Siblings Donna Kotecki, David Albright and Rita Albright all are thankful for memories and life lessons they’ve learned thanks to their parents.
They shared their sentiments during a 71st wedding anniversary dinner Saturday at Longhorn Steakhouse in Medina Township for their parents, David and Ruth Albright, of Medina.
“There are lots of good memories,” Rita Albright said, thinking back to her childhood in Medina. “They taught me things that I’ll carry with me through life,” she said.
David Albright said he learned about being polite from his parents and applies that to everyday life.
“The way we were brought up … that’s a memory I’ll always carry with me,” he said.
Family togetherness during Christmas each year is a practice David said he is passing on to his three children, three stepchildren and a “flock” of grandkids.
He explained that although his parents didn’t have much when the family was younger, they focused on being together.
To make a family and a relationship work for 71 years, Ruth said, communication is key.
“It’s getting to the bottom of everything,” she said. “It’s love. That’s all.”
The couple enjoys gardening and listening to music from their favorite era, the 1940s. They were married in 1946.
David, 92, and Ruth, 91, were born in 1925 — David in January and Ruth in December.
The couple met after moving separately to Cleveland from Pennsylvania, Kotecki said.
David was from Perryopolis and Ruth was from Somerset. They met through David’s sister, who worked with Ruth at the time, where Kotecki said the women “used to cement crystals.”
After living briefly living in Cleveland, the couple settled in Medina where they raised their three children.
Ruth became a homemaker while David worked as a truck driver, hauling steel for American Transit Line “for many years,” Kotecki said. Later, Ruth took a job at The Better Dress Shop in Medina.
David and Ruth were treated to a surprise cake from Longhorn after manager Jon Nottelli heard of the special occasion when Kotecki called to make arrangements.
“We do different things for different guests,” he said. “I wanted to celebrate with the family,” he said, noting his grandparents were married for more than 50 years.
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