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NY Couple's Combined Age: 212

The husband is turning 108, the wife's 104
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2015 9:46 AM CST
NY Couple's Combined Age: 212
Together for 82 years and counting.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – They take a lot of naps, they both need help to get around, and they don't leave the house except for doctor visits. But Duranord and Jeanne Veillard of Rockland County, NY, have retained their sense of humor over 82 years of marriage and are inseparable—which may explain why they're about to reach 212 years of age as a combined unit, the Journal News reports. Duranord is turning 108 tomorrow and will have a party at their home with family and friends, and Jeanne will be 105 in May, meaning that "212" will soon need to be adjusted to "213." And while Rockland County doesn't keep "oldest person" records on file, the Veillards' family (which so far includes 12 grandkids and 14 great-grandkids) believes they're the oldest married couple in the county.

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"I found him in the street" in Haiti, Jeanne Veillard joked at a family gathering yesterday, per the Journal News. The Veillards were married in 1932, raised five kids, and moved to the US in 1968. Opposites obviously attract: During yesterday's get-together, Duranord animatedly told jokes in his native French Creole, sang songs, and offered at least one attending photographer a slice of cake, while his wife sat quietly next to him patting his hand, the Journal News notes. But even though Duranord squeezes in at least five pushups every day and eats healthy, he thinks there's something else to thank for both his longevity and his long marriage. "That's God," he told the newspaper. (This 115-year-old woman recently shared her longevity secrets.)

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