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Celebrating 60 years after Paris romance

IT seems like only yesterday that Wilfried and Maria Menke were enjoying the beautiful sunshine in Paris, France, when cupid’s arrow struck.

At that time, Wilfried was a handsome young man on his first overseas work assignment in Paris, when he first spotted his future bride Maria at a business function. 

“I was immediately taken by her beautiful blue eyes and seductive smile,” he said. 

At first, she played hard to get, but it did not take long for Maria to fall for his warm smile, charm and unusual sense of humour. Their companionship began over coffee and grew stronger during that warm Paris summer.

Wilfried and Maria married 60 years ago this week at the Altenberg Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, surrounded by friends and family. 

After travelling the world, they had two children (Wolf and Gabriele) and eventually settled at Georges Hall in 1982, where they still reside.

“Happy 60th Anniversary with many more still to come,” Jeff, Gabriele and Stephanie said.