14, 1951

They have five children (two deceased), nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They have volunteered at the Marian Prayer Center. Joyce volunteers at the parish making lunches for homeless people.


Holy Cross

Bernie and Anita Verbout 

Aug. 11, 1951

Longtime activists in the public square, including the pro-life cause, they are stalwarts in Catholic life. Bernie spent years in the Air Force and Anita plays violin for the 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. 


Holy Family

Gus and Joan Dindia

May 5, 1951


Holy Redeemer

Gene and Gerry Jacobs

Sept. 16, 1950


Our Lady of Lavang

Khuong Le and Mai Do

Feb. 16, 1949


Sacred Heart

Don and Betty Jo Brouillard

May 26, 1956


St. Ignatius

Sam and Carolyn Scopacasa 

June 1, 1947

Words of wisdom from Carolyn: “Live your life as best you can and be good to your neighbor. There’s give and take in every relationship.”

They lived down the road from St. Ignatius for 50 years. Carolyn says their life centered around the church. They now live in Gresham.


St. Juan Diego

Jim and Helen Pasqualone

May 8, 1949


St. Philip Neri

Donald and Joanne Dindia

Nov. 6, 1949


St. Therese

Lowell and Maria Brekke

Jan. 9, 1958


St. John the Apostle

Lawrence and Gertrude Achen

Feb. 12, 1946

Of their 12 children, 11 survive and have given them 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. They moved to Oregon in 1966 and say they really appreciated the plumbing, electricity and other amenities here — something they did not have on their South Dakota farm. “It was the best move we ever made,” says Gertrude. Her advice for a long, happy marriage is to put up with one another with patience and love and always keep the kitchen open for the children.


Queen of Peace

Matt and Everilda Kegler

July 27, 1946


St. Mary

Alphons and Beatrice DeVos

June 22, 1950

“Al and Bea DeVos are young at heart,” says Marylen Amsberry, who nominated them. “And they have a big heart.” 


St. Francis

Alfred and Jean Quattrocchi

Aug. 11, 1945


St. Paul

Eldon and Marti Wilgus

Feb. 26, 1949

They were the first couple to be married in the parish’s “new” church, after the building was torn down at Camp Adair and reassembled in Silverton. 

Sweet Home

St. Helen

Bud and Barbara Baumgartner

Oct. 15, 1955



Dennis and Barbara Finnigan

June 16, 1951


St. Mary

Tom and Judy Budge

June 25, 1960


St. Cyril

Ed and Eileen Leavy

June 16, 1951