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Renewing Vows After 65 Years At The Esplanade In Palisades

Video Credit: Tina Traster
The Schneiders
The Schneiders Photo Credit: Tina Traster

PALISADES, N.Y. -- Hy and Marilyn married in 1951. He was working in the family furniture business in Jersey City; she had just finished college. It was a four-year courtship because Marilyn wanted to finish her degree. Over 65 years, they built a family, a home, and a long life of memories.

On June 14th, the Schneiders, along with a handful of other married couples, will renew their vows in a symbolic ceremony at The Esplanade, an independent-living facility with about 100 residents. Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart will officiate the ceremony.

The Schneiders lived in New Jersey until crossing the border into Rockland for their golden years, 16 months ago. The Esplanade is like hotel living: "My hands do not touch cold water," said Marilyn, who enjoys the meals, and having her laundry done.

Hy, too, appreciates the perks, like the company car that shuttles them to doctors' appointments or to shop.

At 93 years old -- which he by no means looks or acts -- Hy is thrilled to have his bride by his side. And he's looking forward to renewing his vows. "It does make me think about everything we've been through, and how lucky we are to have each other."

Karen Roth, director of activities atThe Esplanade is seeking donations or sponsors for the event. Anyone who'd like to donate flowers, music, or especially "a pink-and- white striped tent" should contact her: kroth@esplanadeatpalisades.com

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