Seven Decades Together
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 -- Staff at client, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, organized on a beautiful 70th wedding anniversary vow renewal celebration yesterday for Joe, 93, and Joan, 90, Clemens of Latham. The couple met at Snyder's Lake, a popular spot outside of Troy, following the end of the World War II. After marrying in August 1948, the couple purchased their first and only home at 3 Caroline St., Latham. Joe spent 33 years working for the gas department at Niagara Mohawk, while Joan balanced raising two children with a part-time job at Montgomery Ward in Menands. Rick Clemens said his mother developed dementia when she was 75 and his father was her sole caretaker. He continues to be with her every step of the way. Media coverage was strong with CBS6, WNYT, Spectrum News, Altamont Enterprise and Times Union covering the memorable ceremony.