Dinner date

LOCK HAVEN – Love was in the air. Not candy-sweet puppy love but love seasoned by the years, the flavorful dessert of a life built together.

Susque-View Home and Health Center honored love, marriage and more with its Sweetheart Lunch on Valentine’s Day. Spouses were invited to share a romantic meal in the garden atrium where tables offered seating for two and music set the mood.

The annual luncheon is an opportunity for spouses to share a special meal together, whether one or both of them reside in the nursing home.

Don Fravel and Lucy Duck ate together Thursday, which is not unusual for these two Susque-View residents. They have been engaged for 15 months, Lucy said, and they always participate in activities together.

“We see each other every day,” she said.

“All we do is laugh all the time,” Don said. He is known for his love of music and was still smiling from the evening before when he had the chance to play harmonica with the visiting Gnarled Knuckles String Band.

John and Lily Warren of Avis are also Susque-View residents. They have been married 42 years and met through a mutual friend. Even though he lived in Dutch Hollow near Woolrich and she lived in Bath, N.Y., they dated, married and had a son. Now they also have a step-granddaughter.

“We’ve had a great life together,” John said.

LaRue and Dora Sweeley have been married for 54 years and have spent all of those years in Loganton. They met through LaRue’s brother, and even though LaRue lived in this area and she lived in Pittsburgh, “he just started coming to see me,” Dora said.

It wasn’t love at first sight, her husband said. Theirs was a love that grew a bit before it reached full bloom.

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