Pa. Couple Has 49-Year Marriage But No Documents

A western Pennsylvania couple still plan to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary next month even though they recently learned their marriage paperwork was never filed.

Frank and Betty Skrout were married Oct. 6, 1960, at a Catholic church in Wilmore, a tiny borough 55 miles east of Pittsburgh. They still live there.

They learned of the paperwork problem when she recently applied for pension benefits and was told she was still listed as single.

The priest who married them never filed a return of marriage document proving he performed the ceremony.

The Skrouts are working with the church to fix the problem but for now are joking about it and say they have no plans to live apart.


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  • by MJ Location: NEVERLAND on Oct 3, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Sep 29, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    Congrats to this happy committed couple of 49 years. This is a good example of endurance. THE paper never mattered. Again, congrats to your COMMITMENT.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    I'm sure there are several couples out there who have the documents in order but have absolutely NO MARRIAGE at all.
  • by anon Location: Chocowinity on Sep 28, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    To Funny, A real and respectable person would not be up here acting like her or it?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    What is a Shanikwa? Just kidding I once met a Paprika.Curious anyone ever noticed normally most of those names the first and the last vowel are almost always the same.La Na Ka Ra Ba.
  • by TJ on Sep 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    TO DIANNE THE DITRICT of COLUMBIA is not a state but we know what you mean.
  • by Lawdy Location: Gvegas on Sep 28, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Funny...I hope Shanikwa name not be fo reelz eidder.
  • by Anonymous Location: not there on Sep 28, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    shanikwa, the priest didn't get married. in the catholic church the person who performs the marriage is said to be "marrying the couple" not actually getting married.
  • by Dianne Location: NENC on Sep 28, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    PA does recognize common law marriage before 1/1/05. Common law marriage is recognized only in the following states: Alabama Colorado District of Columbia Georgia (if created before 1/1/97) Idaho (if created before 1/1/96) Iowa Kansas Montana New Hampshire (for inheritance purposes only) Ohio (if created before 10/10/91) Oklahoma Pennsylvania (if created before 1/1/05) Rhode Island South Carolina Texas Utah
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    Whoops on someone's part.
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