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70 years together

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Bob Sommer, June Sommer

Bob and June Sommer (Photo: Eliza Vielma, ESV Creative, LLC)

A couple that dances together stays together. Bob Sommer, 94, and wife June, 93, met at a dance in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was stationed with the Army Air Force for six months during WWII. “He spied me, and we danced all evening,” says June, a former medical technologist. The couple celebrates 70 years of marriage on May 28. In that time, they’ve barely stood still, waltzing and square dancing their way across the country. “We used to fly up to Osage Beach in Missouri and square dance for a week,” says Bob, a former Exxon researcher who got his pilot’s license after moving to Houston more than five decades ago. It was only three years ago that he gave up flying. The secret to their longevity? “We are both from long-lived families,” says June, a member of the women’s service organization, DAR, among other groups. “We keep busy. We’re so busy we can hardly keep up with ourselves.”

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