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71st Anniversary
Mary and Arthur Chmura recently celebrated their anniversary at Westview Health Care Center. Courtesy photo.
DAYVILLE — Westview Health Care Center resident Mary Chmura and her husband Arthur recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary at Westview.
As members of the U.S. Navy, Art and Mary were both stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., during WWII where they worked as airplane mechanics. It was during this time that the couple met, fell in love and became engaged. In 1946 they were married at All Hallows Catholic Church in Moosup, the place where Arthur would later build their house and they would raise their three children: Sandy Wood, Stanley “Jack” Chmura and Steven Chmura. 
For 30 years Arthur worked at General Dynamics and retired as a senior designer. While their three children were in school, Mary worked at the local Moosup pharmacy. As a hobby, Mary made dolls and Arthur reassembled and restored antique cars. 
“It’s a wonderful honor to be able to share in this day with the Chmuras,” said David T. Panteleakos, administrator. 
“Seventy one years of marriage speaks volumes about Mr. and Mrs. Chmuras enduring bond to one another. Their spirit of commitment and love is a shining example to all of us and we are so fortunate to join them in their celebration here at Westview.”
“The two of us had a very good life together,” said Mr. Chmura. “We were very close together. Never without each other.”  Art and Mary Chmura have six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
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