“L-O-V-E, love—it’s the most important thing,” he emphasized. Emil and Josephine Petrick, both residents at Belle Reve Senior Living, will celebrate 73 years of marriage on June 9. She was the pretty girl next door, and he was the neighborhood paperboy—both living on opposite sides of the Washington Street Bridge in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Their connection is a happy coincidence. “We still don’t know how we got together,” said Josephine. Their brush with fate started in their teens when Emil would stop to chat with Josephine on his paper route. “I don’t know why he was after me,” said Josephine, sheepishly. “But, he was a good-looking fellow, and he never was after any other girls.” Their paths continued to cross at different affairs. Josephine loved to attend the dances held at the church hall. Emil was a wallflower, who would wait and watch as Josephine took a spin on the dance floor. And, into high school, they remained close, but it wasn’t anything serious. Then, Emil received a draft notice. He was off to join the Army during World War II. “I gave her an engagement ring, and told her to wait for me,” said Emil. The separation was rough for the young couple. “He said to wait for me that he'd only be gone six months, but six months turned into 3 ½ years,” said Josephine. She waited. He went to war. The couple stayed in touch through letters. To his safety, Emil will attest to his strong Catholic faith. Close to the end of the war, with not a scratch on him, Emil was hit in the heart. This time it wasn’t by love—it was a bullet! Instead of the bullet piercing his skin, it was deflected by a crucifix, which he placed into his breast pocket just moments earlier. His brush with death solidified his main objective—marrying the woman he promised himself to years before. When he returned home, they married a short time later, and Josephine joked that they were kissing all the time. Although the Petrick’s faced their ups and downs, they remained loyal to each other. “He would always say, ‘I love you, that’s why,’” said Josephine, which Emil replied, “Because it’s true.” Together they raised three children and doted on their seven grandchildren. Now at Belle Reve, the couple is enjoying companionship, freshly prepared meals, and plenty of entertainment to pique their interests, as well as additional amenities and services.
Belle Reve Senior Living Wins 2017 Best of Senior Living Award from SeniorAdvisor.com
Belle Reve Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to announce the community was presented with a 2017 Best of Senior Living Award for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in the past year.