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70 Years And Counting

On Sunday, Dec. 5 1943, Floral Park couple Irving, 92, and Lynne Kasarsky, 89, exchanged their marriage vows. Now, 70 years later, they often reflect on their long journey together.

Irving recalls the day he met Lynne like it was yesterday.

“I was around 20 years old, and I went to my friend’s party,” he said. “During the party, I sat down and looked across the room. That was the first time I saw her, and I thought, she isn’t a bad-looking girl. After the second glance, I was hooked. I knew she was for me.”

After they locked eyes at the party, Irving asked a friend for her number.

“I nervously called her up, but she told me she already had a date,” he laughed. “A while after, she called me and asked if I would like to go on a picnic the next day. I gratefully said yes.”

Lynne recalled the picnic as a beautiful spring day.

“The picnic really sealed the deal, and I believe we both felt the same,” she smiled.

Irving had volunteered to be a communications officer in World War II, but that was before meeting the girl of his dreams. After only five dates, he was called to serve.

Throughout his training in Illinois and Texas to become a radio operator on a B17, the couple wrote letters to each other.

“Lynne and I tried our hardest to correspond,” Irving said.

“We couldn’t just call each other up, so I wrote letters often,” said Lynne. “While I waited for Irving to return safely, I finished up school at Queens College, and I worked.”

Irving’s stars aligned when he got called to Valley Forge, PA, and discovered Lynne was nearby visiting her family.

“I got a hitch to her family’s house,” he said. “When I arrived, with great trepidation, I went to her father, and I nervously asked for her hand in marriage. I was absolutely scared out of my wits.”

Five months after they were married at Brooklyn’s East Midwood Jewish Center Irving shipped off to Italy.

A tumor in his throat cut his overseas duty short, and he returned home for good. Irving worked in a fur shop with his father in Brooklyn, while Lynne had a range of jobs. The couple had a daughter who is now 65, and a son who is now 62. (They also have one grandchild.)

Over the years, they traveled to England, France, Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. They are exploring cruises for this spring.

“We are very fortunate that we managed each other very well, and that we understand each other to a large extent,” said Lynne. “Others aren’t this fortunate.”

Both agreed that the key to their 70-year relationship is to never stay angry.

“Never go to bed angry,” said Irving. “You will always have differences with your partner. It’s better to come to terms and not stay angry.”

“We had tragedies in our lives, we have had major changes, we moved several times, we have been through literally everything together,” said Lynne. “If you truly love each other, then you will always be there for one another no matter what.”

News

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Chris Deeks Memorial Alumni Game

Friday, November 28

Floral Park AARP Christmas Luncheon

Monday, December 1

Stewart Manor Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, December 1



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