When 15-year-olds Arminio and Dolores spotted each other at a Warren, Ohio roller rink in 1943 it was love at first sight. Dolores thought he was extremely handsome and he had a great tan from hitchhiking in Texas. Arminio was enraptured by this skating beauty.
“And I’ll tell you something,” Arminio admitted, “she was stacked.”
Last night, they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary and renewed their vows in front of more than 60 guests at the Marriott Hotel in Long Beach.
No one calls them Dolores and Arminio any more. She goes by Dee. Arminio goes by Tuff. He said he got the name in part because he was always fighting other guys for Dee’s attention.
“A lot of fellas were flirting with her, because, like I told you, she was stacked,” he said.
They’re both 92 now and still active. Dee plays tennis and Tuff golfs every Wednesday without fail.
The Lakewood couple got a proclamation from Mayor Todd Rogers during their celebration. They’ve been married a decade longer than Lakewood’s been a city.
Last night, dozens of Mancini family members hoisted champagne glasses to toast Dee and Tuff after they renewed their vows.
The couple’s actual wedding date is on Feb. 26. Any special plans for the day? Dee pondered for a bit and then said, “Well, that’s a Wednesday, so he’ll probably golfing.”
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