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70 years of world travel and wedded bliss

Mike Ludwig and Frieda Walters, now both in their 90s and celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, met the first time at a Saturday night church fundraiser in Milwaukee.

She caught his eye instantly as “she was very friendly and had a good personality.” When the evening was over, he gave her a ride home on his motorcycle and promptly set up his next date over the phone.

This was way back in 1936 – two years before the pair tied the knot.

The Ludwigs celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year on June 11. They’ve been living in Nevada County since 2002, Mike Ludwig, 91, said.

“We’ve had a good life,” Frieda Ludwig, 90, said. “We argue once in a while, but we have no complaints. We are just happy. I look at the positive side of things, all the time.”

The Ludwigs have traveled around the world since Mike Ludwig sold his bowling alley business in Santa Barbara in 1968, Mike Ludwig said.

“We went to Russia, China, Europe, Australia and New Zealand,” he said. “We had a motorhome in which we traveled all over the United States. We must have been really compatible to go on all those trips.”

Mike Ludwig now co-owns an RV park in Bakersfield with his son, Bob Ludwig, he said.

Mike and Frieda Ludwig have three children, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, said Bob Ludwig, 63, a Grass Valley resident. Bob Ludwig’s oldest sibling Arlene Warynick, 69, lives in Santa Barbara, while his older brother, Michael Ludwig, 66, lives in Paris, Bob Ludwig said.

Bob Ludwig attributed his parents’ long marriage to “my dad being real tolerant and patient and my mom being responsible for taking care of my dad,” he said.

The secret to a long marriage lies in “not being too quarrelsome,” Mike Ludwig said.

“When you have a disagreement, just don’t make a big issue of it,” he said. “The next day, it should be all forgotten about.”

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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