Louise and John Dustrude celebrate 70 years of marriage

Posted September 6, 2022 at 1:16 pm by

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Shan­non Dean shares a heart­warm­ing sto­ry of two long-time islanders.

Of course I Googled it — what is the sym­bol for 70 years of mar­riage? As it turns out, it is plat­inum. Not what I would have thought for sym­bol­iz­ing 70 years togeth­er. But appar­ent­ly plat­inum sym­bol­izes the strength, rar­i­ty, endurance, and puri­ty of true love. Yes it does.

I hap­pen to be for­tu­nate enough to be a part of Louise and John Dustrude’s lives. I first fell in like with the younger of their two hand­some sons and lat­er it was true love. I dis­tinct­ly remem­ber a con­ver­sa­tion I had with Tim when we first start­ed dat­ing, and it went some­thing like this:

Me: “You don’t real­ly believe in true love, do you? I mean that’s just in nov­els and movies. It’s not some­thing real.”

Tim: “Sure I do.”

Me: “Oh yeah, give me one exam­ple of some­one you know that has expe­ri­enced true love.”

Tim: (with­out hes­i­ta­tion or thought) “My parents.”

It’s hard to imag­ine being togeth­er with some­one you love for 70 years, and still lik­ing them, not to men­tion lov­ing them. And yet these two charm­ing peo­ple are just that — in love with each oth­er now as much as the day they mar­ried in 1952, if not more. I have had the best for­tune of being part of their lives for 24 years and can bear wit­ness to this rela­tion­ship that is as unique as the indi­vid­u­als that they are. If only you could sell the admi­ra­tion and respect they have for one anoth­er, you would nev­er need anoth­er thing the rest of your life. Imag­ine two peo­ple who laugh togeth­er, walk togeth­er, trav­el togeth­er, hold hands (some­times when no one is look­ing) and even hug and kiss each other.

You might see them rid­ing around town on their three-wheeled tri­cy­cles that they refer to as doo­dle­bugs. They exude a pas­sion for life that emanates and touch­es every­one who knows them. They’ve cer­tain­ly touched my life and I am for­ev­er grate­ful they have.

So kudos, Louise and John — also known as Plucky Broad and Himself.

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  1. SWEEEET!!!! Way to go Dus­trudes. And thank you, Shan­non, for the arti­cle on this love­ly couple!

    Comment by Sue Miller on September 6, 2022 at 1:24 pm
  2. Con­grats! I love see­ing you two on your bikes!

    Comment by Clare Kelm on September 6, 2022 at 5:05 pm
  3. They are the BEST!! It’s been a priv­i­leged know­ing them all these years! xoxo

    Comment by Margaret Bell on September 7, 2022 at 6:08 am
  4. Two of my favorite islanders for the obvi­ous deep rela­tion­ship they exude and their mod­el activist involve­ment in count­less com­mu­ni­ty efforts. I smile when­ev­er I encounter them. This is a tru­ly heart-warm­ing sto­ry. Thanks Shannon!
    Steve Ulvi

    Comment by Steve Ulvi on September 7, 2022 at 7:48 am
  5. Love this arti­cle and the love­ly cou­ple who inspired it!!!

    Comment by Lori Stokes on September 7, 2022 at 12:06 pm
  6. We’ve loved get­ting to know them over the past three years. They’re true gems; always a laugh with a great bit of wis­dom to impart.

    Comment by Will House on September 7, 2022 at 1:29 pm
  7. absolutel­ly rare, too rare, and true! I have admired and been priv­eleged to know them the 40 years Sam and I have lived here. And don’t for­get their incred­i­ble intel­li­gence, skills in var­i­ous areas and..HUMOR! Love their laugh and gig­gles; oh that we all expe­ri­ence such a friend and partner!

    Comment by Pam fry on September 8, 2022 at 7:42 am

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