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Couple Celebrates 70th Anniversary, Married Days After D-Day Landings

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A Missoula couple, married four days after the D-Day landings, celebrate 70 years of marriage.

For William and Audrey Konie, it was as close to love at first site as it gets.

"We just came across each other and liked each other," William said.

"I chased him until he caught me," Audrey said.

These lovebirds met in high school during World War II, when they were 17-years-old. Now, they're getting ready to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

"It does not seem like 70 years," Audrey said.

"That's gone by too fast," William said.

After graduating high school, William joined the Army Air force to fight in the war. He knew when he returned home, Audrey was the woman he would marry.

"I thought 'she's a real winner', so I figured when I get out of the service, maybe we'll get married then," William said.

He just couldn't wait that long. The two got married days before he was supposed to be sent over seas.

"I decided she was the gal I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, so I told her to come down to Texas, and we got married in Texas," William said.

The two were wed on June 10, 1944, just four days after the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. 70-years later, they're family will join them next week in Missoula to celebrate the anniversary.

"All of our kids, all of our grand kids, and all of our super grand kids are coming here next week. We were lucky to have a great family," William said.

Before settling down in Missoula after retiring in 1982, the couple experienced a lot of excitement, like William's time in the war.

"I was in a B 29 crew, and had to crawl into bomb bay doors to open and release a bomb bay door that wouldn't open, and that was exciting," William said.

Or,  William's time as a career firefighter. All that time, Audrey, a home maker and bookkeeper, was by his side.

The couple brought their love for life to Missoula, where Audrey even received recognition for years of volunteering at the Montana Food Bank Network. The two now live at the Springs at Missoula retirement home, and are happy to be celebrating 70 happy years together.

"70 years of getting along with each other, and that means a lot," William said.

An anniversary cake and ice cream social is set for Monday at 3 p.m. at the Springs at Missoula. The couple will privately celebrate with their family on Tuesday.

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