Mon 12 Nov, 2007 03:05 pm
Lithuanian, 102, becomes country's oldest bridegroom
Tuesday November 6, 2007
A 102-year-old Lithuanian man has become the Baltic country's oldest recorded bridegroom after tying the knot with his 76-year old fiancee, the daily Laikinoji Sostine reported Tuesday.
The newspaper said Stanislovas Grigas and his bride Brone Mikutiene had been married Saturday in a ceremony in Kaunas, Lithuania's second city.
"As far as I know, until now Lithuania has never seen a bridegroom of such a solid age," Kestutis Ignatavicius, the master of ceremonies at Kaunas City Hall, who married the couple, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
"It may even be a European record," Ignatavicius added.
Lithuanian statistics show that the country's previous oldest groom was an 84-year-old who was married in 1986.
The oldest recorded bride, meanwhile, was an 80-year-old whose wedding took place in 1991.
Grigas and Mikutiene have reportedly known each other since 1972, when Grigas was still married to his first wife.
Mikutiene helped him around the house after Grigas' wife died in 1992 and his two sons passed away in 1995 and 2006. She has been living in Grigas' house since this spring, Laikinoji Sostine reported.
The newspaper also said that it was Grigas' idea to get married.
"The main decisions in the family are taken by him, and I usually agree with him," Mikutiene was quoted as saying.
I have to wonder whether any pension rights are involved.
Several of the last surviving civil war veterans had very young wives when they died. The military pensions weren't all that great, but every bit helps.