Angela Swartz/Daily Journal
Millbrae couple Ann and John Scaduto have been married for 64 years.
Together since 1948, Ann and John Scaduto are ringing in Valentine’s Day at the same Chinese restaurant they’ve gone to for 37 years.
Ann, 91, and John, 89, moved to Millbrae since 1956 and said the key to their marriage has been humor.
“If you don’t have a sense of humor, there’s nothing,” Ann said.
John said she was gorgeous when they met and still is today.
“I looked at her and she looked at me and we can’t find anything better,” he joked. “Then we said, want to try this a little longer?”
On a more serious note, he has other advice for the key to longevity in a relationship.
“Just remember, she’s number one in life,” he said.
The two, who have three children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, met through Ann’s next-door neighbor. At first, Ann ignored John. Still, John, Ann and two other friends planned to have a picnic one day in Los Altos, but the area they planned to go to was closed for remodeling.
“The owner came over and said come on in anyway,” John said. “We went in and used the swimming pool. I jumped on the diving board and it threw me in the air and I hit the water on my belly. They were all laughing and that was the way of introducing me to my wife.”
The two San Francisco natives went on to get engaged in 1949 and married the following year. The Scadutos said they tend to stay in more these days.
“We did all our entertaining in the ’70s,” John said. “We’ve been to Tahiti, Europe, Hawaii and one of our best trips was a trip on the Mississippi River. One of our worst was on a boat trip in the Caribbean in the 1960s since there was nothing on the islands then.”
Now, they enjoy socializing with neighbors.
Ann said one of her favorite memories throughout the years was an annual trip they would go on with her high school’s alumni group. Ann attended Balboa High School in San Francisco.
“It was the time of our lives,” Ann said.
During their time in Millbrae, John worked as a cabinetmaker and estimator, while Ann was a secretary and worked in sales at Sears in San Bruno for a number of years. Ann said she received awards for being a top saleswoman, garnering her free dinners and other accolades.
“It put my son through college,” she said. “I met good people there and got to know the managers.”
The couple does have long-term at-home care through Synergy HomeCare since they both sometimes have trouble getting around. Ann gets around with a walker and needs assistance cooking and showering, while John has some limitations with driving.
This year, the couple will do a Valentine’s Day lunch at the Chinese restaurant since they tend to stay in during the evenings.
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