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Couple that met at Seaside Park in 1947 celebrate 70th anniversary

Tara O'NeillMay 21, 2019

When Mary Rutcha and Sam Chiacu met in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park during the summer of 1947, it was love at first sight.

Mary was born in Blackstone, Ma., and Sam was born in Korce, Albania.

The two married on May 22, 1949, in the St. Dumitru Church on West 89th Street in Manhattan. They took their honeymoon in Atlantic City and Lakewood, N.J.

Now, the Chiacus will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on May 22.

After getting married, the Chiacus lived on West 225th Street in Riverdale, a neighborhood in the Bronx, N.Y.

In April 1956 they bought their first home in Norwalk and bought their current condominium in June 1997, where they still live.

They are members of the St. Dimitrie Church in Easton. The have been involved with the church’s choir, lady’s auxiliary, church festivals and senior groups for several years.

The Chiacus have three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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