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Warren County couple celebrating 78 years of marriage visited by Commissioner Director Lori Ciesla

BLAIRSTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Blairstown Township couple who celebrated the 78th wedding anniversary received a special visit recently from Commissioner Director Lori Ciesla, who presented Elizabeth and William Beegle with a certificate of merit marking the milestone.

William Beegle was born in 1925 in Blairstown and met Elizabeth May Latteman, who was born in 1926 in Belvidere, while both were in school in Blairstown. But their love story didn’t start until after they both graduated, and they married in 1945, while William was serving in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

The longest known marriage in Warren County, the couple got married at the Presbyterian manse on High Street in Blairstown Township when William was 20 and Elizabeth was 19.

After their marriage, they moved to the Washington area in Warren County for about 20 years as they raised their family, moving back to Blairstown Township in the early 1970s where they have been ever since.

William Beegle, who received Warren County’s Distinguished Military Service Medal at the county’s Veterans Recognition Ceremony in 2019, flew B-17s while in the service.

On the recent visit from Commissioner Director Ciesla, he reminisced about his time in the military and about how Elizabeth and he “would sit and talk for hours on the phone, and write letters to each other all the time.”

This is a true Warren County love story and a testament to the strong commitment and bond of love. The Beegles would like to thank their many neighbors, family, and the community members who give them daily support.

For Elizabeth and William, it is a blessing to live in Blairstown Township with their family, the town where they grew up and have lived in for so long.

Commissioner Director Lori Ciesla presented Elizabeth and William Beegle with a certificate of merit honoring them for their 78 years of marriage.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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