New York’s Oldest Married Couple Celebrates With Joint Birthday Party

CBS New York

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A husband and wife married 82 years thought to be one of the oldest married couples in New York are celebrating their birthdays this weekend, and their combined ages will be 212.

Duranord Veillard turned 108 on Saturday. His wife, Jeanne Veillard, won’t turn 105 until May.

(Credit: Veillard Family) (Credit: Veillard Family)

Many of the Veillards’ seven grandchildren, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren celebrated alongside the couple at their Spring Valley home Saturday.

The couple married in November 1932, the same month Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in a landslide victory over Herbert Hoover.

In French Creole, Duranord told CBS2’s Dave Carlin God is the secret to a long life.

Veillard is a native of Haiti who was a judge there.

He and his wife moved to the United States in 1968, raising five children while he worked as a hospital laboratory technician.

Though nearly blind and hard…

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