Carmen and Mary Siciliano celebrated 75 years of marriage with a party at Heritage Woods of Batavia earlier this month.

Other residents of Heritage Woods sang Happy Anniversary to them while Carmen played his harmonica.

Earlier this month, their family had asked people to send them cards with hopes of getting 75 for them to read. They exceeded that goal and received nearly 100 cards from friends, family and staff.

Carmen, 97, and Mary, 92, were married in 1944 while Carmen was on a 14-day leave from the Army during World War II.

They have three children: Frankie (passed in 2016), and Joyce and Gail who live nearby; four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  They both enjoy having their family come to our annual picnics, brunches and holiday celebrations. It’s the perfect opportunity for them to take advantage of photo opportunities and make new memories.

The Siciliano love story spans decades. They met when Mary moved to Chicago from Louisiana to babysit for her brother’s family who lived across the street from Carmen’s parents. They spent most of their married lives in Chicago and raised their children in Dolton.  During their working years, Carmen was a union painter and Mary tried her hand in retail.  After retirement, they spent 12 years in Phoenix.

In 2010, they returned to Illinois to be closer to family and made their home at Heritage Woods of Batavia.  For the past nine years, the couple has been extremely active at our community. Carmen enjoys playing his harmonica at our veteran programs and telling jokes. Mary is involved in all the wonderful activities at Heritage Woods. Her favorites are Wii Bowling (The Foxy Ladies) and Bean Bag Baseball (The Bombshells).

They feel blessed to have had a wonderful 75 years together, and they are very appreciative to be living at our community.

“I love living at Heritage Woods,” said Mary, “and it is really a second home.”

Their celebration and love story were featured in the Daily Herald. Click here to read more.