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Walter and Phyllis Munyon celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5.

They were married in St. Luke’s Church in Hudson in 1939 just before the war. They moved from Hudson to Berlin in 1941.

Walter worked mainly as a house painter most of his life. He became custodian at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough from 1972 to 1982, when at 65 he retired. Restless as always, he became custodian of Trinity Church in Northborough for another 20 years until age 85. Born on the Fourth of July, he is now 97.

Phyllis was a homemaker and an avid painter. She loved taking care of her children and enjoys collecting dolls. She is 92 years young.

They have lived at the Heritage Village Northborough Senior Living Center since 1992. At 22 years there, they have outlived all the other original residents.

Their secret for a long life is to eat well and walk a lot and let things go in one ear and out the other. In their marriage, they focused on the good times and tried to forget the difficult times. Both are in excellent heath, without walkers, and still living independently.

The family held a celebration of their anniversary in Berlin on July 26 with family coming in from Georgia and New Jersey.

Walter and Phyllis have seven children, 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren for a total of 92 in the family. Many have settled as far away as Texas and Arizona.

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