NAPPANEE — The Rev. Marvin and Anne Engbrecht celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Christmas day.
In 1942, while the United States was in the middle of World War II against Germany and Japan, two young people on the prairies of South Dakota decided that love was a much better option. Because of gas rationing, the couple selected Christmas day to say their vows in the presence of their families. Seventy years later, that couple, the Rev. Marvin and Anne Engbrecht, will celebrate their platinum anniversary surrounded by their four children, 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Engbrecht served as the pastor of Brenneman Memorial Missionary in Goshen from 1979 to 1990 and associate pastor of pastoral care at Nappanee Missionary in Nappanee from 1979 to 2012.
Throughout six pastorates in five states and 17 years as a district superintendent of the Missionary Church’s Midwest district, the couple has remained dedicated to each other.
The Engbrechts live in Nappanee.