Lucy and Angelo Simone have been together for a lifetime.
The Utica couple has been married for 70 years. They met when Lucy came home and found him in her kitchen – visiting her sister. The two began to talk, and before they knew it, they had been talking for hours.
“When I saw her, I knew she was the one,” Angelo recalled, “She didn’t know yet, though.”
But she came to know it, and the couple was married on Jan. 25, 1941.
With 70 years together, the Simones have some words of wisdom for young couples: Always be honest with one another, work together through good times and bad, and most important, always trust each other.
Angelo said that they have always tried to be patient, communicate with one another, and work things out together as a team.
“We’re very thankful for being together for 70 years, and we consider it to be because of our faith,” he said from his Noyes Street home.
“We have had five wonderful children … They saw us do well,” Lucy said.
The two have always attended church with their family, and Lucy made sure that the girls (the couple has five daughters) would not only be early, but that they would sit in the front pew.
“My parents are very faith-filled people, and they raised all of us to be faith-filled people,” said daughter Helen Ann Taurisano.
Angelo serves as a Eucharistic minister at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church and was recently given the Jewel of Honor by the Knights of St. John for his work visiting the sick through the wellness committee.
Family is one of the most important aspects of the life that the Simones have built together, they said.
“I have five beautiful daughters and all of them married good and hardworking men,” Lucy said. “We gave our kids all we had. We love our children, grandchildren, our greats, and our son-in-laws. We love our family.”
The Simones have 64 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and yet, their daughters attest, they have never missed a single birthday – and there’s a birthday party nearly every week, said their daughter Mary Therese Jerzak, but her parents make it a point to acknowledge and attend them all.
With their large network of family and friends, Lucy, 88, and Angelo, 89, find it easy to keep active. One of their favorite outings is going to Turning Stone Casino and Resort.
Lucy said that if she could, “I would go every day.”
Angelo, a World War II veteran, retired from Kelsey Hayes, originally the Utica Drop Forge & Tool Company, in Whitesboro, where he was a foreman/machinist.
“My mother loves her roses and the Yankees,” Kathy Russo said. “They’ve led a very simple but a very good life.”
The couple always made sure that their children spent time together, and growing up, they had weekly picnics to keep the family having fun in one another’s company.
Helen says that the fundamental thing her parents have taught them – by message and example – is “simply, love.”