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Residents’ Love Story Featured in Chicago Tribune

Anne and Gordon, residents and valentines, shared their love story with Chicago Tribune.

Here’s their story as seen in “Sweet On You” article on February 13, 2022.

Valentines Share Their Love Story

They are not only each other’s first love; they are their happily-ever-after love. Anne and Gordon Faubel met 70 years ago at the age of 14 and have been with each other since. The couple has lived since October at Monarch Landing senior living community in Naperville.

They met freshman year in high school, and their first date was a Sadie Hawkins-style dance to which Anne invited Gordon. They shared their first kiss several weeks later at a birthday party during a game of Spin the Bottle. “Sparks just flew, and the rest is history,” says Anne. “From then on, we went to all the parties and dances together. Gordon played basketball, and I went to all the games. We had a great time.”

Anne and Gordon attended Knox College and married after their sophomore year. “I was 20 and had to get my parents’ written permission,” says Gordon. They had their first of three children during their senior year.

“When we graduated, we thought I’d serve two years in the Army and then get out and find a job. I was assigned to Air Defense Artillery, missiles, and radar. It was at the time when the space program was getting started, and it was very interesting,” says Gordon. “After a year, we started talking about me staying in the service, and I did for the next 24 years.”

Throughout Gordon’s career, they lived together in Tehran, Iran; Fairbanks, Alaska; and bases around the U.S. Anne worked in the Army base libraries.

When Gordon retired from the Army, he went into the travel business and for the next twelve years, he and Anne escorted groups on trips around the world.

“Our lives have been wonderful. We grew up together, shared so many wonderful experiences. It’s been great. It really has,” says Gordon. “Our children are so kind and wonderful and have great kids. We now have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. It’s been a real thrill.”

“We both feel really blessed,” says Anne. “I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. We both feel really blessed, and we’re still having fun.”