Marilyn Thimineur Aragosa remembers the weather on Saturday, April 30, 1955.
“It was a gorgeous sunny day,” she said. “It was 90 degrees.”
She also remembers walking down the aisle of Schenectady’s Sacred Heart Church, escorted by her father, William Thimineur. Emanuel “Manny” Aragosa was waiting at the altar.
The Aragosas celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary earlier this spring. As June, July and August are popular months for marriage, Capital Region Scrapbook is happy to share scenes from Marilyn and Manny’s big day from long ago.
The Aragosas, longtime fixtures at Marty’s True Value Paint and Hardware store on Van Vranken Avenue in Schenectady’s Goose Hill section, said the ceremony at Sacred Heart on Stanley Street took place in the morning. After photos, the wedding party and close family members traveled to Mother Ferro’s restaurant on Barrett Street for lunch. Then it was on to Shaughnessy Hall on Church Street in Schenectady’s Stockade section for an informal reception with pizza, beer, soda, cookies and coffee.
The newlyweds left the party at 6 p.m. to board a train bound for New York City. “We stayed at the Astor,” said Marilyn, mentioning the great Hotel Astor in Times Square.
The couple later began a long residency on Foster Avenue. They raised six children: Anne Marie Rockwood, Joseph Aragosa, Mary Grace Podesva, Lynn Marie Ranze, Michael Aragosa and Theresa Marie Johnson. Joe, Mike and Lynn now own the family hardware business.
“The only way you can be married 60 years is to have a long life,” said Manny, now 83.
Marilyn, 84, said compatibility also contributes when people are married 60 years. “Being able to get along — and put up with one another,” she said.