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They’ve been married longer than most of you have been alive. Here’s their secret

Leo and Marian Goldner celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary at the Vi at Aventura on July 10, 2018.
Leo and Marian Goldner celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary at the Vi at Aventura on July 10, 2018.

Marian and Leo Goldner's marriage has lasted longer than the average human lifespan. Take notes from Leo, who says he knows the secret to his 75-year marriage.

The 95-year-old lovebirds celebrated their big day on July 10 at the Vi at Aventura, a retirement complex where they have lived for 15 years. They hosted 100 friends and family members, and followed it up with a dinner in Miami Beach, Leo said.

Leo met Marian in 1940, when they were just out of high school. He met her at a party, then quickly fell in love. The next day he told his mother he wanted to marry Marian one day.

"I went away to the Army," he said. "When I came back on a three-day break, we got married."

The secret to the long-living marriage?

Two bathrooms, Leo said.

"She lets me make all the big decisions, and she'll solve the little ones."

Marian is a children's book author. All her books are about animals, and she donates the profits to the Toledo Zoo. The proceeds of "Georgie the Jovial Giraffe" paid for the birth of a baby giraffe.

"I tell my wife every morning, 'Good morning' and 'I love you,' " he said. "If you don't do this you're making a big mistake."

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