Hallenbecks celebrate 64 years of matrimony

Kenneth and Olive Hallenbeck on their wedding day.

Olive and Kenneth Hallenbeck today.

The Hellenbecks enjoy deep-sea fishing.

SLINGERLANDS — Kenneth Hallenbeck and Olive Mae Wright were married on Aug. 10, 1957 at 2 o’clock at St. Madeleine Sophie Church on Carman Road in Guilderland.

After 64 years of marriage, Mrs. Hallenbeck says, “Marriage is not 50-50. Sometimes it’s 75-25 percent of give and take, always with trust and understanding.”

Together, the Hallenbecks raised six children. They have 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, which will increase to nine with the arrival of twin girls next fall.

Mrs. Hallenbeck had their wedding invitations printed at The Altamont Enterprise 63 years ago, a year ahead of the wedding.

Mr. Hallenbeck closed a truck door on his thumb two days before the wedding — “ouch!” says Mrs. Hallenbeck.

Mr. Hallenbeck worked as a ceramic tile setter while Mrs. Hallenbeck was a full-time homemaker.

During the years from 1960 to 1980, Mr. Hallenbeck played rhythm guitar and called square dances with his band.

The Hallenbecks drove to Florida in Mr. Hallenbeck’s brand new 1957 Ford Fairlane on their honeymoon. Over the years, they enjoyed deep-sea fishing and outdoor outings with family.

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